Elkhart County Sheriff's Department

Department News

Fatality Crash: SR 119 NE CR 9

December 12, 2017

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers are currently investigating a fatality crash involving two vehicles on SR 119 Northeast of CR 9.  The crash occurred at 5:51am this morning after one of the vehicles struck an area of drifting snow and slid sideways and into the path of another vehicle.  One person has died in the crash.  Investigators are continuing their investigation into the crash and have closed through traffic in this area on SR 119.  Motorists are asked to seek an alternate route.  It is expected that the roadway will be reopened again in approximately one hour.

 

Sheriff's Detectives Seeking Information on Suspect

November 28, 2017

Elkhart: On Monday, November 27, 2017 at approximately 3:15pm, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to the area of SR 120 east of CR 15 after being alerted by an 18 year old female that an older white male driving a pickup truck had attempted to pull her into his vehicle. 

The suspect, who was described as a white male with a long white beard in his 50’s, drove beside the victim as she was walking along SR 120 and grabbed her arm through the truck’s window.  After pulling away from the suspect, the suspect left in his vehicle headed westbound on SR 120.  The pickup truck was described as a white Dodge pickup truck with a Michigan license plate. 

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the pickup truck and the suspect involved in this incident.  Anyone with information should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by submitting a tip on the department’s webpage located at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

 

Burglary Suspect Captured Inside of Home

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Burglary Suspect Captured Inside of Home

MIDDLEBURY- On Saturday, November 25, 2017 at approximately 6:37pm, officers responded to Kraig Kaminsky’s residence located at 14770 CR 8 in Middlebury after homeowners alerted police that a subject armed with a shotgun and a revolver had broken out windows to the front door of their home and then entered into the attached garage of their home through an unlocked door. Officers arrived at the home and apprehended 53 year old James Reid of White Pigeon, Michigan in the attached garage without incident.   During the investigation, it was found that the Reid had stolen the weapons from a hunting cabin near the area of 14927 CR 8.  He is currently being held at the Elkhart County Correctional facility for Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Residential Entry, and for Criminal Trespass.

 

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department will be conducting a testing day for Corrections Officers on December 5th

November 15, 2017

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is in search of qualified men and women looking for a career in corrections as well as an opportunity to serve the community, keep citizens safe, and truly change people’s lives. Our corrections employees have a great facility in which to work and Elkhart County is using cutting-edge technology as well as new methods to help inmates turn their lives around.  On December 5th at 5:00pm, those interested in a career with the Sheriff’s department will have the opportunity to participate in series of tests, which include written testing, physical agility testing, and an interview.

Being a Corrections Officer is more than just a job; it's a career that provides safety and stability to the public as well as a challenging work environment with upward mobility and the ability to facilitate change and personal growth in the lives of others.

It’s an opportunity to gain financial stability and affordable health care for you and your family. 
How affordable? Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department employees have access to a medical clinic that is FREE of cost for them as well as their families. Other benefits include tuition assistance, retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation days, sick time, and a guaranteed rate increase each year you are employed.

Employment testing, which will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00pm at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, will include written testing, physical agility testing, and an interview. Be sure to reserve your spot today by applying online at https://www.applitrack.com/elkhart/onlineapp/default.aspx.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com to learn more about joining our team.

Continued Phone Scam Using Sheriff's Department Caller ID

November 14, 2017
ELKHART- The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is urging the public to not fall prey to a recent phone scam that is luring victims into purchasing iTunes gift cards to pay erroneous court fees. On November 13th and again on November 14th, two separate victims purchased and provided suspects with over $5,000 in iTunes gift cards after being led to believe they were providing the cards to Sheriff’s Department officers to pay court fees.

In the first incident that occurred on November 13th, a female suspect contacted a victim by telephone using a “spoofing” technique to incorrectly display that the phone number was being received from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department (574-891-2100). After the suspect falsely identified herself as an officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, the suspect informed the victim that they had missed jury duty, resulting in warrants for their arrest. The suspect instructed the victim to purchase iTunes gift cards to pay court fees for not showing up for jury duty, totaling $2,050.

On November 14th, a male and a female suspect contacted a victim by telephone using a “spoofing” technique to incorrectly display that the phone number was being received from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department (574-891-3081). After falsely identifying themselves as officers from the Sheriff’s Department, the victim was led to believe that they had missed jury duty and needed to pay the department $3,000 in iTunes gift cards to avoid being charged with Contempt of Court. Suspects were able to secure the numbers off of the cards after the victim provided the information from the cards to the suspects.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department does not call to elicit payments over the telephone from the public and would never ask anyone to provide their banking information, credit card information, or to pay fines through the use of iTunes gift cards. Anyone with information about these incidents or those who wish to report similar incidents, should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.

Phone Scam Using Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Caller ID

November 14, 2017

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department received information that on November 13, an Elkhart County resident received a call from an individual that was “spoofing” or using the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s phone number (574-891-2100) to make the call. Caller ID spoofing is the practice of changing the caller ID to any number other than the one actually calling.

The caller identified herself as an officer with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, informing the victim they had missed jury duty resulting in warrants for her arrest. The caller instructed the victim to purchase iTunes gift cards to pay court fees for not showing up for jury duty, totaling $2050.00.  A report has been filed through Goshen City Police Department.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department would never call for payments or ask for banking information over the phone. If you receive that kind of scammer call, contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s non-emergency line to report the call at 574-533-4151

 

Information Sought for Thefts from Vehicles

November 14, 2017

ELKHART-In the last two weeks, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department has received reports of thefts from vehicles while owners attended Sunday morning church services. Reports involved a purse or wallet being stolen as well as cell phones and cell phone accessories. On November 5, three incidents were reported; two of these incidents occurred at Bethany Church of the Brethren located at 190003 US 6 in New Paris, and one occurred at Nappanee Missionary Church located at 70417 SR 19 in Nappanee. On November 12, there were two thefts from vehicles reported at Sugar Grove Church located at 58512 Old CR17 in Goshen.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind residents to remove valuable items out of a vehicle before leaving it unattended. If you are unable to take items with you, lock the vehicle and secure the items in the vehicle’s trunk where a potential thief would not be tempted to take them.

Citizens of Elkhart County who have been victimized and have not yet reported these crimes are strongly encouraged to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department to make a report by going to www.ElkhartCountySheriff.com and clicking on the Report a Crime icon. Anyone with information concerning these thefts or those who have information about these crimes should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.

 

 

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department assisting the Indiana Sheriff's Association raise funds for the Indiana Sheriff's Youth Ranch

November 13, 2017

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Indiana Sheriff’s Association to raise funds for the Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Ranch by selling raffle tickets for a 2016 RAM 1500 pickup. Tickets are available to purchase, until November 30th, at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Administration building located at 26861 CR 26, Elkhart, during regular business hours; Monday- Friday from 8am-4pm for $2 each, or 3 for $5, 7 for $10, 15 for $20, 38 for $50, or 80 for $100.

The winner will be announced at 12 noon on Dec. 15, 2017, at John Jones Auto Group, 1520 S. Jackson St., Salem, IN. Participants must be 18 to enter, and do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds benefit the Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and is a program designed for future deputies, officers, and troopers as well as at risk kids and young witnesses and victims of crime.  The camp is located 5 miles south of Brazil, IN.

For more information about the Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, go to https://www.sheriffsyouthranch.org/

Safe Family Travel 2017

November 10, 2017

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Boosting Patrols for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

Elkhart- As motorists take to the roads this Thanksgiving Holiday, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership are urging everyone to buckle up and to drive sober.  Beginning on November 10, 2017 and ending on December 3, 2017, officers from the partnership will begin participating in Indiana’s “Safe Family Travel” campaign.   Using saturated patrols and high visibility zones to detect drunk drivers and to identify seat belt and child restraint violations, Elkhart County’s roadways will be safer through officers’ efforts this holiday season.

Motorists are encouraged to be alert this Thanksgiving holiday and practice safe driving habits.  If you spot a suspected drunk driver, please call 911 to report the driver immediately as you may save a life.  Please buckle up, utilize a designated driver when needed, and take time to reach your destination. 

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and Purdue University Center for Road Safety estimate that about 93 percent of Hoosiers buckle up. But the small amount of drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts made up more than half of Indiana’s fatal crashes in 2016. Anyone who has responded to a crash with fatal or severe injuries, or notified next of kin in one of these crashes, knows the deadly and long-lasting consequences of quick, careless actions. We don’t wish that responsibility on anyone.

Those traveling with children should be knowledgeable on the proper use of restraints and boosters for children.  Studies have shown that the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 8 and 13 is traffic crashes.  Additional information on the proper use of these devices can be found at www.childseat.gov .

The holidays are a time for celebration and making memories, but don’t make the wrong kind of memories for your family and friends. Celebrate responsibly, make arrangements for a sober driver, use the proper car seat or booster seat for children, and buckle up.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department- Accessibility to the Public

November 2, 2017

ELKHART- As of Tuesday, October 31, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is discontinuing the Citizen Observer/ TIP411 anonymous tip line that was put into place in December 2013.   Though this service is no longer being offered as a connection point between the Sheriff, officers, and the community, residents can be assured that accessibility to the Sheriff and officers are not being compromised.

With the onset of social media, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department has strived to keep the public informed through various venues to include the department’s recently renovated website located at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.  The site offers links to various activities occurring within the department to include the ability to submit crime tips, submit on-line crime reports, view items posted onto the department’s Facebook page, and a place for citizens to connect with an officer and post comments and questions onto the contact us page.

Those interested in viewing crimes and persons of interest, road closures from crashes, and other officer posts are encouraged to join the department’s 27,000 followers on the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.  Public interaction and comments are always welcomed, and posts placed onto the Facebook page are also linked to the department’s Twitter account which can be found at Elkhart Co Sheriff @ecsdnews.

New for 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department has joined Nextdoor which is a free app that allows neighborhoods throughout Elkhart County to form their own groups within their own communities while allowing the department to send them important information about crimes and suspicious activities occurring in their areas.  The Sheriff’s Department, which began using this site in February 2017, has seen an increase in the amount of users for this program which has risen from 2,919 to 8,241.

The Sheriff’s Department is continually looking for ways to better communicate with Elkhart County residents and understands that not everyone may have access to social media.  It is understood that social media tools will never replace the personal interaction between the officer who serves the public or the use of 911 for emergency situations.

 

Officers Respond to Attempted Robbery

Friday, October 13, 2017

Elkhart- On Thursday, October 12, 2017 at approximately 10:39pm, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a robbery attempt that occurred at the Comfort Suites hotel located at 27838 CR 24 in Elkhart.  The incident began after a lighter skinned black male suspect entered into the hotel, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerks.  After clerks fled from the area, the suspect left the hotel without taking any money.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing to investigate the robbery attempt.  Anyone with information about this robbery or the suspect involved should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by submitting a tip to the department’s Face book page by clicking the “submit a tip” button located at the top of the page.

 

Sheriff's Detectives are asking for help identifying suspect 10-11-17

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect who made off with an undetermined amount of cash and tobacco products after robbing a local gas station.

On October 10, 2017 at approximately 11:28pm, an unidentified suspect entered into the 7-11 store located at 25960 CR 20 and approached the store’s clerk while displaying a knife.  After having the clerk remove cash from the register, the suspect left the store with cash and tobacco products.

The suspect was described as a black male who was wearing a mask.  He is described as having a medium build.  

If anyone has information about this crime or the suspect involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the department’s tip line by texting ecsdtip411 or by visiting our webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

 

Sheriff's Detectives are asking for help identifying suspects 9-19-17

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two robbery suspects who made off with an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes after robbing a local gas station.

On September 18, 2017 at approximately 11:43pm, an unidentified suspect entered into the 7-11 store located at 25960 CR 20 and approached the store’s clerk while displaying a handgun. After having the clerk open the cash register, a second suspect entered into the store and both suspects began removing cash from the cash register and taking cigarettes from behind the counter.  After both suspects had fled from the store, gun fire was exchanged between them and the store’s clerk. 

The suspects were described as black males in their early 20’s who were wearing ski masks.  Their approximate height is 5’11”, and their approximate weight is 150lbs.  

If anyone has information about this crime or the suspects involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the department’s tip line by texting ecsdtip411 or by visiting our webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Receives Donation from Heartland RV Company for K9 Unit

September 18, 2017

On Friday, September 15, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department received a generous donation from Heartland RV Company of $10,000 to be used towards the departments K9 Unit.

Currently, the Sheriff’s Department utilizes six dogs, three in corrections, and three in patrol. This donation will allow the department to add another K9 unit to our patrol division as well as allow the purchase for additional K9 equipment.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit offers several different services beyond aggression training. K9s are trained to find different kinds of illegal substances on a person, in a vehicle, or in and around buildings. Additionally, K9s are trained to track human scent; this can be used to track a fleeing suspect as well as a missing child.

Overall, the K9 Unit serves as an irreplaceable asset to our officers as well as the community, and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is thankful for donations that facilitate the continuation of this program.

