Elkhart County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Elkhart County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 26861 County Road 26, Elkhart, 46517 IN
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Elkhart County Sheriff's Office is located at 26861 County Road 26, Elkhart, 46517 IN. The Elkhart County Sheriff's Office phone number is (574) 891-2100.

Elkhart County Sheriff's Office News

CR 30 between SR 19 and CR 7 is closed until NIPSCO can clear a downed pole with an electrical wire across the roadway due to a minor injury crash. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detectives Seek the Public’s Help in Making Identification: The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying the individuals depicted in the attached photographs in connection to a case involving credit card fraud. The card was used in both Elkhart and Mishawaka between August 29 and August 31. The accused is possibly driving a red Dodge minivan. Anyone with information on the identity of these unknown persons is encouraged to contact Det. Smith by calling 574-891-2359 or emailing jcortez@elkhartcountysheriff.com. Please reference case #18004726

School Bus Arm Violations On Monday, we received two reports from bus drivers with the Middlebury Community Schools of vehicles that had ran their stop arms. Both reports provided license plates and vehicle descriptions. In one of the cases, the registered owner was contacted and issued a citation. In the other case, the owner could not be reached and has been sent a citation in the mail. How does it work when an officer does not observe the violation? If we receive a report from a witness of a bus arm violation that is not a police officer, the law allows us to cite the registered owner of the vehicle. The registered owner of the vehicle is responsible for the violation whether or not they were driving at the time of the incident. The owner is then responsible to provide the driver's information or bring the driver with them to court. Just because a violator is not caught at the time of the violation does not mean that they will not be held accountable for their actions at a later date. This year alone, we have issued 25 citations to vehicle owners based off of reports generated by witnesses or bus drives. How do I report a violation? If you observe someone run a bus arm and are able to get a license plate of the vehicle, you must also be willing to testify in court. By providing us with the plate number and not willing to testify, we cannot take action as there is no cooperating witness. If you agree to testify in court, you will need to note a few things such as vehicle description, directions of travel, time of day, and where in relation to the bus the vehicle was when the violation occurred. It is also helpful but not pertinent to have a description of the violator such as male/female, approximate age, and hair color. Violators can be reported by submitting a tip on our website or by calling our dispatch at 533-4151. We remain committed to the safety of all of our citizens and encourage everyone to have safe driving habits to prevent injury and death to others.

Roadways are slick Elkhart County. Slow down and get to work safe!

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department needs your assistance in identifying the male and female in this video. They are people of interest in a theft case. The video was taken on 10/26/2018 at 7:10PM at the Walmart located at 30830 Old US 20, Elkhart. The couple was driving a white Ford passenger vehicle, possibly a Ford Fusion, with a temporary paper plate. If you know the identity of one or both of these individuals, please contact Det. Brandon Denesuk at 574-891-2345 or by clicking on the “Submit a Tip” button located at www.elkhartcountysheriff.com. Please reference case 18006161.

...And so it begins... As a reminder, please give yourself extra traveling time, slow down, and allow for longer distances when stopping. #ArriveAlive #SlowItDown #WinterIsComing

Driver stopped for driving 100MPH on US 20, near CR 17. The driver will be receiving a misdemeanor for driving recklessly in a manner and at speeds which endanger the lives and/or property of others. Be safe Elkhart County!

Slow down everyone!!! This vehicle was 89MPH, in a 65MPH zone on US 20, near the construction zone. We are not angry, just disappointed (Insert Parent Voice). Now slow down and get to work safely.

Officers are out this morning attempting to stop reckless and aggressive driving. We are on US 20 and several other areas in the County. This driver was stopped for driving 86MPH, in a 65MPH Zone. According to the driver it is illegal for cops to sit on the side of the roadway because it is unfair. We would like to take a moment and dispel that rumor and advise the public that we can, in fact, sit on the side of the roadway and monitor traffic. Please reduce speeds and be cautious on your way to work this morning.

Railroad crossing closing for repairs in Goshen.

Semi rollover crash CR 46 at SR 19

Drop off your new or gently used items in the Administration Building at the Sheriffs Department. We will be collecting items until November 30th.

I was found wandering in the area of CR 29 and CR 27 in New Paris. If I belong to you, please pick me up at the Elkhart County Humane Shelter on Monday.

