Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 16, 2013

Nobody injured in Syracuse house fire


— No one was injured in an early morning house fire in Syracuse Thursday.

Turkey Creek firefighters were called to the home of Jeff and Peggy Guyas, 11940 N. CR 450 East, at 3:49 a.m. The occupants had already exited the home when firefighters arrived. According to Fire Chief Mickey Scott, the fire was under control by 4:18 a.m.

Scott indicated that two occupants who had been in the structure at the time of the fire were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by Turkey Creek EMS. Neither was transported to the hospital.

The fire was determined to be electrical in nature, according to Scott, with combustible materials stored near the source.

Scott said there was extensive smoke damage throughout the structure, and damage was estimated at between $30,000 and $60,000.

Turkey Creek firefighters were assisted at the scene by Benton Township, North Webster and Milford firefighters.

Charges filed against driver

Elkhart County prosecutors have filed formal charges against a driver who allegedly fled from a crash scene Sunday north of Wakarusa.

Braxton Metcalf, 24, 59112 C.R. 3, Elkhart, is scheduled to appear in Elkhart Superior Court 1 Monday for his initial hearing.

Prosecutors said an Elkhart County police officer spotted Metcalf driving 90 miles per hour west on C.R. 38 Sunday. Metcalf allegedly ran the stop sign at Ind. 19, and his vehicle collided with a pick-up truck towing a trailer. A chain-reaction crash involving three other vehicles ensued, with one of the other drivers seriously injured.

Prosecutors said that after the crash, Metcalf fled from the scene. Police reportedly found Metcalf around 45 minutes later in a bean field one and a half miles from the crash site.

Metcalf with leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class B felony; operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious bodily injury while having a prior conviction within the past five years, a Class C felony; and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. He also faces a potential habitual substance offender sentence enhancement.

Metcalf is incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail on a $150,000 bond.

One of the other drivers involved in Sunday’s crash, Janet Stone of South Bend, suffered a fractured spine and shattered ankle as a result of the collision. A passenger in Metcalf’s vehicle, Megan Wesson of Goshen, suffered facial pain from an airbag. Both were taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

Theft/burglary reports

• Jeff Norment, 1804 Mayfield Drive, Goshen, told city police someone broke into his home between noon and 3 p.m. Wednesday and stole $12,000 in belongings.

• Pablo Castro of Indiana Orchard, Massachusetts, told Goshen police Wednesday that someone was using his identity to work in Indiana.

• Ryan Parson of Goshen told city police Wednesday someone damaged his vehicle and took gasoline from it while the vehicle was parted at 808 S. Eighth St. during the overnight hours.

• A Goshen High School student told Goshen police his wallet was stolen at the school between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Wednesday.

• Claude T. Jamison and Donna R. Whisman, 421 N. First St., Goshen, spoke to Goshen police Wednesday about several incidents of theft and criminal mischief that had occurred at their home over the past several months.

• A manager at Lane’s Fast Food Mart, 1010 W. Plymouth Ave., reported to Goshen police theft and battery by a customer at the store. The incident occurred around 5 a.m. Thursday. The customer drove away in a gray Honda.

• Bailey Showalter of Goshen told Elkhart County police someone made six unauthorized transactions totaling $400.30 using her banking information between July 23 and July 25.

• Kim Kennedy of New Paris told Elkhart County police Tuesday that someone stole his checkbook and wrote and cashed a check without his permission. The incident occurred around July 13.

Assault/battery reports

• A 38-year-old LaPorte man told Elkhart County police he was robbed by two males while he was walking along U.S. 20 at C.R. 17 around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. The man said the robbers kicked and punched him and took $25 from his pockets.

Graffiti reported

A rash of graffiti incidents were reported to Goshen police Wednesday:

• Staff and Gleason Industrial Products, 620 E. Plymouth Ave., reported that four semi-trailers were spray-painted overnight.

• Police were called to the Union Hall at 612 E. Plymouth Ave. after the building had been spray-painted.

• Several people reported graffiti on buildings in the 1000 block of South 10th and 11th streets.

• Scott Woldruff of Goshen told city police that property in the east-west alley in the 100 block of South Main Street had been damaged because of recent graffiti.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Lamar Shidler, 601 Colorado St., Goshen, told city police Wednesday that someone drove through his yard and damaged his turfgrass.

False informing

Goshen police arrested Angelo L. Vasquez, 20, 321 N. Main St., Goshen, shortly after 8 p.m. at Fifth and Madison streets on a charge of false informing. Police had been called to the scene regarding someone who was directing traffic. Police said Vasquez lied about his identity. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.