Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 27, 2013

No cause yet for Friday blaze

Goshen News

---- — No cause has been determined in the blaze firefighters say heavily damaged a home northeast of Goshen Friday night.

Firefighters from Elkhart, Jefferson, Clinton and Concord townships battled the blaze at the home of Roelf Kuitse, 18280 Buckridge Court. Kuitse discovered the fire when he arrived home from work. The fire was called in to emergency dispatchers at 6:16 p.m.

Doug Gadson of the Elkhart Township Fire Department said firefighters were at the scene until 3:13 or 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning. He said the fire at the Kuitse home rekindled at around 7 a.m. Saturday and again around 10:43 p.m.

No one was injured in the blaze.

Gadson indicated Monday the extent of the damage at the home is making it difficult to get in and investigate. Elkhart Township Fire Chief Ryan Rheinheimer said heavy equipment was to be brought in this week to sift through the debris.

Rheinheimer also said that in all of his years of firefighting he’s never had a homeowner think about shutting the gas off, which Kuitse did.

Driver hurt in crash

An Osceola man was injured when a piece of ice went through the windshield of the vehicle he was driving Monday in LaGrange County.

The mishap occurred at U.S. 20 in the area of C.R. 750 West, south of Shipshewana. LaGrange County police said Jeffrey Rankin was driving west in a Freightliner semi when a piece of ice came off an eastbound vehicle. The ice went through the windshield, and Rankin was hit in the face with ice and glass. He suffered facial lacerations.

Theft/burglary reports

• Angela S. Fry, 402 S. Seventh St., Goshen, told Goshen police Sunday that someone stole her 2002 Toyota Sequoia while it was parked in her driveway.

• Jessica School, 1219 Chicago Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone attempted to break into her home around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Robert Chupp, 67114 Chadwick Court, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone stole a Honda mini bike from the back of his residence. The theft occurred between 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Dennis Plank of Warsaw told Elkhart County police someone took his Hewlett Packard laptop computer from his 1996 Chevrolet Lumina while the vehicle was parked along West Washington Street in Millersburg. The theft occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. Friday.

• Michael Stevens, 22127 C.R. 28, Goshen, told Elkhart County police that sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 11 p.m. Friday, someone entered his home through an unlocked window and took various items.

• Robert Lung, housed at the Elkhart County work release facility, 201 N. Cottage Ave., told Elkhart County police that someone took his wristwatch from his bunk bed between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

• Paulina Fraga of Goshen told Goshen police Sunday someone stole a car stereo and purse from her mothers vehicle while it was parked at 356 Stone Drive.

OWI arrests

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

• Jonathan Dues, 31, 1445 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago, was arrested after a traffic stop around 1:35 a.m. on U.S. 33 at Bashor Road.

• Joshua Ketcham, 20, 18128 Dundee Court, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart city police after a traffic stop in the 1800 block of Visscher Drive Saturday morning. In addition to the OWI, Ketcham was arrested on a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic beverage.

Drug/alcohol incidents

• Elkhart County police said that at around 1:50 a.m. Sunday at 14339 C.R. 8, Middlebury, Derek Yoder, 18, Shipshewana, was found to have illegally consumed and be in possession of alcoholic beverages. Yoder was cited and released for the violation.

• James M. Skiles, 49, homeless, was arrested after Goshen police were called to 2309 Lincolnway East around 2:18 p.m. Friday regarding someone who was intoxicated. Skiles was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment. Police said Skiles had two arrest warrants through the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. He was incarcerated.

Traffic incidents

• Elkhart County police said a vehicle driven by Joshua Coleman, 27, New Paris, crashed into another automobile around 12:13 a.m. Sunday in New Paris. Coleman then allegedly left the scene, and was later stopped by police. Police said he was driving while his driving privileges were suspended. Coleman was issued a citation and released on a promise to appear in court.