Goshen News, Goshen, IN

September 5, 2013

Elkhart man convicted for high-speed chase


— An Elkhart man who was arrested after high-speed police chase in Goshen was tried and convicted in Elkhart Superior Court 2 last week.

Delvon Tolbert, 25, West Lusher Avenue, was convicted by a 12-person jury 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.

During the investigation, officers found several counterfeit $20 bills with the same serial number Tolbert had dropped, along with a recently purchased bag of Long John Silvers fried fish. These were found in and around a stolen Chrysler automobile, according to prosecutors.

Police determined that an identical counterfeit $20 bill was passed earlier in the day Sept. 22 at the Long John Silvers along Pike Street in Goshen. Police found a counterfeit $20 bill in Tolbert’s pocket.

According to prosecutors, federal marshals and agents appeared in Superior Court 2 during the trial in hopes of taking Tolbert into custody. Prosecutors also said Tolbert is wanted in several states, including Nevada, Michigan and Iowa, for bank robbery and counterfeiting.

Theft/burglary reports

• Elkhart County police reported that a 1999 Ford F250 pickup truck was abandoned on the property of Daniel Emmans, 50779 Ind. 15, Bristol. Emmans requested a vehicle identification number check on the vehicle Friday. The truck had been reported stolen to Nappanee police.

• Carla Gayheart told Elkhart County police that someone removed facia and soffit from the home at 18765 C.R. 20, Goshen. The crime took place between noon March 1 and around 10 a.m. Friday.

• A burglary at the maintenance garage for Sun Homes, 54686 C.R. 19, Bristol, was reported to Elkhart County police. Between approximately 5 p.m. Friday and 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, someone cut a portion of fence and stole a golf cart stored in the fenced area.

• Rafael Diaz of Goshen told city police that someone stole a license plate off his vehicle between Friday and Sunday while the vehicle was parked at 516 Bluegrass Court.

• Lazaro Hernandez, 609 N. Fifth St., told Goshen police Tuesday he’d found damage to his front door indicating someone tried to break in.

• Amy Macias of Goshen told city police Tuesday someone entered her 2000 Volkswagen Beetle and her 1999 Pontiac Grand Am and stole several items. The vehicles were parked at 111 River Vista Drive when the thefts occurred.

• Chris Widner of Nappanee told Elkhart County police Tuesday that someone stole his debit card information and made charges totaling $153.

• Jeffrey Chupp of Goshen told Elkhart County police someone made three fraudulent charges from his debit card totaling $150 Friday and Saturday.

• The theft of a Honda generator worth $1,600 from a home under construction at C.R. 3240 N. 920 West, Shipshewana, was reported to LaGrange County police Monday. The victim was listed as Leonard Frey.

• A Next brand mountain bike belonging to Donald Lucas was stolen from outside the home at C.R. 7580 N. 900 West, north of Shipshewana, between noon and around 4:50 p.m. Sunday, LaGrange County police reported.

Assault/battery reports

• Elkhart County police reported that around 7:13 a.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old girl was admitted to IU Health Goshen Hospital after being battered. The girl said she had been battered by her mother along C.R. 29, Syracuse.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Levon Parker told Elkhart County police a 14-year-old boy vandalized his vehicle while it was parked at his place of employment, Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, Tuesday.

Gun incident

Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Goshen police were called to a home in the 1300 block of East Lincoln Avenue regarding a man with a gun who was reportedly yelling at a female. The female was said to have run away.

Police determined the man was upset with his dog for damaging his property. His companion had been running in an attempt to secure the loose dog.

Alcohol/drug arrests

• A 16-year-old student was arrested at Goshen High School Tuesday on charges of dealing marijuana on school property, dealing marijuana to a person younger than age 18 and possession of marijuana. Another juvenile student was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana. Both were released to a parent, Goshen police reported.

• Fidel Prieto-Juarez, 18, 1200 Midtown Apt. 20, Elkhart, was arrested after he was reportedly found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle around 10 p.m. on C.R. 22, east of C.R. 127. Elkhart County police said he was under the influence of synthetic marijuana and a depressant. Prieto-Juarez was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, obstruction of traffic, possession of a look-a-like substance and driving while never receiving a driver’s license.

OWI arrests

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

• Austin M. Miller, 26, 66226 Ind. 15, Goshen, was arrested after a traffic stop around 10:41 p.m. Tuesday on C.R. 17 north of Ind. 120. In addition to the OWI charge, Miller was arrested on a charge of possessing a look-a-like substance. Police said he had what was suspected to be synthetic marijuana.

• Brett King, 18, 18380 Dennis Drive, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop around 4:30 a.m. on C.R. 17, north of Ind. 119. He was also incarcerated on a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage. Police said two 16-year-old juveniles in the vehicle were also arrested on charges of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage before being released to their parents.

• Micah Ross, 18, 11615 Ind. 120, Middlebury, was arrested after a traffic violation around 8:06 a.m. Saturday at Vistula and Maple streets in Bristol. In addition to the OWI charge, Ross was also jailed on a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.