Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 11, 2013

Jefferson Twp. fire still under investigation


— The exact cause of a Tuesday afternoon fire in Jefferson Township still hasn’t been determined.

According to Jefferson Township Fire Chief Doug Weldy, dispatch received a call of a possible house fire at 58750 Sun Valley Blvd. at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Upon arriving at the scene, Weldy indicated that the home’s garage appeared to be nearly completely engulfed in flames, with the flames beginning to spread to other parts of the home.

“There was actually somebody home when it all started,” Weldy said, “but one of the neighbors apparently noticed something and came over and knocked on the door. The resident had apparently only been home for about 20 minutes, so luckily everybody was out by the time we got there.”

While the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, Weldy indicated that current evidence points to an ignition point originating somewhere in the home’s garage.

“We haven’t pinpointed it,” Weldy said, “but it had something to do with the car that was in the garage.”

Weldy indicated that it took his department approximately 25 minutes to get the scene under control with the assistance of the Concord Township Fire Department.

As for any injuries, Weldy said several of his firemen suffered minor heat exhaustion while working to extinguish the blaze, but otherwise there were no injuries reported.

“We had a little bit of heat exhaustion on a couple of my guys, and one guy had a minor hand injury,” Weldy said, “but nothing really major.”

North Webster woman injured

A North Webster woman was injured in a two-car crash on C.R. 300 East and C.R. 1050 North in Warsaw. The crash occurred at 3:18 p.m. Monday according to Kosciusko County police. Alisha M. Browner, 18, North Webster, was stopped at C.R. 1050 North and allegedly proceeded into the path of the car driven by Glenn L. Hochstetler, 44, Leesburg. His vehicle was pushed into a field and Browner’s car broke a utility pole according to police. Browner had to be extricated from her vehicle and transported to Parkview Hospital for treatment.

Man airlifted after motorcycle wreck

An Etna Green man was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital Tuesday after a motorcycle crash south of Warsaw.

A 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Richard P. Lattea, 46, Etna Green, struck the rear of a 2007 Cadillac driven by Lana K. OConnell, 61, Warsaw. The crash occurred at 2:21 p.m. on Ind. 25 at the intersection of C.R. 200 South in Warsaw. According to a police release, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s department deputies arrived on the scene with Lattea on the ground in respiratory distress. Officers called for a Medflight helicopter that landed in front of Warsaw Community High School. According to police, Lattea had a collapsed lung and was airlifted to Lutheran Memorial Hospital, Fort Wayne. He was listed in fair condition Wednesday according to hospital staff. OConnell was not injured in the crash.

Teen jailed for driving

A green Saturn was stopped by Goshen police in the 2700 block of Elkhart Road for driving left of center. The police said the driver was a 14-year-old and was arrested on a charge of not driving with a valid driver’s license at 4:21 a.m. Tuesday. The teen was returned to the parent and the vehicle was impounded by Thompson’s Towing.

Theft/burglary reports

• Thomas Rose of Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered his vehicle and stole a brown wallet containing several credit cards around midnight April 5. The stolen credit cards were used at local stores with purchases valued at more than $4,000.

• Philip Zimmerman of Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his credit cards sometime March 30 that resulted in monetary loss while on vacation in a foreign country.

• Joanne Weldy, 2400 College Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole $60 in cash from her purse around 9 p.m. April 5.

• Rosendo Soto, 610 N. Third St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole two full bags of aluminum cans from his back yard sometime Tuesday.

• An employee of ZX Guns, 230 S. Third St., Goshen, told Goshen police an online customer committed fraud with a Zeiss Conquest 3-9x 50mm scope at 1:14 p.m. Jan 29.

• Steven McClements, 4285 N. State Road 9 #118, LaGrange, told LaGrange County police someone stole a Playstation 3 along with controllers and several games at 2:27 p.m. Tuesday.