Arrest photo of Roy Monroe, 70 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, resulted in the arrest of Roy Monroe, 70 of Peru on a charge of Operating a Vehicle while Habitual Traffic Violator, a level six felony.

Mr. Monroe was observed by PPD Officer Derek Rushforth operating a gold 2003 Chevy Astro Van from Park Avenue on West Main Street. As Officer Rushforth followed the vehicle, the driver attempted to activate the turn signal multiple times, despite not initiating a turn. This suspicious activity caused Officer Rushforth to run a vehicle registration inquiry. Officer Rushforth then learned that the vehicle was registered to Mr. Monroe who had a license status of Habitual Traffic Violator.

Officer Rushforth initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle as it turned into the parking lot of Kroger on W. Main Street.

Arrest photo of Melinda Millican, 37 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru woman is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia following her arrest on two Miami County Warrants on Tuesday, Marcy 12, 2019.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Tyler Shoffner, officers were dispatched to the 20 block of S. Park Avenue at approximately 3:08 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, regarding a complaint from the property manager. Shoffner and PPD Sergeant Raber responded to the call and were advised by the manager that there was an unknown white male inside one of the trailers. The manager advised that the trailer was supposed to be vacant and he would like him to leave.

Officers went to the identified trailer and knocked on the door. A male whose name is redacted from the report by the prosecutor’s office answered the door. The man advised that he was cleaning the property as a favor to his friend that used to live there. The male was asked if anyone else was present in the trailer and he stated that his girlfriend, Melinda E. Millican was sleeping in the bedroom.

Arrest photo of Ethan Bowman, 20, homeless

Peru, IN – Peru Police officers were called to a residence in the 500 block of Jackson Ave. for a disorderly male subject who was possibly on drugs on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 10:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, PPD Officer Chad Mooney spoke with the caller who reported that Ethan Bowman, 20 of Peru, was inside the residence and was “freaking out”. Officer Mooney went inside the residence to speak with Ethan who was pacing back and forth inside a bedroom.

When asked what he was doing, Ethan replied “nothing”. Officer Mooney noted that Ethan’s eyes were “wide, and his pupils were extremely dilated.” He also noted that Ethan spoke quickly and was not clear when answering questions going off topic and saying that he shouldn’t be talking with Officer Mooney.

Ethan also had his hand stuck in his left coat pocket. When asked to remove his hand, Ethan would comply but then would return his hand to the coat pocket after a few seconds.

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Peru, IN - The Peru Police Department is teaming up with hundreds of law-enforcement agencies across Indiana on impaired-driving patrols ahead of St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament next week. Overtime traffic enforcement is funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under age 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a driver’s license suspension for up to one year.

Impaired driving also includes prescription and illegal drugs. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug. Anyone taking a new or higher dose of a drug should speak with their doctor or avoid driving until they know the effect the medication could have.

Arrest photos of Matthew Schoolman, 32, of Peru, and Shawn Mason, 29, of Peru

Peru, IN – Two Peru men were arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana during a routine traffic stop on Friday, March 8, 2019, at approximately 6:01 p.m.

Officer Shawn Swinford conducted the traffic stop on the silver passenger vehicle after it failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Huntington and Main Streets.

The driver was identified as Matthew Schoolman, 32, of Peru. Twenty-nine-year-old Shawn Mason was identified as the front seat passenger. There was also a female subject in the vehicle whose name was not included in the probable cause affidavit.

After being advised of the reason for the stop, Officer Swinford observed Mr. Schoolman’s hands to be shaking. He also detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

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The Miami County Emergency Management Agency urges residents to prepare in advance for dangerous storms during Severe Weather Preparedness Week, observed March 17-23.

Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the state’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding during the spring months. The Miami County EMA suggests that households break their severe weather preparation into three parts: planning, preparing and practicing.

Arrest photo of Sixto Morales Arenas, 55 of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated male who had fallen into a bush in the area of W. Main Street and Chestnut Street on February 26, 2019, at approximately 1:56 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the male was wearing jeans, a brown coat and black bag was staggering around and had just fallen into a bush. While en route, Central Dispatch advised the man was walking again, had again fallen and was trying to get up.

Officers searched the area and finally located the subject in the alley by the Main Street Smoke Shop at Main and Walnut Streets. The man was laying in the grass behind someone’s garage. As officers approached the man, he tried standing and fell over again onto his hands and knees before slowly standing up.

The man was identified by a Mexico Consular ID Card as Sixto Morales Arenas. Mr. Arenas did not have any state identification or proof of United States citizenship. When asked if he had any state I.D.card, according to the report he said that he didn’t have to.

Arrest photo of Marcus Cook, 46 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop for a non-working headlight resulted in the arrest of Marcus Cook, 46 of Peru on charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at approximately 8:32 p.m.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, Mr. Cook was stopped by Trooper Andrew Smith of the Indiana State Police on US Business 31 near River Road due to his driver’s side headlight being out.

While speaking with Mr. Cook, Trooper Smith noted that Cook appeared nervous and kept looking down, not making eye contact with him. According to Smith’s report, “Mr. Cook’s behavior led me to believe that criminal activity may have been afoot.”

Trooper Smith then requested that Peru Police Department K-9 Sergeant Raber and her partner be en route to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle. Once on scene, the K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics on the driver’s side of the vehicle.