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July 18, 2013

POLICE NEWS: July 18, 2013

Four arrested in Warsaw drug bust

Four people are now in custody on felony cocaine charges following a Tuesday evening arrest in Warsaw.

According to Kosciusko County police, the four individuals were arrested Tuesday after a month-long drug investigation. Undercover officers from the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force reportedly conducted a controlled purchase of cocaine near the area of U.S. 30 and Detroit Street and subsequently initiated a traffic stop at approximately 9:50 p.m.

Kosciusko Sheriff’s Deputies along with Indiana State Troopers arrested and preliminarily charged the following four individuals with felony dealing cocaine: Jesus V. Chavera IV, 26, Warsaw; Kira Ann Courson, 21, Warsaw; Melvin Santana-Slone, 30, Warsaw; and Micah Benjamin Goss, 22, Warsaw.

Kosciusko County D.T.F. officers stated that approximately two ounces of cocaine with a street value of $2,000 and an undisclosed amount of cash were seized during the arrest.

All four individuals are being held without bond in the Kosciusko County Jail on a prosecutorial hold from the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.

Crash reports

• Two Goshen men were injured in a three-vehicle collision at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday near Goshen. According to Elkhart County police, Keith Barrier, 38, Elkhart, was driving his vehicle north on Ind. 15 attempting to turn west onto C.R. 18. A second vehicle, driven by Oleg Drepin, 40, Goshen, was traveling south on Ind. 15 at C.R. 18. A third vehicle, driven by James Kocher, 36, Goshen, was stopped at the stop sign at C.R. 18 facing eastbound at Ind. 15. Barrier reportedly failed to yield the right of way to Drepin causing Drepin’s vehicle to strike Barrier’s vehicle on the front passenger side. Barrier was then pushed into the front of Kocher’s vehicle. Drepin and a passenger in his vehicle, Vladimir Drepin, 66, Goshen, were transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment of head pain. Neither Barrier nor Kocher were injured. Barrier was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

Theft/burglary reports

• Goshen police received a report at 11:52 p.m. Tuesday indicating the Family Dollar, 1305 College Ave., Goshen, had been burglarized. The front door entryway was reportedly broken by a brick that was thrown through the glass. It is unknown if anyone made entry into the building.

• Debbie Kauffman, secretary at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 902 S. Main St., Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police at 1 p.m. July 11 indicating someone entered the church office and removed a Key Bank debit card and some petty cash.

• A 12-year-old girl filed a report with Goshen police at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday indicating her bicycle had been stolen while parked at 416 Gra Roy Drive, Goshen.

• Brenda Quiroz, 435 S. Silverwood Lane, Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police at midnight Tuesday indicating her mo—ped had been stolen.

• Guadalupe Vazquez, 41, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday while at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, on a charge of theft. She was released on a memorandum to appear in court.

• Larry Adcock filed a report with Elkhart County police at 4:45 p.m. Monday indicating two bikes were stolen from 60275 Graybill Ave., Goshen, between 2:07 a.m. and 5:07 a.m. Friday.

• James L. Begly, 25516 C.R. 36, Goshen, filed a report with Elkhart County police at 4:19 p.m. Monday indicating someone forced entry to a detached garage on the C.R. 36 property and stole a golf cart between June 27 and July 5.

• Eric Back, 65760 Ind. 15, Goshen, filed a report with Elkhart County police at 3:34 p.m. Monday indicating someone entered his unlocked apartment between 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday and stole money, a Playstation 3, a shotgun and several video games.

• Kristina McDonald, 39, 404 Ravine Drive, Ligonier, was arrested by LaGrange County police Tuesday on a charge of theft.

• Derek Moore, 18, 207 S. Main St., Wolcottville, was arrested by LaGrange County police Tuesday on a charge of theft.

Fraud reports

• John W. Cole, 2525 College Ave., Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday indicating someone had made unauthorized purchases from his bank account.

Suspicious person reports

• Two juvenile females filed a report with Goshen police at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday indicating they had been approached by a man who was making inappropriate gestures at them while at 411 W. Plymouth Ave., Goshen.

• Goshen police received a report from a resident at a home in the 300 block of North Second Street at 4 a.m. Wednesday indicating someone was attempting to open the front door. Officers checked the area but could not locate anyone.

Endangered adult reports

• Elkhart County police received a report at 6:36 a.m. Tuesday indicating an elderly woman was walking nude in the street in the 57000 block of Arabian Drive, Goshen. Police reportedly found the woman standing in the street, mostly incoherent. Concord medics transported the woman to Elkhart General Hospital for a medical examination. She was then committed for a psychiatric evaluation.

Public nudity reports

• LaGrange County police received a report Tuesday indicating a juvenile female had been riding her bicycle on C.R. 400 W. in the area of 600 South at 9:48 a.m. Tuesday when a black Escalade drove past her several times. The vehicle then reportedly stopped and a male exposed himself to the girl. After exposing himself, the Escalade then reportedly drove off to the south.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Eric Zacarias filed a report with Goshen police at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday indicating someone had damaged his uncle’s pickup truck while it was parked at 1917 Mayfield Drive, Goshen.

• An employee of Walters Auto Sales, 28080 C.R. 20, Elkhart, filed a report with Elkhart County police at 12:41 p.m. Monday indicating 12 vehicles in the parking lot of the business had been damaged by someone throwing rocks into the parking lot sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday.

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