Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 17, 2013

Two children found in vacant home


— Goshen police were called to a vacant residence in the 400 block of North Fifth Street, Goshen, at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday. Officers found a 4-year-old and 3-month-old alone inside the residence. The residence was not in safe living conditions. The police said the children were unharmed and appeared to be in good health, though it was determined that they had not been fed in many hours. The children were transported to the police department and fed there while waiting for investigators and Department of Child Services (DCS). The children were place in the custody of DCS. The parent of the children was located during the investigation.

Crash reports

Several people were injured in recent crashes investigated by local police agencies:

• A three-vehicle crash injured two people at Reynolds and Eighth streets in Goshen Monday.

The collision occurred at 7:24 p.m. Goshen police said a 2000 Plymouth Voyager driven by Anita Howell, 53, Goshen, collided with a 1992 Toyota Celica driven by Grant A. Mast, 26, Goshen. Howell was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated.

Police said Howell had neck pain as a result of the crash, and Mast had arm pain. A passenger in the Mast vehicle, Kiera Winnett, 6, Goshen, suffered neck pain.

• A driver was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday on Madison Street (U.S. 33) just west of Fifth Street.

The collision occurred at 10:17 a.m. Goshen police said a 1997 Plymouth Voyager driven by Robert L. Smith, 64, Goshen, collided with the rear of a 2009 Hyundai Elantra driven by Karen S. Cender, 49, Goshen. Cender suffered neck pain as a result of the crash.

• A motorcyclist was injured in a single crash at C.R. 17, south of C.R. 38  Thursday. The crash occurred at 1:10 p.m. Elkhart County police said John Maust, 35, Milford, lost control of his motorcycle while on the gravel roadway and was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital with abrasions to his arms and head. Maust was ticketed for conditions requiring driving at reduced sped due to the gravel roadway.

Child unattended

• Goshen police were called to the 2600 block of Alpine Fir Lane in Elkhart in regards to a child walking the streets in his underwear at 8:43 a.m. Wednesday. The child was in good health. The child, the parent and residence were located. Department of Child Services was contacted about the incident.

Theft/burglary reports and arrests

• Timothy K. Vukovich, 108 S. Wheatland Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone took his red 2002 Pontiac Grand Am from his driveway without permission at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.

• Dale Kline, 1507 S. Sixteenth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone removed his seat to his wheel chair at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

• A loss prevention employee at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police a female stole three bottles of tequila and ran out the doors before police could arrive at 9:59 p.m. Wednesday.

• Curtis Lee, 46, 511 High St., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of theft at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, Goshen, at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday. Lee was transported to the Elkhart County jail.

• Josiah Perkins, 53586 C.R. 27, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone stole his cell phone sometime May 4.

Fraud reports

• Angela McKee, Goshen, told Goshen police someone sent her a check to cash in an attempt at fraud at 2:04 p.m. Wednesday.

• Robert Taylor, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police someone fraudulently made a charge using his debit card information at Walmart.com at 12:40 a.m. May 10.

Battery/other assaults reports and arrests

• A staff member at Bashor Children’s Home Alternative School, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, told Elkhart County police a 14-year-old male student pushed him at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. No injuries were reported.