 

(left to right): Ptl Antonio Manty, K9 Brutus; C/O Gary Brooks, K9 Rook; Captain Michael Culp; Ptl Justin Yoder, K9 Stone; Sheriff Brad Rogers; Chris Hermon, President Heartland RV; Ptl Eric Dilley, K9 Reno; Sgt. Evan Witt; C/O Evan Wigley, K9 Bru; C/O Tim Lechlitner, K9 Nitro
 

 

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Officers Called to Active Duty in Wake of Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank its officers who are currently serving in the Army National Guard and who have been called to active duty to assist with rescue and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. 

Representing Guard units from both Indiana and Michigan, the Sheriff’s Department is honored to have two of its Correctional officers honoring their commitment to their country and by providing support to those in need. 

The officers that have been called or will be called to duty include the following:

  • Corrections Officer William Hites, member of 1463rd Transportation Company, Michigan Army National Guard.
  • Corrections Officer Kyle Macumber, member of 381st Military Police Company, Indiana Army National Guard.

Thank you, Officers for your service.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE: COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, INC.

PUBLIC NOTICE

COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, INC.

CALEA

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is scheduled for a law enforcement assessment as part of a program to achieve reaccreditation by verifying if the department is keeping up with professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policies and procedures, administration, operation, and support services.

As part of the assessment, sheriff employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a Public Information Session on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 5:30pm. The session will be held in the training room at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, 26861 County Road 26, Elkhart, Indiana. Parking is available on the Southside of the building for easy access as you enter the building through the south door.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the Public Information Session, but would like to provide comments to the Assessment Team, you may do so by calling (574) 891-2305 on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 between the hours of 1:30pm – 3:30pm. The Assessment Team will take your comments.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the Public Information Session, are limited in time and comments must address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards since the Sheriff Department’s last reaccreditation in November 2014. A copy of the standards is available at the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Contact person is Randy Cripe and his office telephone number is (574) 891-2310.

Persons wishing to submit written comments about the Elkhart County Sheriff Department’s ability to comply with standards for reaccreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

Elkhart County Landfill- Vehicle Fire

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ELKHART- At approximately 11:50am this morning, employees at the Elkhart County Landfill were alerted to a hauler truck that had caught fire at the top of the landfill located at 59530 CR 7.  The fire, which originated from the cab of the truck, was contained to the truck and its contents and was extinguished within minutes with the assistance of the Concord Fire Department. 

Thanks to fire official’s immediate response, operations at the landfill continued without interruption and no one was injured from this incident.  Items inside of the hauler truck, which is owned by American Waste, did not contain hazardous materials. 

Additional questions about this incident should be directed to the site’s manager John Bowers at 574-522-2581.

 

Crash on SR 120 West of Eby Rd.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

BRISTOL:  Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to the scene of crash involving 4 motorcycles on SR 120 west of Eby Rd at approximately 6:41pm this evening.  The crash occurred after a motorcyclist traveling eastbound on SR 120 began passing another eastbound vehicle and went left of center and collided with another motorcyclist who was traveling westbound on SR 120.  After the initial impact, 2 other westbound motorcycles were not able to stop to avoid the collision which resulted in the drivers losing control of their motorcycles and laying them down onto the roadway. 

Both drivers of the motorcycles and a passenger involved in the initial collision were airlifted to South Bend Memorial.  The driver of the eastbound motorcycle received serious bodily injuries, including head and internal injuries. The driver of the westbound motorcycle that was initially struck received head and leg injuries. A passenger on the westbound motorcycle received minor injuries.

The other motorcyclists who were traveling westbound on SR 120 received minor injuries from the crash and were treated on-scene.

Investigators are continuing their investigation, and it is anticipated that the roadway will reopen at approximately 10:00pm.  The names of drivers and those injured will be released pending notification of family. 

 

STAR Team: Responds to Tip which Lead to Five Arrests for Underage Drinking

July 7, 2017

Cleveland Township - In the early morning hours of July 7, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department received an anonymous tip of an underage drinking party in the 53000 Block of Blue Lake Dr. Officers responded to the area and located several underage drinkers during traffic stops on CR 1 near Lakefield Dr. and in the area of CR 1 and CR 10, before officers could reach the accused residence. During the traffic stops it was confirmed that the underage drinkers had come from the address provided in the anonymous tip.

Officers went to the address provided in the tip and found additional underage drinkers present inside the residence. After the investigation was completed, five (5) individuals were found to have consumed alcoholic beverages while under the age of 21, and each were issued citations for Illegal Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage.

The following individuals were cited and released:

  • Madison Cook (18) of St Joseph County, Indiana
  • Taylor Crail (18) of St Joseph County, Indiana
  • Holly Westbrook (18) of St Joseph County, Indiana
  • Gina Tordi (18) of St Joseph County, Indiana
  • Alexander Horvath (18) of St Joseph County, Indiana

Elkhart County Sheriff’s STAR team members assisting with the investigation include Sgt. Scott Frey, Det. Matthew Newman, Ptl. Justin Yoder, Ptl. Jay Peterson, Ptl. Darci Campbell and Ptl. Joshua Whitehead.

Through a combine effort of proactive patrols and community lead intelligence, the STAR team detects, deters and intervenes in order to reduce underage drinking and smoking in Elkhart County.

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Click It or Ticket Campaign Results

June 28, 2017

Elkhart- Between May 12 and June 4, law enforcement officials have been out in full force, taking part in the 2017 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. In conjunction with normal patrols, additional officers from the partnership conducted high-visibility efforts specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving without a seatbelt.

During this time, officers joined forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what State. Officers’ efforts provided the following results

  • Seatbelt Violations- 114
  • Child Restraint Violations-5
  • Operating while Intoxicated - 4
  • Felony arrests- 4
  • Criminal Misdemeanors- 10
  • Other offenses- 65

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

 

Suspect attempted to disarm officers; Officer injured.  

June 23, 2017

Press Release:

On June 22, 2017 at approximately 10:00 PM, officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s department were assisting the city of Elkhart while they were busy on serious incidents.  Officers responded to the intersection of Main St. and High St. to a report of a person acting suspicious, refusing to get off of a stage that was set up for the Jazz Festival.  Officers located Casey M Eastman, age 23, of Elkhart, IN walking around the roadway displaying indications of being highly intoxicated.  Officers attempted to persuade Mr. Eastman to return to his home and offered him a ride, which he refused.  He continued to shout and act in a manner that was disruptive, and the officers attempted to take him into custody.  Mr. Eastman resisted being taken into custody by grabbing one of the officer’s weapons and attempting to disarm him.  He then struck one of the officers in the head causing injury and then grabbed the weapon of the other officer as well.  Officers were able to get Mr. Eastman under control and detained where he was transported to Elkhart General Hospital for evaluation.  The officer struck in the head was also transported to Elkhart General Hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries.

Mr. Eastman was treated and released and transported to the Elkhart County Correctional Facility where he was incarcerated for:

  • Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer, Level 3 Felony
  • Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer, Level 5 Felony
  • Battery on an Officer causing bodily injury, Level 4 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement causing injury, Level 6 Felony
  • Disorderly conduct, Class B Misdemeanor

The case will be forwarded to the Elkhart County Prosecutor for review and further questions about the case should be directed to that office.  

The officers involved in this incident handled themselves with patience and courage avoiding a more potentially serious incident.  We thank them for their service to the community.

 

Sean Holmes, Undersheriff

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

Information Sought on Missing Person Brooke Carpenter

                       

 

The Elkhart County sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a 21 year old female who was reported as missing by a family member. Brooke Elizabeth Carpenter was last seen around 11:30 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Brooke was last seen wearing a black shirt, pants and shoes.  She may be wearing a black ball cap with “Pierce the Veil” written on it. Brooke was also in possession of a black back pack with flowers on it. 

Brooke was last seen operating her dark grey 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix with an Indiana license plate number 873QP.

Anyone with information on Brook Carpenter and/or her whereabouts should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department at 574-533-4151 or by leaving information on their anonymous tip line located on the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department's website located at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Brooke is described as a white female, age: 21, height: 5’3”, Weight: 190 lbs, hair: black, eyes: blue

 

Suspect Arrested After Stabbing

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ELKHART:  On Saturday, June 17, 2017 at approximately 10:09pm, officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a stabbing that had occurred at a residence located at 51174 SR 19.  Upon officers’ arrival to the home, it was found that all parties involved in the incident had left and that the victim, 27 year old Gerardo Ortiz of Elkhart, had went to the parking lot of the Flippin Cow restaurant located at 51330 SR 19 to meet with an ambulance for knife wounds to his face and back after being attacked by the suspect at their residence on SR 19.  While meeting with Ortiz, officers were able to locate the suspect, 31 year old Edwardo Brena of Elkhart, walking in the parking lot. Brena was apprehended by officers and was transported to the Elkhart County Correctional facility where he was incarcerated for Attempted Murder. 

 

Sheriff's Teenage Alcohol Reduction Team: Weekend Arrests for Underage Drinking

June 12, 2017

New Paris- In the early hours of June 11, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded reports of an underage party at a residence in the 18000 block of CR48. Upon arrival, officers found multiple subjects under the age of 21 that had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

There were 13 individuals found to be under the age of 21. Three of these individuals were under the age of 18 and released to their parents, while the remaining 10 individuals that were over the age of 18 but under the age of 21, were issued tickets for Illegal Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages, and released at the scene.

Those subjects who were cited and released were Tyler Reith (20) of Syracuse, Draven Reith (18) of Syracuse, Keenan Baker (18) Goshen, Ryan Price (19) of Nappanee, Myron Borkholder (19) of Nappanee, Gracen Balser (18) of Syracuse, Roberto Hernandez (18) of Goshen, Zachary Smallwood (18) of Goshen, Alexis Young (18) of Cromwell, and Stephanie Salazar (18) of New Paris. Dewayne Miller, (41) of New Paris was cited and released for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s STAR team members assisting with the investigation include Cpl Chad Hoien, Ptl Matt Newman, Ptl Brittaney Elsasser, Ptl Joshua Whitehead, Ptl Cody Ong,

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction (STAR) team is comprised of officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. The STAR team’s focus is to target and reduce underage drinking and smoking.

STAR members continue to deter, intervene, and detect underage alcohol violations by educating the community and taking a proactive approach to deterrence and intervention when needed.

 

Arrest: Voluntary Manslaughter & Aggravated Battery

May 27, 2017

ELKHART- On May 25, 2017 at approximately 8:23am, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 24000 block of Ne-Ce-Dah Drive in reference to an abandoned vehicle that was found in a wooded area.  After an officer checked on the vehicle, a male subject, who was identified as 66 year old David W. Swartley of Goshen, was found to be unresponsive and had apparent head injuries.  He was transported to the Elkhart General Hospital by ambulance and died at approximately 10:42pm. 

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department detectives began an investigation into the events that led up to Swartley’s death and their efforts paid off with the arrest of 22 year old Cody Garman of Elkhart who met with investigators at the Sheriff’s Department on May 26, 2017 at approximately 7:30pm.  Garman was incarcerated at the Elkhart County Correctional facility for Voluntary Manslaughter and Aggravated Battery.

 

Death Investigation- Ne-Ce-Dah Drive

May 26, 2017

ELKHART- On May 25, 2017 at approximately 8:23am, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 24000 block of Ne-Ce-Dah Drive in reference to an abandoned vehicle that was found in a wooded area.  After an officer checked on the vehicle, a male subject, who was later identified as 66 year old David W. Swartley of Goshen, was found to be unresponsive and was transported to the Elkhart General Hospital by ambulance and died at approximately 10:42pm.  The Elkhart County Coroner’s office will be performing an autopsy on Saturday to determine the cause of death.

Detectives from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department are continuing their investigation into Swartley’s death.  Anyone with information about this should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.

 

2017 CLICK IT OR TICKET "Border to Border"

May 19, 2017

Elkhart- As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership are urging everyone to buckle up.   Since May 12, law enforcement officials have been out in full force, taking part in the 2017 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

At 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will join law enforcement agencies across half of the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation.  Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public:   driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what State.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,874 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2015 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.  And unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime:  51 percent of those killed in 2015 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were unbelted at the time of the crash. 

From 1975 through 2015, seat belts have saved an estimated 344,447 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 12 to June 4 in Indiana, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Overlook Apartments- Found Child

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:

Stephanie Dearling-Tibbs (age 31) was arrested and incarcerated at the Elkhart County Correctional facility for multiple charges after an investigation into a found child led officers to her home at 27872 Sentry Way, Apt. I, Elkhart.  A search warrant was served on the apartment and multiple drugs including methamphetamine, marijuana, amphetamine salts and an antidepressant were located.  Additional drug paraphernalia items were also located.  Preliminary charges will be Neglect of a Dependent, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Legend Drug, Misdemeanor charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.


PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:

The child in this case has been reunited with her father who had left the child in the care of a babysitter while he went to work.  Investigators are continuing their investigation into the events that led the small child to wander away from the babysitter’s home which is located within the Overlook Apartment Complex.


ELKHART- At approximately 1:45pm, officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Overlook apartment complex located at 58720 SR 19 in reference to a small child who was found walking alone in the complex and headed towards SR 19.  Officers worked with staff from the Overlook apartment complex and went door to door to each apartment in an attempt to find the child’s parent or guardian.  After attempts failed to find child’s parent or guardian, the Indiana Department of Child Services was contacted and took protective custody of the child.  The child, whose identity is not known, is a white female with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was wearing a white top with multi-colored shorts and pink shoes.  If anyone has information on her identity and/or her parents or guardian, they are asked to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.  Below is a picture of the child. 

