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September 19, 2013

Driver dies when Corvette goes under semi-trailer

A two-vehicle crash on the Indiana Toll Road in Bristol Tuesday night killed a Nebraska man.

Dead is Shawn W. Young, 44, of Aurora.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Indiana State Police responded to reports of a crash on the Toll Road near the 100.5-mile marker. State police arrived to find a white 2003 Chevrolet Corvette convertible had collided with a sem-trailer. Young was the Corvette driver.

Police said the driver of the semi-trailer was stopped in traffic in the westbound lane due to a backup that had been caused by a truck fire earlier near the 97-mile marker. A witness to the crash said the driver of the Corvette never slowed down prior to the vehicle hitting the rear bumper of the semi-trailer. The impact from the crash wedged the car under the trailer, according to police.

The driver of the semi, Jakltongir Zakurlaev, 34, of West Chester, Ohio, received only minor injuries from the crash. He was taken to Elkhart General Hospital where he was treated and released. Young was transported by helicopter to South Bend Memorial Hospital where he later died due to severe injuries suffered in the collision.

State Supreme Court

overturns conviction

An Elkhart man’s conviction on a drug-related charge was overturned this week by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Kevin M. Clark, 44, was arrested in August 2009 at a storage facility in the 54000 block of Independence Street. Police reportedly found methamphetamine and pseudoephedrine, among other items, in a bag Clark had dropped to the ground. Police also reportedly found a meth lab in a tool box in the trunk of Clark’s vehicle.

In December 2011, Clark was found guilty of Class A felony attempted dealing in methamphetamine at the conclusion of a trial in Elkhart Superior Court 3. He was subsequently sentenced to 45 years in prison.

However, in a majority opinion filed this week, Supreme Court justices found Fourth Amendment protection was violated at the time of his arrest. The Fourth Amendment is the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.

In part, the Supreme Court document reads, “Clark was not read his Miranda rights until (an officer) did so while driving him to jail. He did not consent to the search of the black bag. (Police) asked Clark to consent to the search of his vehicle after the trunk had already been opened, the meth lab discovered in the closed toolbox, and the contents of the trunk replaced. Clark refused.”

According to the majority court opinion, “The violation of Clark’s Fourth Amendment rights in this case was the direct jumping-off point to the discovery and seizure of all the substantive evidence used to convict him. Because none of that evidence should have been admitted at a trial against him, the conviction cannot stand. The state may, of course, retry Clark if it can introduce evidence of his guilt that was obtained in a manner not prohibited by the Fourth Amendment.”

Theft/burglary reports

• Elkhart County police reported two people were arrested after they were repartedly seen stealing items from a business at 29383 U.S. 33, Elkhart, Monday night. Arrested on theft charges were Cliff Perillo, 29, 12885 York Hill, Middlebury, and David Longanecker, 28, Edwardsburg, Mich. Police said Perillo was also arrested on a charge of resisting law enforcement after he attempted to flee from police on foot.

• Staff with Haulmark Trailers Inc., 14054 C.R. 4, Bristol, said two trailers were taken from a locked stockyard between 4 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Monday. A chain was cut to gain entry, according to the police report.

• Jose D. Hernandez told Goshen police his mo-ped was stolen in the 700 block of South Seventh Street between 10 and 10:15 p.m. Sept. 10.

• Carol Robbins told Elkhart County police that someone took an Apple iPad from 12279 C.R. 50, Syracuse, between 2:45 p.m. Sept. 6 and around 6 p.m. Sept. 10.

• Joan Prathaftakis of Elkhart told Elkhart County police her 2007 Pontiac G6 was stolen from the 2000 block of Ind. 120, Bristol, sometime between 12 a.m. Sunday and around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Leonard Penner of Millersburg told Elkhart County police Friday that someone tried to steal money from his IRA account through fraud.

• Nadine Bechtel, 20194 C.R. 36, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone entered her garage and stole two mini-bikes between noon and 5:30 p.m. Friday.

• Paula Duncan of Middlebury told Elkhart County police someone made $292.78 in unauthorized transactions on her bank account between Sept. 9 and Friday.

