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July 24, 2013

Goshen woman reports she was forced into car

— A 23-year-old Goshen female told Goshen police that while she was in the 300 block of Seventh St., Goshen, a man she believed to be in possession of an firearm, ordered her to the passenger seat and proceeded to take control of her vehicle at 9 p.m. Monday. She was unharmed in the incident and there is no further information at this time, police said.

Child hurt in wreck

A child was injured in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. 6 and C.R. 29 Sunday. The crash occurred at 4:31 p.m. According to Elkhart County police, a 2013 Dodge Journey driven by Scott Parker, 26, Wallingford, Conn., entered the intersection and collided with a 1997 International Bus driven by Juan Barrera, 46, Belle Glade, Fla. A passenger with Parker, 6-year-old Brian Cochran, was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment to a bump on the head. Parker was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way at a through highway.

Vehicle had stolen plate

Goshen police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that had a stolen license plate on it near Indiana and Wilden Avenues in Goshen at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said the owner of the vehicle had her license plate stolen while working in Elkhart. The stolen plate was recovered and the owner of the vehicle will file a report with Elkhart City police.

Juvenile removed without permission

According to Elkhart County police, someone attempted to violate a standing court order of guardianship out of Superior Court 1 by removing a 4-year-old juvenile female without permission of the legal guardian at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 C.R. 34, Goshen.

Lying to cops lands juvenile in jail

A 14-year-old Goshen female was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of false informing at the Pringle Park Ball Diamonds, 1912 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, after she continued to lie to police about who she was at 11:32 p.m. Sunday. She was released to her parent after her identity was discovered, police said.

Theft/burglary reports

• Shirley Hibish, 14674 C.R. 48, Syracuse, told Elkhart County police someone stole an expired license plate belonging to a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado between May 20 and July 15.

• Thomas Fribley, 58194 Andrew Drive, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone stole his wallet between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday from the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, 17746 C.R. 34, Goshen. The wallet contained $400 in cash, police said.

• Brenda Terry, 206 S. Ninth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered her residence through an open window and stole items from her and fled out the back door at 6:31 p.m. Sunday. The incident is still under investigation.

• Bryan Dillman, 803 N. Main St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his daughter’s bicycle from their garage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

• Jody Sheets, 53155 Trenton Lane, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone forced entry to a rear door of the garage at his residence at 5 p.m. Friday. Several items stolen were a computer monitor, a flat screen TV, a screw gun, three autographed pictures, two autographed footballs, an autographed helmet, Xbox 360, ten Xbox games, a Shark cordless hand vacuum, Cannon EF 75-300 zoom, keys for a vehicle with keys to the residence and a set of golf clubs in a camouflage golf bag.

• Trenna Ritchie, 53586 C.R. 27, Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone stole a bicycle from her property between 6:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday.

• John Goldsmith, 54686 C.R. 19 Lot 207, Bristol, told Elkhart County police a tenet bypassed a NIPSCO meter box and has been stealing electricity between July 1 and Monday.

• Employees at Subway, 909 Kercher Road, Goshen, filed a theft report with Goshen police at 5:09 p.m. Sunday.

• Goshen police received a call of two marine batteries being found at Violett Cemetery, 2700 Viiolett Road, Goshen, at 8:17 a.m. Monday. The batteries were recovered and placed in safekeeping pending the owner identifying them.

• The manager at Berkey’s Garage, 1715 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole eight strap ratchets at 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

• Francesca Laguesma, 403 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone broke into her residence and stole household items between 4:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Monday.

• Anthony Holewinski, 316 E. Washington St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone gained entry to his apartment building at 4:52 p.m. Monday.

• Arlena Connett told Goshen police someone stole her purse from her grocery cart while she was putting her groceries in her truck at Kroger’s, 209 Chicago Ave., Goshen, at 10:02 p.m. Monday.

• LaGrange County police received a call of a theft of boat from the Royer Lake area between Sunday evening and Monday. Other stolen items included a Bass Pro Shops 55 pound thrust trolling motor and several swimming floats.

Fraud reports

• Tanya Wedge, Goshen, told Elkhart County police she was a victim of credit card fraud involving several thousand dollars between June 20 and June 30.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Lee Channell, 68293 Main St., New Paris, told Elkhart County police someone broke his bedroom window with an unknown object at 3 a.m. Saturday.

• Howard Davis, Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged a vehicle while it was parked in the driveway at 122 Winchester Trails, Goshen, at 10 p.m. July 18.

• An unknown passerby reported a damaged fire hydrant at the corner of Denver Avenue and Lincoln Avenue to Goshen police at 6:36 p.m. Monday. The hydrant had been broke off at the base.

• Adam Sims, 309 Chicago Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged his vehicle while parked at his residence at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Harassment/fight reports

• Gerald Casselman filed a report with Elkhart County police on being harassed in McDonald’s, 21879 Ind. 120, Bristol, at 1 p.m. Sunday.

• An employee of 7-Eleven, 2220 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police a fight with numerous people involved took place in the parking lot at 11:40 p.m. Monday. The people left prior to police arrival.

Battery reports

• A Goshen woman told Elkhart County police someone entered her residence and battered after breaking through a sliding glass door at 2:15 a.m. Sunday. She suffered cuts to her face, leg, back and shoulder. The person could not be located at the time of the report.

• A staff member at Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, told Elkhart County police three juvenile males battered another juvenile male at 3:30 p.m. Monday. One of the juvenile males continued to fight with staff and upon police arrival continued to act disorderly. Charges are pending in juvenile court.

• Ramona Palmer, Goshen, told Goshen police that her 15-year-old son had been battered by three unknown male subjects in the 300 block of S. Seventh St., Goshen, at 11 p.m. Monday. The victim stated he had a bump on the head and refused an ambulance.

Drug/alcohol reports and arrests

• Abdul Alshahrani, 22, 1815 Parke Place, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of possession of marijuana and an unrelated warrant at 17746 C.R. 34, Goshen, at 8:30 p.m. Friday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

• Steven Cripe, Goshen, turned in a small bag containing suspected marijuana to Goshen police that he found at 406 S. Fifth St., Goshen, at 12:03 p.m. Sunday. The substance was entered into evidence to be destroyed.

OWI arrests

• Apolinar Luna-Montova was arrested by LaGrange County police on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, fleeing from law enforcement and being a habitual traffic violator near C.R. 700 North, east of C.R. 950 East in LaGrange County at midnight Saturday. Police received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the ditch that appeared to be stuck. A male person was standing in a hay field on the outside of the roadway and fled the scene into a woods from police. A police K9 was used at the scene and the male was located in the woods hiding under brush after a short track.


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