An Elkhart man was hospitalized after he crashed on his motorcycle at 6:22 p.m. Monday on the U.S. 20 bypass.
According to a sheriff’s report, Robert D. Postma, 59, Elkhart, was riding a 2007 Harley-Davidson west on U.S. 20, east of U.S. 33 when he reportedly took his hands off the handlebar to make obscene gestures to a passing motorist. He lost control of the machine and it fell to the ground.
Postma had road rash and abrasions to his extremities. He picked up the machine and continued west, and was stopped near Ind. 19 and C.R. 24.
He was taken to Elkhart General Hospital by Concord EMS and was admitted. The accident remains under investigation.
Motorcycle hits deer
Two Goshen people were injured Monday evening when the motorcycle they were riding struck a deer east of Goshen.
According to a sheriff’s crash report, Gabriel Santiago, 41, Goshen, was riding a 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle east on Ind. 4, west of C.R. 29 at 8:10 p.m. when a deer ran north onto the highway and collided with the motorcycle.
Santiago and his passenger, Gretchen Santiago, 38, both were thrown to the pavement. She suffered a broken leg and he had abrasions and a thumb injury. The passenger was taken by Goshen paramedics to IU Goshen Hospital for treatment.
Officers investigate drowning
Indiana Conservation officers are investigating the weekend drowning death of a Fort Wayne man who was fishing in the Pigeon River in LaGrange County.
Officers reported that Thomas Harmeyer, 60, Fort Wayne, died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head. They said the injuries were determined to be consistent with injuries resulting from a fall.
Police called to school
Goshen police were called to Waterford Elementary School, 65560 Ind. 15, at 11:07 a.m. Monday after an incident in a classroom. A teacher said she was struck by a 10-year-old student and the student accused the teacher of grabbing his arm.
Two arrested for cooking meth in LaGrange County
According to a LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department report, police responded to a reported house burglary at Adams Lake Friday evening and later charged the residents with drug possession. Officers were called to the home of Frankie Mullins, 45, and Marcella Mullins, also 45, at 5040 E. 620 S, Wolcottville, at 7:52 p.m.
After police detained Frankie Mullins they obtained a search warrant and found methamphetamine and materials used to make the drug in the house. Police reported finding six active “one pot” meth labs along with 16 spent one pot meth labs as well as other materials used in the manufacturing process.
The couple was charged with dealing meth, a Class B felony, possession of the drug, a Class C felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony. They were also charged with possession of the drug precursors, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
They were booked into the LaGrange County jail and held on $41,000 bond.
Dog bites reported
Goshen police were called to IU Goshen Health Hospital at 9 a.m. Sunday and made reports after two people said they were bitten by a dog. Police said Luke Fenwick, 29, and April Ray, 20, both of Goshen, were bitten. A report will be forwarded to the county health department.
Incidents reported at Bashor Home
Sheriff’s officers received a report of battery against a child care worker Sunday afternoon. A 24-year-old employee of Bashor Children’s Home, 62226 C.R. 15, Goshen, reported at 12:20 p.m. that an 11-year-old boy bit her on the shoulder.
Also, at 8:25 a.m. Monday, a 21-year-old Bashor employee reported to officers that a 9-year-old boy pushed him out of anger and threatened “to put a bullet in his mouth.” The employee was not hurt, but reported the threat.
A third incident was reported at 1:10 p.m. Monday when a 16-year-old resident bit an employee and kicked a second one. The teenager was placed in the county juvenile detention center.
Man suspicious of ‘winning’ lottery
Elkhart County Sheriff’s officers received a report from a 71-year-old resident of the 13000 block of C.R. 40, Goshen, that he had been contacted by an international lottery organization and was told he won $25 million. The man was instructed to send a $980 check to pay for a “courier fee.” Knowing the offer was a hoax, the man called police Friday.
• Goshen police received a report from Lola Hull, 47 Brookside Manor, that her car was vandalized at 2932 Elkhart Road at 8:40 p.m. Sunday. Rocks and a ball bat were thrown at her car.
• Goshen police reported the arrest of Ryan Morris, 28, Elkhart, after he reportedly broke a window at Oaklawn, 330 Lakeview Drive, at 2 a.m. Monday. He was cited and released.
• Goshen police received a report from Austin Hale, 18, 2207 Homeacres, on Monday that someone cut all four tires of his Ford truck and set it on fire the night before as it was parked in front of his home. Contents of the truck were also damaged.
• Goshen police reported the arrest of Brad Chokey, 62, 923 S. Main St., Goshen, after a traffic stop at the 500 block of East Jackson Street at 6:12 p.m. Sunday. The driver was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and booked at the county jail.
• Sheriff’s officers reported the arrest of Ryan A. Sherwood, 36, 57294 Garnat Lane, Goshen, and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated after a traffic stop at U.S. 20 and C.R. 33 at 2:20 a.m. Saturday. He was booked at the county jail.
• According to a sheriff’s department report, Nathaniel Hunt II, 21, 1101 Hancock St., South Bend, was stopped at Ind. 120, east of C.R. 131, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday driving 125 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone. He reportedly failed a blood alcohol test and was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and reckless driving. He was booked at the county jail. Bond was set at $1,500.
• According to a sheriff’s report, Shannon S. Hochstetler, 34, 15321 Larry Lee Drive, Bristol, was stopped at C.R. 131 and Ind. 120 at 3:26 a.m. Tuesday for traffic violations. He was arrested on charges of driving while his license is suspended and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was booked into the county jail.