Goshen News, Goshen, IN

April 24, 2013

POLICE NEWS: Threat against Ivy Tech campus investigated

By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS

GOSHEN — Elkhart County police investigated an alleged threat against the Ivy Tech campus at C.R. 18 and C.R. 17 in Elkhart Tuesday afternoon.

According to Capt. James Bradberry of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, officers responded to the campus around 2:21 p.m. after being informed of an alleged threat made toward the school.

The school was locked down for precautionary reasons, though it was reopened a short time later after finding that the threat was based upon misinformation or information that had already been investigated by the sheriff’s department.

Elkhart County police Monday reportedly received a report of a threat to a business and/or school. The person who reportedly made the comment was immediately contacted and detained within hours of receiving the information to verify the validity of the report.

No information was received during the investigation to indicate any danger to any school or business or that Ivy Tech was the target or the topic of any threats, Bradberry said. The person making the comments was sent for a mental evaluation and later detained.

“We are continuing to follow information to see if the statements made warrant a criminal act,” Bradberry said.

Theft/burglary reports

• Multiple people at a Howe area campground told LaGrange County police someone broke into several campers and stole electronics, tools, food and vandalized other campers Sunday.

• Kimberly Mell of Granger, told Goshen police someone stole her purse from her vehicle while parked at McKee’s Pub, 1914 Elkhart Road, Goshen, around 10 a.m. Sunday.

• Darryl Deisinger told Elkhart County police someone stole 95 gallons of fuel from a vehicle parked at 15952 C.R. 38, Goshen, between 8:01 p.m. April 15 and  12:59 a.m. April 17.

• Duane Stroud told Elkhart County police someone stole his Samsung cell phone from Elkhart County Community Corrections, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, between 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday.

• An employee at Speedway, 18541 U.S. 20, Bristol, told Elkhart County police another Speedway employee stole a prepaid debit card worth $65.43 and used the money to purchase items at 5:18 p.m. April 15.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Jeremy Lemarr, 1101 West Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged tents on his property at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Brent Richter, 320 Stone Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone put ketchup and sugar on the hood and windshield of his vehicle around 11 p.m. Saturday.

• Jarrod Seabolt, 58323 Andrew Drive, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone broke out the rear window of his silver 2003 Pontiac Grand AM between 9:10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Battery reports

• Alexander Shepherd, 22, 1811 W. Plains Drive, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge for domestic battery at 6:23 p.m. Sunday. He was transported to the Elkhart County jail.

Drug/alcohol arrests

• Cesar Lopez-Alvarez, 23, was issued a citation by Elkhart County police for possession of marijuana after being stopped for a traffic violation on C.R. 17, north of C.R. 32 in Goshen at 11:23 p.m. Saturday. He was released with a promise to appear at Elkhart Magistrate court and released from the scene.

OWI arrests

• Peter J. Clemens, 29, 62265 C.R. 29, Goshen, was arrested by Middlebury police on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated during a traffic stop at U.S. 20, east of C.R. 16 at 1:43 a.m. Sunday.  He was transported to the Elkhart County jail.