The first of three teens charged with the arson of the vacant Goshen Inn appeared in Elkhart Juvenile Court Monday.
The Goshen 15-year-old teen admitted to the charges against him of burglary, arson and criminal mischief in the Aug. 12 fire, the Elkhart Truth reported Tuesday.
Under questioning by his attorney, the teen admitted that he and two other 15-year-old teens broke into the Goshen Inn through a window and collected items within the hotel to start a fire.
Magistrate Deborah A. Domine ordered the teen to be placed on supervised probation with electronic monitoring, serve 100 hours of community service, delete his Facebook account and any other social media accounts and to have no contact with the other teens involved in the incident.
The teen must participate in the victim-offender reconciliation program, a fire safety program and undergo an addiction assessment.
The names of the teens were not released because they have been charged as juveniles.
Elkhart man pleads guilty to insurance fraud
Willis Fields, 47, Elkhart, pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. Northern District Court in South Bend to felony unemployment insurance fraud. Fields purposefully defrauded the system by collecting unemployment insurance benefits of $27,610 while working full-time. He was sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to repay the $27,610 in benefits.
• Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at C.R. 37 and C.R. 34 in Goshen at 4:27 p.m. Monday. According to Elkhart County police, Judith Becker-Rohrer, 42, Millersburg, was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle and collided with the 2010 Chevy Impala driven by Elvera Miller, 47, Millersburg in the intersection. Becker-Rohrer laid the motorcycle on the ground and slid into a fence, police said. She was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for back pain and lacerations to arms, hips and abdomen. She was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way. A 10-year-old passenger was not taken to the hospital for treatment but left with his parents.
• Five people were injured in a four-vehicle collision at U.S. 20 near Clay Township Monday in LaGrange County. The crash occurred at 7:08 a.m. According to LaGrange County police, a 2006 Chevy Aveo driven by George F. Vanscyk, 51, was eastbound on U.S. 20 when he went left of center and hit the 2005 Buick Terra driven by Royer P. Allman Jr., 61, LaGrange. The Buick Terra landed on its top after hitting a 2008 Dodge Caravan driven by Michelle D. Dininny, 32, LaGrange. Police said The Dodge went off the road and landed in a ditch. The left front tire of the Aveo collapsed and caused it to hit a 2006 Olds driven by Erin L. Wood, 21, LaGrange.
Vanscyk was transported to Parkview LaGrange Hospital for treatment of lacerations and cuts to the face and mouth. Allman was transported to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for chest trauma, cuts and major bleeding. A passenger, Lydia Andrews, 66, LaGrange, was treated at Parkview LaGrange Hospital for minor cut and bruises. Dininny was treated at Parkview LaGrange Hospital for treatment of an broken arm and Wood was treated at the scene for complaint of pain.
Vanscyk was cited for left of center.
• Two drivers were injured in a two-vehicle collision Sunday on Marcellus Highway, near McKenzie Street in Wayne Township, Mich. According to Cass County police, Ricky Chapman, 55, Middlebury, lost control of his vehicle and overturned in a ditch. Chapman proceeded westbound on Marcellus Highway and crossed the center line into the path of a motorcycle driven by Timothy Young, 69, Mishawaka. The footrest of the motorcycle hit the roadway and caused the motorcycle into a ditch. Both men were transported to Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac. According to a press release, the use of alcohol is believed to be a factor in these crashes. The case remains under investigation.
• Officers from Elkhart County Community Corrections, 201 N. Cottage Ave., Goshen, told Elkhart County police a person fled from custody after allegedly failing a drug test at 5 p.m. Friday.
Leaving the scene of crash reports
• Betsy Eash told Elkhart County police a three-vehicle collision had occurred at 3:08 p.m. Friday at U.S. 20, east of C.R. 35 in Middlebury. The third vehicle, a gray Lincoln passenger car, left the scene, she said.
• Jeffrey Cranston, Middlebury, told Goshen police someone backed into the porch of his rental property at 118 N. Indiana Ave., Goshen, and caused between $4,000 to $5,000 in damages on June 28.
• Three arrests were made Friday in connection with a burglary at the Town and Country Mercantile, C.R. 900 West, Cromwell that occurred in the early hours Aug. 21. Christian M. McQuade, 19, Warsaw; Justin H. Mickem, 31, North Webster; and Kendra Ann Rodriguez, 20, North Webster were arrested by Noble County police on charges of burglary and theft.
• Ray Hunsberger, 1802 S. Thirteenth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone forcibly removed a screen on his living room window and stole two televisions from his home at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Lester Slabaugh, 1401 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his 2002 Zuma mo-ped from his yard between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
• Ma Del Rocio Esparza, 1727 Windsor Lane, Goshen, told Goshen police her ex-boyfriend sold several items of hers without her permission at 10:57 a.m. Sunday.
