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July 31, 2013

Goshen man reports being robbed, gun displayed

A 24-year-old Goshen man went to the Goshen Police Department to report he had been robbed at 3:49 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Eighth Street and College Avenue. Police arrived at the scene and a report was taken. Police said the victim reported that a firearm was displayed when money was demanded of him. There are no further details available in the investigation at this time.

Car flees into fairgrounds

Goshen police attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Lincolnway East and Monroe Street for failure to stop at a red light at 10:54 p.m. Sunday. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and fled east bound. The driver pulled into gate 2 of the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds fleeing southbound into the fairground at a high rate of speed. The driver drove off the dirt road into a ditch and creek at a high rate of speed and crashed. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot. The incident is currently being investigated. Police said there was no further information at this time.

Two hurt in wreck

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle collision at U.S. 20 and C.R. 43 near Middlebury July 24. The crash occurred at 4:04 p.m. According to Elkhart County police, a 2008 Chevrolet CT3 driven by Caleb Kimes, 20, Auburn, rear ended a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Samantha Gamble, 17, Middlebury. Gamble and a passenger, Bobby Dixon, 30, Goshen, were transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaint of neck and back pain. Kimes was ticketed for following too closely.

Cyclist hit by vehicle

Steaven Wiltse told Elkhart County police a silver Chevrolet Silverado pick up truck crashed into him causing minor injury while he was riding his bicycle on Ind. 15, north of C.R. 126 at 10:26 p.m. Saturday. The Chevrolet Silverado left the scene northbound on Ind. 15 prior to police arrival.

Two-vehicle collision

A 2001 Dodge Dakota driven by Jessie Hollis, 65, Goshen, was traveling southbound on Ind. 15, north of Old Ind. 15. Another vehicle traveling northbound on Ind. 15 reportedly collided with a utility pole on the east side of Ind. 15 and traveled left of center. Elkhart County police said Hollis abruptly stopped to avoid colliding with the vehicle traveling left of center. A 2003 GMC Envoy driven by Yajarira Estrada, 28, Goshen, collided with the rear end of Hollis’ vehicle. Hollis was issued a warning for unsafe speed.

Repo leads to meth find

According to LaGrange County police, a vehicle was being repossessed registered to Jeremy Ellis at 3465 E. 250 North, LaGrange at 3:18 p.m. July 24. During the recovery of the vehicle, the parents of Ellis were allowed to remove personal property. Police said when the trunk was opened, the wrecker driver located numerous items used for the manufacture of methamphetamine. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was called. They took control of the chemicals and rendered the vehicle safe for the repossession.

Theft/burglary/scam reports

• Troy Nichols, 22347 C.R. 45, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone broke into his residence and stole items between 8:30 p.m. July 23 and 6 p.m. Thursday.

• Holly Jo Ann Hernandez, 37 Maple St., Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone entered her residence and removed two handguns between 4:30 a.m. and 11:15 p.m. Friday.

• Guadalupe Irma, 27 Maple St., Bristol, told Elkhart County police someone entered through an unlocked door and various items were taken from the residence between 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

• Kary Myers, 19996 C.R. 146, New Paris, told Elkhart County police someone forced entry to his barn and stole toolboxes and tools between 2 p.m. July 20 and 4:16 p.m. Sunday.

• Martha Whitaker, 308 E. Clinton St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole medical supplies from a shipment off her porch at 12:44 p.m. Sunday.

• Robin Schaaf, 30 Springfield Court, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole her son’s BMX bike at 3 p.m. Saturday.

• Debra Johns, 1401 Sweet Clover Drive, Goshen,  told Goshen police of a possible scam at 3:05 p.m. Sunday. Police advised her not to give out her personal information over the phone or send any money to the subjects calling her.

• Michael Snider, 510 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police of his residence being burglarized at 9 a.m. Saturday.

• Carla Bocanagra, 412 E. Wilden Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole $200 from her Green Dot MoneyPak card at 8:17 p.m. Sunday.

• Goshen police were dispatched to Martin’s Supermarket, 1527 Bashor Road, Goshen, in reference to two juveniles in custody for theft at 9:13 p.m. Sunday. Police arrived and found the juveniles to be 9- and- 10-years-old. Department of Child Services were later contacted and a case was taken. Police said the children were released to their parents.

• Jade Butterfield of Goshen told Goshen police someone approached her in the area of Crescent and Cross streets and forcibly took her wallet from her at 1:25 a.m. Monday.

