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November 9, 2013

Two appear in federal court

The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following cases in Federal Court this week:

• Tad Vandermark, 52, Syracuse, pled guilty to the felony offense of production of child pornography. The charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and sentencing has been set for Feb. 6, 2014.

• Thomas Touhey, 56, Walkerton, was sentence to 20 months of imprisonment and one year of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of unlawful transport of firearms. According to documents in the case, law enforcement was investigating complaints of drug trafficking from Touhey’s home as well as two active warrants for his failure to register as a sex offender. Officers discovered marijuana and related paraphernalia. Officers also found a loaded shotgun on the premises. Touhey has a prior felony conviction for child molestation. The case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Theft/burglary reports and arrests

• A staff member of Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 C.R> 34, Goshen, told Elkhart County police that someone forcefully entered a storage building through the siding between 3 p.m. Oct. 29 and 10 a.m. Thursday. Four truck batteries were stolen off two trucks and the building and the cables were cut off.

• A Meijer loss prevention employee, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police a black male, approximately 30 years old, entered the store and concealed nearly $300 items before exiting the store and fleeing from Meijer employees without paying for the items at 10:04 a.m. Thursday. Police searched the area and did not locate the male.

• Kathy A. Bailey, 514 N. Fifth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole the stereo from her car while it was parked in front of her residence during the morning hours Thursday.

• A 17-year-old Goshen male was arrested on a charge of theft by Goshen police at Wal-Mart, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, at 5:14 p.m. Thursday. The juvenile male was released to his father after signing a juvenile social history form.

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