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October 27, 2012

Pastor charged with sexually assaulting girl

A Warsaw pastor has been arrested on a charge of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl police say has significant mental and physical handicaps.

Warsaw police say 77-year-old Robert Haywood was arrested Friday following a three-month investigation. He is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and sexual battery, all felony counts. Police say he is a pastor at Harvest Time Ministries Church in Warsaw.

Police say Haywood is accused of inappropriately sexually touching the girl in the church basement and of having sex with her.

He was released from the Kosciusko County Jail on a $10,000 bond. No court date was set and court records did not indicate whether Haywood had hired an attorney.

Overpressure devices found in Goshen

Goshen police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of North Greene Road at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a suspicious plastic bottle. Officers reportedly located several bottles that were used as overpressure devices. Pictures were taken of the bottles prior to them being discarded. A case report was taken.

Off-road crash

injures man

Indiana Conservation officers are investigating an off-road vehicle accident that occurred at 3:25 p.m. Thursday in Noble County.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Tommie L. Higginbotham, 68, Albion, was operating a John Deere Gator on a private drive at 3369 East 200 North with his 4-year-old granddaughter as his passenger. Higginbotham reportedly lost control of the Gator for an unknown reason, causing it to overturn and land in a drainage ditch next to his driveway. Both occupants were thrown from the vehicle.

Higginbotham was transported to Parkview Regional Hospital, Fort Wayne, by Noble County EMS for treatment of abrasions to his elbow and head. The 4-year-old was not injured in the accident. Officers were assisted at the scene by the Noble County Sheriff’s Department and the Albion Fire Department.

Theft/burglary reports

• Roger Cripe, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole a trash can from his rental property at 109 W. Pike St., Goshen, sometime within the last couple of days.

• Brian Pluhar, 207 S. Silverwood Lane, Goshen, told Goshen police someone withdrew $1,000 from his bank account without his permission at around 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

• Courtney Hails, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole her medication and clothing while she was hospitalized at a local hospital at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

• John Bond, 618 N. Fifth St., Goshen, told Goshen police his residence was burglarized at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday. A report was taken.

• Derek D. Happ, 519 Silverwood Lane, Goshen, told Goshen police his home was burglarized at approximately 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. A report was taken.

• James Swartzendruber, Goshen, told Goshen police several unauthorized charges were made to his Interra Credit Union checking account at approximately 12 a.m. Aug. 15.

• Brad E. Kaiser, 52387 C.R. 39, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police a trash can was stolen from in front of his house between 11:26 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Assault/battery reports

• Tammy Platt, 22, 1823 Bashor Road, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 12:04 a.m. Friday at her home on a charge of battery. She was booked into the county jail.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• William Young, 1105 S. 15th St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone spray painted the siding of his house between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday.


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  • Red D Mart armed robbery New Paris Police ask for public's help in identifying would-be robber

    Elkhart County police have released still photos captured from video of the man who attempted to hold up Red D Mart gas station, 68310 Ind. 15, New Paris, on Saturday, July 19.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • POLICE NEWS FOR JULY 23: Police determine car fire at Linway Plaza was a suicide attempt Following a four-month investigation, Goshen police determined that a car fire in the Linway Plaza parking lot on March 19 was an attempted suicide.According to Goshen police, William J. Tully was inside a car that caught fire at 12:11 p.m. March 19

    July 23, 2014

  • GN140723 CR34-Ind. 13 Crash 1 LaGrange man airlifted from scene of crash A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash at Ind. 13 and C.R. 34 at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday. Terry Fry, 44, LaGrange, was airlifted by MedFlight from the scene. Elkhart County police said he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with fractures to

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspicious blinking package with battery pack causes police to evacuate business area

    A package with a battery pack and a blinking red light found on the desk of an employee at MSC, 28551 Laura Court, Elkhart, caused police and firefighters to evacuate the area this morning.
    The package turned out to be a GPS tracking device and not a bomb.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cat beaten to death in burglary

    A house cat was found beaten to death following a burglary at a home in Howe Sunday.

    July 21, 2014

  • GN140721 Kosciusko Fatal Photo #2.jpg Fiery crash kills one, critically injures two in North Webster

    A fiery crash in North Webster left a Pennsylvania man dead and two others critically injured at 3:21 p.m. Sunday on Ind. 13, near Esterbrook Drive.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • Police looking for armed robbery suspect The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for information related to an attempted armed robbery at the Red D Mart at 68310 Ind. 15, in New Paris Saturday.According to police, at approximately 9:13 a.m. a white male approximately 20

    July 20, 2014

  • Work release inmate being sought Elkhart County police filed a report Thursday indicating Matthew J. Balint, 20, failed to return to lawful custody at the work release center, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, at 4:04 p.m. July 9, and is now considered absent without leave.

    July 18, 2014

  • Handguns reported stolen from barn Troy Alexander Mueller of New Paris told Elkhart County police someone removed handguns from a pole barn located at 19902 C.R. 146 in New Paris between 1:30 a.m. Saturday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

    July 17, 2014

  • Elkhart motorcyclist dies from injuries Michael Nunez, 33, Elkhart, died at 8 p.m. Monday from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle collision at C.R. 6 and C.R. 13 near Elkhart, according to Elkhart County police. The crash occurred at 7:45 p.m. Sunday.According to Elkhart County police,

    July 16, 2014


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