• D. Michael Howard, 512 E. Jackson St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole two knives from his vehicle sometime in the early morning hours Monday.

• Natalie Poole, 813 S. Sixth St., Goshen, filed a report with Goshen police that her black Yamaha Zuma mo-ped was stolen sometime during the night Sunday.

• Staff at Williamsburg Rental Management, 506 Middlebury St., Goshen, told Goshen police Monday someone is dumping trash illegally into their trash dumpster.

• Maria Ortega, 522 Van Gilst Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole several items from her 1995 Mitsubishi while it was parked in her driveway at 9:40 p.m. Sunday.

• Jerry L. Kulp, 1016 Van Gilst Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone entered his 2008 Dodge Caliber while it was parked in his driveway at 7:30 a.m. Monday. No items were taken and the vehicle was not damaged.

• Deb Stack, property owner of 304 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police the former tenants stole the refrigerator when moving out at 8 a.m. Monday.

• John Mathew, 1606 S. Sixteenth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged the latch of a storage shed and stole a security camera that had been mounted on the shed at 5 p.m. Sunday.

• Goshen police were contacted by a loss prevention officer at Walmart Supercenter, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, in reference to two juveniles exiting the store without paying for merchandise at  8:09 p.m. Monday. The juveniles were later located at Dierdoff/College Avenue and arrested on a charge of theft. The juveniles were released to their parents.

• Benjamin Richards, 1208 Wilson Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole tools from his garage at 11:22 p.m. Monday.

• Goshen police were dispatched to the 1300 block of S. Ninth Street of the theft of a scooter at 1:30 p.m. Monday. During the investigation, police were advised of a theft of cash money.

Forgery/counterfeiting reports

• A manager at Low Bobs Discount Tobacco, 434 W. Pike St., Goshen, told Goshen police a male used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase items at 2 p.m. Saturday.

• Rebecca Hershberger of Goshen filed a report with Goshen police of fraudulent activity form a bank account sometime July 24.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Michael Murry, 315 E. Oakridge Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged the rear window to his 2000 Chevy Malibu while it was parked in the driveway outside his home at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

• A 17-year-old male told Goshen police he heard someone attempting to gain entry at 1012 N. Sixth Street at 12:28 a.m. Monday. Police arrived and cleared the area. No entry was made into the residence and no one was located.

• Angel Akins, 704 S. Twelfth St., Goshen, told Goshen police a suspicious person was knocking at her back door at 1:18 a.m. Tuesday. Police checked the area and were unable to locate anyone in the area.

• MaShawn K. Boyd of Elkhart told Goshen police someone broke a window and put graffiti at the United Steelworkers of America Lodge, 612 E. Plymouth Avenue sometime Friday.

• Linda Brown, 1109 S. Twelfth St., Goshen, told Gosehn polcie someone spray painted graffiti on the garage door of her residence at 6 p.m. Sunday. Upon further investigation, police found four other separate locations that were painted with graffiti in the area.

• Goshen police were notified of vandalism at Reith Park in the 1500 block of S. Thirteenth Street at 2:35 p.m. Monday. Someone spray painted graffiti on both the male and female bathroom walls.

• According to LaGrange County police, a male juvenile entered the bathroom at Grandview Bend Campground, 4624 N. 100 East, LaGrange, at 6 p.m. Monday. He proceeded to take the caps off of six faucet handles that identify hot and cold water. The caps were then flushed down a toilet causing it to be plugged. A report will be forwarded to the Probation Department.

Fraud reports

• Randall Riegsecker of Goshen told Elkhart County police someone made a fraudulent charge on an Interra Credit Union Debit Card in the amount of $882 sometime Monday. The account was for his business, Star Customs, 18551 C.R. 126, Goshen.

Battery reports and arrests

• Walter Moore, 47, 65639 Woodbury Drive, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of domestic battery at 9 p.m. Friday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.

• Jerome K. Combs, 38, Howe, was arrested by LaGrange County police on a charge of  domestic battery at 5 p.m. Friday. Combs was located by police in Topeka and taken into custody. A report and additional charges will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office to be reviewed.

Traffic reports and arrests

• Elkhart County police responded to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of C.R. 28 and C.R. 13 at 4:35 p.m. Friday. Police said the crash is under further investigation.

• A 16-year-old male was stopped by Goshen police at Cottage and Bridge Avenues for disregarding a stop sign at 10:13 a.m. Monday. Police said the juvenile had never obtained a driver’s license. The juvenile was released to his parent after both child and parent signed a promise to appear for Juvenile Court.

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