Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 24, 2013

POLICE NEWS: Aug. 24, 2013


— A Milford man is currently in police custody on multiple drug-related charges following the serving of a search warrant at his home Monday evening.

According to Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Hill Jr., a search warrant was executed at 13367 N. 100 East, Milford, at 6 p.m. Monday as a result of a joint investigation with the Elkhart County Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration following an approximately two month investigation into the possible distribution of cocaine at the residence.

During a search of the property, officers reportedly located 464.7 grams of cocaine, $23,950 in cash and several other items that were indicative of drug distribution. The homeowner, Jose Gonzales, 61, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and distribution of cocaine and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail.

Telephone scam

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department detectives are warning citizens of yet another local telephone scam. Officers have recently received reports of local citizens being contacted by a representative from the “District Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis” via telephone.

The caller allegedly states that he has personal information about the victim and then proceeds to inform the victim that there is a large amount of money that they currently owe. They are also advised that they need to pay a portion of it immediately or risk being arrested within a short time period if they do not comply.  

K.C.S.D. Detectives urge citizens to be very protective of their personal information and should note that the callers on this scam have been noted as using the area code 786 on caller I.D. information. If contacted, officers are advising the public to simply advise the caller that you are not interested and that you will be contacting your local law enforcement agency, and then proceed to disconnect the phone caller. Currently, detectives are unaware of any local citizens who have sent funds to the alleged scam artist.

Crash reports

• A New Paris man and woman were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 3:47 p.m. Thursday near Elkhart. According to Elkhart County police, Jacob Dupree, 20, Elkhart, was driving his vehicle northbound on C.R. 17 south of the C.R. 17-C.R. 18 intersection. A second vehicle driven by Christofer Webster, 25, New Paris, was stopped facing southbound on C.R. 17 in the left turn lane at the intersection of C.R. 17-C.R. 18 waiting to turn east onto C.R. 18.

A collision had reportedly just occurred at the intersection and emergency vehicles were beginning to arrive. Webster began to turn left at the same time Dupree traveled through the intersection, resulting in another collision.

Webster suffered bruises to the chest as a result of the crash. A passenger in Webster’s vehicle, Nancy Borkholder, 53, New Paris, suffered neck pain. Both Webster and Borkholder were transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment. Dupree was cited at the scene for no insurance.

Theft/burglary reports

• Brittany Higden, 23, 20169 C.R. 19, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 11:45 a.m. Thursday while at Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, Goshen, on a charge of theft. She was released on a memorandum to appear in court.

• Emanueal Tapia, 1611 S. Main St., Goshen, told Goshen police his black 2012 Dongfeng sunne mo-ped was stolen from behind his house between 10 p.m. Wednesday and early Thursday morning.

• Anthony R. Keck, Goshen, told Goshen police he noticed someone had used his bank account with Interra Credit Union to make a bank withdrawal without his permission at midnight Thursday.

• Leonard derrick, 621 S. Seventh St., Goshen, told Goshen police several items were stolen from his residence at 8 a.m. June 9.

• A 17-year-old male told Goshen police he was robbed at gunpoint by a known subject while in the area of Oakridge Avenue and First Street at 10:39 p.m. Thursday. The suspect could not be located.

• Terrence R. Thurlow, 2112 Bashor Road, Goshen, told Goshen police his mo-ped was stolen while parked at his home at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday.

• Erica Schrock, 1311 Harvest Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered her vehicles while parked at her residence and removed several items.

• Clinton Smith, Goshen, told Elkhart County police he noticed someone used his personal identification to obtain employment at a Goshen business on July 29.

• Richard Pion told Elkhart County police someone stole a weedeater belonging to EA Technologies while he was doing yard work at 54910 Ind. 15, Bristol, at noon Monday.

• James Sholty Sr., 24120 C.R. 142, Goshen, told Elkhart County police he received a fraudulent check in the mail for an item he was attempting to sell at noon Monday.

• Jennifer Hernandez, 53586 C.R. 27, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone entered her unlocked vehicle between 9 p.m. Aug. 15 and 6 a.m. Aug. 16 and stole her wallet.

• Margaret Balser, 604 W. Hawthorne St., Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone stole a tow hitch from her front porch at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

• Tera Nichols, 52826 Yorkshire Drive, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police someone entered her vehicle while parked in her driveway between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4:20 a.m. Thursday and stole a camera, cash and a silver watch.

• Norman Sprunger, 57900 C.R. 18, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone entered his home through an unlocked sliding rear door between 8:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. Thursday and stole jewelry, a flat screen television and a laptop computer.

• Nancy Roth, 22410 Canyon River Drive, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone broke the lock on her garage door and forced it open at approximately midnight Thursday. She did not report anything missing.

Assault/battery reports

• Elkhart County police received a report that a 15-year-old male punched another 15-year-old male numerous times while at Northridge High School, 56799 Northridge Drive, Middlebury, at 3 p.m. Tuesday. One of the males suffered bruising to his arm.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Cathy Frech, Bristol, told Goshen police she noticed graffiti on the rear of a building at 427 W. Pike St., Goshen, at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Traffic arrests

• Joseph A. Ross, 21, 111 W. Washington St., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police at 7:36 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Second and Pike streets on charges of driving a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the county jail.