Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 20, 2013

POLICE NEWS: June 20, 2013


— A mo-ped rider was airlifted to a hospital after a three-vehicle crash Tuesday in Goshen.

Goshen police said the collision occurred at 6 p.m. at U.S. 33 and Eisenhower Drive. Brian J. Wendt, 61, Isanti, Minn., was driving south in a 2000 Ford F250 truck. He told police he’d signaled to turn east into the One Stop Gas Station.

As Wendt was turning, mo-ped driver Calvin D. Bontrager, 25, Goshen, reportedly tried to pass the truck on the right. The mo-ped struck the truck and then collided with a 2008 Chevrolet driven by Rebecca Helmuth, 41, New Paris.

Bontrager was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for treatment of his injuries. He was later discharged.

Motorcyclist injured

A motorcyclist was injured on Ind. 13, north of C.R. 38 Wednesday at 11:38 a.m. According to Elkhart County police, Shane D. Parks, 30, Bethel, Vt., was knocked off his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle while traveling behind an unknown type of box truck. A fiberglass side wall from a travel trailer loaded on the truck came loose and flew back toward Parks.

He was struck by the side wall, which resulted in injuries to his lower legs. Information about the box truck and driver is unknown. No citations were issued as a result of the crash.

Suspicious person

Goshen police were dispatched to Shanklin Park, 411 W. Plymouth Ave., Goshen, for a report of a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black mask and sunglasses at 4:33 p.m. Tuesday. Officers located the 17-year-old male who lives in Goshen. Police said the individual was making a political statement and was not aware that the way he was dressed would alarm citizens resulting in a police response.

Meth lab remnants found

A Goshen resident called Goshen police about someone finding the remnants of a methamphetamine lab on the mobile park property at 400 Winchester Trails, Goshen, at 2:18 p.m. Tuesday. Police contacted the Indiana State Police Clandestine Team and the remnants were removed.

Theft/burglary reports

• Randall and Jo Slabaugh, Nappanee, told Goshen police several items were stolen from their van while it was parked in Goshen’s city Lot F, 103 N. Fifth St., at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

• Bob Franks, 410 Noble Court, Goshen, told Goshen police a theft had occurred at his residence at 3 p.m. Sunday.

• Goshen police received a report from an employee of Terry’s Carpet Cleaning, 1916 Hemlock Court, Goshen, indicating the company had received several letters recently attempting to recover funds from them for some counterfeit checks. The checks had reportedly been written using the company name and address and drawn from a false account. The case remains under investigation.

• Elisa Acosta, Ligonier, told Goshen police that while she was shopping at Menards, 1925 Lincolnway East, at 3:40 p.m. Monday, someone entered her vehicle and moved it from where she had originally parked it.

• An employee of the 7-Eleven gas station, 2220 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police the station received a counterfeit $10 bill at 3 p.m. Monday.

• Yara Lopez, Goshen, told Goshen police someone attempted to gain entry to her vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot at 255 Woodridge Court, Goshen, at 10:56 p.m. Monday.

• Jeffrey Heckenast, 67 Brookside Manor, Goshen, told Goshen police when he returned home at 11:28 p.m. Monday he found a screen had been bent out on the front side of the house. He noted that it does not appear entry was made to the home and nothing was found missing or out of place.

• Angela Lemarr, 1101 West Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police her cell phone was stolen from her residence at 6:14 p.m. Monday.

• An employee of RC Recycling, 67895 C.R. 23, New Paris, told Elkhart County police someone entered the business property at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and stole several items. At approximately the same time, an employee of Smoker Craft, 68143 Clunette, New Paris, told police someone had entered the business property and stole aluminum steps. Police indicated they suspect the same individual in both robberies. The investigation is ongoing.

• Joshua Mack, 1800 W. 200 North, LaGrange, told LaGrange County police someone entered his residence sometime Thursday and stole $180 from a safe inside the residence.

• Cory Havens, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his vehicle while at work at 2482 E. Kercher Road, Goshen, at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

• A 17-year-old juvenile told Goshen police someone stole her wallet inside Rue 21, 3938 Midway Road, Goshen, at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Traffic arrest

• Eric Pfishner, 32, was arrested by Elkhart County police at 12:37 a.m. Monday on C.R. 15, just north of C.R. 26, on charges of driving a motor vehicle while never having received a license, false registration and expired registration. He was released on a memorandum to appear in court.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Kim Teamer, 508 Middlebury St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone threw a melon-size rock on the windshield of his 1998 Ford Explorer at 9 p.m. Monday.

• Kimberly Anderson, 23086 Fredrick Circle, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone threw a clay flower pot through a window in the front of her residence between 12:40 and 12:45 p.m. Monday.

• Marlin Bontrager, 702 S. Hawthorne St., Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone scratched the paint on his Mercury Mountaineer between midnight and 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Battery reports

• Walter Moore, 47, 65863 Barrens Drive, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of domestic battery after a verbal argument at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday. The victim suffered a swollen left eye and lacerations to the face and leg after being punched in the face multiple times, police said.