Two California men were arrested in Elkhart County Saturday on drug and weapon charges. According to Indiana State police, a state trooper made a routine traffic stop on a vehicle in the eastbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road near the 100 mile marker in Elkhart County. During the stop, the trooper reportedly became suspicious of the two individuals in the car and a K9 unit was called to conduct an open-air search on the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle uncovered several vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana totaling approximately 10 pounds hidden under clothing in luggage found in the vehicle. Troopers also discovered a loaded 9mm handgun in the passenger compartment and several hundred dollars in cash.
Arrested were the driver, Reader Lek, 30, and Heng Hov, 33, both of Oakland City, Calif., on charges of possession of a handgun without a license and possession of marijuana. They were booked into the county jail.
Elkhart County police investigated the following crashes recently:
• A passenger was injured in a two-vehicle crash on C.R. 45, west of C.R. 17 Sunday at 9:20 p.m. According to police, a 1988 Oldsmobile 88 driven by Katy Sharp, 72, Goshen, rear ended a 2010 Honda Civic driven by Lillian Heintz, 80, Goshen. A passenger in the 1988 Oldsmobile, Vincent Knight, 32, Goshen, was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaint of stomach pain. No citations were issued.
• Three Middlebury women and a Middlebury boy were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 11:19 p.m. Monday near Bristol. According to police, Brittany Wolcott, 25, Middlebury, was driving her vehicle northbound at the intersection of C.R. 35 and Ind. 120 when she reportedly disregarded a stop sign, causing a second vehicle, driven by Francisco Bravo, 25, Middlebury, to collide with the rear of her vehicle.
The force of the impact caused both vehicles to exit the roadway and Wolcott’s vehicle to overturn, police stated. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage and had to be towed from the scene. Wolcott suffered right foot pain as a result of the collision. A passenger in her vehicle, Joshua Wolcott, 2, Middlebury, complained of stomach pain. A passenger in Bravo’s vehicle, Barbara Lloyd, 42, Middlebury, suffered a laceration to the face and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A second passenger in Bravo’s vehicle, Jessica Lloyd, 22, Middlebury, suffered knee and head pain. Wolcott was cited at the scene for disregarding a stop sign.
• Gregory Miller, 212 S. Sixth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole a leaf blower from his garage between Saturday and Monday.
• Stephen Roberts, Cromwell, told Goshen police someone fraudulently stole from his bank account sometime June 26.
• Earnest E. Robbins, 68749 Railroad Drive, New Paris, told Elkhart County police someone stole two buffers and an air sander from a locked shed on his property between Aug. 9 and Aug. 14.
• Billy Gadr, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone borrowed his mo-ped and never returned it sometime Thursday.
• Donald Newcomer, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone stole cash and his debit card and used the card to obtain cash from his account between Jan. 15 and May 30.
• Ronnie Harris, 4075 W. 100 North, LaGrange, told LaGrange County police someone stole his lawn mower, a trimmer and a tiller from a barn on the property sometime between Aug. 11 and Saturday.
• Patricia E. Zwier, 916 S. Seventh St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone broke into her garage and stole two bikes sometime between 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday morning.
• Guadalupe Castillo, 301 E. Madison St., Goshen, told Goshen police her residence was burglarized at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday and more than $400 worth of items were stolen.
• Cassandra Conway, 211 Queen St., Goshen, told Goshen police her home was burglarized at 5:47 p.m. Monday.
• Brandy Ross, 212 Crescent St., Goshen, told Goshen police a male and a female entered her residence through an unlocked window at 6:13 p.m. Monday and stole several items.
• Michael Craw, Goshen, told Goshen police his sons belongings were stolen from his bookbag at 6:30 p.m. Monday while at the Twin Pines mobile home park, 2000 W. Wilden Ave., Goshen.
• Andrea Williams, 66032 C.R. 33, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone gained access to her bank account and made seven unauthorized transactions totaling $920 sometime between Aug. 13 and Aug. 15.
• A Middlebury man told Middlebury police someone stole his wedding ring from a vehicle parked in his driveway in the Deer Run Subdivision sometime between Sunday night and early Monday morning.
• LaGrange County police received a report from Dennis Barnes indicating someone broke into a home he owns and is currently remodeling at 5025 E. 525 South, Wolcottville, between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon and stole several tools.
• LaGrange County police received a report Tuesday of a white Club Car golf cart with the numbers 393 and 394 on the back that was stolen from Foxwood Hills Campgrounds in LaGrange sometime within the past two weeks.
