Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 12, 2012

Man who robbed Goshen store being sought


— Goshen police are seeking a man who robbed a convenience store clerk at gunpoint Monday morning.

The robbery occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Police responded to an armed robbery call at 7-Eleven at 1000 S. Main St., Goshen. There, police spoke to a store clerk who said a white male entered the store and asked for cigarettes before demanding money from the register.

The man then displayed a handgun and pointed it at the employee, according to police. After the robber was given the money, he fled the store. No one was injured.

Police conducted a search of the area around 7-Eleven as information from the employee was relayed to additional police officers. No one matching the robber’s description was found.

The robber is described as a white male between the age of 30 and 40, with a dark auburn goatee and freckles. He is between 6 feet 1 inch and 6 feet 4 inches in height, with a large build. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark hooded sweatshirt and black shoes at the time of the robbery, police reported.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Goshen Police Department Detective Bureau at 574-533-8666, email police@goshencity.com or contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-342-STOP or 574-288-STOP.

Investigation ongoing

in Dunlap-area death

Police continue to investigate a death along C.R. 111 near Concord Mall, according to Capt. James Bradberry with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

The body of Christopher J. Hinshaw, 54, Elkhart, was found badly burned outside of a storage garage at 58644 C.R. 111, Elkhart, around 11:13 a.m. Monday, according to Bradberry. While no autopsy has been scheduled, toxicology testing is under way, Bradberry said.

The sheriff’s department, along with Elkhart County Coroner’s Office staff and State Fire Marshal’s Office personnel, are investigating the incident.

Crash reports

• A Goshen woman and three others were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 4:03 p.m. Saturday near Goshen.

According to Elkhart County police,  Avis Wilkinson, 67, Goshen, was driving her vehicle northbound on C.R. 17, just south of C.R. 28, when she made a westbound turn onto C.R. 28, crossing into the path of a second vehicle heading southbound on C.R. 17. The vehicles collided.

Wilkinson suffered chest and left knee pain and was transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment. Two passengers in Wilkinson’s vehicle, Jacob Wilkinson, 8, and Luca S. Wilkinson, 5, both of Goshen, were uninjured.

The driver of the second vehicle, Michael Long, 66, Argos, suffered chest pain. A passenger in Long’s vehicle, Grace Hill, 72, Argos, suffered a knee fracture and chest pain. A second passenger, Tyler Hill, 13, Argos, suffered neck pain. All three were transported by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

Wilkinson was cited for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection, police reported.

• Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday morning at Ind. 15 and Tarmen Road, according to an Elkhart County police crash report.

A 1994 Saturn SL1 driven by Tiffany M. King, 27, Liberty Mills, Ind., was traveling southbound on Ind. 15, north of Tarmen Road. King attempted to turn left onto the road but was driving too fast for icy road conditions, according to police. The Saturn slid into a 2006 Honda Civic driven by Myong Hee Park, 57, Warsaw.

Park suffered injuries to her chest from the seatbelt. A passenger in King’s vehicle, Susan M. Sexton, 24, 111 S. Sixth St., Goshen, suffered pain to the chest and a broken finger.

• One woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. 6, west of U.S. 33, according to an Elkhart County police crash report.

A 1992 Chevrolet 1500 truck driven by Octavio Bonilla, 26, Ligonier, was westbound on U.S. 6. Bonilla was driving too fast on the bridge for icy conditions and the truck began to slide, according to the report. The pickup truck slid head-on into an eastbound 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Hillary Orrick, 31, Ligonier.

Orrick suffered pain to her chest as a result of the crash.

Theft/burglary reports

• Goshen police received a report that three males were seen entering a vacant home at 422 N. Ninth St., Goshen, at approximately 8:38 a.m. Sunday.

• Jessica L. Caudill told Elkhart County police that her wallet was stolen out of her vehicle at 59599 Ridgewood Drive, Goshen, between 9:30 p.m. Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday. A debit card inside the wallet was then used to make four unauthorized purchases totaling approximately $250.

