Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 18, 2013

Several thefts, burglaries reported

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Goshen News

---- — Several thefts and burglaries were recently reported to Goshen and Elkhart County police:

• Bert Butler, 12330 C.R. 39, Middlebury, told Elkhart County that someone broke into his residence through a garage door and stole two cats, cat food and home decorations. The burglary took place between 3:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• It was reported to Goshen police Wednesday that someone burglarized the United Steelworkers building at 1408 S. 10th St. and stole several items.

• John Allyn of Goshen told Goshen police Wednesday that someone made an unauthorized charge on his Bank of America credit card account.

• Robin Stickler, 53177 Beverly Hills Drive, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police that someone stole $5,000 worth of jewelry from her residence between Sept. 14 and Monday.

• Cory Owens told LaGrange County police Monday that someone stole his 9mm handgun. The firearm was taken from a home in the 6000 block of U.S. 20 West near Shipshewana.

Crash reports

Three people were injured in separate crashes responded to by Goshen police Monday:

• A driver was hurt in a two-vehicle crash around 8:30 p.m. on Ind. 4 near U.S. 33.

Police said a 2002 Mercury Nautica Villager driven by Greg W. Cunningham, 55, Asheville, N.C., was backed into a 2007 Chevrolet Uplander driven by Jacklyn Davis, 49, Goshen. Davis suffered neck pain as a result of the mishap.

• A two-vehicle collision injured a driver and passenger shortly around 1 p.m. on Kercher Road and Industrial Park Drive.

Police said a 2004 Toyota Corolla driven by Gilberto Gutierrez, 52, collided with the rear of a 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by Sandra L. Hall, 30, Warsaw.

Hall suffered back pain as a result of the crash, and a passenger in the Jeep, Joey L. Hall, 36, Warsaw, suffered shoulder pain.

Assault/battery reports

• Goshen police arrested two girls at Goshen Middle School, 1216 S. Indiana Ave., on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. The police report said the incident occurred around 11:15 a.m. that day. The girls were released to their parents.

• Mary E. Kraychir, 54, 8200 N. 1150 West Lot 11, Shipshewana, was arrested after LaGrange County police were called to her home around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. She was taken into custody on charges of domestic battery and resisting law enforcement and incarcerated in the LaGrange County Jail.

Man sentenced on drug charge

A former New Paris resident was sentenced to prison last week in Elkhart Superior Court 3 on a drug-related charge.

Richard W. Martin, 42, was sentenced to nine years in the Indiana Department of Correction on a Class B felony count of dealing in methamphetamine. Martin’s prison sentence will be followed by three years on home detention if he qualifies for that program, plus six years on probation.

Martin was charged after officers went to his home in the 72000 block of C.R. 23 on May 10, 2012. An individual had told police about acquiring meth there.

According to court documents, police searched the property and found a meth lab, along with ingredients and paraphernalia.

Judge George Biddlecome gave Martin credit for the 319 days he’d been incarcerated.

Drug/alcohol incidents

• Luis Luna Lopez, 20, 1803 Barclay Drive, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police after a traffic stop around 11:25 p.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of West Wilden Avenue. He was arrested on a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage and released with a court date.

Police ID man struck by train

Investigators say they hope video footage will reveal more information about the circumstances surrounding the death of a northeastern Indiana man in a wheelchair struck by a train at a railroad crossing

Forty-one-year-old Anthony Sills of Kendallville died when struck by a train Tuesday evening while crossing the city’s Main Street railroad tracks in a battery-powered wheelchair.

The News-Sun reports a camera was mounted on the train’s lead engine.

Witnesses told police the crossing gates were down, red signals were flashing and a bell was ringing indicating an approaching train when Sills attempted to cross the tracks.

Traffic arrests

• Gabriel Cervantes, 36, 1211 W. LaPorte St., Plymouth, was taken into custody by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around noon on C.R. 21 north of C.R. 46, New Paris. He was arrested on a charge of driving while his driving privileges were suspended and incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.