Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 12, 2013

Police News for Dec. 12, 2013

Goshen News

---- — A Syracuse man was arrested Wednesday after allegedly sending threatening letters to himself and others and misleading police.

Jason Wilson, 40, 603 E. Pickwick Drive, was incarcerated in the Kosciusko County Jail on two Class D felony counts of intimidation and a misdemeanor count of false informing.

On Dec. 5, Wilson had reportedly received a letter from someone threatening his safety. On the same day, Syracuse police reported, a female Bristol resident received a letter containing basically the same message.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Dec. 6, police were called to Wilson’s home. Police arrived to find a vehicle on fire in the driveway, and Wilson in the backyard leaning against a tree. Wilson told officers he’d noticed his truck was on fire, and then someone tried to break out his sliding glass windows to get into his home.

Wilson said he chased the male intruder and that the two of them got into a fight. The other male had gotten away, Wilson reportedly told police. Police said officers and K-9 units searched the area and found no one else around.

On Dec. 7, Wilson and the Breman resident again reportedly received threatening letters. These were turned over to Syracuse police.

Police said investigators followed up on several leads and interviewed numerous witnesses. Investigators later determined that Wilson sent the letters to himself, the female in Bremen and also her father. Wilson also allegedly sent threatening letters to Kohl’s department store in Warsaw, where the female works.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and may result in more charges being filed.

Theft/burglary reports

• Alicia Lovely of Goshen told Elkhart County police Saturday that someone used her debit card without her permission to make $150 in purchases.

• Vijay Mehta of Bristol told Elkhart County police that between Sept. 15 and Oct. 20, he sent three payments totaling $1,640 via Western Union to an address in California. Mehta was paying for services from someone claiming to be from Dish Network. Dish Network did not receive those payments, Mehta told police.

Assault/battery reports

• Sinuhe Hernandez-Burciaga, 26, 430 N. Woodsage St., Bristol, was taken into custody at his home by Elkhart County police around 7:45 p.m. Saturday on a charge of domestic battery and also on an arrest warrant. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Thomas Friday of Goshen told Goshen police his vehicle was vandalized with what appeared to be feces sometime early Sunday. The vehicle was parked at 305 S. Seventh St. when the vandalism occurred.

• Mervin Slabach told Goshen police Sunday that someone damaged a window at his rental property at 320 E. Madison St.

• Angie Fry of Goshen told Goshen police Sunday that someone slashed one of the tires on a rental car she was using. The vehicle was parked at 402 S. Seventh St. at the time of the vandalism.

• Brett Haines of Goshen told Goshen police Sunday that his vehicle was damaged while it was parked at Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road.

• Matthew Wayker told Elkhart County police someone broke out the back window of his Dodge Durango while the vehicle was parked at Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen. The vandalism occurred between 1 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

OWI arrests

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

• Scott J. Stillson, 54, 65926 C.R. 27, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police after a traffic stop around 11:40 p.m. at Main and Jackson streets. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

• Nicole L. Reed, 21, 409 Lincolnway East, Ligonier, was arrested by Elkhart city police Dec. 4 after a traffic stop on Waterfall Drive.

Traffic arrests

• Anibal Lugo, 50, 19142 Oak Park, New Paris, was arrested by Elkhart County police around 2:44 p.m. Saturday on C.R. 40 west of Ind. 119 on a charge of driving while never receiving a driver’s license.