Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 28, 2014

Arrest made in courthouse bomb threat

Goshen News

---- — Elkhart County police said they’ve arrested the man who phoned in a bomb threat to emergency dispatchers Tuesday.

Kenneth L. Childress, 25, Joyce Court, Elkhart was arrested on a Class D felony charge of false informing. Childress was taken into custody around 3 p.m. Thursday during questioning at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a police report, at 10:01 a.m. Tuesday a male caller telephoned county dispatchers and reported a bomb being placed at one of the courthouses in Elkhart County or the prosecutor’s office. Police said the caller reported the bomb was in one of the locations and officers had to figure it out.

“Though the investigation revealed no actual threat to the courthouses or the prosecutor’s office, the Sheriff’s Department takes a strong stance in holding those accountable for making false threats that disrupt the community and its resources,” Elkhart County police Capt. James Bradberry said in a prepared statement Thursday afternoon.

Crash reports

• Four people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash south of Goshen Thursday morning.

The mishap occurred at 4:47 a.m. at the intersection of C.R.s 40 and 31, Elkhart County police reported. Police said a westbound 2005 Dodge Ram driven by Shannon Marks, 37, Topeka, collided with a 2000 Dodge Caravan driven by Juan Ortiz, 45, Ligonier.

Marks suffered facial bleeding and left wrist pain as a result of the crash, and three passengers in the vehicle the was driving were also hurt. Police said Shayna Timperley, 30, Caiden Marks, 5, and Jackson Marks, 2, all of Topeka, suffered pain due to the collision. All the vehicle occupants were transported to a hospital.

Police said Ortiz was cited for disregarding a stop sign and driving without a valid driver’s license.

Theft/burglary reports

• It was reported to Goshen police Wednesday that inspirational banners were stolen the fence at Parkside Elementary School, 1202 S. Seventh St.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Patricia A. Holdread, 217 S. 10th St., told Goshen police Wednesday that someone damaged the wire fence in back of her residence.

Contraband reported

It was reported to Goshen police Wednesday that a 5-year-old Head Start student brought contraband to Chandler Elementary School, 419 S. Eighth St. The items were confiscated by school officials and turned over to police.