 

Detectives Seeking Information- Robbery

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who had entered into an apartment and robbed a victim at gunpoint.  On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at approximately 11:38pm, two suspects described as black males, one of which was 5’10” tall with a thin build, arrived at 39 year old Erika Williams’ apartment located at 52075 Brookstream Circle, Apt. B.  After making entry through an unlocked door, suspects entered into the apartment with one of them displaying a gun.  After making entry, suspects removed an undisclosed amount of cash, a wallet, and a cell phone prior to leaving the residence. 

Anyone with information pertaining to this robbery can contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau by calling 574-891-2300 or by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” button below. 

 

Fatal Crash at CR 17 and CR 18

May 15, 2017

Officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department are currently investigating a fatality crash at the intersection of New CR 17 and CR 18.  This crash involved 2 pickup trucks, 1 SUV, and 1 motorcycle. The intersection will be closed to all traffic, and motorists are asked to avoid this area and seek alternative routes while officers continue to investigate the crash. 

 

Officers Respond to Shooting Incident on CR 7

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:

Monday, May 15, 2017

The 23 year old victim’s name is Matthew J. Smiechowski of Elkhart. 

This is an ongoing investigation, and Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are continuing their investigation into this incident.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

ELKHART- On Saturday, May 13, 2017 at approximately 4:27pm, officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to 52142 CR 7 for a 23 year old male who reported that he had been shot in the leg.  Upon officers arrival to the scene, the 23 year old male reported that while he was driving his black Dodge Charger headed westbound on CR 4 east of CR 7, he was being followed by a red Ford Mustang.  After the driver from the Mustang shot at his vehicle, he fled northbound on CR 7 to the 51000 block of CR 7.  It was at this time that the driver from the Mustang shot multiple rounds at his vehicle with one of the rounds striking the victim the left leg.  After the shooting incident, the Ford Mustang and its driver continued northbound on CR 7 headed towards Michigan.  The 23 year old victim then drove southbound on CR 7 to 52142 CR 7 where he summoned police and was later transported to the Elkhart General Hospital for his injuries.

At approximately 4:45pm, the Ford Mustang involved in the shooting was located by an officer from the Bristol Police Department.  After the officer attempted to stop this vehicle, the Ford Mustang fled northbound into Michigan and was involved in a crash with another motorist at the intersection of South River Rd and US 12. The driver from the Mustang was flown to Memorial hospital in South Bend for life threatening injuries.  The other motorist involved had non-life threatening injuries.  This crash is being worked by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan.

Investigators from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department are continuing their investigation into this incident.  There are no additional concerns to the community stemming from this incident.

 

Death Investigation on CR 37

Friday, May 12, 2017

GOSHEN- On Friday, May 12, 2017 at approximately 8:09pm, officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department along with several fire department personnel responded to 62780 CR 37 in regards to a missing 5 year old male.  A search was made on the property which included a small pond.  The child, who was identified as Jacob Miller, was found deceased in the pond from an apparent drowning.  Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Elkhart County Coroner’s office are continuing their investigation into this incident.    

Operation Pull Over "Click It or Ticket"

May 12, 2017

Elkhart- As the Memorial Day Holiday approaches and motorists take to the roads, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership are urging everyone to buckle up.  Beginning today, May 12 2017 and ending on June 4, 2017, officers will be participating in this year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which focuses on unrestrained motorists and children who are not properly restrained. 

Buckling up, day or night, matters as officers will be working around the clock to conduct seatbelt patrols. In 2016, 17 people were killed on Elkhart County roadways, which is a significant decrease compared to the 33 people killed in 2015, and of these 17 fatalities, 10 were found to be unrestrained. Click It or Ticket has increased seat belt use and saved the lives of countless motorists, but there is still more to do.

By educating and encouraging the public to use seat belts and child restraints, officers are hoping to reduce the chances of serious injury and death to motorists traveling on the roadway during the summer months. Highly visible enforcement and greater public awareness can turn thousands of lives lost into many more lives saved.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Sheriff's Detectives are asking for help identifying suspects

Monday, May 8, 2017

 

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two male suspects who battered and injured 19 year old Daequan Quinn of Elkhart after attempting to steal his vehicle at 25909 Lake Dr. in Elkhart.

Between 11:45pm on Friday, May 5, 2017 and 12:15am on Saturday, May 6, 2017, two male suspects approached Daequan Quinn who had retrieved an item from his vehicle which was parked in his driveway.  After demanding the keys to Quinn’s vehicle, the suspects began striking Quinn multiple times, causing injury to his face and head.  After battering Quinn, the suspects left the area but did not take Quinn’s vehicle.

The suspects, which were described as males, battered Quinn which resulted in him receiving treatment at the Elkhart General Hospital for his injuries.  If anyone has information about this crime or the suspects involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the department’s tip line by texting ecsdtip411 or by visiting our webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Fatal Crash on SR 19 North of CR 28

UPDATE: 

The roadways in the area of SR 19 between CR 26 and CR 28 are now open.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ELKHART:  Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to the scene of a three car vehicle collision that occurred on SR 19 north of CR 28 at approximately 4:52am this morning.  Preliminary findings indicate that the crash occurred after a passenger car heading southbound on SR 19 passed another southbound vehicle and collided with a northbound vehicle on SR 19.  The debris from the crash struck and damaged a third vehicle that was traveling southbound on SR 19.  After the collision occurred, the driver of the passenger car who had attempted to pass another vehicle died from their injuries sustained in the crash. 

Investigators are continuing their investigation and the names of drivers and those injured will be released pending notification of family.  Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area on SR 19 between CR 26 and CR 28 while officers continue their investigation into this crash.

 

INFORMATION SOUGHT ON MISSING PERSON

May 1, 2017

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating 50 year old Lisa Williams who was last seen in the 51000 block of Stratford in Elkhart on April 21, 2017. The Sheriff's Department, who received a report from family members that Williams was missing, is asking anyone with information on Lisa Williams and/or her whereabouts to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department at 574-533-4151 or by leaving information on their anonymous tip line located on the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department's website located at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Lisa Williams is described as a black female, age 50, height: 5ft 9in, weight: 165lbs, hair: black, eyes: brown

 

Detectives begin Investigation into Robbery

Friday, April 28, 2017

ELKHART:  Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who were involved in a robbery that occurred yesterday afternoon in the parking lot of the Phillips 66 gas station located at 52019 CR 5 in Elkhart.

Yesterday at approximately 3:30pm, 32 year old Rosalio De La Rosa Marines had parked his vehicle on the side of the Phillips 66 gas station and exited his vehicle.  Another vehicle drove up and parked behind his vehicle when a black male exited from the passenger side of the vehicle and demanded money from him.  After displaying a handgun and striking Marines on his forehead, the suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of cash from Marines and left in the suspect vehicle with another black male suspect who was driving.

The suspects committing the robbery were both described as black males.  The subject who had exited the vehicle and approached the victim was approximately 27 to 30 years old with a goatee and was 5’6” tall and weighed 160lbs.  The driver of the suspect vehicle was in his mid-thirties.   Both left in a maroon 1990’s Lincoln Towncar.

The victim did receive treatment at the Elkhart General Hospital for a minor injury to his forehead from the incident.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau at 574-891-2300 or by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” button located on the Sheriff’s Department’s webpage (www.elkhartcountysheriff.com) or face book page.

 

Fire on CR 26-Day 3

Press Release Update;

Please visit the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com to review the air monitoring data results posted by the EPA.


April 28, 2017

Day 3 of operations begins for crews working to extinguish the fire that began early Wednesday morning at Waste Management’s landfill site located on CR 26.  Throughout the day yesterday and into the evening hours, Blackhawk helicopters overcame early malfunctions and ended the evening by strategically dumping over 7,125 gallons of water onto hot spots that were creating issues for responders.  Waste Management crews continued with the work overnight and were able to achieve 100% containment of the area and have now covered 90% of the area with soil.  Though smoldering in these areas is still occurring, the smoke caused by the early fires has been reduced significantly.  The use of fire department equipment to suppress the fires with water is no longer being used and has been placed on standby.

EPA and IDEM officials are continuing to work on and off site collecting air samples for those areas affected by the smoke over the past few days.  It is expected that the results from these samples will be made available today to the public and will be posted onto the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s website located at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.  

Elkhart County Emergency Management will be scheduling a press conference for media at 11:00am to discuss today’s operations and the current status of the fire.  Those speaking today include Chief Rochford from the Concord Fire Department and Tom Horton who is a representative from Waste Management.  The meeting with take place at the offices of Elkhart County Emergency Management which is located behind the Elkhart County Correctional facility (26861 CR 26) at delivery door #6. 

Fire on CR 26-Day 2

Press Release Update:

Efforts to extinguish the fire at the site of Waste Management’s landfill off of CR 26 are continuing into the evening hours.  Responders and crews battled the blaze throughout today and fought against shifting winds that has now caused the smoke to travel into an eastwardly direction.  Efforts to contain the fire today included the use of heavy equipment provided by Waste Management to move large amounts of dirt into the area.  Water support used to saturate the affected areas was provided by local fire departments as well as the use of two Blackhawk helicopters.  Local warnings to residents remain in effect to shelter in place for those areas affected by smoke carried from the fire by the wind.


Press Release Update:

Elkhart County Emergency Management is coordinating a press conference to discuss operations for day 2’s activities surrounding their continued response to the fire at a landfill that is owned and operated by Waste Management.  Those speaking at the conference include Dr. Daniel Nafziger who is the Elkhart County Health Officer and Chief Richford from the Concord Fire Department.  The press conference will begin at 11:00am at the offices of the Elkhart County Emergency Management which is located behind the Elkhart County Correctional facility (26861 CR 26) at delivery door #6.


Press Release Update: April 27, 2017

Day 2 of operations begins for emergency responders battling the fire that was spotted by an officer earlier yesterday morning at 3:42am at Waste Management’s Earth Mover’s Landfill site located at 26488 CR 26.  Throughout last night and early this morning, crews continued battling the blaze and are reporting that approximately 40% of the fire has been contained.  Officials from Elkhart County’s Emergency Management, Concord Township Fire Department, Elkhart City Fire Department, Waste Management, IDEM, EPA, and many local and regional fire departments are continuing to utilize their resources to address the situation.  Assistance is requested from motorists to avoid the area as CR 26 between CR 7 and CR 11 remain closed for emergency responders and equipment.  Safety warnings for the public still remain in effect to shelter in place for areas affected by smoke that is being blown from the fire west of the site.  

 

Sheriff's Department Lobby Closed April 26, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 

Press Release Update:3:53PM

The jail lobby has been reopened.

 

ELKHART:  The Elkhart County Correctional facility, which is located at 26861 CR 26, will be closing the main lobby to the public for the remainder of the day.  The decision to close the lobby is the result of smoke from the Waste Management fire on CR 26 being drawn into the lobby through the front doors. This has not affected the housing units of the facility; however, the Sheriff’s Department will continue to assess the situation for health risks to inmates and staff alike.

Area Agencies Response to Fire on CR 26

Press Release Update:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Elkhart County Management is coordinating a press conference to discuss the activities and response to today’s fire at a landfill that is owned and operated by Waste Management.  Those speaking at the conference include Dr. Daniel Nafziger who is the Elkhart County Health Officer, Chief Richford from the Concord Fire Department, and a representative from Waste Management.  The press conference will begin at 4:45pm at the offices of the Elkhart County Emergency Management which is located behind the Elkhart County Correctional facility (26861 CR 26) at delivery door #6. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Press Release Update:

Elkhart County Emergency Management is continuing to coordinate efforts to battle the fire that was found earlier this morning at Waste Management’s Earth Mover’s Landfill site located at 26488 CR 26.  After completing an aerial assessment of the fire using a helicopter, it was determined that the fire is contained to less than one acre and is only knee high.  Measures are being put into place to contain and extinguish the fire which includes spraying water onto the fire and moving dirt onto the extinguished areas.  There is not an estimated time of when the fire will be completely put out and residents in the area should continue to shelter in place west and northwest of the site as far as Bristol St. in Elkhart. 

Note: Contacts of interest for the media include media relations for IDEM 317-519-3891 and media relations for Waste Management 248-640-8282. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ELKHART:  At approximately 3:45am this morning, the Concord Fire Department was dispatched to a fire that was occurring at the Waste Management’s Earth Mover’s Landfill site located at 26488 CR 26. The cause of the fire, which has not been determined, is still burning and requiring additional resources to address the situation as well as concerns to the community.  Though the landfill does not accept hazardous materials, it is recommended that residents shelter in place west and northwest of the fire as far as Bristol St. in Elkhart.  There will be road closures for emergency responders on CR 26 between the intersections of CR 7 and CR 11. 

The following agencies currently working to address the situation include Elkhart County’s Emergency Management, the Concord Fire Department, the Elkhart City Fire Department, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), Waste Management, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Hazmat Teams, and the National Weather Service.

For Media responding to fire, please meet with Capt. James Bradberry at the Elkhart County building located at 4230 Elkhart Rd (US 33 and CR 15) for the latest updates on the response to the fire. 

