Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 10, 2013

POLICE NEWS: Elkhart man recovering from gunshot wound


— A man who was shot in the 200 block of Elkhart’s Indiana Avenue late Thursday morning has now been identified as Latyris Mitchell, 19, of Elkhart. According to Elkhart police, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of East Indiana Avenue at 11:50 a.m. Thursday in reference to the sound of shots fired.

Upon arriving at the scene, Mitchell was reportedly located with firearm–related injuries. He was transported to Elkhart General Hospital by Elkhart Fire Department medics, where as of the last report provided Thursday his condition is listed as guarded. It is believed the suspect or suspects involved in the shooting fled the scene on foot.

Anyone with information connected to the shooting is asked to contact the detective bureau at 295-7076 or the department tip line at 389-4777.

Inmate escape

• Elkhart County Community Corrections officials are reporting that an inmate, Michael Shoun, was released at 2:23 p.m. Tuesday for work release and was expected to return to the center by 11:59 p.m. the same day. However, Shoun reportedly failed to return to the center within the allotted time frame or contact the proper authorities as required and is now considered absent without leave.

Crash reports

• A Bristol woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 6:56 p.m. Thursday near Elkhart. According to Elkhart County police, Wanda Andrews, 72, Bristol, was stopped in traffic westbound on C.R. 4 when a second vehicle collided with the rear of her vehicle and then left the scene. Andrews was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of back and chest pain.

• A 6-year-old boy was injured June 1 after being struck by his mother while she was backing out of the driveway on U.S. 20 in Middlebury. According to Middlebury police, the boy is out of the hospital and recovering very well. There were no broken bones. The boy may have additional surgeries due to burns, but otherwise suffered lacerations and abrasions that should heal with minimal scaring, according to a police release.

• A bicyclist was injured in a single incident and airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne Friday. The crash occurred at 4:20 p.m. According to Kosciusko County police, Daniel R. King, 50, Leesburg, was operating a bicycle in the area of McKenna Road, east of Robert Lewis Drive in North Webster. A witness at the scene told police King went over the handlebars for an unknown reason, striking the pavement with his head. King suffered from extensive head and facial injuries. King was not wearing a bicycle helmet.  The incident remains under investigation.

• A driver was injured in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 33 and C.R. 40 in Goshen Friday. The crash occurred at 5:28 p.m. Elkhart County police said a 2001 Buick Regal driven by Kristy Ploof, 21, Milford, was traveling behind another vehicle that stopped in the intersection. Ploof ran off the road to avoid rear ending the vehicle and collided with a tree stump and telephone box. King was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaint of back pain and issued a written warning for following too closely.

• A driver was injured in a single-car collision at C.R. 100, south of C.R. 50 near Nappanee Saturday. The crash occurred at 4:46 p.m. According to Elkhart County police, Andrew Slabaugh, 20, Nappanee, was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer when the passenger side tires left the roadway. He lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. He was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for complaint of general pain. No citations were issued at the scene. Police said the crash is still under investigation.


reports and arrests

• John Potter, 1202 Wilson Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole six small solar-powered lights from his property at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

• James C. Hawkins, 617 S. Ninth St., Goshen, told Goshen police his storage building was burglarized at 12:01 a.m. April 1.

• Cathy Hoogenboom, Goshen, told Goshen police medication was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked on South Main Street in Elkhart at 5:30 p.m. April 28.

• Roy Fissgus, 25, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 4:53 p.m. Thursday while at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, on a charge of theft. He was released on a memorandum to appear in court.

• Joe Pancake, 40, 403 E. Lincoln Ave., Apt. 3, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 8:49 p.m. Thursday while at Kroger’s Supermarket, 209 Chicago Ave., Goshen, on a charge of theft and an active Elkhart County warrant. He was booked into the county jail.

• Kelcie Dausman, 68047 Division St., New Paris, told Elkhart County police someone entered her unlocked vehicle at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday while parked in front of her residence and stole several items.

• Loss prevention employees at Supercenter Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole items at 9:24 p.m. Thursday. A case is pending with suspect information, police said.

• An employee at Rap Automotive, 2602 Lincolnway East, Goshen, told Goshen police someone rented a Budget Truck and never returned the vehicle to the designated location at 1:26 p.m. May 2.

• Employees at Martin’s Supermarket, 1527 Bashor Road, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole items at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday.

• An employee at IN Transport, 2702 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole a Keystone Outback travel trailer around 3 p.m. June 1.

Residential entry reports

• Latasha Baizabal, 350 Stone Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police a group of juveniles entered a neighbor’s home while the neighbors were gone. Police arrived and the home owners were not home at 3:43 p.m. Friday.