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April 26, 2013

Plea agreement reached in reckless homicide

— A Middlebury man has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in Elkhart Circuit Court.

Larry Hewitt, 43, 52940 York Hills Drive, agreed Thursday to a plea agreement that sets a sentence at 6 1/2 years in prison on the Class C felony charge. He admitted to killing Charles Wolfinger, 53, Mishawaka, July 17 in Elkhart during a fight. Wolfinger’s body was found in the Elkhart River.

Hewitt was also charged with involuntary manslaughter, but that charge was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Sentencing was set for May 23.

Goshen Little League park robber sentenced

A Goshen man was sentenced Thursday for his role in an armed robbery of another Goshen man at the Little League park in September 2012.

Isidro Hernandez III was sentenced to two years in prison, with one year suspended and one year on probation, on a charge of theft. The same sentence was applied to a second charge of assisting a criminal. The sentences will be served at the same time.

Goshen police arrested Hernandez shortly after the robbery and also arrested his co-defendant Paul M. Garcia, 22, Elkhart.

Also, in Superior Court 2, the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office reports Jayzahn Creel II, 20, and Earl Hogan Jr., 20, both of Elkhart, were sentenced on charges of burglary while armed with a deadly weapon and two counts of robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and a count of criminal related to a July 12, 2012 home invasion in Elkhart.

Creel received a sentence of 52 years, 35 years of which must be served in prison and 17 years served on probation.

Hogan received a 60-year sentence, 38 years of which must be served in prison and 22 years on probation.

Theft/burglary reports

• Elkhart County police received a report that a juvenile male took $20 from a cash register in the library of Northridge High School, 56779 Northridge Drive, Middlebury, between 2:10 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

• Petri Jaakkonen, Ruutana, Finland, told Goshen police someone stole his cell phone at 1 p.m. Wednesday while at 1201 S. Eisenhower Drive, Goshen.

• Lorenza Romero, 38, 23523 River Lane Blvd., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police at 9:56 a.m. Thursday while at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, on a charge of theft. She was booked into the county jail.

• A Courtyard of Goshen employee told Goshen police a resident had several items stolen at approximately midnight Monday.

• Dexter O’Bryant, Goshen, told Goshen police his debit card number is being used by someone without his authorization living in Springfield, Ohio.

• Codi L. Johnson, 30130 Tower Road, Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police at 2:15 p.m. Thursday while at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, on a charge of theft. He was booked into the county jail.

• Samantha Hernandez, Middlebury, told Goshen police her purse, wallet and keys were stolen while she was working at Chili’s Restaurant, 4018 Elkhart Road, Goshen, at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

• Kathy Stepney, Goshen, told Goshen police several items were stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at 712 S. Green Road, Goshen, at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Elkhart County police received a report that an overhead door at the New Paris Car Wash, 68310-2 Ind. 15, New Paris, was damaged between 5 p.m. Monday and 12:14 p.m. Thursday.

• An employee of Chandler Elementary School, 419 S. Eighth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged a metal table at the school at 6:55 a.m. Thursday.

Traffic arrests

• A juvenile male was arrested by Goshen police at 1:12 a.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Lincolnway East, Goshen, on charges of resisting law enforcement and operating a motor vehicle while never having received a driver’s license.

OWI arrests

• Ryan Hoff, 25, 18368 C.R. 42, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police at 3:51 a.m. Thursday on Bristol Street, just west of Osolo Road in Elkhart, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. He was booked into the county jail.

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    July 25, 2014

  • Abandoned animals removed from home Goshen police and Humane Society of Elkhart County officer Dan Scott were called to 416 N. Eighth Street in Goshen Thursday afternoon for abandoned animals in the unoccupied residence.

    July 25, 2014

  • Red D Mart armed robbery New Paris Police ask for public's help in identifying would-be robber

    Elkhart County police have released still photos captured from video of the man who attempted to hold up Red D Mart gas station, 68310 Ind. 15, New Paris, on Saturday, July 19.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • POLICE NEWS FOR JULY 23: Police determine car fire at Linway Plaza was a suicide attempt Following a four-month investigation, Goshen police determined that a car fire in the Linway Plaza parking lot on March 19 was an attempted suicide.According to Goshen police, William J. Tully was inside a car that caught fire at 12:11 p.m. March 19

    July 23, 2014

  • GN140723 CR34-Ind. 13 Crash 1 LaGrange man airlifted from scene of crash A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash at Ind. 13 and C.R. 34 at 1:48 p.m. Tuesday. Terry Fry, 44, LaGrange, was airlifted by MedFlight from the scene. Elkhart County police said he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with fractures to

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspicious blinking package with battery pack causes police to evacuate business area

    A package with a battery pack and a blinking red light found on the desk of an employee at MSC, 28551 Laura Court, Elkhart, caused police and firefighters to evacuate the area this morning.
    The package turned out to be a GPS tracking device and not a bomb.

    July 22, 2014

  • Cat beaten to death in burglary

    A house cat was found beaten to death following a burglary at a home in Howe Sunday.

    July 21, 2014

  • GN140721 Kosciusko Fatal Photo #2.jpg Fiery crash kills one, critically injures two in North Webster

    A fiery crash in North Webster left a Pennsylvania man dead and two others critically injured at 3:21 p.m. Sunday on Ind. 13, near Esterbrook Drive.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • Police looking for armed robbery suspect The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for information related to an attempted armed robbery at the Red D Mart at 68310 Ind. 15, in New Paris Saturday.According to police, at approximately 9:13 a.m. a white male approximately 20

    July 20, 2014

  • Work release inmate being sought Elkhart County police filed a report Thursday indicating Matthew J. Balint, 20, failed to return to lawful custody at the work release center, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, at 4:04 p.m. July 9, and is now considered absent without leave.

    July 18, 2014


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