Sheriff's Department's Investigation

Update- April 19, 2017

The Elkhart County Coroner’s Office has identified 17 year old Andrew Moore of Osceola, Indiana as the person who had been found deceased in a field on April 15th.  The Coroner’s Office has ruled the cause and manner of death as asphyxiation by hanging/ suicide.  During this difficult time, the family of Andrew Moore has requested no media contact or questions concerning this incident.


Update- April 18, 2017

Investigators are continuing to work with the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office to positively identify the deceased person who was located in a field off of CR 1 on April 15th.  The cause and manner of death is still pending positive identification of the individual and notification to family.  As stated in our earlier release, there are no signs of foul play and there is no danger to the public.  Additional details to be released will be determined at a later time.


ELKHART- On April 15, 2017 at approximately 12:28pm, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Officers responded to 54435 CR 1 to investigate the report of a deceased subject who had been found in a field area.  Though there is no foul play suspected and no danger to the public, investigators are continuing to investigate the death and are working with the Elkhart County Coroner’s office to identify who this person is.  It is early in the investigation and additional details to be released will be determined at a later time.   

 

Arrest Made in Child Molest Case by Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Detectives

April 13, 2017

On Saturday, April 8, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a Child Molest that occurred to a five (5) year old child in Concord Township, Elkhart County, Indiana. Responding Patrol Officers assessed the situation, and determined the immediate need for Detectives to come on duty and start the process set forth by investigative protocol for child victim crimes.  Within the first few hours of the investigation, ECSD Detectives, now joined by Investigators with the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), facilitated an interview of the child victim by a Child Forensic Interviewer graciously provided after hours by the Child and Family Advocacy Center (CFAC), a service provided by Child and Family Services (CAPS) in Elkhart.  Due to the nature of the reported crime, the child victim was also examined by a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) provided by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. 

As the investigation into the crime continued, the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in obtaining an arrest warrant for the accused, 20-year-old Antonio Fabian Gomez Lopez.  On Wednesday, April 12, Detectives located Gomez Lopez hiding in a Cromwell, IN home and arrested him on a warrant for two (2) counts of Child Molest.  The Goshen Police Department assisted the ECSD with interviewing Gomez Lopez at the ECSD Jail where he currently remains held with no bond.

 

Officers Investigate Stolen Van Involving Juvenile

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

GOSHEN: Today at approximately 9:22am, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a complaint from Bashor Homes that a 16 year old juvenile male resident of their facility stole a white 15 passenger van from their grounds located at 62226 CR 15.   Shortly after taking the van, the juvenile crashed the van into a post near the entrance to the Ox Bow Park near the intersection of CR 45 and CR 15 at approximately 9:26am.  The juvenile fled from the vehicle and was later apprehended by officers in a wooded area inside of the park at 10:02am. 

The juvenile is currently being held at the Elkhart County Juvenile Detention Center and will be facing charges for Auto Theft, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Collision, and for Operating a Vehicle While Never Licensed.  The juvenile was not injured as a result of the crash.  Officers assisting with the search and apprehension of the juvenile male included those from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and the Goshen City Police Department.

 

 

Sheriff's Detectives Are Asking For Help Identifying Suspect

Thursday, March 30, 2017

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect who made off with an undetermined amount of cash after robbing a local gas station.

On March 30, 2017 at approximately 11:09pm, an unidentified suspect entered into the Bender’s gas station located at 51019 CR 5 and approached the store’s clerk.  After displaying a firearm and ordering the clerk to open the cash register, the suspect was able to obtain an undetermined amount of cash and fled from the store.

The suspect is described as a white male age 20-25 who was wearing a ski mask and gloves.  He has a thin build and is approximately 6’0” tall. 

If anyone has information about this crime or the suspect involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the department’s tip line by texting ecsdtip411, by visiting our webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com, or by clicking on the TIP411 box below.

 

 

STAR: Weekend Arrests for Underage Drinking

March 20, 2017

Elkhart- In the early hours of March 19, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to an anonymous reports of a loud party at a residence in the 25000 block of Meadow Oak Ln, Elkhart. Upon arrival, officers found multiple subjects under the age of 21 that had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

There were 16 individuals found to be under the age of 21. Three of these individuals were under the age of 18 and released to their parents, while the remaining 13 individuals that were over the age of 18 but under the age of 21, were issued tickets for Illegal Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages, and released at the scene.

Those subjects who were cited and released were Virginia Mora (18) of Elkhart, Adriana Zilm (19) of Elkhart, Justin Olenczuk (19) of Elkhart, Vanessa Drake (18) of Elkhart, Mariela Patlan-Luna (18) of Elkhart, Francisco Gamez (18) of Elkhart, Daniel Ruvalcaba (19) of Goshen, Erika Cartagena (19) of Elkhart, Nestor Aguilera (19) of Elkhart, Deisey Lopez (18) of Bristol, Krista Bryant (19) of Brownstown, MI, Bridgett Vasquez-Morfin (19) of Elkhart, and Beatriz Rocha (20) of Elkhart.

Daniel Castaneda (21) of Elkhart was arrested for resisting law enforcement and incarcerated at the Elkhart County Jail. Viridiana Garcia (22) of Elkhart was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and neglect of a dependent.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s STAR team members assisting with the investigation include Sgt Adam Leeper, Cpl Chad Hoien, Ptl Matt Newman, Ptl Eric Dilley, Ptl Cory Oswald, Ptl Adrian Zehr, Ptl Brittaney Elsasser, Ptl Zach Zehr, and Ptl Corry Smith.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction (STAR) team is comprised of officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. The STAR team’s focus is to target and reduce underage drinking and smoking.

STAR members continue to deter, intervene, and detect underage alcohol violations by educating the community and taking a proactive approach to deterrence and intervention when needed.

 

Police Pursuit Ends in Arrest

March 12, 2017

ELKHART- Today at approximately 12:48am, 27 year old Preston Johnson, III of South Bend led the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department in a vehicle pursuit after discharging a firearm out of his vehicle's window while driving.  After an attempt was made to stop Johnson's vehicle in the area of Lusher and Main St., Johnson fled from officers in his vehicle and later fled on foot after crashing his vehicle into a fence.  Johnson was apprehended and incarcerated at the Elkhart County Correctional facility for Resisting Arrest, Criminal Recklessness, Operating While Intoxicated, and for Leaving the Scene of a Crash.  Officers from the Elkhart City Police Department assisted with the apprehension of Johnson.

The pursuit, which began in the area of Lusher and Main St, traveled through the areas of Hively and Burr Oak, Harold, and Dinehart Streets and continued eastbound onto Lusher prior to the pursuit ending.  Though the pursuit lasted between one and two minutes, the call is an example and a reminder of the dangers that police officers are asked to face in the performance of their duties.

Clarification of Recently Reported Events

Friday, March 10, 2017

ELKHART:  The recent announcement that Concord High School is forming their own police department contains information about the Sheriff's department that requires some clarification.  Officials from the Concord School Board have approved forming a police department and have a tentative date of May to bring this on board.  I was only contacted about issues surrounding the need for the Sheriff's Department to assist with certain aspects of this program, after the approval, and have not had an opportunity to meet with the School officials about my views on these needs.  The Sheriff department does not provide evidence collection nor have I approved authority for officers outside of their school property for Middlebury schools, who have a police officer currently.  I am always open for discussions and cooperation as it relates to the safety of our community and look forward to meeting with school officials about their request but no decision has been made at this time as has been reported.

Sheriff Bradley D. Rogers

 

Missing Person Brittney Elliott

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a 27 year old female who was reported as missing by a family member.  Reported as missing, Brittney Elliott was last seen around 4:00am on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Sheriff’s Deputies, though there is no evidence to indicate foul play, are continuing to investigate this case and are seeking information from anyone with information on the location of Brittney Elliott.  Anyone with information on Brittney Elliott and/or her whereabouts should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department at 574-533-4151 or by leaving information on the anonymous tip line located on the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department's website located at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Brittney is described as a white female, age 27, height: 5’ 2”, weight: 160lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes. 

 

 

ECSD Kicks Off 2017 March Enforcement Campaign On Dangerous and Impaired Driving

March 2, 2017

Elkhart- The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will join efforts with over 250 Indiana state and local law enforcement agencies to increase education and enforcement around dangerous and impaired driving. From March 3 through March 26, 2017, officers will conduct patrols specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence. In addition to normal patrols, additional officers from the partnership will be out in an effort to make sure that the Elkhart County community has a safe St Patrick's Day.

As a state known for basketball hysteria, March is a time of celebration and fun in Indiana, with the addition of St. Patrick’s Day it is critical the motorists know the only way to celebrate, is responsibly. For this reason, officers in the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will be working day and night all across Elkhart County looking out for our fellow Hoosiers.

According to ICJI, in March 2016 there were 495 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 231 injuries and 11 fatalities. Additionally, during the same period, crash reports indicate 1,128 collisions occurred due to dangerous driving, resulting in 260 injuries and two fatalities. Dangerous driving includes factors such as “speed too fast for weather conditions,” “driver distracted,” and “driver asleep or fatigued.”

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

 

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Partners with Nextdoor

February 24, 2017

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Partners with Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods

Partnership will Help Improve Neighborhood Safety and Communications with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

Elkhart – The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents.

This integration with Nextdoor will enable the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department to communicate online with Elkhart County neighborhoods. Residents and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department will be able to work together to increase safety.

Nextdoor has proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool, both locally as well as nationally, with more than 40% of neighborhoods using Nextdoor across the country.

With Nextdoor, residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department will be able to share helpful information with Nextdoor members, such as important crime alerts, emergency notifications, safety precautions and tips, details for events, and updates on activity affecting the local area to Nextdoor websites within Elkhart County. However, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content.

Nextdoor is free for residents and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. Each neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com

Connect with us on Nextdoor

 

Area High School Traffic Safety Detail

February 17, 2017

Elkhart- This week, officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department organized a traffic safety detail focused around three area high schools. On the mornings of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday officers patrolled the areas of Jimtown, Fairfield, and Concord, respectively.

An average of five officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Indiana State Police focused on a different school each morning, yielding the following results:

Jimtown Schools – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

  • 10 seat belt or child restraint violations
  • 1 driving while license suspended-infraction
  • 1 warrant arrest

 Fairfield Jr/Sr High- Thursday, February 16, 2017

  • 4 seat belt or child restraint violations
  • 2 miscellaneous warnings
  • 1 speeding citation

 Concord HS – Friday, February 17, 2017

  • 15 seat belt or child restraint violations
  • 1 conditional license violation for a minor on a cell phone
  • 1 cite and release for Never Receiving a License
  • 1 driving while license suspended-infraction

 

Narcan and Quick Response by Officer Help Overdose Victim

February 7, 2017

BRISTOL-On Sunday, February 5, 2017 at approximately 11:30pm, Ptl. Adrian Zehr of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call regarding an unresponsive male at a residence located at 238 Timberbrook Circle, in Bristol.  Upon his arrival to the residence, Ptl. Zehr quickly obtained information that the victim may have overdosed on opiates while recognizing the signs of a potential overdose. Ptl. Zehr, who had Narcan on his person, prepared and administered his dose of Narcan to the victim as medics arrived.  Once on the scene, medics transported the male to Elkhart General Hospital where he was later released.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers received training in the use of Narcan and began carrying a nasal spray version of this in their vehicles in March of 2016. Since then, Narcan has been utilized by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers on five separate occasions.  

Narcan is the brand name for naloxone and works to reduce the effects of heroin and prescription pain pills, including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin in the event of an overdose.  With the help of the Sheriff’s Department’s medical care provider Correct Care Solutions, each patrol vehicle has been equipped with the spray version of Narcan at no cost, allowing Ptl. Zehr the ability to significantly alter the outcome of this call, potentially saving a life. 

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Receives Donation from Keystone RV Company for K9 Unit

February 2, 2017

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department received a generous donation from Keystone RV Company of $10,000 to be used towards the departments K9 Unit.

Matt Zimmerman, Keystone RV Company CEO,  said that the Company feels privileged to be able to support the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.  “Our law enforcement needs all the tools they can possible get.  They do great things as they protect and serve.  As a leader in our community we at Keystone RV feel we should step up and help.” Keystone RV Company is headquartered in Goshen and employs over 5000 people in Elkhart and Northern Indiana. 

Currently, the Sheriff’s Department utilizes three dogs, two in corrections, and one in patrol. Sheriff Brad Rogers said, “This is not something we budget for, so we do count on local companies and partners in the community to provide this service, so it’s really encouraging for the Sheriff’s office to receive this today.”   This donation will allow the department to add another K9 unit to our patrol division as well as allow the purchase for additional K9 equipment.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit offers several different services beyond aggression training. K9s are trained to find different kinds of illegal substances on a person, in a vehicle, or in and around buildings. Additionally, K9s are trained to track human scent; this can be used to track a fleeing suspect as well as a missing child.

Overall, the K9 Unit serves as an irreplaceable asset to our officers as well as the community, and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is thankful for donations that facilitate the continuation of this program. 

