A Nappanee man allegedly seen at a Kosciusko County crime scene Monday was arrested after police said he led them on a high-speed chase.
The Milford Police Department received a report around 8 p.m. Monday that someone may have been tampering with a crime scene at 310 Turkey Creek Drive. The mobile home at that address had been destroyed by fire earlier that morning, which ignited suspiciously, police department Chief Travis Marsh stated in a news release Tuesday.
According to police reports, no one was injured in the fire. Additional information about the fire was not available Tuesday.
As officers arrived at the scene, a man later identified as John A. Slabaugh, 47, allegedly fled from police on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Marsh said officers chased Slabaugh in a high-speed pursuit south on Old Ind. 15, and then south on Ind. 15 through Warsaw.
Slabaugh eventually crashed his motorcycle on Detroit Street as it ends at a wooded area, according to Marsh. An officer suffered an injury to his right hand during the apprehension of Slabaugh at the crash scene. Marsh said the officer was treated and released from Kosciusko Community Hospital.
Before his arrest, Slabaugh was treated by medics. He was then booked at the Kosciusko County jail on charges of resisting police, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.
• Diana Lester suspected her white Huffy bicycle was stolen around 5 a.m. Saturday from in front of her home at 307 N. Ninth St., she told Goshen police Monday.
• Kyle Boling, Goshen, reported to Goshen police Monday that his orange Redline bicycle was stolen around 8:30 a.m. while it was parked in front of the Goshen Police Department, 111 E. Jefferson St.
• John Goldsmith, Goshen, reported the theft of NIPSCO electric service at 224 S. Ninth St. to Goshen police Monday.
• A report was made from Cricket Wireless, 2823 Gateway Drive South, to Goshen police Monday stating someone stole two cellphones around 12:30 p.m. and ran from the scene.
• Angela Balan-Rizzo reported the theft of her motorcycle to Goshen police Monday from 275 Woodridge Court.
• An employee at Mingucha Auto Service, 400 E. Lincoln Ave., contacted Goshen police Monday to report the theft of a radio from a 2002 Chevrolet Impala that was parked in the business parking lot overnight.
• Phillip Tom reported the theft of his black 1999 Harley Davidson Electro-Glide motorcycle to Elkhart County police Monday. Tom stated the motorcycle had been for sale at 14725 Ind. 120, Middlebury, and theft occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.
• Six hay wagons were reported stolen from Ludwig Investments, 52353 C.R. 17, Bristol, to Elkhart County police Monday. The theft reportedly occurred between Aug. 11 and Aug. 12.
• A 44-year-old Goshen man was arrested Monday evening after police suspect he was under the influence when he crashed a car into the steps of a local church.
Witness Todd Eby told Goshen police officers at 6:13 p.m. he saw a gray 2012 Dodge Avenger traveling south in the 900 block of South Main Street when it began to slowly drift left at the intersection of Plymouth Avenue.
The vehicle ran off the road, Eby told officers, drove over the sidewalk, narrowly missing a tree and fire hydrant before colliding into the steps of the Plymouth United Church of God at 902 S. Main St.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers suspected the Avenger’s driver, Richard Evans III, 44, Goshen, was intoxicated. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also allegedly found inside the vehicle.
Evans failed a chemical test with a blood-alcohol level of .18, officers stated in a report. He suffered a small abrasion to his lower arm, but refused transportation to the hospital for further medical treatment.
Officers arrested Evans on charges of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is being held without bail at the Elkhart County Correctional Facility, according to jail records.
The police report indicated the collision appeared to be at a low speed based on the damage to the vehicle and that no visible damage was noted to the front steps of the church by police. Evans’ vehicle was impounded.
• Thomas Brass, 29, Argos, reported to Goshen police Monday that a vehicle hit his 2015 Dodge Dart around 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a Lippert Components plant, 3325 Hackberry Drive, Goshen.
A suspicious man was reported near the Vista Community Health Center, 808 N. Third St., at 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to a Goshen police report.
Rebecca Carter, Elkhart, and Daisy Adkins, Goshen, both reported being involved in a physical altercation to Goshen police around 8 p.m. Monday while in the 300 block of South Seventh Street. Carter complained of pain to her face. Adkins was uninjured. No additional medical treatment was sought.
A black Honda Civic was found occupied by Goshen police officers in Pringle Park, 1912 W. Lincoln Ave., while the park was closed for the night around 11:42 p.m. Monday. A juvenile girl was found inside the vehicle, and officers stated in a report she was in possession of marijuana. The girl was released to her mother.
• Brandon Lee Hawkins, 25, 513 Colorado St., Goshen, was arrested Monday by Elkhart County police on a charge of possession of marijuana, hash oil, hashish or synthetic drug.
• Charlotte Nathanly, 25, 703 S. 12th St., Goshen, was arrested Monday by Elkhart County police on a charge of driving without a license.
• Steven Michael Willis, 35, 107 Johnson Lane, Middlebury, was arrested Monday by Elkhart County police on a charge of driving under the influence.
• Jamie Marie Swisher, 39, 15357 Fox Trail, Bristol, was arrested Monday by Bristol police on charges of driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.