Vandalism/criminal mischief reports
• Thomas Acksel, Elkhart, told Goshen police his vehicle was damaged between 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday while it was parked at his place of business at 1332 Waterford Crossing, Goshen.
• Matthew Armstrong, Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged the church bus belonging to First Assembly of God, 1706 Westplains Drive, Goshen at 4:47 p.m. Sunday. Armstrong located four juveniles walking nearby the bus soon after the damage was first observed, police said. The juveniles admitted to damaging the bus. Arrangements were made to get an estimate for the damage and have the juveniles pay for the damage in lieu of the juveniles being charged.
• Steve Thomas, Goshen, told Goshen police two vehicles were drag racing in the 300 block of Hackett Road at 7:40 p.m. Sunday. One vehicle drove through his neighbors yard resulting in minor damage.
• Dolores K. Kramer told Elkhart County police that her vehicle was damaged when a person threw a roller blade skate in the 52900 block of York Hills Drive, Middlebury, at 8:15 p.m. Friday.
• Isrrael David Mujica Aponte, 211 E. Purl St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged his satellite dish at 10:26 a.m. Monday.
• A student at Goshen High School, 401 Lincolnway E., Goshen, told Goshen police an iPhone had been stolen at the school at 11:49 a.m. Monday.
• Melora Amundson, Goshen, told Goshen police a young male stole her purse while she was shopping at Depot Clothing, 1013 Division St., Goshen, at 12:59 p.m. Monday. A witness reportedly chased down the suspect and recovered the purse and pocketbook. A cell phone is still listed as missing.
• Kaitlyn Devries, Goshen, told Goshen police her vehicle had engine parts stolen and the rear passenger side window broken out while parked at 415 N. Main St., Goshen, at approximately 4 p.m. June 19.
• Xochitl Hernandez and Celso Montiel, both of 902 Galen Ct., Goshen, told Goshen police a company by the name of New Egg Products fraudulently withdrew $304 from their account at 2:57 p.m. July 22.
Domestic battery/intimidation reports and arrests
• Russing Cleavinger, 53, 607 Stevens Court, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of domestic battery at 4:27 p.m. Sunday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.
• Richard Doerscher, 36, 59163 Melrose Place, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police on charges of domestic violence, resisting arrest and strangulation after a four-hour standoff with police at his residence Friday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.
• Michael J. Sisson, 34, 500 block of C.R. 100 North, Bloomfield Township, was arrested by LaGrange County police on a charge of domestic violence Saturday. He was incarcerated at the LaGrange County jail.
• Terry Mullins, 39, 1804 West Plains Drive, Apt. B-2, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police at 5:24 p.m. Monday while at 1527 Bashor Road, Goshen, on a charge of domestic battery. He was booked into the county jail.
• LaGrange County police received a report Sunday from a man indicating he was threatened with a knife by an unknown man while at the Trading Post campground, 7525 E. 300 North, LaGrange. The man, who was not a customer and left the scene after making the threat, is described as a white male in his mid-40’s, bald, heavy build, about 6 feet tall, with a brown goatee and glasses. Anyone with information connected to the incident or suspect is asked to call the sheriff’s department.
• Goshen police were dispatched to 102 Chicago Avenue at Rogers Park in reference to possible sounds of gunfire at 11:57 p.m. Sunday.
• Jerry Beck, 1720 Berkey Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police of hearing what he thought sounded like gunfire at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
• Michael D. Knowles, 47, 5940 W. 500 South, Topeka, was arrested by LaGrange County police late Monday night at his residence on charges of possession of marijuana with a prior conviction and possession of paraphernalia. He was booked into the LaGrange County Jail.
• Nicodemus Hernandez, 22, 53586 C.R. 27 Lot 134, Bristol, was arrested by Elkhart County police on charges of disorderly conduct, intimidation and criminal recklessness with a weapon at 9:37 p.m. Saturday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.
• Efren Munoz, 30, 1204 Southfield Drive, Ligonier, was arrested by Elkhart County police at 4:12 p.m. Monday at the intersection of South County Line Road and C.R. 43, Syracuse, on a charge of driving a motor vehicle while never having received a license. He was booked into the county jail.
• Timothy Hays, 27, 18039 C.R. 20, Goshen, fell asleep in his vehicle at U.S. 20 and C.R. 17 in Elkhart at a traffic light at 4:32 p.m. Friday. He was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence and driving with a license suspended-prior. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.