Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 13, 2013

Elkhart cops involved in fatal shooting named


---- — The names of the three Elkhart city police officers who were involved in a fatal shooting at 8 p.m. Sunday have been released along with the name of the man killed.

Elkhart police identified the officers in the shooting as Jason Ray, Jason Gruber and Daniel Mayer.

According to ISP investigators, Elkhart police officers attempted to stop a 1995 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Christopher James Ryckeart, 31, Elkhart, for a traffic violation in the 400 block of Marion Street in Elkhart. The truck was also reported stolen, according to a press release.

The driver of the truck, Ryckeart, refused to stop for police and led officers from several departments on a chase that lasted more than 40 minutes, ISP investigators said. The pursuit went into Michigan before returning to Elkhart and ended with the driver being shot behind a house in the area of Fourth and Marion streets. Ryckeart allegedly backed his truck into the path of officers as they attempted to place him in custody after a vehicle pursuit, state police said.

The three Elkhart officers discharged their guns at Ryckeart, state police said. The driver died as a result of the gunfire.

State police detectives interviewed witnesses and collected evidence at the scene Sunday night. No officers were injured in the shooting.

K-9 unit apprehends man fleeing from police

A 42-year-old Bristol man Elkhart County police were serving a felony warrant on reportedly fled but was later caught by a police K-9 unit.

Mark Lehman, 57220 Janet Jean Court, Bristol, was at home when sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve a felony warrant concerning a domestic battery. Police reported Lehman fled on foot, but while running he was caught by a police canine and officers. Lehman suffered minor cuts and scratches to his lower back, but refused medical treatment.

He was taken to the Elkhart County Jail on the warrant of domestic battery in front of a child and a new charge of resisting law enforcement.

School bus driver injured in crash

A Concord school bus driver was injured when her bus was struck by a truck that had slid on some ice at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Elkhart County police, a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Randy T. Johnson, 43, Goshen, was southeast-bound on Wilden Avenue attempting a right turn onto Greene Road.

Elna A. Hussey, 53, Goshen, was driving Concord Community Schools bus 33 north on Greene Road.

Cpl. Casey Lehman reported that a puddle had frozen over at the intersection, causing part of the intersection to be ice covered. As Johnson was attempting the right turn, his truck slid on the ice causing the truck to crash into the bus.

Hussey suffered left knee pain. There was one person besides Hussey in the bus at the time of the crash.

Johnson was not injured and received a warning from police about driving at a reduced speed when conditions require it.

Two injured in crash

A Nappanee man was injured in a two-vehicle crash at Ind. 19 and C.R. 42, a mile south of Wakarusa at 4:58 p.m. Monday.

According to Elkhart County police, Dale E. Fothergill, 72, Elkhart, was driving a 2001 Dodge Caravan east on C.R. 42 and stopped at the Ind. 19 intersection. The van entered the intersection and collided with a 2001 Chevrolet Prism driven by Richard Fattorusso, 52, Nappanee. The Prism was southbound on Ind. 19.

Fattorusso suffered neck and back pain and was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.

A passenger in the Caravan, Paul Spencer, 78, Portland, Ore., complained of abdominal pain and was also taken to Elkhart General Hospital.

Fothergill was cited for failure to yield right of way.

Battery/domestic battery

• Dustin Klaus, 23, 27536 Bison Ridge, Elkhart, was arrested at 12:13 a.m. Saturday on a charge of battery. He is accused of battering a 23-year-old woman, who suffered an injury to her left eye, Elkhart County police reported. Klaus was arrested on charges of domestic battery, strangulation and intimidation.

• A 25-year-old man, employed by Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, told Elkhart County police he was punched and kneed in the head by one of the students at the home who was trying to escape.

Theft/burglary reports

• A 31-year-old Elkhart man was arrested on a charge of burglary, a Class C felony, after he was reportedly found inside the home of a Goshen woman.

According to Elkhart County police, 21-year-old Nancy Medina, 1646 Harrison Ridge Lane, found a man in her home at 3:35 a.m. Sunday. The man, later identified as Antoine Bates, 31, Elkhart, reportedly fled with a diaper bag. Bates, who police said matched Medina’s description, was located in the Harrison Ridge neighborhood by Elkhart County police and was arrested. He was taken to the Elkhart County jail.