Front (left to right): C/O Evan Wigley, K9 Bru; C/O Tim Lechlitner, K9 Nitro; Matt Zimmerman, Keystone RV Company, CEO; Bob Pettit, VP Support Services; Sheriff Brad Rogers; Ptl Justin Yoder; Ptl Antonio Manty; Ptl Eric Dilley, K9 Reno
Back (left to right): Mark Bullock, Sr. VP Engineering; Eric Meyer, CFO; Jeff Runels, President; David Thomas, Sr. VP Administration; Mike Rheinheimer, Sr. VP Manufacturing; David Chupp, COO
Photo Provided by Keystone Communication Manager Jim Mac

 

Public Safety Communications Center Utilize Backup Centers During Technical Difficulties

Thursday, January 26, 2017

GOSHEN- Earlier this morning at approximately 10:30am, the Public Safety Communications Center experienced technical difficulties, causing 911 calls to police and fire departments within Elkhart County to be diverted to the County’s 911 backup center.  During the switch to the backup center, phone calls from the public were diverted to Kosciusko County’s dispatch center to ensure that emergencies occurring in Elkhart County were not lost.

It is expected that all normal functions will be back in service soon at the primary 911 center.  All incoming calls will be taken in the backup center during this interim period.  Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers and all emergency responders in Elkhart County will continue to offer services without interruption.

Officers Respond to Robbery

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who robbed a victim at gunpoint earlier this afternoon.  On January 25, 2017, at approximately 3:00pm, two black male suspects arrived at 20 year old Kody Martin’s residence located at 54152 Ash Rd., lot 26 to purchase gaming consoles.  Suspects, who had made previous arrangements with Martin on the internet to purchase the items, were allowed inside of the home by the victim.  Once inside of the residence, one of the suspects displayed a handgun while the second suspect removed an undisclosed amount of cash, electronics, and other items from the home. 

Both of the suspects are described as black males.  One of them is tall and stocky and the second is a smaller male.     

Anyone with information pertaining to this robbery can contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau by calling 574-891-2300 or by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” button located at the top of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department urges those buying and selling items on the internet to use caution when arrangements are made to meet with someone that you do not know.  Never go alone and do not invite them to your home or go to their home.  If possible, make arrangements to meet at a police station or a public place.  Let others know your plans and take your cell phone with you.

 

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership High Visibility Enforcement Zone Results 1.21.17

January 23, 2017

Elkhart- Over the weekend, the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership conducted high-visibility efforts that consisted of a DUI high visibility enforcement zone. In conjunction with normal patrols, additional officers from the partnership as well as the Indiana State Police conducted high-visibility efforts specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence.

This past Saturday, January 21, officers conducted a high visibility enforcement zone, which resulted in 80 vehicles being stopped. Officers’ efforts yielded the following arrests and citations being issued to motorists:

  • Operating while Intoxicated - 1
  • Operator Never Licensed- 3
  • Open Container Violations- 1
  • Possession of Cocaine-Felony- 1
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- 1
  • Driving while Suspended- 1
  • Individuals with outstanding Warrants- 3

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership to conduct High Visibility Enforcement Zone 1.21.17

January 19, 2017

Elkhart-The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting DUI High Visibility Enforcement Zone on the east side of Elkhart on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10pm-2am to increase traffic safety and awareness.

The targeted area has seen a high volume of alcohol related arrests and crashes. The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will continue to work diligently to decrease the frequency of these types of incidents through enforcement, education and visibility.  During the month of January 2016, there were 7 crashes reported within a 1 mile radius of the location designated for this detail.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership would like to remind everyone that if you are going to drink and need to travel to get a designated driver.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Press Release 1.9.2017

January 9, 2017

Elkhart- In response to multiple inquiries from the media about the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s use of body cameras worn by its officers, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department will not be participating in any on-camera interviews about this topic at this time. 

Many of the questions raised about the department’s usage and problems with body cameras stemmed from a press release issued from Elkhart City Mayor Timothy Neese that they were suspending the use of body cameras at the Elkhart City Police Department due to technical issues.  The release referenced that the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department was experiencing the same technical difficulties.   

Since purchasing and deploying body cameras in 2014, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department has provided these units to all patrol officers, all detectives, on duty corrections staff as well as several administrators to aid in the collection of valuable evidence and video footage of incidents that might not otherwise have been recorded. Though we did have some difficulties with the body worn cameras when we first purchased them, we were able to work with the manufacturer as well as train those managing the devices to reduce the number of issues and now have a reliable tool.  Like any other device or piece of equipment we experience times where one of them will not work properly.  When that occurs we get it repaired or work through the issue and put the device back into service. 

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department considers the body camera to be a valuable resource and the benefits to having them outweigh an occasional breakdown in this device.  The Sheriff’s Department will continue to use them and does not have any foreseeable plans to terminate their use by officers. 

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Saturation Patrol Results 1-2-17

January 6, 2017

Elkhart- On Monday, January 2, the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership conducted a saturation patrol on US 20 from the west County Road line and SR 15. Officers from the partnership focused efforts to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence.

Officers conducted a saturation patrol in the morning, which resulted in 26 vehicles being stopped. Officers’ efforts yielded the following arrests and citations being issued to motorists:

  • Criminal Misdemeanor- Operating while Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana
  • Speeding – 24 citations
  • Disregard Traffic Control Device/Stop Sign - 1 citation
  • Equipment violations -2 warnings
  • Other traffic violations -1 citation
  • Driving While Suspended-infraction - 2 citations
  • Other licensing violations - 1 citation

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Detectives Seeking Information- Robbery

Thursday, January 5, 2017

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who had entered into an apartment and robbed a victim at gunpoint.  On Thursday, January 5, 2017 at approximately 8:47pm, suspects described as a black male (age: 18-22) and a black female (age: 35-40), arrived at 45 year old Ruthanne Dull’s apartment located at 30964 Riverbend Circle, Apt. 6.  After the male suspect opened the door to the apartment and asked Dull if an acquaintance of his lived there, both suspects entered into the apartment with one of the suspects displaying a gun.  After making entry, suspects removed an undisclosed amount of cash, jewelry and electronics from the apartment.  Shortly after leaving the apartment, a black Pontiac Grand Prix was seen driving at a high rate of speed from the area. 

Anyone with information pertaining to this robbery can contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau by calling 574-891-2300 or by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” button located at the top of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, and below. 

 

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership DUI saturation Patrol Results

January 5, 2017

Elkhart- Over the weekend, the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership increased patrols, covering larger areas throughout the county and cities, focused on identifying and intercepting those driving aggressively and under the influence. In conjunction with normal patrols, additional officers from the partnership conducted DUI saturation patrols throughout Elkhart County to help increase safety and awareness this past holiday weekend.

On Friday, December 30, officers conducted a saturation patrol, which resulted in 24 vehicles being stopped. Officers’ efforts yielded the following arrests and citations being issued to motorists:

  • Criminal Felonies – 5
    • 1 Possession of Methamphetamine, 2 Possession of Cocaine, 1 Counterfeiting, and 1 Neglect of a Dependant
  • Criminal Misdemeanors – 8
    • 2 Driving while Never Receiving License, 1 Possession of a Handgun Without a Permit, 3 Possession of Marijuana, 1 False Informing, and 1 Possession of Counterfeit Government Issued Identification
  • Failure to Use Headlights when required - 1 citation
  • Speeding – 9 citations; 4 warnings
  • Driving left of center - 1 warning
  • Disregard Traffic Control Device/Stop Sign - 2 citations, 2 warnings
  • Equipment violations - 2 citations, 4 warnings
  • Other traffic violations -6 warnings
  • Driving While Suspended-infraction - 4 citations
  • Other licensing violations - 2 citations
  • Texting While Driving- 1 citation

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

 

Sheriff's Teenage Alcohol Reduction Team: Holiday Weekend Arrests for Underage Drinking

January 3, 2017

Millersburg- In the early hours of January 1, 2017, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to several anonymous reports of a loud party at a residence in the 13000 block of CR44. Upon arrival, officers found multiple subjects under the age of 21 that had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

There were 32 individuals found to be under the age of 21. Eleven of these individuals were under the age of 18 and released to their parents, while the remaining 21 individuals that were over the age of 18 but under the age of 21, were issued tickets for Illegal Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages, and released at the scene.

Those subjects who were cited and released were Aaron Hegland (18) of Bristol,  Brody Long (18) of Middlebury, Jensen Janowski (19) of Middlebury, Megan Dean (18) of Elkhart, Sophia Hochstetler (18) of Goshen, Mabel Thomas (18) of Middlebury, Cameron Frandsen (18) of Elkhart, Savanna Richardson (19) of Goshen, Mario Rodriguez (19) of Nappanee, Matilda Stillson (18) of Nappanee, Michelle Hacias (18) of Cincinnati, OH, Gavin Gage (19) of Shipshewana, Micah Chupp (18) of Milford, Joshua Tucco (20) of Cromwell, Carson LaGuardia (18) of Nappanee, Dalton Haab (18) of Syracuse, Dylan Hopkins (18) of Bristol, Amy Helmuth (18) of Etna Green, Katie Kleppinger (19) of Ossian, Peyton Laley (19) of Ossian, and Joshua Troxel (19) of New Paris.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s STAR team members assisting with the investigation include Ptl Matt Newman, Ptl Eric Schuman, Ptl Jesse Reust, and Ptl Darci Campbell.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction (STAR) team is comprised of officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. The STAR team’s focus is to target and reduce underage drinking and smoking.

STAR members continue to deter, intervene, and detect underage alcohol violations by educating the community and taking a proactive approach to deterrence and intervention when needed.

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Working Diligently to Keep Motorists Safe on Roadways this New Year

December 28, 2016

Elkhart-The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting DUI saturation patrols throughout Elkhart County to help increase safety and awareness this New Year holiday. The saturation patrols are in force to cover larger areas throughout the county and cities.

During the holidays, there is an increase in the number of designated drivers but there is also an increase in the number of intoxicated drivers. In 2014, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to 118 crashes involving alcohol and of those, there were 30 injuries and 3 fatalities. In 2015, there were 90 crashes involving alcohol and of those, there were 24 injuries and 2 fatalities. In 2016, to date, there have been 73 crashes involving alcohol, and of those, there were 27 injuries and 0 fatalities. As this total continues to lower each year, the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will continue to work diligently until every total, each year, is zero.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership would like to remind everyone to enjoy the New Year, but do it responsibly. If you are going to drink when you go out, get a designated driver.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: Officers Response to San LuRae Drive

The victim was identified as 13 year old Devon Sullivan from Elkhart.  Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department detectives are continuing their investigation into this incident.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Officers Response to San LuRae Drive

Friday, December 23, 2016

ELKHART- Today at approximately 11:50am, Sheriff's Department officers responded to a residence located at 29508 San Lu Rae Drive for a male juvenile who was wounded from an apparent accidental discharge from a firearm.  Medics were summoned to the scene and transported the victim to the Elkhart General Hospital where he died from his injuries.  Sheriff's Department detectives responded to the scene and are continuing an investigation into the incident.

 

 

Officers Response to San LuRae Drive

Friday, December 23, 2016

ELKHART- Today at approximately 11:50am, Sheriff's Department officers responded to a residence located at 29508 San Lu Rae Drive for a male juvenile who was wounded from an apparent accidental discharge from a firearm.  Medics were summoned to the scene and transported the victim to the Elkhart General Hospital where he died from his injuries.  Sheriff's Department detectives responded to the scene and are continuing an investigation into the incident.

 

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE

12/23/2016

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s crash team investigators are continuing their investigation into the fatal hit and run crash that occurred early yesterday morning on CR 11 north of Aqua Dr.  With the assistance of a tip received from the public, the vehicle involved in this crash was identified as well as information on a suspected driver.  Investigators are continuing their investigation into this crash.   

 

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:

The pedestrian that was struck by the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck earlier this morning has been identified as 51 year old Timothy Mabry of Edwardsburg, Michigan.  Investigators state that Mabry was walking southbound along the east side of the roadway on CR 11 when he was struck by a southbound pickup truck that was passing to the left of a newspaper delivery driver.  After causing fatal injuries to Mabry, the driver of the pickup truck left the scene, failing to report their involvement in the crash to law enforcement.  The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Crash Investigation Team along with the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene for investigation.  The investigation is ongoing and those with information about this crash, the driver and/or the vehicle involved are encouraged to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by submitting a tip to its webpage or Facebook pages at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Vehicle Description:  Color: Unknown/ 2006+/ Chevrolet Pickup Truck/ Damage: Front end/ Driver’s Side Damage to headlight assembly and side mirror/

 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Investigators Seeking Help Identifying Hit and Run Driver

ELKHART- At approximately 5:50am this morning, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a hit and run fatality crash on CR 11 north of Aqua Dr. (south of State Line Road).  The crash involved a pedestrian being struck and killed by an unidentified driver of a Chevy pickup truck. 

The pickup truck was headed southbound on CR 11 and struck a pedestrian who was walking in the roadway near the east side of the roadway.  After striking the pedestrian, the driver of the pickup truck left the scene. 

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the pickup truck and the driver who left the scene.  The make of the pickup truck is a Chevy and should have damage to a front headlamp and a side mirror. 

Anyone with information about this crash, the vehicle involved, or the driver, should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by submitting a tip to its webpage or Facebook pages at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Note:  The identity of the pedestrian is not being released at this time due to making notifications to the family.

