A Goshen man was injured in a snowmobile crash Sunday.
The mishap occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday on Norfolk Southern railroad property behind 901 E. Madison St. in Goshen. Indiana conservation officers said Travis Eppert, 41, was driving a snowmobile and hauling passenger Stacey Callahan, 43, Goshen. Investigators said Eppert drove his snowmobile into a snowbank and went airborne. When the machine hit the ground, Eppert’s chest slammed into the handlebars.
Eppert suffered rib fractures and chest injuries as a result of the crash. He drove the snowmobile home but quickly began experiencing medical problems, conservation officers said. Callahan called 911 and Goshen fire, police and EMS personnel responded to the call. Eppert was flown from his residence by Memorial Med Flight to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where was treated in the intensive care unit for his injuries.
• A two-vehicle crash injured a driver near Topeka Monday morning.
LaGrange County police said the mishap occurred at 4:53 a.m. on C.R. 800 South west of C.R. 400 West. Sergio Lopez-Cortez, 35, Ligonier, was driving east in a 2002 Dodge Caravan. He told police the vehicle struck a snowbank, causing him to lose control of the automobile.
The Dodge went left of center and collided with a 2010 Chevrolet driven by Stacy Gavin, 51, Kendallville. Lopez-Cortez’s vehicle then went off the road and flipped.
Police said Gavin suffered neck and shoulder pain as a result of the crash. She was transported to Parkview Noble Hospital for treatment.
Lopez-Cortez was cited for driving too fast for road conditions, and also for driving without insurance and without a valid driver’s license, police reported.
• Salvadore Plaia of Plymouth told Elkhart County police Friday that someone using a credit card sent to his previous address in Goshen made $2,781.94 worth of fraudulent purchases between April 20 and Dec. 20 last year.
• Calvin Baker told Elkhart County police that someone stole three rings belonging to his wife Thursday around 10 a.m. The theft occurred at the couple’s home at 55755 Little Creek Lane, Middlebury.
• Matthew Hurley told Elkhart County police Saturday that someone stole a wallet from his vehicle while it was parked at his home at 213 E. Maple St., Millersburg.
Three arrestedafter traffic stop
Elkhart County police arrested three people after a traffic stop in Goshen Sunday.
The incident occurred around 3:16 p.m. Police said driver Alejandro Marquez-Torres, 28, 407 Wilkinson, Goshen, was stopped for traffic violations. Marquez-Torres and a passenger, Adrian Vazquez-De Los Santo, 32, 411 Marion St. Apt. 2, Elkhart, then allegedly fled into the home at 1813 Tony Lane, Goshen. Police said they were harbored inside the residence by Jorge Quiroz-Garcia, 33.
Police said a search warrant was obtained for the home, and all three men were taken into custody. Marquez-Torres was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving while never receiving a driver’s license, and resisting arrest. Vazquez-De Los Santo and Quiroz-Garcia were arrested on charges of resisting arrest and assisting a criminal.
• Mitchell Hamman, 23, 929 Georgia Road, Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police Monday on a charge of aggravated battery. The battery reportedly occurred at Hamman’s home. Hamman was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.
• A 25-year-old man told Goshen police that two males forced their way into his home and battered him Sunday. The incident occurred in the 700 block of South Eighth Street around 5:39 p.m., according to the police report. One of the suspects in the case is someone with whom the victim has had recurring issues, police reported.
The victim suffered minor injuries in the attack and refused medical treatment.
• A 36-year-old staffer at Bashor Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, told Elkhart County police she was battered by juvenile there around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The victim suffered two bite marks to her right wrist and the right side of her rib cage. She also suffered pain to her head and upper chest.
An Elkhart County woman reported a rape to county police Friday. The police report lists the date of the incident, which reportedly occurred in the 20,000 block of C.R. 26, Goshen, as Nov. 1.
Vandalism/criminal mischief incidents
• Timothy Craig told Elkhart County police the windshield of his pickup truck was struck with a flashlight between 7:30 and 7:40 p.m. Friday. The incident occurred on Craig’s property at 20990 C.R. 6, Bristol.
• It was reported to Elkhart County police that a 58-year-old man made a threat to a judge and a bailiff at the Elkhart County Courthouse, 101 N. Main St., Goshen, around noon Friday. Police said the incident is under investigation.
• A 38-year-old woman told Elkhart County police that a male inmate at the Elkhart Community Corrections facility, at 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, threatened to harm her. The incident took place around 12:45 p.m. Friday.
• Kaylub D. Akers, 18, 1006 Michigan St., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police early Monday morning on charges of possession of marijuana and driving while his driving privileges were suspended. The arrest took place during an investigation in the 900 block of West Lincoln Avenue, police reported. Akers was released on a promise to appear in Goshen City Court.
The following motorists were recently arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated:
• Deric Snider, 29, 2608 Roys Ave., Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a motor vehicle crash shortly before 11 p.m. Friday on C.R. 38 east of C.R. 19. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.
• Timothy J. Riddle, 32, 58529 C.R. 115, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police after officers were called to the scene of an automobile crash around 3:36 a.m. Tuesday. Riddle had allegedly left the scene of the collision on C.R. 115 south of C.R. 18 before police arrived. Riddle was later arrested at his home on charges of OWI and leaving the scene of a crash.