Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 24, 2013

Police news for Jan. 24, 2013


— Police and firefighters have found a body inside a residence Wednesday at Chapman Lake in Warsaw, according to a Kosciusko County police release. A four alarm call came in at 10:26 a.m. for a fire at 2147 Chapman Lake Drive, Warsaw, and the multiple family structure was engulfed in flames with more than 40 firefighters on the scene since 10:30 a.m.

Responders said two individuals escaped without injury. The lake is two miles northeast of the Warsaw city limits. According to the release, The Red Cross of Kosciusko County provided assistance to families and emergency responders on the scene. Ruptured gas lines and failing/falling power lines caused possible hazardous conditions.

Crash reports

• A female driver was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for neck pain Tuesday after she lost control of her 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse and struck the median. Rachel Schrock, 18, Elkhart, was driving east on St. Joseph Valley Parkway on the C.R. 20 overpass at 12:13 p.m. According to Elkhart County police, Schrock was warned for not reducing speed for weather conditions.

• William Spore, 31, Argos, was transported to a local hospital for neck pain after the 2003 Mazda SUV he was riding in with Betty Spore, 55, Syracuse struck the rear end of a semi-tractor driven by Michael Stiltner, 46, of Byran, Ohio. The crash occurred Monday at 4:49 p.m. at U.S. Highway 6 and C.R. 29. No citations were given by Elkhart County police.

• Two drivers were cited for driving with suspended licenses after their vehicles crashed Tuesday at 4:24 a.m. on C.R. 20, west of C.R. 9, according to Elkhart County police. A 1995 Nissan Maxima driven by Casey Gose, 29, Elkhart, collided with the 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven Luis Vargas, 38, Goshen. Gose was cited for driving left of center and transported to Elkhart General Hospital for shoulder pain.

• According to Elkhart County police, Bryce Day, 16, Middlebury, was traveling east on C.R. 10, east of C.R. 39 at 6:04 p.m. Monday when his 1991 Dodge pickup slid off the road and struck a utility pole. Day was transported by ambulance to IU Health Goshen Hospital for lacerations to his left arm and a possible concussion. No citations were issued and the crash is still under investigation.

• A driver was injured after crashing into a house owned by LaCasa at 627 N. Main St., Goshen, at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday, according to Goshen police. Rebecca Gerber, 59, Edwardsburg, Mich., was traveling southbound on Ind. 15 when she hit a slick spot on the road. Her 1999 Ford Contour left the road, jumping a curb and slid sideways until the driver’s side crashed into the house and the rear end of the vehicle slid into the front porch, a report stated.

According to police, there was damage to the siding of the house along with the columns holding the front porch roof. LaCasa officials reported damage to the interior of the building.

• Two drivers were injured Monday in a collision at the intersection of Wilden Avenue and Indiana Avenue, according to Goshen police. The crash occurred at 6 p.m. A 2010 Lincoln driven by Mary Shafer, 62, White Pigeon, Mich., was traveling east on Wilden Avenue when she collided into the rear of the 2000 Chrysler Voyager driven by Larion Swartzendruber, 64, Goshen, who was turning north on Indiana Avenue. The drivers were treated at the scene.

Leaving the scene of accident reports

• Homero Hernandez, 111 N. Greene Road, Goshen, told Goshen police someone ran over his mailbox while he was at work around 7 a.m. Tuesday. There was also a Frontier Box that was hit next to Homero’s mailbox.

• Patrick Liverman of Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone hit his 2010 Ford passenger car at the intersection of Ind. 15 and U.S. Hwy. 20 in Bristol and left the scene westbound on U.S. Hwy 20 at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.

• According to Elkhart County police, an unknown vehicle struck and damaged electrical pole #68973 belonging to NIPSCO on Ind. 13, north of C.R. 38 in Millersburg at 4:51 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle left the scene of the accident prior to police arrival. The incident was reported by a passerby.

Theft/burglary reports

• Benjamin S. Huber, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his bicycle at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday.

• Walter Moore, 1201 Eisenhower South Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his pick-up truck while he was at work in the Industrial Park at noon Tuesday. The truck was later found by Indiana State police on the U.S. 20 bypass.

• Rachel Honey, 123 Winchester Trail, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole a prescription drug at 1 p.m. Sunday.

