Elkhart County police filed a report Wednesday indicating that Matthew James Cotherman, 27, Goshen, had escaped from Elkhart County Work Release, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, at 3:30 p.m. July 1. He is currently listed as AWOL.
The United States Attorney Office reports the following cases in federal court:
• Jeremy L. Hall, 38, Warsaw, pled guilty to the felony offense of possession and distribution of child pornography in federal court. The charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Michigan City police. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 2.
• Maricruz Mendoza, aka Erika L. Luna, 36, Elkhart, pled guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property as a result of an investigation by the Department of Labor and the Indiana Department of work Force Development. Sentencing is set for Oct. 16.
• Tiffany J. Miller, 28, Ligonier, was sentenced to two years probation and to pay $15,062 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property. According to court documents, Miller applied for and received extended unemployment insurance through the State of Indian Department of Work Force Development (IDWD) from September 2010 to August 2011. Miller submitted weekly vouchers to IDWD and intentionally answered “no” to the question asking if she was working when in truth she was employed in Elkhart during the specified week. Miller also failed to disclose she received wages during that time period.
• A Topeka woman and a Huntington man were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 1:37 p.m. Thursday in LaGrange County. According to LaGrange County police, Marvin Langston, 74, Huntington, was driving his vehicle southbound on Ind. 5, just north of C.R. 700 S., when he took his eyes off the road to look at a buggy on the side of the road. When he looked back, Langston said he saw a vehicle stopped in the southbound lane waiting to make a left turn. Langston said he attempted to brake but was unable to stop his vehicle in time to avoid a collision. Both Langston and the driver of the second vehicle, Dakota Charters, 21, Topeka, suffered neck pain as a result of the crash. The case remains under investigation.