Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 31, 2014

Separate wrecks lead to several injuries

Separate wrecks lead to several injuries

Goshen News

---- — Several people were injured in recent motor vehicle crashes, according to local police:

• A two-vehicle crash left two drivers injured Friday morning in front of Concord Family Dentistry.

The collision occurred at 9:50 a.m. on C.R. 20 east of Roys Avenue. Elkhart County police said Stephanie Teresa Garcia, 20, Goshen, was driving a 2002 Mazda Tribute when she lost control of the vehicle on the icy road. The Mazda slid into the path of 2000 Ford Winstar driven by Jennifer N. Kater, 30, Elkhart. The automobiles collided.

Garcia suffered pain to her entire body as a result of the crash, and Kater suffered pain to her neck, chest and abdominal area. Both were transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

Police said Garcia was cited for driving too fast for road conditions. She was also cited for driving while her driving privileges were suspended.

• Two people were injured in a five-vehicle crash shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday in Goshen.

The mishap occurred on U.S. 33 north of Egbert Avenue. Goshen police said William Conway, 67, Elkhart, was driving a 2011 Ford F150 and stopping in traffic. A 2001 GM Sierra driven by James Spiller, 65, LaPorte, slid on the icy road and collided with the rear of a 1997 Oldsmobile Silhouette driven by Timothy Kilmer, 56, Goshen. Kilmer’s vehicle then collided with the rear of Conway’s truck.

A 2013 Hyundai SFT driven by Carl Dintaman, 67, Goshen, collided with Spiller’s automobile. The outside mirror of a 2005 GM Yukon driven by Jeremy Krezel, 25, Goshen, glanced off the rear passenger side of Dintaman’s Hyundai.

Kilmer suffered back pain as a result of the crash, and Dintaman suffered neck pain.

• A driver was hurt in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday at U.S. 33 and Bashor Road in Goshen.

The collision took place around 8:46 a.m. Goshen police said a 2007 Jeep Compass driven by Maria De La Paz Galindo, 23, Goshen, collided with a 1991 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Kelley A. Scholfield, 22, Goshen.

Galindo suffered leg pain as a result of the crash.

Convicted murderer

appears in court

A man convicted in a Middlebury woman’s 2005 slaying appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court Thursday.

Aaron McDonald, 26, is asking the court to set aside the 62-year sentence imposed in April 2006. McDonald was sentenced after pleading guilty to Class A felony counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder and a Class B felony count of criminal confinement.

McDonald and co-defendants Hannah Stone and Spenser Kremptez were convicted of murdering Barbara Keim, 41. Keim was abducted from her apartment in August 2005, taken to a Kosciusko County cornfield and shot to death. Keim was Stone’s mother.

A written petition for McDonald’s post-conviction relief states that McDonald was a minor at the time he was questioned about the crime by police. McDonald was taken into custody in the presence of his mother at his home, the petition reads, and she told police she wanted a lawyer for her son.

“Defendant’s mother was significantly impaired so that she could not initially accompany him to the police station so she sent her two sisters to accompany (McDonald) to the station, where the police questioned (McDonald) without a lawyer,” according to the court document.

According to the petition, police maintain that McDonald’s mother — on his behalf — waived the right to an attorney, so they proceeded to question him without a lawyer at the police station.

“(McDonald) maintains that his mother was not competent at the time to effectively waive his right to a lawyer and his right to remain silent,” the filing reads, adding that McDonald’s mother was “heavily medicated” at the time.

The petition also reads that McDonald’s mother was not competent to have any of her sisters serve as a de facto guardian to him regarding his legal rights.

Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker has 120 days to issue a ruling on McDonald’s request.

Man pleads guilty

to wildlife charge

A Goshen man entered a guilty plea in federal court in South Bend this week to a wildlife-related charge.

Ronald Simmons, 46, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of taking, killing or possessing migratory birds. Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers alleged in 2012 that Simmons and a co-defendant killed federally protected raptors including a great horned owl, red-tail hawks and Cooper’s hawks. The birds were caught in a pole trap and then shot, according to a DNR news release.

Simmons is scheduled to be sentenced April 8.

Burglary/theft reports

• A Goshen man was arrested on a theft charge Friday.

Around 3:30 a.m., Goshen police were called to the 1000 block of South Main Street regarding a suspicious person. Justyn Yowell, 21, 202 S. Sixth St., was located in the 900 block of South Seventh Street and arrested. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail on charges of theft and unlawful entry of a motor vehicle.

OWI arrests

The following motorists were recently arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:

• James L. McCreary, 44, 51576 C.R. 9, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 12:15 a.m. Friday on C.R. 20 west of Benham Avenue in Elkhart. In addition to the OWI, McCreary was arrested on a charge of driving while his driving privileges were suspended. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• It was reported to Goshen police Thursday that someone spray-painted street signs and a concrete wall along South Indiana Avenue.

Alcohol incidents

• Two 14-year-old students were arrested by Goshen police at Goshen Middle School, 1216 S. Indiana Ave., Thursday on charges of illegal possession of alcohol. According to the police report, a school employee was made aware that the students had alcohol in their bags. The juveniles were released to their parents on a promise to appear in court.

Disorderly conduct

Elkhart city police arrested Sean G. McCaughan, 23, Brookside Manor, Goshen, on a charge of disorderly conduct-fighting in the 500 block of East Jackson Street Jan. 25. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail and later released.

Traffic arrests

• Elkhart city police arrested Christian H. Dodd, 46, 206 York Drive Lot 26, Middlebury, Wednesday on a charge of driving while his driving privileges were suspended. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Neglect alleged

Elkhart city police arrested Jorge A. Castillo-Padilla, 28, 1016 S. 14th St., Goshen, on a charge of neglect of a dependent Wednesday. The arrest took place in the area of Johnson Street and Beardsley Avenue. Castillo-Padilla was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.