• An employee of Best Food Mart, 224 N. Main St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone broke a north window with a blunt object and stole an undetermined amount of cigarette packs at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

• Vyanet Cortes of Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole her purse with all her identification from a car in the parking lot of Super Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen around 4 p.m. Jan. 15.

• Antonio Rivera, 130 Water Tower Court, Goshen, told Goshen police someone took the receiver from his satellite from the dish outside his apartment between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Eric Stolzfus, 60896 C.R. 19, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone entered his unlocked truck and removed several tools between noon Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

• Middlebury police arrested Brandon Blea, 30, 106-B Holaway Court, Goshen, Monday on a burglary charge. A Middlebury resident reported his home had been burglarized Dec. 22 and money along with a shotgun were stolen. After following up on leads, police identified Blea as the suspect. Blea was incarcerated at the Elkhart County Jail.

• Goshen police arrested Heather M. Tackitt, 32, 121 N. 21st St. Apt. D, Goshen, on shoplifting at Martin’s Supermarket, 1527 Bashor Road, Goshen at 5:53 p.m. Monday. Tackitt was released on a memorandum to appear in City Court.

• Jennifer Wysong of New Paris, told Elkhart County police her vehicle was stolen while parked in the parking lot of 68478 Main St., New Paris, Sunday between 12:30 and 2:13 a.m. Around 4:20 a.m., the vehicle was found engulfed in flames in a field in the 53000 block of C.R. 27.

• James R. Thatcher, 13728 C.R. 12, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police the former tenets of the home he owns at 13728 C.R. 12 stole a refrigerator, washer and dryer when they moved out of the home between 6 p.m. Jan. 13 and 6 p.m. Jan. 14.

• Jeffrey W. Simons, 15645 C.R. 108, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone forced the doors open and stole a 32-inch television, two handguns and money from the residence between 9 a.m. Jan. 10 and 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18.

• An employee at CVS, 410 S. Main St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole a $33.99 bottle of Grey Goose Vodka from the store at 8:51 a.m. Monday.

• Amanda Akers, 522 S. Fifth St., Goshen, told Goshen police two males gained unlawful entry into her vehicle in front of her residence and stole her sunglasses at 9:32 p.m. Monday. The males were located nearby by police and detained. One of the males had Akers’ sunglasses, according to a police report. Officers returned the sunglasses and Akers’ requested charges not be filed. One of males had a valid Elkhart County warrant for his arrest and police took the male to the Elkhart County Jail and booked on the warrant.

• According to LaGrange County police, someone obtained $25.01 in gasoline at Howe BP, 5445 N. Ind. 9, LaGrange and drove off without paying at 3:57 p.m. Sunday. The Mazda pickup truck left the station southbound on Ind. 9.

• LaGrange County police were told someone stole a green 1994 Chrysler Concord from the driveway at the residence of 1975 E. 150 North, LaGrange, between 2 to 5 a.m. Saturday.

Battery reports

• Zachary Ross of Goshen, reported a battery to Goshen police in the 600 block of North Third St., Goshen, at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.

• Kaleb Bulva, 23, 410 Westfield Ave., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on domestic battery in the presence of a minor and strangulation at 5:33 p.m. Monday after officers were called for a domestic fight. Bulva was transported to the Elkhart County Jail.

Vandalism/criminal mischief report

• Trent Landers, 3025 N. 250 West, LaGrange, told LaGrange County police someone stabbed holes into two of the tires on his 2011 Jeep Wrangler between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Fraud report

• Roman Tkachev, 19836 El Dorado Drive, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone made two fraudulent charges on his debit card totaling $419.70 between Friday and Saturday at an unknown location and cleared his account on Monday at an unknown time.

Traffic arrests

•  Alfredo R. Romo, 39, 1639 Berkey Ave., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on operating a motor vehicle while never having received a valid driver’s license after a traffic stop in the area of Berkey and Dewy for disregarding a stop sign at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday. Romo was released on a promise to appear in the Goshen City Court.

•  Sergio Rivera, 32, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police for operating a vehicle without a license after a traffic stop at 800 Lincolnway East, Goshen, at 4:33 a.m. Tuesday. Rivera was cited and released on a memorandum to appear.