• Mark Humphrey, 19683 C.R. 2, Bristol, told Elkhart County police he had money stolen from his Interra Mastercard debit card to make purchases in New York on Nov. 6. The theft totaled $211.

• Darlene Edelman, 21594 Ind. 120, Elkhart, told Elkhart County police someone entered her home by forcing open a locked side door between 5:50 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Friday and removed electronics, medications, jewelry, clothing and other items.

• Carla J. Gayheart told Elkhart County police someone entered a vacant residence located at 57765 C.R. 27, Goshen, on March 19 and removed a water heater, water softener, bathroom sink and light switch covers.

• Scott A. Kronk, 22629 Spicewood Drive, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone entered his locked vehicle by breaking a passenger side window between 3 p.m. Thursday and 4:45 a.m. Friday while the vehicle was parked at his residence. A wallet and a Concord High School football jersey were stolen.

• Rhanesha N. Woods, 59574 Spicewood Drive, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone entered her open garage between 9 p.m. Thursday and 7:15 p.m. Saturday and removed a cooler from the garage floor, a ham from a freezer, fireworks and her car keys from her unlocked car.

• Leon Williams, 210 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone stole his jacket and wallet containing multiple personal belongings at approximately 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

• Michael Leatherman, 63243 C.R. 19, Goshen, told Elkhart County police stole Christmas decorations from his front yard on two different occasions. The first theft occurred between 11:30 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday, while the second theft occurred between midnight and 9 a.m. Saturday.

• Gracie Mingucha, Goshen, reported a theft from her vehicle at 2617 S. Main St., Goshen, Monday morning, according to Goshen police.

• Chrystal Goble, Goshen, said someone stole medicine, Xbox games and cigarettes from her home at 305 S. Seventh St., Goshen, sometime over the weekend, according to Goshen police.

• Sometime last month someone entered the warehouse of Goshen Farm and Garden Center, 2413 Lincolnway East, and stole a number of Echo brand blowers, trimmers and chainsaws, according to Goshen police.

• Peggy Bontrager, Nappanee, reported someone tried to enter her home by kicking down the garage door at 71153 C.R. 7 around 2:50 p.m. Monday, according to Elkhart County Police. Bontrager reported that they left the residence after she scared them away, and that nothing was taken.

• Andrea Golden, reported that someone entered her home at 70104 C.R. 15, New Paris, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, according to Elkhart County police. Someone stole personal documents, an Xbox 360 gaming system and cash.

Assault/battery reports

• A 53-year-old man told Elkhart County police a male struck him in the head with a sandal causing pain at approximately 9:45 p.m. Friday while at the Elkhart County Work Release Center, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Jose Valencia, 23879 C.R. 38, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone smashed the windows of his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway between 8 p.m. Friday and 3:40 a.m. Saturday.

• A staffer told Goshen police that the Boys and Girls Club, 912 Middlebury St., Goshen, had been vandalized sometime between 6 p.m. Thursday and 1:20 p.m. Sunday.

Alcohol/drug reports

• Joel Hoover, 22, was arrested by Elkhart County police at 12:48 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 20, just west of Ind. 15., Goshen, on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was released on a memorandum to appear in court.

• Goshen police were called to 4024 Elkhart Road, behind Once Upon A Child, around 1:53 p.m. Monday in reference to something being dumped in a dumpster behind the building. Police found items for manufacturing methamphetamine.

OWI arrests

• Shawn E. Schiltz, 50, 59867 C.R. 117, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police at 5 p.m. Saturday on C.R. 17, just south of U.S. 20, on charges of felony resisting law enforcement and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Schiltz allegedly attempted to flee from police following a traffic stop at the intersection of C.R. 17 and C.R. 14.

• Cathryn D. Hollar, 43, 406 W. Warren St., Middlebury, was arrested by Elkhart County police on an operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated charge after a traffic stop at 10:20 p.m. Saturday on C.R. 35, just north of C.R. 8, Middlebury.

• Ashley Amor, 32, 20248 U.S. 6, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop at 9:06 a.m. Monday on U.S. 6 east of C.R. 56, Nappanee.