• Robert P. Lecount of Florida told Goshen police Tuesday that a credit card was taken out in his name and used without his permission in Goshen.

• Arturo Leon Jr. of Goshen told city police Tuesday that someone used his identity in Riverside County, Calif.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Baldemar Lopes, 209 S. Ninth St., Goshen, told Goshen police Tuesday that someone smashed the front windshield of his car while it was parked in front of his home.

• Devan Adams told Elkhart County police that someone damaged his vehicle with a rock while the automobile was parked at Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, Saturday.

Traffic arrests

• Johnny Ramirez, 27, 727 Warbler Lane, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 3:45 p.m. Saturday on Ind. 15 at C.R. 50. Ramirez was arrested on a charge of driving while never receiving a driver’s license.

• Jeannette Lou Depree, 38, 57586 C.R. 27, Lot 59, Bristol, was arrested by Elkhart Police after a traffic stop around 11:18 p.m. Saturday on Ind. 19 north of West Lexington Avenue. She was arrested and incarcerated on a charge of driving while her license privileges were suspended.

Alcohol/drug arrests

• Branden J. Smith, 22, Cassopolis, Mich., was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 1:18 a.m. Sunday on C.R. 19 north of C.R. 14 near Bristol. He was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and incarcerated.

OWI arrests

The following motorists were recently arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:

• Sally Jo Foster, 51, Edwardsburg, Mich., was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic crash in the 51000 block of C.R. 17 around 3:40 a.m. Tuesday.

• Francisco Salazar, 19, 628 W. Lexington, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police after he crashed his vehicle around 7:40 a.m. Saturday on C.R. 36 west of C.R. 17. Police said Salazar fled the scene on foot after the crash but was soon found. In addition to the OWI, Salazar was also arrested on charges of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and driving while never receiving a driver’s license.

• Elder Cantarero-Pineda, 21, 832 Hiawatha Drive, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 3:16 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 33 near Greene Road.


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    July 25, 2014

  • Abandoned animals removed from home Goshen police and Humane Society of Elkhart County officer Dan Scott were called to 416 N. Eighth Street in Goshen Thursday afternoon for abandoned animals in the unoccupied residence.

    July 25, 2014

  • Red D Mart armed robbery New Paris Police ask for public's help in identifying would-be robber

    Elkhart County police have released still photos captured from video of the man who attempted to hold up Red D Mart gas station, 68310 Ind. 15, New Paris, on Saturday, July 19.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • POLICE NEWS FOR JULY 23: Police determine car fire at Linway Plaza was a suicide attempt Following a four-month investigation, Goshen police determined that a car fire in the Linway Plaza parking lot on March 19 was an attempted suicide.According to Goshen police, William J. Tully was inside a car that caught fire at 12:11 p.m. March 19

    July 23, 2014

  • GN140723 CR34-Ind. 13 Crash 1 LaGrange man airlifted from scene of crash A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash at Ind. 13 and C.R. 34 at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday. Terry Fry, 44, LaGrange, was airlifted by MedFlight from the scene. Elkhart County police said he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with fractures to

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspicious blinking package with battery pack causes police to evacuate business area

    A package with a battery pack and a blinking red light found on the desk of an employee at MSC, 28551 Laura Court, Elkhart, caused police and firefighters to evacuate the area this morning.
    The package turned out to be a GPS tracking device and not a bomb.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cat beaten to death in burglary

    A house cat was found beaten to death following a burglary at a home in Howe Sunday.

    July 21, 2014

  • GN140721 Kosciusko Fatal Photo #2.jpg Fiery crash kills one, critically injures two in North Webster

    A fiery crash in North Webster left a Pennsylvania man dead and two others critically injured at 3:21 p.m. Sunday on Ind. 13, near Esterbrook Drive.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • Police looking for armed robbery suspect The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for information related to an attempted armed robbery at the Red D Mart at 68310 Ind. 15, in New Paris Saturday.According to police, at approximately 9:13 a.m. a white male approximately 20

    July 20, 2014

  • Work release inmate being sought Elkhart County police filed a report Thursday indicating Matthew J. Balint, 20, failed to return to lawful custody at the work release center, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, at 4:04 p.m. July 9, and is now considered absent without leave.

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