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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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  • NWS GN0418 KCF car fire Police News: April 18, 2014 The following thefts and burglaries were recently reported to local police: • Ron Davidhizar told Goshen police Wednesday that someone broke into his storage shed at 221 Queen St. and stole items. • Personnel at Synergy RV Transport, 2448 E. Kercher

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three Concord firefighters suspended for mishandling drugs Concord Township firefighters Don Mansell, Bill Creedon and Jon Simmons were accused by Concord Township Trustee Mark Grabill with the failure to follow the Concord Township Fire Department’s protocol regarding proper tag removal on narcotics boxes.

    April 17, 2014

  • GN140416 Leesburg crash Police News: April 17, 2014 A one-vehicle crash injured two men — one critically — south of Leesburg Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Six injured in crash northwest of Wakarusa

    A two-vehicle crash injured six people north of Wakarusa Tuesday.
    The mishap occurred around 7:20 a.m. at the intersection of C.R.s 1 and 26.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • GN140416 Leesburg crash Driver critically injured in Kosciusko County crash

    A one-vehicle crash injured two men — one critically — south of Leesburg Tuesday.
    The mishap occurred on C.R. 150 West just south of C.R. 400 North around 5 p.m.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man gets 80 years for threat on wife An Elkhart man who threatened to set his wife on fire has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

    April 15, 2014

  • Police news: Several arrested on charges of drunken driving • Lori L. Ellis, 48, 12778 N. 300 East, Syracuse, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of driving while intoxicated at 1:35 a.m. Sunday. Ellis was stopped for a traffic stop at Dierdorff and Kercher Roads in Goshen for driving left of center and transported to the Elkhart County jail.

    April 13, 2014

  • Police/Rescue News: April 13, 2014 Area police made several arrests recently.

    April 12, 2014

  • GN140413 brookside fire Goshen firefighters battle blaze at Brookside Manor

    Goshen firefighters battled a blaze at a home in Brookside Manor Mobile Home Park this morning.
    The residence is located along Orchid Avenue in the park on Goshen's northwest side.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo


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