Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 19, 2014

Motorists injured in recent local crashes

Goshen News

---- — Motorists were injured in recent crashes responded to by local police:

• A one-vehicle crash injured a Bristol man just north of Elkhart Sunday.

The collision occurred around 2:18 p.m. at the John Weaver Parkway and C.R. 6. Elkhart County police said Jesus Granados-Bolanos, 18, Bristol, was driving north in a 2001 Ford E150 van. Police said Granados-Bolanos failed to stop at the intersection and the van struck a guard rail. The vehicle then overturned and struck a tree.

Granados-Bolanos suffered minor bleeding on the brain and a head contusion as a result of the crash. He was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police said Granados-Bolanos was cited for speeding, a learner’s permit violation, driving without insurance and disregarding a stop sign.

• A two-vehicle crash injured a mo-ped rider Friday in Goshen.

The mishap occurred around 5:30 a.m. on Wilden Avenue, west of Ind. 15. Goshen police said Brittany Higdon, 24, Goshen, was driving east in a 2011 Chevrolet CZT and attempted to pass a mo-ped operated by Marc Burger, 36, Elkhart. According to police, the front passenger side bumper of the Chevrolet struck the mo-ped, and Burger was ejected.

Burger suffered back pain as a result of the collision and was transported to IU Health Goshen College.

Death investigated

Elkhart County police are investigating the death of man after his body was found along C.R. 9 just north of U.S. 6 Wednesday.

Sgt. Dave Lanzen said the man’s body was discovered early Wednesday afternoon by an Elkhart County Highway Department crew that was repairing potholes. Lanzen said the deceased man lived in the area and the death did not appear suspicious in nature.

Intimidation reported

A Northern Indiana Public Service Co. employee reported an intimidation to Goshen police Monday.

The incident took place around 8:44 a.m. in the 100 block of South Sixth Street. The NIPSCO worker, a 40-year-old Elkhart man, told police that an unhappy customer tried to damage and enter his work vehicle. The customer also threatened bodily harm, according to the police report.

Theft/burglary reports

• Erik Bumpus, 53586 C.R. 27, Lot 131, Bristol, told Elkhart County police that someone broke into his home and stole televisions, a Blu-ray player, a digital camera and a circular saw. The burglary took place Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

• A 2012 Ignite cargo trailer was stolen from the Look Trailers shipping lot, 11550 Harter Drive, Middlebury, between 5 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday, according to an Elkhart County police report.

• Linda Clark of Bristol told Elkhart County police Friday she was the victim of a scam involving a person impersonating a Publishers Clearing House representative.

• Connie Bronson of Bristol told Elkhart County police that three unauthorized purchases were made using her Interra Credit Union debit card number Thursday. The purchases totaled $745.60.

• Mona Biddlecome of Goshen told Elkhart County police that someone used her credit card information to make a fraudulent $120.48 purchase online Feb. 26.

• Courtney Lindsey, 113 S. Benton St., Millersburg, told Elkhart County police that a 2011 Chevrolet Impala was stolen outside her residence between 1 and 8 a.m. Saturday. Items including an Xbox 360 and an Ipod Touch were taken from her home during the same time period, according to the police report.

• Chelsea Henderson, 2626 Alpine Fir Lane, Goshen, told Goshen police Sunday that someone took her purse from her home.

• Freddy Moles of Goshen told Goshen police Sunday that items were taken out of his vehicles during the overnight hours. The vehicles were parked in the 300 block of New Street at the time of the theft.

• Shannon D. Martin, Goshen, reported the unauthorized use of her credit cards to Goshen police Monday.

• Loss prevention staff at Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway East, reported to Goshen police a theft that occurred around 1:50 p.m. Monday.

• Cecilia C. Frazier, 66, 55948 Crestone Circle, Middlebury, was arrested by Goshen police after allegedly trying to shoplift at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, around 8:11 p.m. Monday. Frazier was released on a written promise to appear in Goshen City Court.

• Goshen police were called to a home in the 900 block of Lynwood Drive Monday regarding money that had been taken from the residence.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Trina Harbison told Elkhart County police Friday that someone threw an egg at her Jeep, breaking the vehicle’s front windshield. The vandalism occurred while Harbison was traveling on C.R. 35 north of C.R. 8, Middlebury.

• Gustavo Acosta, 59615 C.R. 35, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police that someone broke the windshield of his 2004 Mazda MPV and threw eggs at the vehicle while it was parked at his residence. The vandalism occurred between 12:45 and 1 a.m. Saturday.

• Courtney Cole and her brother told Elkhart County police that someone threw eggs at their residence at 58189 Steiner Drive, Goshen, between around 11:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

• Dennis Smeltzer of Bristol told Goshen police Sunday that someone kicked in the door to his rental property at 412 Johnston St.

• Lance Pettiford, 301 Brookside Manor, Goshen, told Goshen police Sunday that some of his medications were missing.

• An employee at Kaizen Grill, 2830 Elkhart Road, told Goshen police that a large party left the restaurant without paying for their food Saturday night.

• Jannie Mullins, 918 N. Fifth St., told Goshen police Monday that the screen to her home had been slightly damaged and removed.

Vehicle stuck

Goshen police were called to the intersection of Ninth and Washington streets Sunday regarding a vehicle stuck on the railroad tracks. Police arrived and discovered that Thomas Callaway, 33, Cary, N.C., had become disoriented and had turned onto the tracks rather than onto Ninth Street. The incident occurred around 4:09 a.m., according to the police report.

Shooting reported

Brandy Glick, 125 Timberbrook Circle, Bristol, told Elkhart County she accidentally shot herself in the left calf with a firearm while at her home around 4:45 a.m. Saturday. Police reported that Glick was transported by her boyfriend to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

Warrant arrests

• Goshen police reported that a wanted man, William Knight, 41, was found at his residence at 1013 S. Main St. Sunday. Police said he was taken into custody on six arrested warrants and incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

• Jason Lippincott, 29, 346 Brookside Manor, was taken into custody on an Elkhart County warrant Sunday after Goshen police were called to his home.

OWI arrests

The following motorists were recently arrested, and incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:

• Dorothy Willard, 53, 210 Silverwood, Apt. C, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 12:24 a.m. Saturday on C.R. 21, north of C.R. 38.

• Cory Slagel, 25, 18432 C.R. 18, Goshen, was arrested after a traffic stop by Elkhart County police around 12:38 a.m. Sunday on the U.S. 20 bypass west of Ind. 19.

• Amelia Johnson, 30, Hawthorne, Fla., was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 11:57 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Lincoln and Miriam streets in Nappanee.

• Cory Espinoza, 20, 3488 West Lakeshore Drive, Crown Point, was arrested by Goshen police after a traffic stop around 7:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Pike and First streets. In addition to the OWI, Espinoza was also taken into custody on a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage and on a Porter County arrest warrant.

• Kenneth L. Garland, 54, 60366 Fenmore Ave., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police after a traffic stop around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wilden Avenue and C.R. 15.

Drug/alcohol arrests

• Jeremy J. Ellis, 35, 3465 E. 250 North, LaGrange, was taken into custody at his home by LaGrange County police on three warrants for failure to appear. At his home, Ellis was reportedly found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. As Ellis was being booked into the LaGrange County Jail, police reportedly found more paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine on him.

Traffic arrests

• Jeffrey Jones, 33, 802 N. Eighth St., Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 1 a.m. Sunday on Nappanee Street south of Lusher Avenue, Elkhart. Jones was incarcerated on a charge of driving after having been deemed a habitual traffic violator.