At about 8:55am in the 25000 block of North Shore Dr, a resident observed a suspect steal a vehicle from their garage. The resident followed the accused into Michigan where the vehicle was abandoned. Michigan State Police and Cass Co Sheriff’s Deputies were able to locate a suspect who was on foot in the area.

Found some new friends helping us keep a Concord Twp neighborhood safe, complete with their own car. Thank you for your help! Be safe!

Are you a local High School student interested in learning about the Law Enforcement career field? Would you like hands-on training as well as the opportunity to interact with corrections and patrol officers? Join ECSD Officers as they stop by local schools, answering your questions about the ECSD Explorers program during lunch period at the following times/places: Monday, November 5th Jimtown High School Thursday, November 8th Northwood High School Friday, November 9th Fairfield High School Tuesday, November 13th Elkhart Christian Academy Wednesday, November 14th Concord High School (tentative) Wednesday, November 28th Elkhart Memorial High School Thursday, November 29th Elkhart Central High School

This morning, officers with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department diligently patrolled area bus stops, as they have done in the past before the tragic events that took place earlier this week. At their first bus stop, Ptl. Newcomer and Lt. Lehman found two drivers disregarding the school bus stop arms. Both drivers were given Criminal Misdemeanor citations for Reckless Driving; Passing School Bus when Arm is Extended. The same two officers continued patrolling the morning bus routes in the area of CR 9 and CR 20, where they found a vehicle driving in excess of 55MPH by another bus stop where the speed limit is 30MPH. Once officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle fled the scene, instigating a short pursuit that ended in the Kroger parking lot on the corner of Prairie St and Hively St. After further investigation, officers discovered the driver of the vehicle to be intoxicated and in possession of an illegal substance. The driver has been arrested and charged with the following: Driving under the Influence- Felony (as he had a prior DUI conviction within the last five years) Resisting Law Enforcement with a motor vehicle- Misdemeanor Resisting Law Enforcement using Force- Misdemeanor Driving while license suspended prior- Misdemeanor Driving with no Insurance Prior- Class C Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana Prior Open container violation Speeding (55mph in a 30mph zone) It is imperative that all drivers stop when a school bus is stopped. Our officers will continue to patrol these areas when buses are picking up and dropping off children, and drivers that violate these laws can expect a misdemeanor ticket or to go to jail. We will not be giving infraction tickets if we continue to see this. We would also like to thank Elkhart City Police officers as well as the Concord Schools Police K9 team, as they assisted our officers in apprehending this reckless driver, creating safer roadways for our children to get to school.

One of our officers just stopped 2 vehicles passing a school bus on US 33 in Dunlap while dropping off children. If you do this expect a misdemeanor ticket or to go to jail. We will not be giving infraction tickets if we continue to see this.

We enjoyed all of our Trick or Treaters that stopped by the last few days!! Thank you to everyone that stopped by to see us!!

There are only a few days left to get your orders in for some delicious donuts to support a good cause! All orders are due Monday, November 5th!

Don’t Forget! Household hazardous waste drop-off day is this Saturday, November 3 from 8a-3p! USED NEEDLES ARE ACCEPTED AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN A PUNCTURE PROOF CONTAINER For more information, check out the following link: https://www.elkhartindiana.org/topic/subtopic.php?topicid=17

Happy Halloween!! Please enjoy the holiday safely and responsibly!!

Please, always use caution when approaching a school bus. This becomes even more important as the days are getting shorter and mornings are darker. Slow down, be aware, and always stop for school buses. #TippyStrong #ProtectOurChildren #SlowDown

Good morning Elkhart County. While most were sleeping the night away, we had a productive evening of proactive patrols, targeting impaired drivers and violations which pose a significant danger to our community. As a result of these patrols, our team successfully apprehended five individuals for the following reasons: Billy Jo Miller // Operating while Intoxicated - Felony Robert Winings // Operating while Intoxicated - Misdemeanor Jason Holmes // Operating while Intoxicated - Misdemeanor Kenneth Depree III // Operating while Intoxicated - Misdemeanor Winter Colwell // Warrant Be safe this Halloween Elkhart County! Please avoid driving distracted and/or impaired as we will have many children and families out on the roadway this evening.