Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 6, 2013

Five nabbed for armed robbery

Goshen News

---- — Five Elkhart men were arrested after an armed robbery that took place in Goshen early Monday morning.

Goshen police were called a home along April Lane in the Twin Pines Mobile Home Park regarding an armed robbery and burglary. The occupants of the home told police a handgun had been brandished during the robbery. None of the home occupants were injured during the incident, according to police.

The robbers fled prior to police being called for help.

Police said the subsequent investigation lead to the arrest of five people on charges of armed robbery and burglary. Arrested were:

• Armando Gonzalez, 18, 121 W. Indiana Ave., Elkhart

• Matthew R. Allen, 19, 10 Malcolm Drive, Apt. C, Elkhart

• Antoine A. McDuffie, 21, 26275 Leland Road, Elkhart

• Davon N. Crenshaw, 19, 719 E. Lusher Ave., Elkhart

• Montrail D. Williams, 20, 1606 Frances Ave., Elkhart

All five were incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Teen’s death ruled homicide

An Elkhart teen-ager’s death has been ruled a homicide. Elkhart County Coroner John White said Monday said the cause of death for Tiana E. Alter, 17, was multiple sharp-force injuries. An autopsy had been performed earlier that day.

According to Elkhart County police, officers responded to a 911 call at the home at 29482 C.R. 1, Granger, at 11:18 p.m. Saturday.

At the residence, police found Alter dead in a bedroom.

According to police, officers at the scene arrested a “person of interest” on unrelated charges.

Elkhart County police Capt. James Bradberry said detectives are making progress on the case, and plan to soon forward the results of the investigation to the county prosecutor’s office for review.

Crash reports

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

• Three people were hurt in a three-vehicle crash Monday on Old U.S. 33 at Ash Road.

The mishap occurred at 10:20 a.m. Elkhart County police said Timmy Holt, 25, Elkhart, was driving east in a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer. According to police, Holt was traveling too fast to make a southbound turn onto Ash Road. The Blazer rolled onto its driver’s side and collided with a 2009 Honda Accord driven by Samantha Stahley, 23, Middlebury, and a 2007 Buick Lacrosse driven by Karen Helmlinger, 69, Elkhart.

A passenger in Holt’s vehicle, Erika Ash, 28, Elkhart, suffered abdominal pain as a result of the collision. Stahley and Helmlinger both suffered head pain. Holt was unhurt.

Police said Hold was issued a citation.

• A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Thursday on Goshen’s Plymouth Avenue, east of Indiana Avenue.

The mishap occurred around 2 p.m. Goshen police said Eric L. Leatherman, 44, Goshen, was driving east in a 1998 Nissan Altima. The vehicle went off the south side of the road and down a steep embankment before striking a tree.

Leatherman suffered leg pain as a result of the crash.

Drug/alcohol arrests

• Police arrested two men after a raid on a Country Squire Estates home in Topeka Friday.

LaGrange County police said the raid occurred around 9:15 p.m. at 335 North St. Lot 41. Officers waited until that time due to the large number of children in the area out trick-or-treating.

During a search of the home, police reportedly found a one-pot methamphetamine lab, methamphetamine, meth precursors and paraphernalia, and several hypodermic needles.

Police arrested Christopher D. Hollowell, 33, 335 North St. Lot 41, Topeka, and Justin M. Harrington, 28, 246 N. 600 West, Albion, on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a park or family housing complex, a Class A felony; possession of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a park or family housing complex, a Class A felony; and possession of precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, a Class D felony. In addition, Hollowell was arrested on a charge of maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony, and Harrington was arrested on a charge of visiting a common nuisance, a Class A misdemeanor.

Both men were incarcerated in the LaGrange County jail.

The raid followed a joint investigation between the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, the Topeka Police Department and the LaGrange County Prosecutor’s Office over the past several weeks.

Man sentenced for felony offense

A 21-year-old Syracuse man recently received an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to a count of criminal confinement.

Letcher Ellis will also serve six years on probation under the terms of the sentence handed down in Elkhart Superior Court 3. In addition, Ellis was ordered undergo a substance abuse evaluation by Addiction Recovery Center of Elkhart, or another agency approved by the probation department, and successfully complete treatment. He was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation by Oaklawn staff and successfully complete any course of treatment.

The crime occurred on May 6, 2012, when Ellis went to a home in the 72000 block of C.R. 29, Syracuse, and brandished a handgun. Court documents list three victims in the case.

Theft/burglary reports

• Chelsea Rodriguez, 702 S. Eighth St., Goshen, told Goshen police that someone removed a lock and entered her apartment between 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday. Several items were taken.

• David Zehr, 806 S. Sixth St., told Goshen police Sunday that someone burglarized his shed.

• Susan Warstler of Goshen told Elkhart County police Friday that someone used her Interra debit card to make unauthorized purchases in France and Spain.

• Douglas Boyer, 1740 Woodview Drive, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police Saturday that his lawnmower had been stolen from a home in the 58000 block of C.R. 35 approximately two weeks prior.

• Samantha Mullins, 206 S. 28th St., told Goshen police Monday that someone took her cell phone from her bedroom.

• Larry Stark, 1722 Graceland Court, told Goshen police Monday that someone took power tools from his garage.

• Deja Thomas, 2628 Ashton Pines, told Goshen police Sunday that sometime since Oct. 17, someone entered her home and took a 32-inch Visio television.

• Amy Contreras, 213 1/2 Crescent St., reported a burglary at her home to Goshen police Sunday, and also the theft of a bicycle.

• An employee of Ultra Clean, 430 W. Pike St., reported the theft of a glass jar containing quarters to Goshen police Sunday.

Traffic incidents

• A Nappanee man was cited by Elkhart County police after allegedly leaving the scene of a crash south of New Paris Sunday.

Police said that around 9:39 a.m., Adam S. Maxwell reported a hit-and-run crash on Ind. 15 south of C.R. 50. Police said Maxwell’s 2010 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was sideswiped by a white 2005 Pontiac Vibe. The driver of the Pontiac reportedly fled the scene heading north.

Police said the Pontiac’s driver, Gregory Markham, 29, Nappanee, was later located in Goshen. Markham was cited on charges of leaving the scene of a property damage crash, driving without a driver’s license and driving without insurance.

• Roberto Murillo-Gonzalez, 48, 207 N. Greene St., Ligonier, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 6 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 33 near C.R. 33. He was incarcerated on a charge of driving while never receiving a driver’s license.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Thomas Bates told Elkhart County police a male shattered all the windows and punctured three tires on a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am parked at 51468 C.R. 35, Bristol. The damage occurred around 12:49 a.m. Sunday.

• Gregory Korte, 119 N. 21st St., told Goshen police Monday that someone damaged his mailbox. Police said mailboxes belonging to nine other people were also damaged during the nighttime hours.

• Jacklyn Davis of Goshen told Goshen police Sunday that someone damaged her 2007 Chevrolet Uplander van while it was parked at 112 Winchester Trails.