THE GOSHEN NEWS
---- — 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.
• Richard McCreary of Goshen told Goshen police someone stole his prescription medication from his vehicle while it was parked outside his residence at 304 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen. The incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
• Kenneth Marsh, 310 W. Douglas St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his license plate sometime Tuesday.
• Kenneth Zmudzinski of Elkhart told Goshen police someone cut the catalytic converter on his 2000 Honda Civic and stole it while parked in the parking lot of Bethany Christian School at 2904 S. Main St., Goshen. The incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
• Rebecca Ross of Goshen told Goshen police someone stole her credit card at 10 p.m. Thursday.
• Joseph E. Bryan of Bristol told Elkhart County police Wednesday someone stole a 1930 Ford Model A from the residence at 21758 Hoosier Court, Bristol, between Feb. 28. and March 2.
• Victoria Craw of Goshen told Goshen police Wednesday someone used her social security number without authorization at 8 a.m. March 10.
• Rolando Burgos, 809 N. Greene Road, Goshen, told Goshen police he was struck in the arm by rocks thrown at him by the occupants of a moving vehicle at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Burgos was in his front yard when the occupants of a vehicle traveling southbound on Greene Road threw rocks at him causing pain and bruising to his left elbow.
Traffic reports and arrests
• Steven Groah, 11342 Quail Run Drive, reported to Elkhart County police a Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) trailer he was pulling on Ind. 13, north of C.R. 24 near Middlebury, was struck by a silver vehicle and then left the scene at 2:28 p.m. Thursday.
• Kelly Stamper, 24, Goshen, was stopped by Bristol police for traffic violations at Vistula and S. Division streets in Bristol at 6 p.m. Thursday. Citations were issued for driving with a suspended license, expired registration and failure to provide proof of insurance.
• Ubaldo Salmanca, 18, 927 Wagner Ave., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage at 1912 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, at 8:26 p.m. Thursday. Salmanca was released on a memorandum to appear.
• Cody Obacz, 20, 28 EMS D18A Lane, Syracuse, was arrested on Ind. 19, north of Indiana Avenue in Elkhart by Elkhart County police on charges of possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction. The incident occurred at 7:35 p.m. Thursday and he was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.
• Phillip Wolfe, 21, 401 E. Jefferson St., 704, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police on charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended driver’s license during a traffic stop at U.S. 6, east of Oakland Avenue in Nappanee at 12:11 a.m. Thursday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.