Police arrested a Syracuse woman on a drug-related charge Thursday morning.
Braska Sue Cartwright, 20, was taken into custody by Kosciusko County Drug Task Force and sheriff’s officers on a felony charge of dealing a synthetic cannabinoid. Police said Cartwright sold undercover officers a synthetic “look-a-like” drug.
Task force officers also said Cartwright’s arrest could lead to the arrest of other people as the investigation continues.
Kosciusko County Sheriff Rocky Goshert said concerned local residents were instrumental in the arrest.
• Margarita Zarco told Goshen police Wednesday that her 2007 Dodge Magnum was stolen while it was parked in the 500 block of North Fifth Street.
• Alayna Bontrager told Goshen police someone stole prescription drugs from her home in the 100 block of Brookside Manor Monday.
Vandalism/criminal mischief reports
• Vera Fradenburg, 402 Riverside Blvd., Goshen, told Goshen police Wednesday that someone spray-painted what appeared to be gang graffiti on her garage wall.
The following motorists were recently arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:
• Paul M. Troyer, 33, 116 N. Seventh St., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police after he was driving in the area of College Avenue and 13th Street around 7 p.m. Wednesday. Troyer was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.
Man arrested on molestation charge
LaGrange County police arrested Johnny A. Trinidad Jr. of Elkhart Wednesday night on two Class A felony counts of child molestation.
Trinidad was arrested after an investigation that took place over the course of the past week, police reported.
According to investigators, he allegedly molested an 8-year-old girl over the past year and a half in LaGrange County.
Trinidad was incarcerated in the LaGrange County jail with no bond.
Driver charged in traffic death
An Elkhart man charged in connection with a deadly collision near Concord Mall appeared in court this week.
An initial hearing for Kent Phouangmalay, 21, 3350 Calumet Ave., took place Monday in Elkhart Superior Court 2. Prosecutors have charged Phouangmalay with a felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
The collision occurred around 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Police said Frank Nelson, 73, was walking west across U.S. 33, south of Sunnyside Avenue, when he was struck by a Honda Civic passenger car driven by Phouangmalay. Nelson died from his injuries.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Phouangmalay continued driving south on U.S. 33, turning west onto C.R. 20 and then onto Concord Mall Drive. He was followed by an off-duty Elkhart city police officer who witnessed the collision, the affidavit reads.
Phouangmalay reportedly kept driving until he stopped in the parking lot of JC Penney, where he was confronted by the police officer.
A drug test was conducted, after which police determined that Phouangmalay “was under the influence of marijuana and unable to operate a motor vehicle safely.”