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October 19, 2012

Kosciusko, Elkhart county police arrest 13 people in drug busts

Numerous law enforcement officers from Kosciusko and Elkhart counties conducted a drug warrant blitz Wednesday resulting in the arrest of 13 people.

According to Kosciusko County police, the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force, along with officers from Syracuse, North Webster, Milford, and the Elkhart City Drug Task Force converged on various locations during the blitz. Below is a list of individuals arrested on drug-related charges in the last 24 hours:

• Casey James Louden, 25, Pierceton, arrested on a charge of felony dealing/delivering methamphetamine. Bond was set at $50,000.

• Catherine L. Schmidt, 40, Warsaw, arrested on charges of two felony counts of dealing in a schedule III controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000.

• Marshall B. Slone, 32, Claypool, arrested on a charge of felony dealing in a schedule I controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000.

• Richard J. Mackensworth, 49, Milford, arrested on a charge of felony dealing in a schedule I, II, and III controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000.

Brenda K. Mackensworth, 42, Milford, arrested on a charge of felony dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance. Bond was set at $20,000.

• Amber M. Engle, 26, Claypool, arrested on a charge of felony possession of a schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance. No bond was issued.

• John W. Clark, 41, Claypool, arrested on a charge of felony dealing in a schedule III controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000.

• Jimmy L. Burchett, 49, Warsaw, arrested on a charge of felony possession of marijuana over 30 grams. Bond was set at $10,000.

• Willie D. Williams, 30, Elkhart, arrested on a charge of felony dealing and felony possession of methamphetamine. Bond was set at $50,000.

• Teresa S. Hall, 39, Warsaw, arrested on a charge of felony dealing in a schedule I, II or III controlled substance. Bond was set at $50,000.

• Jamey I. Besemann, 32, Milford, arrested on a charge of felony dealing in a schedule I, II or III controlled substance and habitual substance offender. Bond was set at $50,000.

• James O. Sayler, 35, Winona Lake, arrested on a charge of felony possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Bond was set at $2,000.

• Donal E. Weber, 27, Winona Lake, arrested on a charge of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. Bond was set at $2,000.

Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers still have outstanding drug warrants on the following individuals: Jamie E. Sparks, 26, Elkhart; Michelle B. Miller, 44, Milford; Codie L. J. Pierce, 21, Warsaw; Thomas W. Yoder, 48, Milford; Jennifer Ormsby, 31, Larwill; and Chelesa R. Baldwin, 24, Warsaw.

Information on the remaining six individuals with active warrants can be called into the Kosciusko County Central Dispatch Center at 574-267-5667 or the TIP Line at 574-372-2494.

Crash reports

• A Middlebury woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday near Elkhart.

According to Elkhart County police, Leslie A. Shereiner, 27, Elkhart, was driving her vehicle northwest on C.R. 45, just south of C.R. 13, directly behind a second vehicle driven by Treva Yoder, 53, Middlebury.

At one point, Shereiner reportedly failed to see Yoder apply her breaks and Shereiner’s vehicle collided with the rear of Yoder’s vehicle. Yoder complained of head pain as a result of the crash. Shereiner was uninjured. No citations were issued.

• A Goshen man and a Syracuse woman were injured in a two-vehicle crash at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday near Goshen.

According to Elkhart County police, Jason R. Halstead, 32, Goshen, was driving his vehicle north on Ind. 15, approaching the intersection of C.R. 146. A second vehicle, driven by Sheldon M. Weaver, 35, Wakarusa, was traveling north on Ind. 15 in front of Halstead’s vehicle.

Weaver reportedly began to turn westbound onto C.R. 146, and while attempting to travel around Weaver’s vehicle, Halstead’s vehicle collided with a trailer connected to Weaver’s vehicle.

Halstead was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaint of pain to the leg, chest and shoulder. A passenger in Halstead’s vehicle, Cindy Chalk, 37, Syracuse, was also transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaint of head pain. Weaver was uninjured.

No citations were issued.

• Two Elkhart men and an Elkhart woman were injured in a three-vehicle collision at 2:38 p.m. Wednesday in Elkhart.

According to Elkhart County police, Cary Peters, 34, Middlebury, was driving his vehicle southbound on C.R. 17, just north of Beck Drive. A second vehicle, driven by Jesus Daiz-Lopez, 22, Elkhart, was stopped at a red light on C.R. 17 at the Beck Drive intersection. A third vehicle, driven by Mario Lopez, 19, Elkhart, was stopped at the same red light in front of Daiz-Lopez’ vehicle.

Upon approaching the intersection, Peters reportedly failed to stop in time and his vehicle collided with the rear of Daiz-Lopez’ vehicle, causing Daiz-Lopez’ vehicle to collide with the rear of Lopez’ vehicle.

Both Lopez and a passenger in his vehicle, Andrea Rodriguez, 21, Elkhart, were transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of neck and back pain.

Peters was cited for following too closely. Daiz-Lopez and Lopez were cited for never having received a driver’s license.

Theft/burglary reports

• A Goshen girl reported to Goshen police that her black Zune portable music player was stolen from out of her vehicle while parked at her residence in the 800 block of Nolewood Drive, Goshen, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Elkhart County police received a report that the car batteries were stolen from two vehicles parked at the commuter parking lot at the corner of C.R. 33 and U.S. 6 in Syracuse between 7 a.m. Oct. 11 and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

• Lucinda Culp, 70401 C.R. 29, Syracuse, told Elkhart County police several items were stolen from a storage barn on her property. Culp reported a side door had been forced open and an extension cord, tool box with miscellaneous tools, a two horsepower motor and a forklift battery were among the items stolen.

• Carol Lee, 22023 C.R. 36, told Elkhart County police someone entered her residence between 12:20 and 4:40 p.m. Wednesday and stole several electronic items.

• Casey Keene, 30, 12698 Ind. 120, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police someone entered his home at approximately 1:25 a.m. Thursday and stole several items. There were no signs of forced entry.

Forgery/counterfeiting reports

• Keith Abbot, manager of Chili’s, 4018 Elkhart Road, Goshen, told Goshen police a counterfeit $50 bill was used to pay for a meal at the restaurant at 9:34 p.m. Wednesday.

Fraud reports

• A Goshen woman reported to Goshen police she received a call she believes was a scam at approximately noon Wednesday. According to the report, the caller requested that she purchase a money card and then call back the given phone number to prevent her NIPSCO service from being shut off. The Goshen woman also reported seeing unmarked utility vehicles in the area of her residence that could possibly be involved. A report was taken.

Assault/battery reports

• A Bashor Home employee told Elkhart County police he was head butted by a 16-year-old male while trying to grab him in a restrain hold. The incident occurred at 8:34 a.m. Tuesday while at the Bashor Home facility, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen.

Alcohol/drug reports

• Candace Wardlow, 30, 27420 Charles St., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police at 10:43 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Seventh Street and Plymouth Avenue on charges of dealing methamphetamine, dealing a schedule I, II, or III drug and possession of precursors with a prior possession charge. She was booked into the county jail.

• Elkhart County police reported finding an inactive methamphetamine lab at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday in the 19000 block of C.R. 121, New Paris. The Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Lab Removal Team was alerted. The case remains under investigation.

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