Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 1, 2013

Arson fire damages playground equipment


---- — Elkhart police are investigating an arson involving the intentional burning of playground equipment at Edgewater Park in Elkhart early Wednesday morning.

According to Elkhart police, the Elkhart Fire Department was dispatched to Edgewater Park, located at the intersection of Edgewater Boulevard and Okema Street, Elkhart, at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a report of a fire. Firefighters reported finding the playground equipment and the mulch under the playground equipment had been set on fire. A report was filed with the Elkhart Police Department, and the fire has been determined to be arson. The amount of damage to the equipment and property has been quoted in excess of $25,000. The playground equipment has been deemed a complete loss. Anyone with information connected to the incident is asked to contact Detective T. Freel at 574-389-4728.

Thefts reported

The following thefts and burglaries were recently reported to local police:

• Jered Liechty, 116 N. Seventh St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered his home and removed several items that belong to him at 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Ismael Garza, Texas, told Goshen police he noticed at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday someone was using his personal identifying information for employment in the Goshen area.

• Lois Wildmer, 405 E. Plymouth Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole several items from outside his residence at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday.

• An employee of Conoco Pak-A-Sak, 112 W. Pike St., Goshen, told Goshen police a man in a silver van filled up his gas tank with $72.64 worth of gasoline and then drove away without paying for the gasoline at 6:52 p.m. Wednesday.

• Union Township Trustee Robert McLean told Elkhart County police Tuesday that the maintenance shed at Union Cemetery, 25000 C.R. 50, had been burglarized. Someone broke into the shed and stole two weed trimmers.

• Elkhart County police said a forgery investigation was started Wednesday at Lippert Components, 65781 Sourwood, Goshen, after an employee there was found to be working under a false name.

• Gilbert Reed, 223023 C.R. 54, Nappanee, told Elkhart County police that someone stole his homemade log splitter from his residence between 3 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Assault/battery reports

• Elkhart County police said a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy fought at Northridge High School in Middlebury shortly before noon Tuesday. Both suffered minor injuries from being punched.

• A 27-year-old man told Elkhart County police he’d been punched multiple times by an 11-year-old juvenile at Bashor Alternative School, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, shortly before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The youth also threatened to bring a gun to school, shoot people and then burn the school, according to the police report.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Ashley Yoder, Syracuse, told Goshen police someone poured sugar into the gas tank of her vehicle while it was parked in the 200 block of West High Park Avenue, Goshen, at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

• Jonathan Lehman, 924 S. Seventh St., told Goshen police Tuesday that he heard an “overpressure device” explode, and then found the device.

OWI arrests

Police arrested the following motorists on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:

• Alleyn K. Davis, 18279 Northrop Drive, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 8:38 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Third and Pike streets. In addition to the OWI, Davis was arrested on a charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury crash. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

• Brooks Mesko, 29, 23335 Adams Road, South Bend, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 11:31 p.m. on C.R. 17 at U.S. 20. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.