 

UPDATE: Investigators Seeking Help Identifying Hit and Run Driver

PRESS RELEASE UPDATE:

The pedestrian that was struck by the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck earlier this morning has been identified as 51 year old Timothy Mabry of Edwardsburg, Michigan.  Investigators state that Mabry was walking southbound along the east side of the roadway on CR 11 when he was struck by a southbound pickup truck that was passing to the left of a newspaper delivery driver.  After causing fatal injuries to Mabry, the driver of the pickup truck left the scene, failing to report their involvement in the crash to law enforcement.  The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Crash Investigation Team along with the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene for investigation.  The investigation is ongoing and those with information about this crash, the driver and/or the vehicle involved are encouraged to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by submitting a tip to its webpage or Facebook pages at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

 

Vehicle Description:  Color: Unknown/ 2006+/ Chevrolet Pickup Truck/ Damage: Front end/ Driver’s Side Damage to headlight assembly and side mirror/

 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

ELKHART- At approximately 5:50am this morning, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a hit and run fatality crash on CR 11 north of Aqua Dr. (south of State Line Road).  The crash involved a pedestrian being struck and killed by an unidentified driver of a Chevy pickup truck. 

The pickup truck was headed southbound on CR 11 and struck a pedestrian who was walking in the roadway near the east side of the roadway.  After striking the pedestrian, the driver of the pickup truck left the scene. 

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the pickup truck and the driver who left the scene.  The make of the pickup truck is a Chevy and should have damage to a front headlamp and a side mirror. 

Anyone with information about this crash, the vehicle involved, or the driver, should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by submitting a tip to its webpage or Facebook pages at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Note:  The identity of the pedestrian is not being released at this time due to making notifications to the family.

 

 

Investigators Seeking Help Identifying Hit and Run Driver

Thursday, December 22, 2016

ELKHART- At approximately 5:50am this morning, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a hit and run fatality crash on CR 11 north of Aqua Dr. (south of State Line Road).  The crash involved a pedestrian being struck and killed by an unidentified driver of a Chevy pickup truck. 

The pickup truck was headed southbound on CR 11 and struck a pedestrian who was walking in the roadway near the east side of the roadway.  After striking the pedestrian, the driver of the pickup truck left the scene. 

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the pickup truck and the driver who left the scene.  The make of the pickup truck is a Chevy and should have damage to a front headlamp and a side mirror. 

Anyone with information about this crash, the vehicle involved, or the driver, should contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151 or by submitting a tip to its webpage or Facebook pages at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Note:  The identity of the pedestrian is not being released at this time due to making notifications to the family.

 

 

ECSD Detectives Need Assistance in Identifying Driver

Thursday, December 15, 2016

On December 12, 2016 at about 10:00pm, two vehicles, one described as a red passenger car and the other described as a full sized pickup truck (possibly a late 90’s early 2000’s Chevrolet), were in the area of Ash Rd (Elkhart County West County Line Rd) and Old US 20 (McKinley Ave) when they became engaged in a possible road rage incident.  The two vehicles continued north on Ash Road and stopped in the roadway on Ash Road near the Toll Road overpass.  After both drivers exited from their vehicles, they were involved in an altercation that left 36 year old Sean Neal of Granger with serious head injuries requiring medical treatment.  The other driver of the pickup truck left the scene and his whereabouts are unknown.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the driver and the full sized pickup truck that was involved in this incident.  Anyone with information should contact the Sheriff’s Department at 574-891-2300.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted to the Sheriff’s Department by texting ECSD and your message to 847411 (tip411) or by visiting our website at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.  

 

 

Fraud Warning

Monday December 12, 2016

Over the past two weeks there have been two incidents of fraud reported to the Sheriff Department.  In both of these cases, the suspect has targeted an elderly person, provided them a fictitious but believable story concerning a loved one being in trouble and needing a large sum of money.  In each case, the victim was directed to obtain the money through purchasing gift cards at Target.  Please understand, if you are contacted by any official agency or legitimate company; they will not ask you to purchase any type of gift cards for payment.  If, for any reason, you are contacted by someone requesting some type of payment and they are requesting you obtain gift cards as the form of payment, there is a high probability that you are the victim of a fraud.


Some suggestions on how to handle a situation where you believe a loved one is in trouble and needs money to help them out of the problem.  First, you should attempt to contact that loved one separately from the initial phone call.  If they are calling, saying they are in jail, call them to find out if they are actually in jail.  If they are calling, saying they are in trouble in another country, call them to find out if they are actually in another country.  If you cannot reach them, call another family member who is close to them, (mother, father, brother, sister), to see if they know where the family member is at, (are they in jail, in another country).  Second, most legitimate agencies or businesses that are requesting payment will require you to come in person to present the payment.  On those rare occasions where payment can be sent to them, they will require a certified check or money order.  Most government offices will not take cash, gift cards or other forms of alternate payment.

 

If you feel like you are the victim of a fraud of this type; you should always contact your local police department.

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department Officers Receive Awards

December 9, 2016

Elkhart- On Thursday, December 8, four patrol officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department were recognized for actions going above and beyond the call of duty. Three of these officers, Sgt. Scott Frey, Cpl. Joe Milovich, and Ptl. Justin Yoder, were presented with the Sheriff’s Department Lifesaving award. This honor is presented when an employee has intervened directly to prevent life-threatening illness or injury during the course of duty. This honor is rare and meaningful, as only 15 officers have received this award prior to the most recent three recipients in the history of the Sheriff’s Department.

On Wednesday April 27, 2016, Sgt Frey and Cpl Milovich responded to a potential overdose call. Both deputies were close to the scene with a response time of less than 1 minute. Both officers quickly recognized the signs of the potential overdose and administered their doses of Narcan to the female who was barely breathing and had a light pulse. After the second dose, she regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital to receive further care.

On Friday, September 30, 2016, Ptl Justin Yoder responded to a call for a male who was unconscious and not breathing. Upon arriving on scene, Ptl Justin Yoder began CPR on the male until medics arrived. As medics arrived, Ptl Yoder continued CPR and assisted the medics as they tried to start an IV and intubate the subject. After getting the subject on the ambulance, medics were able to intubate and restore his airway. Before transport, a dose of Narcan was administered, as by that time it was determined that opiates were likely involved, thus reviving the subject before transport to the hospital for further care.

In addition to these officers, Ptl Jennifer Smith received recognition from Indiana State Trooper Sgt Jason Ginder for her work assisting on covert operations with the Drug Task Force. Ptl Smith played a vital role working within the Drug Task Force by translating ongoing communications over the span of two months. Without her help, evidence that was essential to the operation may never have been obtained.

Burglary Suspect Captured Inside of Home

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SYRACUSE- Early this morning at approximately 4:31am, officers responded to an alarm at Layton Pergrem’s residence located at 12783 CR 52.  After searching the home and finding a suspect hiding in the attic, the suspect refused officers’ orders to exit the attic.  After the suspect claimed that he had a firearm and was going to shoot officers, officers secured the home and requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Services Unit as well as the services from several other police agencies.  At approximately 12:53pm, 25 year old Shawn Arnold of Wawaka, Indiana was apprehended in the attic of the home by a police K9 unit from the Indiana State Police.

Shawn Arnold was bitten by police K9 and is being treated for injuries to his left arm.  He is in police custody and will be incarcerated at the Elkhart County Correctional facility for Burglary, Resisting Law Enforcement, and for Possession of Stolen Property.  He is also being held on a Noble County Warrant for Domestic Battery and Strangulation.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank those agencies who responded and assisted with this apprehension and investigation.  Those agencies would include the Indiana State Police, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Walkerton Police Department, Syracuse Police Department, Goshen Police Department, Elkhart City Police Department, Nappanee City Police Department, and the Elkhart County Emergency Management.

Note: A booking photo for Shawn Arnold is not available at this time.  It will be sent out as soon as it becomes available.

OFFICERS RESPOND TO REPORT OF BURGLARY AT 12783 CR 52

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SYRACUSE- Early this morning at approximately 4:31am, officers responded to an alarm at a residence located in the 12000 block of CR 52.  Upon officers arrival, it was determined that a suspect had barricaded himself inside of the home.  The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department's Emergency Services Unit as well as several other police agencies are currently on-scene.  

For media that are responding to the area, please stage at the parking lot located on the northeast corner of CR 33 and US 6.  Capt. Bradberry will be there to provide periodic updates as needed. 

 

Sheriff's Teenage Alcohol Reduction Team: Weekend Arrests for Underage Drinking

November 23, 2016

Syracuse- On November 19, 2016, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of suspicious vehicles on a property in the 70000 block of CR29. Upon arrival, officers found multiple subjects under the age of 21 that had been consuming alcoholic beverages.

There were 19 individuals found to be under the age of 21, three individuals, between the ages of 18 and 19, were issued tickets for Illegal Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages and released at the scene and 16 individuals under the age of 18, were released to their parents.

Those subjects who were cited and released were David Kauffman (18) of Nappanee, Gary Slabaugh (19)of Bremen, and Amy Yoder (18) of Shipshewana.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s STAR team members assisting with the investigation include Cpl Hoien, Ptl Sahlhoff, Ptl Oswald, Ptl Yoder, Ptl Reust, and Ptl Sterling,

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction (STAR) team is comprised of officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. The STAR team’s focus is to target and reduce underage drinking and smoking.

STAR members continue to deter, intervene, and detect underage alcohol violations by educating the community and taking a proactive approach to deterrence and intervention when needed.

 

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Boosting Patrols for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

November 9, 2016

Elkhart- As motorists take to the roads this Thanksgiving Holiday, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership are urging everyone to buckle up and to drive sober.  Beginning on November 11, 2016 and ending on December 4, 2016, officers from the partnership will begin participating in Indiana’s “Safe Family Travel” campaign.   Using saturated patrols and high visibility zones to detect drunk drivers and to identify seat belt and child restraint violations, Elkhart County’s roadways will be safer through officers’ efforts this holiday season.

Motorists are encouraged to be alert this Thanksgiving holiday and practice safe driving habits.  If you spot a suspected drunk driver, please call 911 to report the driver immediately as you may save a life.  Please buckle up, utilize a designated driver when needed, and take time to reach your destination. 

According to ICJI, in November 2015, there were 533 alcohol-related crashes across Indiana, resulting in 220 injuries and 7 fatalities. Additionally, in the same month, crash reports indicate 285 accidents involved a driver or a passenger unrestrained, resulting in 302 injuries and 16 fatalities.

Those traveling with children should be knowledgeable on the proper use of restraints and boosters for children.  Studies have shown that the leading cause of death for kids between the ages of 8 and 15 is traffic crashes.  Additional information on the proper use of these devices can be found at www.childseat.gov . 

Investigators Seek Information on Second Vehicle Involved in Fatal Crash

Thursday, October 27, 2016

UPDATE: The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department is still asking for the public’s help in identifying the second vehicle involved in the fatal crash that occurred on Monday October 24. Through further examination, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department crash investigators have identified the vehicle part left at the crash scene as the canister to an E-Vac or Evaporative Control system that could only be from a 2009 Ford Escape or Mercury Mariner, rather than a 2011 or 2012 Ford Escape.

Monday, October 24, 2016

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash that occurred earlier this morning on CR 5 north of CR 3.  At approximately 4:18am, 32 year old Eric Pendleton of Elkhart was walking southbound on CR 5 when he was fatally struck by a vehicle being operated by 34 year old Robert Moore who was headed southbound on CR 5.  After being struck by Moore’s vehicle, which was a 2005 Nissan passenger car, Pendleton went into the opposing lane of travel and was struck by an unidentified motorist heading northbound on CR 5.  The unidentified motorist failed to stop after the collision and continued northbound onto CR 5.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the second vehicle involved in this fatal crash which is described as a dark colored 2011 to 2012 Ford Escape.  The vehicle possibly has lower front end damage and is missing the E-Vac or Evaporative Control system which was found on-scene (underbody part). 

Anyone with information about this crash and/or the vehicle and other driver involved are asked to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.  Information can be left anonymously, using the department’s TIP411 app by texting ECSDTIP411 or by visiting the department’s website at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

 

OFFICERS RESPOND TO BOMB THREAT AT CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL

OFFICERS RESPOND TO BOMB THREAT AT CONCORD HIGH SCHOOL

ELKHART- Today at 8:44am, officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department responded to a bomb threat at the Concord High School after being notified that a threatening note was found written on a bathroom stall inside of the school.  School officials took precautionary measures and evacuated students from the school while law enforcement, K9, and fire department officials began a search of the school and grounds.  The building was cleared at 10:30am and faculty and students resumed activities.

The Sheriff's Department is working with school officials to investigate the threat that was found and will work with the school on additional safety measures such as extra patrols in and around the school.  Anyone with information about those responsible for making the threat are encouraged to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department at 574-891-2300 or by leaving an anonymous tip by texting ECSDTIP411. 

Those who make a false report about placing an explosive device inside of a building commit a Level 6 Felony, which is punishable up to 2 1/2 years imprisonment. 

 

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership to conduct High Visibility Enforcement Zone

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership to conduct High Visibility Enforcement Zone

September 13, 2016

Elkhart-In efforts to protect traveling motorists from impaired drivers, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting high-visibility efforts that consist of DUI high visibility enforcement zones, saturated patrols, and other methods designed to detect impaired drivers. On Saturday, September 17, from 8:00pm-Midnight, officers will be conducting a DUI high visibility enforcement zone on the Southeast side of Elkhart. 