• Kenny Moles, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole his bicycle while it was parked in the 100 block of E. Washington St., Goshen, sometime Sunday.
• Employees of Lippert Components, 2703 College Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police two people were inside the business who did not work there. The two people ran off when they were observed by the employees at 1:03 a.m. Monday. Employees were unsure if any items were stolen from the business.
• Walter L. Moore, 65863 Barrens Drive, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone stole his 2009 Suzuki LTZ 4-wheeler, a 4x6 Lippert Components trailer, and a Skillcraft 1/2 inch impact tool set sometime on July 26.
• Bernard Altman, 22063 C.R. 45, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone stole a 60-inch LG flat screen LCD television and 12-inch Compaq Presario computer monitor between 2 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday.
• Brenda Becker, Goshen, told Elkhart County police someone used her debit card without consent to make a purchase of $168.54 sometime Aug. 19.
• Lily Fortier, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police someone stole $20 from her wallet at 15301 Larry Lee Drive, Bristol between 4 and 7 a.m. Thursday.
• Stephanie Tennant told Elkhart County police someone stole her wallet at Dairy Queen, 54530 C.R. 17, Bristol at 5 p.m. Saturday.
• Julie Lung, 65600 Ash Road, Wakarusa, told Elkhart County police someone entered her open garage and stole her purse from her vehicle at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.
• Employees at DJ Construction, 1775 West Plains Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole an air compressor, 300-feet of air hose and 300-feet of electrical extension cord at 4:50 p.m. Friday.
• Robert Rutherford, Lawrenceville, Ga., told Goshen police someone stole the license plate off his trailer while parked at the Best Western, 900 Lincolnway East, Goshen, approximately 9 p.m. Sunday.
• Manotham Mounsithraj, Centreville, Mich., told Goshen police someone stole his bike from Ignition Garage, 120 E. Washington St., Goshen, sometime Sunday.
• Howard Langdon, Goshen, told Goshen police someone made unauthorized transactions from his bank account between Sunday and Monday.
• Cathlene Piche-Randolph, 227 N. Fifth St., Goshen, told Goshen police someone broke into her residence and stole several prescriptions at 10 a.m. Monday.
• Erma Yoder, Goshen, reported to Goshen police a fraud over the Internet in the past week while she was attempting to get her computer fixed by phone.
• Nicole Mitchell, 613 Pringle Drive, Goshen, told Goshen police someone stole a box fan from her deck area Aug. 17.
• Goshen police were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter, 2304 Lincolnway East, Goshen, about a male taking a cart full of alcoholic beverages out of the store without paying at 11:13 p.m. Monday. The male left the area and could not be located.
• Renee L. Nusbaum, 1208 Prairie Ave., Goshen, told Goshen police someone threw an egg at her house at 10 p.m. Saturday.
• Sammi Dixon, Goshen, told Goshen police someone damaged an apartment that belonged to CPAR, 323 N. First St. Apt. 3, Goshen, at 11 a.m. Monday.
• Clinton E. Smith, 37, 821 S. Twelfth St., Goshen, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of domestic battery after police were called to the residence at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.
• Sherman Jacobs, 47, 60307 Fenmore Ave., Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police on charges of domestic battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct at 12:17 a.m. Saturday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.
• A security officer at New Paris Speedway told Elkhart County police he was punched in the face by a male person at 8:40 p.m. Saturday.
• Nickolas Ringer, 27, 471 Broadmore Estates, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police on charges of driving with a suspended license, never receiving a valid license and no insurance during a traffic stop at C.R. 20, east of C.R. 23 in Goshen at 5:32 p.m. Saturday.
• Juan U. Carmona, 21, 2633 Ponderosa Court, Goshen, was stopped by Elkhart County police on a traffic violation on C.R. 13 and Mary Street in Elkhart. He was arrested on charges of never receiving a valid driver’s license and provided a false name at 1:21 p.m. Monday. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.
• Justin T. Smith, 18, 2925 Homer Ave., Elkhart, was arrested by Goshen police after an attempted traffic stop at Ferndale and Midway in Goshen for failing to indicate a turn at 1:03 a.m. Tuesday. Smith failed to stop and fled from police before crashing at Elkhart Road and C.R. 15. He fled on foot and was caught at the entrance to Oxbow Park on Wilden Avenue.
He was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, leaving the scene of a crash, possession of a hand gun without a permit and possession of stolen property. He was incarcerated at the Elkhart County jail.