Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 6, 2013

Two dead after shooting in Elkhart


THE GOSHEN NEWS

— Two people have been killed in a shooting at an Elkhart business.

Dead are Jagtar Bhatti, 55, and Pawan Singh, 20, both of Elkhart.  

Elkhart police are looking for the people who carried out the double slaying at Saleh’s Supermarket, 401 Middlebury St., Elkhart. Police were called to the scene around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Bhatti and Singh were store employees.

Investigators are looking for two or more perpetrators.

Police said anyone with information about the crime can call the tip line at 574-389-4777.

Crash reports

Several people were injured in recent traffic crashes:

• A two-vehicle crash left two people injured at College Avenue and 15th Street in Goshen Wednesday.

The collision occurred at 9 a.m. Goshen police said a 2009 Chevrolet Impala driven by Lawanda M. Lung, 85, Goshen, collided with a 2001 Chrysler Voyager driven by Charles Fredrickson, 48, Goshen. The crash cause Fredrickson’s vehicle to flip onto its top.

Lung suffered neck pain as a result of the collision, and police said, and was in and out of consciousness after the crash. Fredrickson suffered minor arm bleeding.

Lung was issued a warning for disregarding the traffic signal.

• A motorcyclist was injured in a crash north of Wakarusa Wednesday.

The mishap occurred around 5:08 p.m. on C.R. 36 west of C.R. 1. Elkhart County police said Russell Shaw, 59, Nappanee, was headed east on a 2008 Suzuki Burgman 400. A deer ran in front of the motorcyclist, and Shaw tried to avoid striking the animal. The Suzuki fell onto its right side and slid for around 60 feet.

Shaw suffered abrasions and shoulder pain and was transported to Elkhart General Hospital.

Fugitive taken into custody

A South Bend man sought by police after he failed to show up for his trial was taken into custody Wednesday night.

Delvon Tolbert, 25, was apprehended at 503 Chapman in Elkhart. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail Thursday.

Tolbert was convicted by a 12-person jury in Elkhart Superior Court 2 Aug. 27 of forgery, a Class C felony, and resisting law enforcement and automobile theft, both Class D felonies. Tolbert failed to appear for his trial, and Judge Stephen Bowers issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Elkhart County prosecutors reported that on Sept. 22, 2012, Tolbert led Goshen police on a high-speed vehicle chase through downtown Goshen. Tolbert eventually stopped his vehicle and fled on foot through a field off Ind. 15. He was apprehended by police.

Authorities alleged that Tolbert had been passing counterfeit $20 bills.

Prosecutors say Tolbert is wanted in several states, including Nevada, Michigan and Iowa, for bank robbery and counterfeiting.

Crop damage

Elkhart County police are looking for the all-terrain vehicle riders who are damaging crops at a farm in the 10000 block of C.R. 4 in Middlebury.

According to police, at least four people are riding a four-wheel ATV onto the property and destroying the crops. The sheriff’s department released two images of the suspects. One is a white male driver with a white female passenger. The other image is of a white male driver with a white male passenger. The same ATV appears to be used in both images.

Anyone with information can contact the Detective Bureau at 574-891-2300.

Theft/burglary reports

• David Wallace, 314 E. Lincoln Ave., told Goshen police Wednesday that someone took his Trek mountain bike from his front porch.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Goshen police were called to a report of damage to the sign at the city park at 400 S. Winter Ave. Wednesday.