• Bristol resident Tylan Ashby, 18, 19659 C.R. 2, was arrested by Elkhart County police on two counts of attempted theft at 9:24 a.m. Monday. He is accused of siphoning fuel from the vehicles of Timmisha Bradley at 52077 Brookstream Circle, Elkhart, and Elizabeth Nusbaum, 24970 State Line Road, Elkhart.

• Televisions and stereos were stolen from multiple trailers that were broken into at Foremost Transports, 50980 Ind. 13, Middlebury, between 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Elkhart County police reported.

• Larry Mercer, Anderson, told Goshen police someone broke into several RVs at the transportation lot at Crossroad Carriers RV, 1350 Lincolnway East, Goshen sometime Saturday. Police observed damaged to several towable RVs and several televisions were stolen from multiple RVs.

• Goshen police stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of N. Cottage Avenue at 5:09 Sunday. During the traffic stop, items were found inside the vehicle that were possibly stolen, police said.

• A 15-year-old Goshen male told Goshen police someone stole from a motor vehicle belonging to Jose Lara De Lunas, Warsaw at 8 a.m. Nov. 3. The incident occurred at 208 N. Fifth St., Goshen.

• Nicolas Scanlon, 19, was cited and released by Elkhart County police on a charge of criminal conversion. Scanlon is accused of taking items from Walmart, 30830 Old U.S. 20, Elkhart, at 3:31 p.m. Friday.

• Ryan Miller, 36, Middlebury, reported to Elkhart County police that tractor parts were stolen from his tractor at 14129 C.R. 14, Middlebury, between 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. Friday.

• Patricia A. Lugo, Goshen, reported to Goshen police that stereo speakers were stolen from 405 Maple Court, Goshen, at noon April 1.

• Jerry Roth, Goshen, reported to Goshen police that two canopies were stolen from 413 S. Third St., Goshen, at 6 p.m. Nov. 7.

• Crystal Romo, Goshen, reported to Goshen police a stereo was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked in her driveway on Center Street in Goshen at 9 p.m. Saturday.

• A boat battery was stolen from the backyard of Doug Sellers, 614 N. Second St., Goshen, at 8 a.m. Friday, according to Goshen police.

Vandalism/criminal mischief reports

• Howard Davis, 122 Winchester Trails, Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged his 2007 Chevy Uplander outside his residence at 2 a.m. Sunday.

• Goshen police were dispatched to Goshen College, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen, in reference to a fire alarm at 6:23 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a cork board had been set on fire in a hallway.

• Jamie Ernest, 23, 22411 C.R. 20, Goshen, reported his 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada had its tires slashed between 3 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The vehicle was parked at his residence.

• Rosa Suarez reported two of the tires on her 2013 Ford Fusion were punctured between 1 and 7 a.m. Sunday at 15978 C.R. 40, Goshen.

Drug/alcohol arrests

• Amanda Shroyer, 23, 1930 Riedmiller Ave., Fort Wayne, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of possession of marijuana at 11:56 p.m. Sunday during a traffic stop in the area of Main and Purl streets for improper license plate lights. She was a passenger in the vehicle. She was released after signing a memo to appear in Goshen City Court.

• Wayne E. Horsley, 44, 21969 Mississippi Ave., Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police on a charge of driving under the influence at 2:15 a.m. Saturday. Horsley was stopped on C.R. 10, west of C.R. 15. He was taken to the Elkhart County Jail.

• Three Goshen teenagers were arrested at 401 Lincolnway East, Goshen, on charges of possession of marijuana at 9:26 a.m. Monday. The were released to their parents.

• Ruslan M. Desyatnikov, 35, 4302 W. 56th Place, Tulsa, Okla., was arrested by Goshen police in the 100 block of North Third Street in Goshen at 8:06 p.m. Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a prior conviction within the past five years. Desyatnikov was taken to the Elkhart County Jail. Bond was set at $3,000.

Suicide attempt

• A 27-year-old Bristol man reportedly tried to kill himself by taking several pills at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Elkhart County police reported. He was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for a 24-hour mental commitment.


• Rodney Pomroy, 52, Goshen, reported his vehicle was struck while parked in the parking lot at 1002 Eisenhower Drive North, Goshen, at 11:35 a.m. Monday. No information from the other driver was left at the scene.

• Luis Santos, 18, Goshen, reported a hit-and-run accident occurred outside his home at 212 S. Ninth St., Goshen, at 1 a.m. Monday.