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership wants to remind people to get a designated driver and to help keep yourself and the roadways safe this weekend. The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Officers Investigate Gun Shot While Fueling Vehicles

GOSHEN:  On August 26, 2016 at approximately 11:10pm, two Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers were fueling their vehicles at the Country Mark gas station located at 2929 Peddlers Village Rd when a gunshot was fired in their direction from a residence located at 21831 CR 28.  Officers immediately responded to the home and located several subjects at the residence.  A search warrant was requested for the home by officers, and Sheriff’s Department detectives were contacted to assist with the investigation which is ongoing.  No one was injured as a result of this incident.  

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over -Weekend Saturation Patrols

August 22, 2016

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

-Weekend Saturation Patrols

Elkhart- The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership announced the commencement of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which runs through Labor Day Weekend, on August 12th. During this enforcement period, in conjunction with normal patrols, additional officers from the partnership have and will continue to conduct high-visibility efforts that consist of saturated patrols as well as other methods specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence.

This past Saturday, August 20, officers conducted a saturation patrol, which resulted in 13 vehicles being stopped. Officers’ efforts yielded the following arrests and citations being issued to motorists:

  • Criminal Felonies - 4
  • Criminal Misdemeanors - 5
  • Misdemeanor OWI - 1
  • Speeding -2
  • Open Container - 2
  • Left Lane Violation - 1
  • No Valid License - 2
  • Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle – 1

The dangerous and impaired driving enforcement campaign began on August 12 and continues until September 5.

This increased enforcement period is a statewide effort supported by federal highway safety funding. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute distributes funding to more than 250 participating Indiana law enforcement agencies. The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

August 11, 2016

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Elkhart, IN- The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will join over 250 state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to aggressively look for impaired drivers during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which runs through Labor Day Weekend, beginning on August 12th and ending on September 5th.

During the event, the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will conduct high-visibility enforcement zones throughout Elkhart County, as well as saturation patrols and other methods designed to detect and incarcerate impaired drivers.

In 2015, there were 172 alcohol-impaired collisions with 2 of the crashes resulting in fatalities and another 39 resulting in personal injuries in Elkhart County. This is a 13% decrease in total alcohol-impaired collisions from 2014 and a 50% decrease in alcohol- impaired collision fatalities within Elkhart County.

While the decrease in alcohol-impaired collisions and fatalities from 2014 to 2015 is a good starting point, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will continue to make every effort in lowering the total number of alcohol-impaired collisions and keeping Elkhart County roadways safe.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

 

Sheriff's Teenage Alcohol Reduction Team: Arrests for Underage Drinking & 4H Fair Patrols

Elkhart- On July 16, 2016, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s STAR (Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction program) team responded to a report of an underage drinking party at 18561 CR 46 in New Paris.  Once at the residence and property, STAR team members identified and arrested seven minors who were cited and released for Illegal Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage.  Of those arrested, six were under the age of 18 and were released to their parents.  One, who was an 18 year old, was cited and released (Laverda M. Bontrager of Middlebury).   

 

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s STAR team is comprised of officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department who have contributed over 246 hours of patrols, call outs, and details to combat underage drinking similar to the arrests that were made on July 16th.  Beginning this weekend and throughout next week, STAR team members will be in attendance at the Elkhart County 4H fair in an effort to protect our youth from the harmful effects of underage drinking and the effects of tobacco and other drugs. 

 

The Elkhart County Drug Free partnership and members of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s STAR team wishes everyone the best as they attend this year’s fair.  Their goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for those visiting the fairgrounds.  

Detectives Seek Information on Vandals

 

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying vandals who have been responsible for damaging vehicles and homes after throwing bricks through windows.  Since July 8th, five separate reports have been received in Concord Township and have been occurring during the early morning hours, ranging from 12:30am until around 4:30am.  It is believed that the bricks were most likely taken from an apartment complex in the township; however, there is no other information to go on.

 

Reported damages to vehicles and homes have been reported at the following locations:

  • July 8                       58491 Broadway Blvd

  • July 8               23829 Broadway Blvd

  • July 14-15        23455 Wedgewood Ct.

  • July 14             24307 CR 16

  • July 15             56885 Pearl Ann Dr.

 

If anyone has information about this crime or the suspect(s) involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the department’s tip line by texting ecsdtip411 or by visiting our webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Sheriff's Detectives asking for help identifying suspect

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a robbery suspect who made off with an undetermined amount of cash and cigarettes after robbing a local gas station.

 

On July 10, 2015 at approximately 2:42am, an unidentified suspect entered into the 7-11 store located at 54543 CR 17 and approached the store’s clerk and threatened that he had a gun.  After having the clerk remove cash from the register, the clerk was placed into the bathroom and the suspect then left the store with cash and cigarettes. 

 

The suspect was described as a black male who was wearing a ball cap and glasses.  His approximate height is 5’4”, and his approximate weight is 140lbs. 

 

If anyone has information about this crime or the suspect involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.  Anonymous tips can be submitted to the department’s tip line by texting ecsdtip411 or by visiting our webpage at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com.

Sheriff's Department Offers Condolences to Officers in Dallas

ELKHART- In light of the recent tragedy that has occurred in Dallas, Texas, our hearts go out to the families of the officers killed and wounded, their families, their fellow officers, and the city itself.  This is a tragic incident for our country and our profession and causes concern for all officers who serve their communities.  We will continue to be diligent in our service to our community and ask for the community’s support for our courageous officers who serve every day.  Out of respect to the Dallas officers and their community, we will make no further comment on an incident that we have no involvement in or know any facts about. I would strongly encourage others to use caution and not draw conclusions without knowing the facts.   

 

Sheriff Brad Rogers

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

Death Investigation on State Line Road

BRISTOL- On July 5, 2016 at approximately 5:31am, medics and police responded to a report of a person that was found lying in the roadway on State Line Rd. east of Tasha Dr.  Upon their arrival, a light skinned black male in his teens to early twenties was found deceased with an apparent gunshot wound.  An investigation into the victim’s death is ongoing and Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives and the Elkhart County Coroner’s office are working to determine the identity of the victim.  An autopsy for the victim is being scheduled by the Elkhart County Coroner’s office. 

 

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the victim.  The victim is described as a light skinned black male in his teens to early twenties.  He is approximately 5’10” and weighs approximately 150-160 lbs.  The victim has numerous tattoos that include the following:  the word “love” is tattooed on the palm side of his right wrist; the word “bright” is tattooed on his left forearm; a bone design is tattooed on the back of his left hand; and tattoos of a rose design with petals made out of $100 bill designs are on his left elbow.

 

Anyone with information about the events leading to the victim’s death and the identity of the victim is asked to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department at 574-533-4151.

 

 

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Reminds Drivers to Celebrate Responsibly

June 30, 2016

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Reminds Drivers to Celebrate Responsibly

Elkhart, IN – The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership, along with the Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), would like to remind all Indiana motorists to celebrate July Fourth responsibly by driving sober and safe.

During the 2015 July Fourth holiday period (6:00 p.m., July 3 through 5:59 a.m., July 6), there were 964 traffic collisions in Indiana. Of those, 64 were alcohol-related, with 73 percent involving a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater. In total, there were 43 injuries and 2 deaths as a result of alcohol-related crashes. Of the 964 crashes within this time frame, 65 of the crashes occurred within Elkhart County, 6 of which resulted in injuries and 1 fatality. 

Accidents resulting from dangerous and impaired driving are preventable. The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership encourages everyone to call 911 and report anyone that is driving impaired.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership, the Governor’s Council, and ICJI would like to remind motorists that crashes and deaths resulting from impaired driving can be prevented with the following precautions:

  • Before the celebration begins, plan a safe way home
  • Do not drive or ride impaired
  • If you do drink, use a taxi, public transportation, ridesharing service or designate a sober friend or family member and give them your keys
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help make arrangements to get them home safely

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

Officers Use of Patience and Self Control to Resolve Situation

Monday, June 27, 2016

Officers Use of Patience and Self Control to Resolve Situation

ELKHART- On Saturday, June 25, 2016 at approximately 3:51pm, Sgt. Evan Witt was leaving the Bawa gas station located at 22700 Old US 20 when he was approached by a distraught woman in a vehicle who reported that a subject had a knife and had stabbed her vehicle as she was fleeing from a storage unit located at 22715 Old US 20.  The woman reported that another female was still at the storage unit and feared for her safety.

Sgt. Witt immediately responded to the storage unit and located both the male and female at the unit.  After the female was safely secured, the male subject went into the storage garage and retrieved two knives and was holding them up.  After being instructed numerous times to drop them, he continued to yell, placed the knives to his neck and stomach, and then began to strike his own vehicle with the knife and began breaking out the vehicle’s windows.

Additional units were called to the scene and the subject continued to yell and would not drop the knives.  The subject, who was very intoxicated and possibly under the influence of prescription pills, lost his balance and fell over.  Officers, who were able to use a less than lethal means of resolving the situation, were able to approach the subject and subdue the subject after deploying a Conducted Electrical Device.

The subject, who is a 44 year old male from Goshen, was transported by ambulance to the Elkhart General Hospital for an immediate detention of a mentally ill or dangerous person.  He received only a minor abrasion to his right cheek. 

Officers responding to this scene included Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers Sgt. Evan Witt, Ptl. Michael Wass, Ptl. Zachary Zehr, Ptl. Casey Polachek, Ptl. Joshua Whitehead, Ptl. Dustin Sahlhoff, Ptl. Brad Newcomer, and officers from the Elkhart City Police Department.  All officers exercised self-control and patience while handling this situation which resulted in a peaceful resolution.  The incident ended at approximately 4:05pm. 

Arrest Made by Officers on St. Joseph River

Sunday, June 26, 2016

ELKHART- At approximately 12:50am this morning, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers were dispatched to a disturbance on the St. Joseph River east of the Elkhart and St. Joseph County line after receiving a 911 call from a female and three other passengers who were being kept on a pontoon boat by an acquaintance.  Officers were able to utilize a boat to find the occupants on the river near the area of 30107 CR 16.  After beginning an investigation into the incident, it was found that Howell, who had been consuming alcoholic beverages, refused to bring the occupants of the boat to shore and had choked one other person (no serious injuries).  After being confronted by officers, Howell spit on officers and resisted arrest.  Howell was arrested and incarcerated at the Elkhart County Correctional facility for Criminal Confinement, Strangulation, Battery, Battery on an Officer by Bodily Waste, Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, and Resisting Arrest.

Other agencies providing assistance on this call were the St. Joseph County Police Department, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Baugo Township Fire Department. 

Sheriff's Officers' Investigation on CR 44

June 2, 2016

Sheriff’s Officers’ Investigation on CR 44

 

GOSHEN- On June 2, 2016 at approximately 1:59pm, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Officers responded to 15902 CR 44 to investigate the cause of death to 82 year old Lyle Burtsfield who was found deceased along the riverbank and in the water near his residence. 

The investigation is ongoing and the Elkhart County Coroner’s office will be conducting an autopsy tomorrow to help determine the cause of death.  It is early in the investigation and additional details to be released will be determined at a later time.

 

Four new ECSD officers Accepting the Oath of Office

May 31, 2016

Four new ECSD officers 

Accepting the Oath of Office

 

Elkhart – The newest patrol officers for the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department will take their oaths on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, and officially begin their service.

The oath of office will be at 10:30am in Elkhart Superior Court 2 located at 315 S. Second Street, Elkhart, IN, with the officers accepting the oath from Judge Stephen Bowers.

The new officers are:

  • Patrol Officer Austin Everage is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School.  He has been employed with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department in the Corrections Division since September, 2014.  He previously held the position of Corrections Corporal before moving to Patrol.
  • Patrol Officer Bradley Newcomer is a 2012 graduate of Fairfield High School.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Manchester University in May, 2016.
  • Patrol Officer Joshua Whitehead is a 2003 graduate of Elkhart Memorial High School. He has earned 30 credit hours towards his Bachelor’s Degree from Bethel College.
  • Patrol Officer Cory Riley is a 2011 graduate of the Elkhart Career Center.

Please watch our Facebook page for photos of this Oath of Office Ceremony.  

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Launches Zero Tolerance Drunk Driving Enforcement Program

May 27, 2016

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership Launches Zero Tolerance Drunk Driving Enforcement Program

Elkhart, IN. – The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership announced today the start of a new summer drunk driving enforcement program. The high-visibility enforcement campaign will run from May 27 through September 30, 2016.

The summer evenings are lighter, there are more events such as weddings or festivals and getting together with friends or family is more likely. All of these factors cause more motorists to be on the roadways and increased chances for potential collisions.

During the enforcement period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for those driving impaired. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roads. The summer enforcement program is supported by federal funding allocated to the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

During the 2015 summer period (May 24-September 30), there were 39 alcohol related fatalities in Indiana. In the past three years, during the same period, there have been over 5,000 alcohol related collisions.

