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July 12, 2013

Man reported for impersonating cop

Goshen police were dispatched to the Meijer gas station, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, at 12:09 a.m. Thursday regarding a person impersonating a police officer. The victims told police they pulled into the gas station when they heard a siren and saw a vehicle with blue flashing lights approaching. The driver of that vehicle was described as driving a goldish/green Chevrolet pick-up, had black grill guard/push bar on front, blue flashing light inside the grill with a siren, two black racing strips on the top hood, roof and black tailgate.

The witnesses told police that there were graffiti style stickers on the rear window and that the driver of the pick-up identified himself as an undercover police officer and when asked to see his identification, the person fled the area. Police were unable to locate the suspect’s pick-up.

Goshen police said to remind residents that all official police vehicles are installed with red and blue lights and officers in the State of Indiana are required by law (IC 9-30-2-2) to be in uniform or in a marked squad car in order to make a traffic stop. Police said do not hesitate to call 911 if the situation feels wrong. The dispatchers can also verify the officer’s identity.

Theft/burglary reports

• Carl Dintaman, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole money from him while in the 300 block of W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, between 10 a.m. and noon Wednesday.

• Ryan Watson, Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged his truck and stole some items while it was parked at 4353 Balsam Fir Lane, Elkhart, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

• Maria Ramirez Castillo, 1011 Beaver Lane, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole her purse with contents from her vehicle while parked in front of her residence at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

• John Hill, 16868 U.S. Hwy 20, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone stole his 2011 Elite mo-ped while it was in the parking lot at 210 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, between 3:15 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Jessica Aguilar, 342 Stone Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged her vehicle while parked in front of her residence at 11:44 a.m. Wednesday.

• According to Goshen police, a Himco dumpster behind Kelly J’s at 127 S. Main St., Goshen, was reported to have been spray painted with graffiti around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

• Larry LeCount, 438 Dewey Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged his yard at 4:49 p.m. Wednesday.

Trespassing reports

• Robert Chupp told Elkhart County police someone trespassed at RC Recycling, 67895 C.R. 23, New Paris, and got into a physical altercation with several employees at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police said there were no serous injuries and no one was arrested.

Forgery reports

• A Wal-Mart asset protection officer told Goshen police two females used a total of six counterfeit $100 bills to purchase items at Wal-Mart, 4042 Elkhart Road, Goshen, at 2:51 p.m. Wednesday.

Battery reports and arrests

• William W. Weaver, 21, 802 1/2 S. Main St., Goshen, and Michaela Witte, 20, 802 1/2 S. Main St., Goshen, were both arrested by Goshen police on a charge of strangulation and domestic battery at 1:30 a.m. Thursday. They were both incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

Traffic arrests

• Leonel Medrano-Dominguez, 30, 24246 C.R. 40, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of operating a vehicle without obtaining a valid driver’s license, possession of a drug, and a fake government Michigan driver’s license at 8:12 p.m. Tuesday. He was stopped in the 500 block of E. Washington St., Goshen, for a traffic violation and transported to the Elkhart County jail.

Drug/alcohol reports and arrests

• Randy Weller and Cal Weller, both of 1150 E. 690 South, Wolcottville, were arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana by LaGrange County police at 11:30 p.m. Friday. They were booked into the county jail.

• Community corrections officers at 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, told Elkhart County police they found synthetic marijuana at 2:58 p.m. Saturday. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

• A 17-year-old Bristol juvenile male was stopped by Elkhart County police for a traffic violation on C.R. 45 at Sunnyside Avenue in Elkhart at 3:09 a.m. Sunday. He was found impaired by police and drug testing is pending. A 19-year-old passenger was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and to have illegally consumed alcoholic beverages, police said. Charges are pending after a review from the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office.

• Elkhart County police responded to a welfare check at 19585 Blue Stem Lane, Goshen, and found that 60 year old Donna J. Green had crashed her 2005 Silver Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle into her garage at 1:56 p.m. Monday.  Police said, she had consumed alcoholic beverages.  The report has been sent to the prosecutor’s office for review.

OWI arrests

• Laura A. Boomershine, 23, 3961 Doral Lane, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of driving under the influence during a traffic stop at C.R. 11 and C.R. 38 at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. She was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

• Rick Bontrager, 27, 411 Maple Court, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving with a prior suspended license during a traffic stop in the 1500 block of Lincolnway East, Goshen, at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

• Brianna Hollis, 18, 17284 C.R. 4, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart county police on a charge of driving under the influence and illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage on C.R. 36, east of U.S. Hwy 33, Goshen, at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in a single-vehicle crash. Colton Johnson, 17, was charged on illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage and released to a parent. Hollis was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

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