POLICE NEWS: Industrial incident claims Goshen man's life

A Goshen man was killed in what police described as a workplace accident in Bristol last week.

Shawn Gray, 43, died Friday, and Elkhart County Coroner James Elliott said preliminary findings from the autopsy indicate blunt force injuries were the cause of death.

Gray was pronounced dead as a result of a workplace accident at Bravo Trailers, 19319 C.R. 8, around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Elkhart County police released in a report on Tuesday.

Bravo Trailers manufactures enclosed cargo trailers.


Goshen police are investigating a crash which injured a boy after he drove a motorized dirt bike into oncoming traffic Monday evening.

Malachi Southern, 12, collided with an SUV after he reportedly drove past a stop sign and crossed into the intersection of William and Colonial Manor drives around 8:20 p.m., according to a report by Goshen police.

Southern was thrown from the off-road bike, apparently landed on the SUV’s windshield, and then fell onto the side of Colonial Manor Drive, according to police.

A man who witnessed the crash from a nearby house ran to the scene and started providing aid to Southern before emergency responders arrived, according to the report.

The boy was flown to Memorial Hospital in South Bend to receive treatment for head injuries.

The driver of the SUV, Karen Alkema, Goshen, was not injured. Her vehicle’s hood and windshield were damaged in the crash.

Witnesses, as well as Alkema, told police Southern ignored the stop sign on William Drive before the crash in the intersection. A department spokeswoman said Southern was driving at about 30 mph at the time.

Police also said Southern was wearing a helmet, but the chin strap apparently wasn’t fastened since the helmet came off during the crash.


An Elkhart man is charged with touching a juvenile inappropriately in Goshen last month.

Samuel Richardson, 30, faces a Level 6 felony count of sexual battery after he was arrested and jailed Friday, court and police information show.

Richardson is accused of inappropriately touching a juvenile he apparently knows through family when he visited a house along Greene Road on May 28, the probable cause affidavit in the case shows.

The case was filed in Elkhart County Superior Court 3 Tuesday, court information shows.


Christopher Nettrouer and Danielle Hardesty, both of Goshen, reported to Goshen police they were battered by a person following a road rage incident at 4024 Elkhart Road around 8:50 p.m. Monday.


Goshen police responded to a call about possible shots fired at 1905 W. Wilden Ave. around 5:40 p.m. Monday.


• William Johnson, Elkhart, reported to Goshen police a license plate was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at Chili’s, 4018 Elkhart Road, around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

• Brandy Ross, Goshen, reported to Goshen police a mobile phone was stolen from a house at 1821 Manor Haus Court, around 4 p.m. Monday.

• Kristi Wright, Nappanee, reported to Goshen police about $60 was stolen from her while she was at Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, around 3:40 p.m. Monday.

• Staff at Dollar General reported to Goshen police the theft of property from the store, 207 Chicago Ave., around 2:15 p.m. Monday.

• Jose Juarez Montes, Goshen, reported to Goshen police the temporary license plate on his vehicle was missing Monday. Juarez Montes said he wasn’t sure whether the tag was taken, or whether it came off due to wind and rain.


Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Goshen Monday.

A pickup truck driven by Stephen Damron, 56, Goshen, collided with a pickup truck driven by Kristy Kauffman, 39, Goshen, at an intersection near the parking lot of Meijer, 4522 Elkhart Road, around 8:10 p.m., according to a report by Goshen police.

Damron and Kauffman did not report any injuries. But a passenger in Damron’s truck, Joshua Davis, 27, Goshen, was taken to Goshen Hospital to receive treatment for back pain, police said.

A 9-year-old boy in Kauffman’s truck, Jacob Nush, Goshen, was checked at the scene for shoulder and neck pain. Kauffman told police she would take him to the hospital to be examined, the report shows.


A 17-year-old girl reported to Goshen police her car was struck by another vehicle while it was parked in the 100 block of South 15th Street around 8:30 a.m. Monday. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene without exchanging information.


• Mackenzie Murphy, Goshen, reported to Goshen police her debit card information was stolen and used fraudulently Monday.

• Marc Troyer, Goshen, reported to Goshen police Monday his credit card was used fraudulently.

• Sharon Hennessy, Bristol, reported to Elkhart County police money was stolen from her following a phone call sometime between 3 and 8 p.m. Friday.


• Tyler Vatter, 22, Nappanee, was deemed absent without leave Friday after staff at the Elkhart County Work Release center in Goshen reported to Elkhart County police he failed to return to custody last Thursday.

• Timothy Fish, 55, Elkhart, was deemed absent without leave Monday after staff at the Elkhart County Work Release center in Goshen reported to Elkhart County police he failed to return to custody on June 5.


Elkhart County police recovered a vehicle from a home at 66478 C.R. 43 Monday after the vehicle had been reported stolen in North Webster. Police in North Webster had asked the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office for assistance with the vehicle, according to a report.

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