Accidents resulting from dangerous and impaired driving are preventable. The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership encourages everyone to call 911 and report anyone that is driving impaired.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

 

Sheriff's Teenage Alcohol Reduction Team:  Weekend Arrest for Underage Drinking

Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction Team:  Weekend Arrest for Underage Drinking

 

New Paris- On April 15, 2016 at approximately 11:22pm, members of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s STAR (Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction program) team responded to a complaint that there were a large number of vehicles parked at an abandoned ski lodge located at 18646 CR 50 in New Paris. Once at the property, several subjects ran from the police and multiple subjects who were under the age of 21 were found to have consumed alcoholic beverages.  No one had permission to be on the property and had gained access through a loose gate.

Of those arrested, three minors (under the age of 18) were cited and released to their parents for Illegal Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage.  One minor under the age of 18 was cited and released to their parents for Possession of Marijuana. 

Adults that were cited and released for Illegal Consumption of an Alcoholic Beverage included the following: Mariah Defreese (Age: 18) of Elkhart, Slade Espada (Age: 18) of New Paris, Halee Horvavius (Age: 18) of Middlebury, Kyle Johns (Age: 18) of New Paris, Cyndee Prugh (Age: 18) & December Sutterberg (Age 18) of Elkhart.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction (STAR) team members and officers assisting with the investigation included Detective Brandon Denesuk, Detective Cameron McDowell, Cpl. Chad Hoien, Ptl. Ryan Huff, and Ptl. Antonio Mantey.  The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Teenage Alcohol Reduction (STAR) team is comprised of officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.  Their main focus is to target and reduce underage drinking and smoking.  STAR members continue to deter, intervene, and detect underage alcohol violations by educating the community and taking a proactive approach to deterrence and intervention when needed. 

Officer's Quick Response & Narcan Help Overdose Victim

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Officer’s Quick Response & Narcan Help Overdose Victim

 

ELKHART-On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at approximately 1:46am, Ptl. Cory Oswald of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to a potential overdose call at a residence located at 52232 Iris Ct. in Elkhart.  Upon his arrival to the residence, CPR was being performed on a 27 year old male, and Ptl. Oswald quickly recognized and obtained information that the victim had overdosed on narcotics. Ptl. Oswald, who had Narcan on his person, began preparing the dose to be administered to the victim as medics arrived.  Medics then used the dose and a second dose of Narcan to help the victim regain consciousness. Ptl. Oswald’s quick actions and preparedness helped the victim and medics potentially save a life.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers received training in the use of Narcan earlier this year and began carrying a nasal spray version of this in their vehicles. As reported previously, Narcan was utilized by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers on April 27th after responding to the Speedway gas station for a report of a female who had overdosed on narcotics. 

Narcan is the brand name for naloxone and works to reduce the effects of heroin and prescription pain pills, including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin in the event of an overdose.  With the help of the Sheriff’s Department’s medical care provider Correct Care Solutions, each patrol vehicle has been equipped with the spray version of Narcan at no cost. 

Sheriff's Detectives Arrest Third Robbery Suspect

Thursday, May 11, 2016

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Third Robbery Suspect

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives have now made three arrests in connection with two armed robberies that occurred on May 2nd that involved elderly victims residing at 56529 Fountain Row and 57571 Hawthorne in Elkhart.  The suspects, who were described as two white females and one white male, forced their way into homes after claiming that their vehicle had broken down.

On May 2, 2016 at approximately 11:53pm, 34 year old Jonie Lee McMahan of Elkhart was arrested by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives for Armed Robbery-Serious Bodily Injury and for Criminal Confinement. 

On May 5, 2016 at approximately 1:30pm, 45 year old Jamie Lee Hancock of Elkhart was arrested by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives for Armed Robbery and for Criminal Confinement. 

On May 10, 2016 at approximately 3:40pm, 29 year old Amanda Wrye of Elkhart was arrested by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives for Armed Robbery and for Criminal Confinement.

All suspects are being held at the Elkhart County Corrections facility, pending a request for formal charges.  

Amanda Wrye
Amanda Wrye
Jamie Lee Hancock
Jamie Lee Hancock
Jonie Lee McMahan
Jonie Lee McMahan

 

Public Presentation of the Elkhart County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

Media Release Date:  May 9, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Tobey, Elkhart County Emergency Management Agency (574-891-2238)

Public Presentation of the Elkhart County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Scheduled for 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Elkhart County, IN (May 9, 2016) – Elkhart County, in cooperation with the Town of Bristol, the City of Elkhart, the City of Goshen, the Town of Middlebury, the Town of Nappanee, and the Town of Wakarusa have prepared an update to the 2007 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) to address the risk and vulnerability of communities in the County which may be affected by known natural, technological, and political hazards.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires communities to update their MHMP every 5 years in order to be eligible for any future mitigation funding through the State Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The intent of the MHMP is to plan for a disaster before it occurs in order to reduce the physical, social and economical impact of that disaster.

The draft Elkhart County MHMP Update will be presented at a public meeting on Thursday May 12, 2016.  It will be presented at 6:30 pm in the Correctional Facility Campus, Jail Training Room (26861 CR 26) Elkhart, Indiana.  Topics covered during this public presentation will include: an overview of the planning requirements; a summary of the risk assessment and vulnerability analysis; and proposed mitigation projects for prevention, property protection, natural resource protection, emergency services, structural control projects, and public information. 

Following the public meeting, a hard copy document will be available at the Elkhart County EMA Office (26861 CR 26, Elkhart, IN 46516) and comments will be accepted through Friday, May 20 2016.  Please submit comments to Jennifer Tobey at the Elkhart County Emergency Management Agency, (574) 891-2238 or jtobey@elkhartcounty.com

 

Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in this informational session. 

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Sheriff's Department Explorers to Host Fundraiser 5K

Friday, May 06, 2016

Sheriff’s Department Explorers to Host Fundraiser 5K

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Explorers will be hosting a 5K Obstacle Run benefitting two year old Kaleb Cole on Saturday, May 21st at Cop’er Canyon 1910 Mottville Rd Bristol, IN. The Explorer’s program is open to young men and women ages 14 (having completed the 8th grade) through 19 years old with an interest in learning more about Law Enforcement careers. 

Sheriff’s Department Explorers often participate in community events such as the Elkhart County Fair and Toys for Tots, but wanted to create an event to help out a local family in need.

With this in mind, the explorers chose a family close to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department when selecting Sgt. Michael Cole and his family. As one of many explorer advisors, Sgt Cole has worked with the Explorer program on various trainings and events. Sgt. Cole’s son, Kaleb, is suffering from Leigh’s Disease, a rare Mitochondrial disease.

Kaleb is the only child in Indiana fighting this disease, and he and his family must make several trips to a special clinic in Houston, Texas for treatments and tests. Due to this disease, Kaleb is completely dependent on his parents at all times. In addition to specialized treatments and tests, Leigh’s Disease also requires the use of special medical and disability equipment that is not covered by insurance for Kaleb. All proceeds will go to the Cole Family to help offset these costs.

The Cops for Kaleb 5K run will be on Saturday, May 21st, at 9am, with registration beginning at 7am.The 5K course will consist of several obstacles such as shooting with paintball guns, water hazards, tire run, circuit exercise, and hill climb. This event is open to teams of 3-5 people as well as individuals. You must be over 15 years of age to participate, and if you are under 18, a parent must sign a waiver for you to participate. Everyone that registers will receive a goody bag filled with a t-shirt, water bottle and other various items.

Participants can pre-register for the event or get additional details about this fundraiser at www.copsforkaleb.com. Pre-registration is $25 per person or $30 per person the day of the event. Donations for the Cole family are also being accepted online.

 

Sheriff's Detectives Arrest Robbery Suspects

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Robbery Suspects

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives have made two arrests in connection with two armed robberies that occurred earlier this week that involved elderly victims residing at 56529 Fountain Row and 57571 Hawthorne in Elkhart.  The suspects, who were described as two white females and one white male, forced their way into homes after claiming that their vehicle had broken down.

On May 2, 2016 at approximately 11:53pm, 34 year old Jonie Lee McMahan of Elkhart was arrested by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives for Armed Robbery and for Criminal Confinement. 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 5, 2016 at approximately 1:30pm, 45 year old Jamie Lee Hancock of Elkhart was arrested by Elkhart County Sheriff’s Detectives for Armed Robbery and for Criminal Confinement. 

Both Jonie Lee McMahan and Jamie Lee Hancock are being held at the Elkhart County Corrections facility, pending a request for formal charges.  Detectives are continuing their investigation and are following leads on a third suspect. 

Investigation into Found Human Remains

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Investigation into Found Human Remains

BRISTOL- On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at approximately 7:01pm, the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of human remains that were found by a subject who was searching for mushrooms in a field in the 55000 block of CR 27.  With the assistance of the Elkhart County Coroner’s Office and a special anthropologist team, the human remains, which have yet to be identified, were recovered. 

The investigation is on-going and the Sheriff’s Department is working with the Elkhart County Coroner’s office to determine the cause of death and identification of the person.  It is early in the investigation and additional details to be released will be determined at a later time. 

Officers Respond to Early Morning Robberies

Monday, May 2, 2016

Officers Respond to Early Morning Robberies

ELKHART- Elkhart County Sheriff’s Officers responded to two separate robberies this morning and Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects. 

At approximately 12:40am, officers responded to 72 year old James Johnson’s residence located at 56529 Fountain Row in Elkhart after suspects had forced their way into his home after he had answered the door for one of the suspects who claimed that their vehicle had broken down.  After gaining entry into the home, suspects bound him with an electrical cord and struck him with a blunt object, causing lacerations to his face and head.  After taking Johnson’s wallet and other items, suspects fled from the home.   The suspects were described as 2 white females with blonde hair and 1 white male.   Johnson was transported to the Elkhart General Hospital for his injuries sustained in the robbery.

At approximately 4:55am, officers responded to 75 year old William Tripp and 69 year old Juanita Tripp’s residence located at 57571 Hawthorne in Elkhart after suspects had forced their way into their home after claiming that their vehicle had broken down.  After suspects made their way into the home, suspects pushed William and Juanita into a closet and removed unknown items from their home.  The suspects were described as 2 white females with blonde hair and 1 white male. 

If anyone has information about this crime or the suspects involved, please contact the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Bureau by calling 574-891-2300 or submit an anonymous tip by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” button located at the top of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department’s Face book page.

 

Capt. James L. Bradberry

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department

jbradberry@elkhartcountysheriff.com

574-891-2324

 

Operation Pull Over "Click It or Ticket"

April 29, 2016

Operation Pull Over “Click It or Ticket”

Elkhart- As the Memorial Day Holiday approaches and motorists take to the roads, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership are urging everyone to buckle up.  Beginning on May 6, 2016 and ending on May 30, 2016, officers will be participating in this year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which focuses on unrestrained motorists and children who are not properly restrained. 

Buckling up, day or night, matters as officers will be working around the clock to conduct seatbelt patrols. In 2015, 33 people were killed on Elkhart County roadways. Nearly one half of these fatalities were found to be unrestrained. Click It or Ticket has increased seat belt use and saved the lives of countless motorists, but there is still more to do.

By educating and encouraging the public to use seat belts and child restraints, officers are hoping to reduce the chances of serious injury and death to motorists traveling on the roadway during the summer months. Highly visible enforcement and greater public awareness can turn thousands of lives lost into many more lives saved.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

 

Capt. Michael Culp
Elkhart County Sheriff's Department
574-891-2370
 
 

 

Officers' Quick Response & Narcan Help Overdose Victim

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Officers’ Quick Response & Narcan Help Overdose Victim

ELKHART-On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at approximately 7:32pm, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers were dispatched to a potential overdose call at the Speedway gas station located at 57766 SR 19.  Sgt. Scott Frey and Cpl. Joseph Milovich were close to the scene with a response time of less than 1 minute. Both officers quickly recognized the signs of a potential overdose and administered doses of Narcan to a female who was barely breathing and had a light pulse. After the 2nd dose, she regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital to receive further care. The officers’ quick actions and access to the Narcan nasal spray allowed Sgt Frey and Cpl Milovich the ability to significantly alter the outcome of this call, potentially saving a life.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers received training in the use of Narcan earlier this year and began carrying a nasal spray version of this in their vehicles.  Narcan is the brand name for naloxone and works to reduce the effects of heroin and prescription pain pills, including morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin in the event of an overdose.  With the help of the Sheriff’s Department’s medical care provider Correct Care Solutions, each patrol vehicle has been equipped with the spray version of Narcan at no cost.

 

 

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership to Conduct Extra Patrols This Weekend

Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership to Conduct Extra Patrols This Weekend

March 8, 2016

Elkhart-In efforts to protect traveling motorists from impaired drivers, officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership will conduct patrols specifically designated to identify and intercept those driving aggressively and under the influence. In conjunction with normal patrols, additional officers from the partnership will be out on Saturday, March 12, from 10:00pm-2:00am. Officers will be conducting saturation patrols on the northwest side of Elkhart County.

The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership wants to remind people to get a designated driver and to help keep yourself and the roadways safe this weekend. The Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership includes the following agencies from Elkhart County: Elkhart City Police, Goshen City Police, Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, Nappanee Police Department, Bristol Police Department, Millersburg Police Department, and Wakarusa Police Department.

 

Capt. Michael Culp

Elkhart County Sheriff's Department

mculp@elkhartcountysheriff.com

574-891-2370

 

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