The following crashes were reported by Elkhart County police:
• Timothy James, 52, Elkhart, was riding a bicycle southbound on Charlotte Avenue, south of C.R. 20 near Elkhart and was struck by an unknown vehicle around 6:15 a.m. Thursday. James was unable to provide a description or direction of travel of the vehicle. He was transported by family to Elkhart General Hospital and treated for an abrasion and bump to the head.
• Timothy Balk, 56, Elkhart, was driving a 2014 Ford Escape south on C.R. 17, south of C.R. 4 near Bristol at 8:23 p.m. Thursday. His vehicle went off the west edge of the road and collided head on with the end of a guardrail, causing the vehicle to flip onto its roof. He was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for complaint of neck pain. The crash is under investigation, pending toxicology results.
Kosciusko County cops warn of telephone scam
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department detectives are warning citizens of another telephone scam attempt to elicit money. The crime begins with the alleged suspect calling an individual and claiming that a family member or employee is currently in jail and needs bail money. The caller will then ask the potential victim to forward money for bail, fines and court costs via a Green Dot prepaid money card or other similar source.
The scam-caller will fraudulently portray themselves as a police officer, sheriff’s deputy or a member of the jail staff to gain the confidence of the potential victim. The Kosciusko County police will not call soliciting for bail money for any person in jail.
KCSD detectives remind the public that money wired or transferred through the use of money pak/prepaid credit card type services is not refundable and cannot be recovered for the victim. The suspects are know to prey upon older citizens by confusing and obscuring the victim during the telephone conversation. If contacted, officers are advising the public to simply hang-up and report the incident to the local law enforcement agency in their jurisdiction.