Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 16, 2014

Several hurt in various wrecks

THE GOSHEN NEWS
Goshen News

---- — Several people were injured in recent crashes responded to by local police:

• Two pedestrians were hurt when they were struck by a vehicle Tuesday near the Aldi supermarket in Goshen.

The mishap occurred shortly after 1 p.m. According to Goshen police, Deborah D. Sutton, 66, Millersburg, was driving out of the parking lot and onto Eisenhower Drive in a 2013 Lexus. Sutton didn’t see two pedestrians in front of her preparing to cross the street, and the Lexus collided with them.

The vehicle struck Leanna Kauffman, 73, Middlebury, in the hip, and Kauffman fell to the ground. She was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment. The other pedestrian, Marion Kauffman, 75, Middlebury, was hit in the lower leg.

• A two-vehicle crash injured two drivers Tuesday morning at U.S. 20 and C.R. 21.

The mishap occurred around 6:26 a.m. Elkhart County police said a 2002 Ford F350 driven by Kerry Schrock, 38, Elkhart, collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado driven by William Tussing, 57, Goshen.

Both drivers suffered back pain as a result of the crash. Police said Tussing was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

• A one-vehicle crash injured a driver near LaGrange Tuesday afternoon.

The mishap occurred around 3:43 p.m. on C.R. 250 West south of C.R. 100 south. LaGrange County police said Leanna W. Wengerd of Wolcottville was driving north in a 1991 Chevrolet van. The vehicle went through some water, and Wengerd lost control of the vehicle.

Police said the van went off the road, struck a mailbox and rolled over several times. Wengerd suffered pain and a head abrasion as a result of the crash.

• A driver was injured in a one-vehicle crash west of Goshen Tuesday afternoon.

The mishap occurred around 2:23 p.m. on C.R. 13 south of C.R. 32. Elkhart County police Jerry Braasch, 32, Elkhart, was driving north in a 1996 Ford Taurus and fell asleep. The vehicle went off the road a struck a utility pole.

Braasch suffered back and wrist pain as a result of the crash, and was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

• Two people were hurt in a four-vehicle collision Wednesday on C.R. 9 at Arlington Road.

The crash occurred around 10:18 a.m. Elkhart County police said a northbound 2001 Dodge Durango driven by Stephen Squires, 38, Goshen, collided with the rear of a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Rodney Juday, 65, White Pigeon, Mich.

The Durango then crashed into a southbound 2011 Buick Regal driven by Thomas Meyers, 69, Elkhart. Police said the Buick spun out of control and collided with a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by Robert Reese, 63, Elkhart. The Nissan had been stopped at a stop sign.

Meyers suffered back pain as a result of the crash. A passenger in the Buick, Ruth Moore, 84, Elkhart, suffered chest pain. Both were transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

Police said Squires was cited for driving too fast for weather condition.

Theft/burglary reports

• Elkhart police arrested three men on felony charges after they allegedly used another individual’s identity to gain employment.

Jose Maldonado Martinez told police Dec. 16 that his identity was being used at several Elkhart County businesses. Martinez said he’d never worked at any of those businesses, which police said are in Goshen, Elkhart and New Paris.

Elkhart police began an investigation and later arrested three people on charges of identity theft, a Class D felony, and forgery, a Class C felony. Taken into custody were Christian Sanchez Orlando, 20, 123 W. Hively, Elkhart; Jose De Jesus Martinez Ramirez, 28, 57288 Yorkshire Drive, Middlebury; and Raul Reyes-Vazquez, 26, 714 S. 12th St., Goshen.

The three men were incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

• Abigail M. Kashmer Bradford, 629 S. Sixth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole items from her vehicle during the overnight hours Sunday.

• Rhoda Schrag, Goshen, told Goshen police she was asked to send money for an incarcerated family member Friday. She learned the family member was not incarcerated only after she had sent the money, police said.

• Employees at Walgreens, 429 W. Pike St., Goshen, told Goshen police a male provided a fraudulent identify card at 2 p.m. Monday. The male left the store prior to police arrival.

Battery reports and arrests

• Jorge Baltazar, 22, 1725 Windsor Lane, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of domestic battery at 10:49 p.m. Sunday. A 23-year-old female had minor injury to her right knee and complaint of pain. He was transported to the Elkhart County jail.

• A Goshen woman told city police someone battered one of her children at Chandler Elementary School playground, 419 S. Eighth St., Goshen, after school hours Monday.

Traffic arrests

• Ryan Wyatt, 25, 53072 C.R. 35, Middlebury, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop at the intersection of C.R. 38 and U.S. Hwy 33 at 3:36 p.m. Sunday. He was arrested on a charge of driving while being a habitual traffic violator and incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Drug/alcohol incidents

• Two people were arrested after Goshen police made a traffic stop in the 4000 block of Elkhart Road at 1:33 a.m. Monday. Austin D. Dooley, 20, 1104 Hickory St., Goshen, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A passenger, Dominique G. Peterson, 20, 113 S. 28th St., Goshen, was arrested on charges possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both males were released at the scene on a promise to appear in court.

OWI arrests

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

• Armando Cordero, 30, 619 Seville Court, Ligonier, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop at U.S. 33 and Reith Boulevard at 1:24 a.m. Sunday. In addition to the OWI, Cordero was also arrested on a charge of driving while his driving privileges were suspended. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

• Dwayne E. Schlabach, 66, 7690 N. 900 West, Shipshewana, was arrested by Goshen after a traffic stop the 600 block of N. Main Street at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the OWI, he was also arrested on a charge of driving while being a habitual traffic violator. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.

Injured deer shot

Goshen police shot and killed an injured deer around 6:25 p.m. Tuesday. The animal had been struck by a vehicle in the 60,000 block of C.R. 15.