Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 26, 2014

Woman says police impersonator stopped her

Goshen News

---- — A driver reported to police she was pulled over by someone impersonating a police officer Monday night.

The incident occurred on C.R. 17 at the U.S. 20 Bypass interchange around 10:15 p.m. According to Elkhart County police, the driver said she was pulled over by a white male driving a small white passenger car. The victim said she saw a red and white flashing light coming from the impersonator’s car.

The driver told police that after she was stopped, a white male wearing baggy blue jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt, hood up, approached her and indicated he had stopped her for speeding. The victim asked him to show his police identification, which he could not produce, and she immediately drove away while calling 911.

Police said the impersonator fled the area before officers arrived at the scene.

Elkhart County police said that in Indiana, a law enforcement officer initiating a traffic stop will be in a fully marked police vehicle with red and blue flashing lights. If the police vehicle is not fully marked (without a police sticker package), the vehicle will still have red and blue flashing lights and the officer will be in a uniform properly identifying themselves as a law enforcement officer. If motorists question the legitimacy of the person stopping them, they should ask for proper identification and immediately call 911 if there is any doubt. If at all possible, police report, drivers should stop in well-lit sections of the roadway.

Investigators request anyone having information regarding the Monday incident to text “ECSDTip” and their tip to 847411. Tips can also be submitted online at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com or on the sheriff’s department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ecsdnews. People without access to the Internet or texting can call 574-533-4151 with the information.

No bombs foundafter threats

Elkhart County police are investigating a bomb threat that was phoned in to the county 911 center Tuesday.

The call was made around 10 a.m. According to police, “The caller made a threatening phone call directed toward the county and city courthouses and the prosecutor’s office, which was non-specific and general in nature. Officers completed checks of these buildings, and no bombs or suspicious items were located.”

County police said Tuesday they are committed to maintaining the safety and security of these buildings. Authorities also said that anyone making a false report about placing an explosive or a destructive device inside of a building or place of assembly commits a class D felony, which is punishable up to three years in prison.

Crash reports

• A two-vehicle crash injured a driver south of Elkhart Tuesday morning.

The collision occurred at 7:48 a.m. on Ind. 19 south of C.R. 24. Elkhart County police said a northbound 2000 Ford F150 truck driven by Warren E. Black, 60, Wakarusa, slid into the southbound lane in front of a 2000 Western semi driven by Jeremy L. Tibbs, 34, North Liberty. The vehicles collided.

Black suffered neck and back pain as result of the crash and was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment. Police said he was issued a warning for driving too fast for road conditions.

Theft/burglary reports

• Patrick S. Ryan, 52764 C.R. 131, Bristol, told Elkhart County police Sunday that someone damaged a fence on his property, and also cut down trees and removed them from his property.

• Dawn Arthur, 53106 C.R. 37, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police that someone entered her locked home at between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday and stole several electronic items and other items of value.

• Melinda O’Connor of New Paris told Elkhart County police that someone attempted 23 fraudulent transactions on her checking account Thursday.

• Dan Blucker of Goshen reported a fraudulent charge on his debit card to Goshen police Sunday.

• Efrain Rodriguez, 428 N. First St., told Goshen police Sunday that his son’s bicycle was taken from his home.

Battery reports

• Telly Speichor, 39, 4795 E. 25 North, LaGrange, was arrested by LaGrange County police on a charge of domestic battery after an incident Friday at Speichor’s home.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Edelyn Guzman, 58248 C.R. 23, Goshen, told Elkhart County police Saturday that someone threw rocks at a 2013 GMC Terrain parked in her driveway. Two side mirrors on the vehicle were broken.

• A student at Bashor Alternative School, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, damaged an interior office window at the school around 8:10 a.m. March 19, according to an Elkhart County police report.

• Josette Franklin, 11071 Ind. 120, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police that a window was broken at her residence Thursday.

• Alice Shenk told Goshen police Monday there was graffiti on an abandoned house and garage across from her home in the 1100 block of Prairie Street.

OWI arrests

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

• Mark Green, 39, 17901 C.R. 142, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic crash around 1 p.m. Sunday on Ind. 19 near C.R. 36.

Police said Green was driving a Kia van that went left of center and sideswiped a motor home. Green reportedly drove away from the scene of the crash before a tire on his vehicle went flat. Police said Green’s three children, all younger than 5, were in the van.

In addition to the OWI, Green was arrested on charges of neglect of dependents and leaving the scene of a crash.

• Heather Vandusen, 28, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 12:18 a.m. Sunday at Lincoln and Main streets in Nappanee. In addition to the OWI, Vandusen was also arrested on a charge of resisting law enforcement.

• Michael D. Kesling, 54, 420 Queen St., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police after a traffic stop around 1:35 a.m. Tuesday at First Street and Oakridge Avenue. In addition to the OWI, Kesling was also incarcerated on a charge of driving while his driving privileges were suspended.

Traffic arrests

• Christopher Harman, 26, 9125 750 North, Shipshewana, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 6:40 p.m. on Ind. 120 near Ind. 13, Middlebury. Harman was incarcerated on a charge of driving after having been deemed a habitual traffic violator. He was also cited by police for exceeding the posted speed limit.

Drug/alcohol incidents

• An Elkhart County police officer located trash from a methamphetamine lab around 4 p.m. Friday near the intersection of C.R.s 14 and 23, Bristol. The Indiana State Police was contacted to dispose of the material.

• Elkhart County police reported that at around 11:14 p.m. Saturday, Nathan Schrock, 20, Shipshewana, was found to have consumed alcohol in the 2000 block of Elkhart Road, Goshen. Schrock was cited into court and released at the scene.