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October 24, 2012

Woman dies after her truck collides with train

A Milford woman died as a result of her injuries after a train struck her vehicle Monday afternoon, according to a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s report.

Carolyn A. Handy, 77, Milford, was driving a Dodge pick-up truck across the Emeline Street crossing in Milford when her truck collided with a train at 2:09 p.m., according to police. Police said Handy failed to stop at a stop sign and the railroad crossing before heading into the path of the southbound train. The conductor and engineer of the train told police they had used the whistle and bell “extensively” through Milford as they approached the town’s crossings.

Milford police and fire crews responded to the scene, where Handy was extricated from her vehicle and taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center by Multi-Township Emergency Medical Services, according to police.

Handy died around 4:09 p.m. Monday from her injuries sustained in the crash, police said.

Missing man found along U.S. 30

A missing cancer patient from Indianapolis was located Monday in Kosciusko County.

According to Kosciusko County police, Deputy Sheriff Chris Francis responded to an 11:38 a.m. call of a man who was parked on the side of U.S. 30 near C.R. 350 West who appeared to be disoriented. Francis arrived and was immediately waved down by the man, later identified as Ralph A. Hayes, 61, Indianapolis. As Francis spoke with Hayes, it became evident that Hayes did not know where he was, believing he was still in Marion County.

Francis immediately requested an ambulance as the Kosciusko County Central Dispatch Center made contact with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, where it was learned that Hayes had been reported missing by his wife in Indianapolis.

As Hayes was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital for medical evaluation, Francis was advised that Hayes suffered from lung cancer and was prescribed several different medications that have varying side effect. Hayes had reportedly been en route to a 7:30 a.m. cancer treatment appointment and was completely unaware that he had traveled almost 110 miles north of Indianapolis. Hayes’ wife and family members were immediately made aware of his location at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

Four injured in collision

Four Syracuse residents were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 7:55 a.m. Monday just southwest of Millersburg.

According to Elkhart County police, Ronald Stuckman, 42, Syracuse, was driving his vehicle northbound on Ind. 13, just south of U.S. 6, when a second vehicle reportedly pulled out of a private drive on Ind. 13 headed south on U.S. 6 and crossed into the path of Stuckman’s vehicle, resulting in a collision.

The driver of the second vehicle, Kassidy Schafstall, 18, Syracuse, was airlifted to Parkview Hospital for treatment of a laceration to her forehead.

Stuckman was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment of abrasions to his hands and complaint of neck and knee pain. Two passengers in Stuckman’s vehicle, Jeanelle Stuckman, 38, Syracuse, and Sawyer Stuckman, 11, Syracuse, were also transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Schafstall was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Crash injures girl

A Ligonier girl was injured in a two-vehicle collision at 4:43 p.m. Monday just east of the city limits of Goshen.

According to Elkhart County police, Justin Smith, 23, LaGrange, was driving his vehicle eastbound on C.R. 36, just west of Ind. 13, when he reportedly pulled into the path of a second vehicle heading southbound on Ind. 13, resulting in a collision. Both vehicles suffered extensive front end damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Neither Smith nor the driver of the second vehicle, Craig Thomas, 20, Middlebury, were injured in the crash. A passenger in one of the vehicles, Makienna Helman, 3, Ligonier, was transported via ambulance to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment of a laceration to her forehead.

Smith was issued a warning for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection.

Theft/burglary reports

• Tristan Lachance, 26, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart police Monday in the 22000 block of Breakwater Drive on a charge of felony theft in connection with the theft of a large amount of hydrocodone pills from the CVS pharmacy, 104 W. Hively Ave., on Sept. 22. Lachance is reported to have been an employee at the pharmacy at the time of the theft.

Assault/battery reports

• Jimmy Wheat, 35, and Lace Conwell, 24, told Elkhart County police they were punched by two juvenile females while trying to separate them at 7:21 p.m. Sunday while at 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen. Wheat was punched in the head and Conwell was punched on her left arm. One of the juvenile females also reportedly struck the other juvenile female in the face.

Bomb threat made at Concord High School

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and Concord Fire Department personnel responded to a bomb threat at Concord High School at approximately 1:39 p.m. Tuesday.

According to Elkhart County police, school authorities evacuated the building and emergency personnel secured the scene and searched the building. After no threat was located, students were released to go home for the day, police said.

The incident is under investigation by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

 

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