Goshen News, Goshen, IN

February 7, 2014

Two sentenced in federal court

Goshen News

---- — Two local men were sentenced in federal court in South Bend this week:

• Jose Gonzalez, 61, Milford, was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. to 5 years and five months imprisonment, with three years supervised release, after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

According to documents filed in this case, law enforcement officers served a search warrant on Gonzalez’s residence in August 2013. Officers discovered a white powdery substance hidden in different parts of the property. The powder was found in the dryer vent, roof of the doghouse and in a column on the porch. The substance was tested and determined to be cocaine. Additional drug-related paraphernalia, including scales, baggies and other items used to facilitate illegal drug sales, were discovered as well.

• Tad Vandermark, 53, Syracuse, was sentenced by District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio to 30 years imprisonment, with 15 years supervised release, after pleading guilty to the felony offense of production of child pornography.

According to documents filed in this case, between 2003 and March 2005 Vandermark lived with a family and videotaped himself and a minor child of that family having sexual contact.

Vandermark was aware that images of that sexual contact were being transmitted via a web camera over the Internet to another individual, U.S. Attorney’s Office staff reported. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Driver arrested

after pursuit

Kosciusko County police said they arrested a Leesburg man Friday morning after a pursuit.

Taken into custody was Brandon Stuart Alfano, 25.

Kosciusko County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 8:26 a.m. to a report of a motorist who had fled Katies Kwik Mart, 100 North Main Street, Leesburg, after not paying for approximately $40 in gasoline. Within minutes, off-duty Winona Lake Police Officer Joe Bumbaugh saw a maroon Ford van matching the vehicle description traveling eastbound on Armstrong Road near the intersection of C.R. 200 East. Police reported that Bumbaugh tried to make a traffic stop but the driver of the vehicle — later identified as Alfano — fled and turned in to the community of Oswego, eventually traveling southbound on the Warsaw/Oswego Road.

Police said that as Bumbaugh approached the intersection of C.R. 250 East and Warsaw/Oswego Road, Alfano had turned the vehicle had turned around and was headed directly in the officer’s path. The pursued vehicle stopped, police reported, and Bumbaugh held Alfano at gunpoint after seeing him retrieve what appeared to be a handgun from the center console. Alfano dropped the weapon, which was later determined to be a pellet gun.

Alfano was arrested. He was subsequently found to be in possession of methamphetamine, according to police.

Alfano was incarcerated on charges of theft, fleeing from police in motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and driving as a habitual traffic violator.

Theft/burglary reports

• Juan Rojas, 511 Mercer Ave., told Goshen police that a burglary took place at his home Wednesday.

• Sue Rader of Goshen told Goshen police Thursday that someone tried to break into her son’s residence in the 400 block of East Jefferson Street.

• Hazel Brant, Greencroft Boulevard, Goshen, reported several burglary incidents at her home to Goshen police Thursday.

• Police were called to a report of theft at Krogers, 209 Chicago Ave., shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday. The perpetrators had fled the area before police arrived.

• Police said Triana L. Huffman, 18, 116 S. 28th St., Goshen, was arrested Thursday night after trying to take several items from Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road. She was released on a date to appear in court.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Kryston Noble-Hartzler of White Pigeon, Mich., told Goshen police hew Nissan Juke was damaged while it was parked in the 300 block of South Main Street. The incident took place between 1:30 and 1:40 p.m. Thursday.