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September 25, 2013

Syracuse business raided for drugs

Syracuse police concluded an investigation on Friday by raiding a business at 503 S. Huntington Street in Syracuse where synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “Spice” or “K2,” was suspected of being sold, according to a press release.

The search warrant was served Friday at “The What You Want” store. Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello said during the search, more than 100 packages of synthetic cannabinoids were found, along with records of transactions. The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s office assisted with obtaining the search warrant.

Indiana State Police and local police had been investigating the store and its sales for several months by making undercover purchases of the products being sold.

Arrests are expected from the investigation, which is ongoing, the release said.

Elkhart police seek info on robbery suspects

Elkhart police are seeking help from the public regarding a robbery that occurred Sept. 7 at 1589 W. Franklin St., Elkhart, between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. Two black males entered the store and placed several items into a backpack, police said. The clerk confronted the suspects and was battered. The suspects left the store on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Elkhart Police Department at 574-389-4709.

LaGrange County woman located

A woman abducted in LaGrange County Sept. 18 was located and found safe Friday.

Jennifer Lee Bitzel, 28, Peru, was found in Rome City early Friday by Rome City police officers. Bitzel had reportedly been battered at a home in the 3000 block of C.R. 600 East in LaGrange County Sept. 18. Police said she was then abducted, and Bitzel’s two young children were left behind at the residence.  

Steven Gail Gose, 43, was wanted for the abduction. According to police, Gose was taken into custody by Rome City police and Noble County police Monday at 1:30 p.m. Gose was transported to the LaGrange County jail, where he will be held on multiple outstanding warrants.

Crash reports

• A motorcyclist was injured in a car-motorcycle collision at C.R. 40 and Violet Road in Goshen Monday. The crash occurred at 6:21 a.m. According to Elkhart County police, a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD driven by Charles Smith, 73, Goshen, turned left in front of a 2001 Kawasaki ZR750, driven by Norman Hostetler, 39, Goshen. Hostetler was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for laceration to the right wrist and abrasion on the right knee. He was wearing a helmet. Smith was ticketed for failure to yield and a given a warning for failure to signal a turn.

Theft/burglary reports

• John Driver, 1517 Dogwood Court, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his bicycle in the overnight hours Saturday.

• Sara Connolly, New Paris, told Goshen police someone stole her cell phone while she was working at 1525 W. Wilden Ave., Goshen, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Charles Disher, Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered his vehicle while it was parked at the fuel pumps at 224 N. Main St., Goshen, and stole the keys from the ignition at 7:49 p.m. Sunday.

• Vainine Balbuena, 1709 April Lane, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole several items from her residence at 9:47 p.m. Sunday.

• Larry Clouse, 68047 C.R. 13, Nappanee, told Elkhart County police someone entered his detached garage and took a battery charger, gasoline and keys to two riding lawnmowers at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

• Jack Adcock, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone entered a residence at a new home construction site at 51414 C.R. 39, Middlebury, between 2 and 3 a.m. Saturday and stole construction materials and power tools.

• Donald Klotz, 16806 C.R. 46, New Paris, told Elkhart County police someone stole approximately 140 AMB transponders without permission at approximately 11:46 p.m. Saturday.

• Kezia Hickey, 513 Mercer Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police her Saint Bernard dog was stolen sometime Saturday.

• Marvin A. Huff, 36, 801 Benham Ave., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police at 9 a.m. Monday while at Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, on a charge of theft. He was booked into the county jail.

• Richard S. Cain, 1325 Ashwood Ct., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole gas from his vehicle while it was parked at his residence at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Jeffrey Cross, 801 Arehart St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered his residence at 8:30 a.m. Monday and took several items.

• An employee of the Kroger Fuel Center, 614 W. Pike St., Goshen, told Goshen police a woman failed to pay for gasoline at approximately 5:50 p.m. Monday.

• David Knight, 405 W. Wilden Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone burglarized and vandalized his home at approximately 6 a.m. Monday.

• Irvin D. Lee, 31, 2633 Pleasant Plain Drive, Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police at 8:38 p.m. Monday while at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, on a charge of theft. He was booked into the county jail.

Fraud reports

• Carl Salinas, 69534 C.R. 9, Nappanee, told Elkhart County police he noticed someone had fraudulently used $1,507 from his PayPal account at 9:05 a.m. Monday.

• Goshen police received a report at 11 a.m. Monday that an employee of Climate Control, 17106 Ind. 4, Goshen, was working under another person’s name. The case remains under investigation.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Goshen police received a report at midnight Monday that the sign post at the corner of Kercher Road and Southside Park had been spray painted.

• Scottie Hall and Courtney Gipson, both of 517 New York St., Goshen, told Goshen police their landlord illegally removed items from their apartment and damaged them at 5:39 p.m. Monday.

Traffic arrests

• Rosa Espinoza, 20, 3537 Allison Ave., Indianapolis, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage and not obtaining a operator’s license at 8:45 a.m. Sunday. She collided with a sign at 1402 E. Monroe St., Goshen, and released with a court date.

Alcohol/drug arrests

• Tabatha Roberts, 42, 2640 Memorial Drive, Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia at 7:45 p.m. Sunday after a traffic stop at the intersection of S. Main and Jefferson streets. Roberts was released with a memorandum to appear in Goshen City Court.

OWI arrests

• George A. Griffin, 46, 126 W. Hively Ave, Apt. C26, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police at 2:26 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of C.R. 13 and C.R. 28, Goshen, on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the county jail.

• Ferman Miller, 63, 14913 Falcon Lane, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 11:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Lincolnway East and Plymouth Avenue on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was booked into the county jail.

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