Eight people were arrested early Friday when LaGrange, Shipshewana, Topeka, Noble County and LaGrange County officials conducted a warrant sweep in several locations in LaGrange County.
Those arrested and their charges include:
• Bryan Rowlison, Stroh, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
• Joseph Stephens, Stroh, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
• A 15-year-old juvenile, possession of meth and visiting a common nuisance.
• Lois Miller, Wolcottville, theft, a Class D felony.
• Gregory E. Littlefield, Shipshewana, intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.
• Evan L. Friedman, Howe, interference with reporting a misdemeanor and battery.
• Kyle P. Green, LaGrange, battery resulting in bodily injury.
• Orvan D. Schlabach, Millersburg, illegal possession of alcoholic beverages.
Syracuse Elementary School was evacuated Friday afternoon after a report that a pupil may have brought potentially explosive materials to school.
According to Wawasee schools Superintendent Thomas Edington, a teacher heard second- or third-hand that a boy had said he’d brought materials to school that when mixed could explode.
School officials decided to “err on the side of caution,” Edington said. The school was evacuated, with students directed to walk to nearby Vega Field. Police and emergency personnel were called to assess the situation.
Edington said students were out of the building for perhaps 30 minutes. He said police officers took a backpack as part of their investigation, but added that the backpack did not appear to contain any hazardous materials.
Edington praised how teachers and students handled the situation. “Everything was very orderly,” he said.
The superintendent also said electronic and phone messages were sent out to parents to let them know what happened.
Two hurt in crash
Two people were hurt in a car-truck crash at Ind. 19 and Ind. 119 at 7:53 p.m. Thursday.
According to a report by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Thomas Berger, 24, Nappanee, was driving a 1996 Geo Prizm northeast onto Ind. 119 and the car crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming 2004 Ford F-250 truck driven by Stanley Klotz, 61, Bremen.
Klotz had neck and chest pains after the crash. A passenger, Patty Klotz, 61, Bremen, also had neck and chest pains. The injured were taken to Bremen Hospital for treatment.
Berger was cited for driving too fast to avoid the collision.
Goshen police and paramedics were called to the Best Western Inn, 900 Lincolnway East, at 5:21 p.m. Tuesday when it was reported that a guest was not breathing. The Elkhart County coroner was called and determined that Raymond Bodnarchuk, 61, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, died of natural causes.
Daniel Hendry, 22, 54091 C.R. 39, Middlebury, told Elkhart County police that a vehicle was driven through his yard, ran over a tree and struck his parked Jeep before the driver fled the scene at 6 a.m. Monday.
Burglary and theft reports
• Goshen police received a report from city cemetery officials that there was a burglary at the Oakridge Cemetery maintenance building, 437 N. First St., Wednesday night.
• Goshen police received a report from William Medlen, 65, 611 Mill St., on Thursday. He reported the theft of items from his parked car early Thursday.
• Goshen police reported the arrest of Joseph A. Littrice, 19, 938 Portage, Elkhart, at Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway East, at 3 p.m. Thursday on charges of theft and false informing and booked at the county jail.
• Stacy Flores, 30, 59615 C.R. 35, Goshen, was stopped by Goshen police at the intersection of Ninth and Douglas streets at 3:12 p.m. Sunday for a license plate infraction. Flores was cited for driving with a suspended license and released.
• Andres Perez Perez, 29, 124 S. Silverwood, Apt. B, was arrested after a traffic stop in the 2400 block of Elkhart Road at 5:12 p.m. Sunday on a charge of driving while his license privileges are suspended. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.
• Joshua Cummins, 27, Bristol, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop at C.R. 6, west of C.R. 15 at 5:34 a.m. Tuesday. Cummins was arrested on charges of driving while his license was suspended and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.
• Armando Gomez-Mendoza, 46, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop on Reliance Road, south of U.S. 33, at 10 p.m. Monday. The driver was arrested on a charge of driving while never receiving a license and incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail.
• Osman Vindel, 40, 19840 Bluff Drive, Goshen, was arrested after a traffic stop at Elkhart Road and Riverside Boulevard at 9:14 p.m. Monday. The driver was cited for driving while never receiving a license and was jailed on an unrelated Elkhart County warrant.
• Mauricio Velaquez, 34, 1326 Harvest Drive, Goshen, after a traffic stop in the 2700 block of Berkey Avenue at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was cited for driving without ever receiving a license and was released.
• Hope M. Haines, 61, 1302 Southshore, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police after a traffic stop 3:44 a.m. Tuesday at U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue. The driver was arrested on a charge of driving after her license had been suspended for life.
• Maria T. Hernandez, Goshen, was stopped by Goshen police at Kercher Road and Main Street at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday. The driver was cited for disregarding an automatic signal and driving without a license. She was released at the scene.
The following motorists were recently arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and incarcerated in the Elkhart County jail:
• Adoniram W. Yoder, 22, 5114 N. 900 West, Etna Green, was arrested after a traffic stop in the 2300 block of Elkhart Road, Goshen, shortly after 2 a.m. April 28.
• Richard Servantes, 36, of 607 Colorado St., Goshen, was arrested after a traffic stop on Elkhart Road at about 2 a.m. Sunday.
• Latricia J. Stackhouse, 37, Elkhart, was arrested after a traffic stop in the 2100 block of Elkhart Road in Goshen.