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A Middlebury man faces nearly a dozen charges stemming from a child molestation case.

Phillip Beachey, 43, was charged with 10 felony counts Tuesday — three Level 1 counts and three Level 4 counts of child molesting, and four Level 4 counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Beachey is accused of touching a teenager inappropriately multiple times over the course of about three or four years, according to details by a detective in a probable cause affidavit. The investigation into the allegations began in February.

Shortly after the case opened, the victim admitted downplaying the initial information and alleged being asked by another person to lie about the severity of the situation, according to the affidavit.

The case against Beachey was filed in Elkhart County Superior Court 3. A warrant for his arrest was also issued.

CHILD MOLESTING

James Frink, 34, Elkhart, is charged with four Level 4 felony counts of child molesting and a Level 5 felony count of criminal confinement in a case filed Friday.

Frink is accused of inappropriately touching two children under age 12 at an address in Elkhart between December 2018 and January 2019, according to details by a detective in a probable cause affidavit. He would also allegedly tell one of the youths to kill themselves for refusing to do what he wanted.

The allegations were initially reported to Elkhart police in late 2019, the affidavit shows.

The charges were filed in Elkhart County Superior Court 3. A warrant has also been issued for Frink’s arrest.

ARRESTS

• Jessica Willis, 43, Wolcottville, was arrested by LaGrange County police and jailed on a charge of battery after police alleged she battered a person at Gordon Campground, 9500 E. 600 South, in Wolcottville Sunday.

• Goshen police arrested a 16-year-old juvenile on a charge of criminal mischief after responding to a report by Charles Yoder that a sign was damaged in his front yard, 1606 W. Lincoln Ave., around 3:10 p.m. Sunday. The juvenile was released to a guardian with a citation to appear in court.

• Jazmyn Perez, 27, 54488 C.R. 8, Middlebury, was arrested by Elkhart County police and jailed on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a traffic stop at Middlebury Street and Industrial Drive in Elkhart around 3 a.m. Sunday.

• Jose Guevara, 26, 317 N. Second St., Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police and jailed on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving without a license following a traffic stop at U.S. 33 and C.R. 28 around 1:40 a.m. Sunday.

• Samantha Bailey, 27, 57814 Yukon St., Elkhart, was arrested by LaGrange County police and jailed on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 5450 N. Ind. 9 in Howe around 12:10 a.m. Sunday.

• Lane Whitcomb, 21, Sturgis, Michigan, was arrested by LaGrange County police and jailed on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a traffic stop at 2000 N. Ind. 9 in LaGrange around 1:55 a.m. Saturday.

CRIMINAL RECKLESSNESS

• Glen Helmuth, Goshen, reported to Goshen police he heard the sounds of gunfire coming from the area of South 16th Street and College Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Monday.

• Robert Henke reported to Elkhart County police a gun was fired several times from a vehicle on C.R. 30 west of C.R. 15 near Goshen around 11:20 p.m. Saturday.

ROBBERY

Jaskarndeep Singh reported to Elkhart County police a male and female robbed him at gunpoint and stole a handgun and cash in the area of U.S. 33 and Lewis Street in Elkhart around 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

COUNTERFEITING

Staff at 7-Eleven reported to Goshen police a counterfeit bill was used at the business, 1000 S. Main St., around 8:30 p.m. Monday. A theft from the store was also reported Saturday.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

• Ronald Lewallen, Goshen, reported to Goshen police his vehicle was damaged while parked near a home, 604 Nebraska Drive, around 7:40 p.m. Monday.

• Officers at the Elkhart County Jail reported to Elkhart County police an inmate broke a window in a cell at the facility, 26861 C.R. 26, on Sept. 26.

HIT-AND-RUNS

• William Seigler, Elkhart, reported to Goshen police a vehicle struck another vehicle in the parking lot of Lippert Components Inc., 2703 College Ave., around 4:25 p.m. Monday. The driver of the first vehicle fled the scene, according to a police report.

• Staff at Taco Bell reported to Goshen police Monday a vehicle struck a concrete pole next to the drive-thru menu board at the restaurant, 4510 Elkhart Road, and then left the scene at an unknown time. Police are investigating.

• Goshen police responded to a hit-and-run crash at Seventh and Douglas streets around 5:15 a.m. Monday.

• Elkhart County police reported a driver crashed into a NIPSCO gas meter at 600 W. Hawthorn St. in Bristol while fleeing the scene around 2 a.m. Saturday.

THEFTS

• Travis Branch, Goshen, reported to Elkhart County police his 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck was stolen from the driveway of his home, 582727 Jefferson Ridge Drive, sometime between 7 p.m. Sunday and 4 a.m. Monday.

• Michael Cooper reported to Elkhart County police a wallet was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at 11555 Harter Drive in Middlebury sometime between 6 a.m. and noon Saturday, and a credit card from the wallet was used fraudulently.

• Charlie Choate Jr. reported to Elkhart County police a 2015 Mercedes was stolen from a home, 53055 Sylvan Court, near Bristol sometime between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday.

• Jacob Hoeger reported to Elkhart County police his truck was stolen from a home, 53284 Pine Brook Drive, near Bristol sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. Police recovered the vehicle in the area of the 52000 block of Yorkshire Drive in Bristol.

• Eric Stover, Goshen, reported to Elkhart County police items were stolen from his vehicle at a home, 60921 Deerfield Drive, sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.

• Diego Lechuga reported to Elkhart County police speakers, an amplifier and a debit card were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in the lot of Grand Design RV in Middlebury sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. last Friday. The debit card was used to make a $500 purchase, police said in a report.

• Staff at Walmart reported to Goshen police Monday a theft from the store, 2304 Lincolnway East, that occurred Sept. 19.

• Staff at Walmart reported to Goshen police Monday a theft from the store, 4024 Elkhart Road, that occurred Sept. 9.

• Travis Eash reported to Elkhart County police Friday several feet of copper wiring and copper piping was stolen from a house, 65736 Ind. 15, in Goshen sometime between the end of June and Sept. 16.

BURGLARY

Christian Wright, Colorado, reported to Goshen police a person was in a vacant house, 631 S. Sixth St., around 10 p.m. Sunday.

FRAUD

Truman Weaver, Goshen, reported to Elkhart County police a person contacted him by phone, claiming to work for Amazon, and stole a large sum of money around 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE

Reginald Crowder, 46, Elkhart, was deemed absent without leave after staff at the Elkhart County Work Release Center in Goshen reported to Elkhart County police he failed to return to custody Sept. 30.

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