Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 11, 2013

Police: Burns result of meth lab blast


— Kosciusko County officers have determined that the burns received by a Warsaw man Wednesday morning were the result of a meth lab explosion.

Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers, along with Warsaw City drug officers, have located what they believe is the scene of a meth lab explosion that seriously burned a Warsaw man at approximately 8:59 a.m. Wednesday. Information was reportedly provided to undercover officers that led them to an undisclosed location near the intersection of Armstrong Road and C.R. 675 East, just west of North Webster Wednesday evening. D.T.F. officers located evidence of a one-pot methamphetamine lab that had apparently exploded, along with other meth-related items including precursors.

Wednesday morning, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Kosciusko Community Hospital after Toby Daniel Jackson, 31, Warsaw, had been transported to the emergency room by his mother after suffering from burn wounds. Initial information provided by Jackson to officials was that he had been burning trash with gasoline and that it flashed back to the can, exploding and burning him. Jackson was then transferred to the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center, Fort Wayne, in serious condition with second degree burns to his arms, neck and hands.

Originally, Jackson had advised Kosciusko County deputies that he was at an unknown location on Backwater Road and had been reluctant to provide more detailed information as officers searched several locations throughout the day to no avail. Kosciusko County D.T.F. officers stated that potential charges related to the meth lab and items located at the incident scene are being forwarded to the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Jackson remains in the burn unit at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, reportedly still in serious condition.

Woman accused of injuring 2-year-old girl

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested a Winona Lake woman Thursday afternoon after a recent investigation determined that she had allegedly injured a 2-year-old girl.

Department detectives stated that Karen Marie Bartley, 35, Robson Road, Winona Lake, was arrested on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent/endanger life and causing serious bodily injury, a class B felony.

Deputies had reportedly initiated the investigation after being notified by Kosciusko Community Hospital officials Dec. 18 that a 2-year-old girl had been brought into the emergency room by her father and his fiancee, Bartley, suffering from instability and vomiting.

The child was immediately transferred to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where it was determined that she had suffered a skull fracture.

Bartley originally stated that while she was watching the child, the 2-year-old had thrown a temper tantrum and repeatedly struck the back of her head against the floor. Medical officials advised detectives that the injuries were not conducive to the actions Bartley described. During interviews with detectives, Bartley later admitted that she had been playing with the child Dec. 18 and had become overly aggressive.

Bartley is currently incarcerated at the Kosciusko County Jail on a prosecutorial hold from the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.

Girl goes to house to report dad drunk

Elkhart County police received a report from a man living on Scarborough Lane in Goshen that a 9-year-old girl showed up at his house reporting her father was heavily intoxicated at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday.

Upon arriving at the scene, police reported finding that the father was intoxicated. The Department of Child Services was contacted and responded to the scene, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

Theft/burglary reports

• Fairfield Junior-Senior High School Principal Ben Tonagel told Elkhart County police a new generation iPad was stolen from the school between 10:20 a.m. Dec. 19 and 3:05 p.m. Dec. 20.

• Jenny Howland, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone made unauthorized charges to her debit card between 8:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:38 p.m. Monday.

• Gail Hershberger, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone made an unauthorized purchase on her debit card at approximately noon Monday.

• The Elkhart County Public Safety Communications Center received an alarm call from Linton’s, 20755 C.R. 14, Bristol, at 1:54 a.m. Wednesday. According to police, the alarm was triggered in the north pump house where a window had been broken out. It is unknown if anything was taken at the time.

• Amanda Leeman, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone made an unauthorized online purchase with her Woodforest Bank Debit Card at approximately 6:10 a.m. Wednesday.

• Katherine Farrand told Elkhart County police someone stole $50 from her purse while she was at her place of employment, Elkhart Plastics, 51703 Packard Drive, Middlebury, at 9:30 a.m. The case remains under investigation.

• Nathan Everingham, 926 Foxbriar Lane, Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered his open garage and removed his wife’s purse from an unlocked vehicle at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Assault/battery reports

• Concord High School Assistant Principal Lisa Kendall reported to Elkhart County police that two boys attacked another boy while at the school, 59117 Minuteman Way, Elkhart, between 7:40 and 7:45 a.m. Tuesday. The victim reportedly attempted to fight the suspects off until Kendall and assisting students broke it up.

•  An employee with Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, told Elkhart County police a staff member was battered and a table damaged during an incident with a 17-year-old boy at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday at the school.

• An Elkhart woman reported to Goshen police that she was battered while inside McKee’s bar, 1914 Elkhart Road, Goshen, at 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

Traffic arrests

• Judson Turner, 46, 1533 1/2 S. Main St., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police at 4 p.m. Wednesday at 827 Plymouth Ave., Goshen, on charges of driving while a habitual traffic offender, false informing, resisting law enforcement and for an Elkhart County warrant. He was booked into the county jail.