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The Peru Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up this coming week to target impaired drivers in Peru and throughout Miami County. Officers will conduct a multi-jurisdictional sobriety checkpoint for St. Patrick’s Day during the nighttime hours.

Throughout the evening, officers will conduct roving saturation patrols to aggressively seek out and arrest impaired drivers. The purpose of these patrols and of the sobriety checkpoint is to prevent intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel and to remove impaired drivers from our roadways before they cause unnecessary harm to innocent victims.

Dennis Shaw, 51 of Mishawaka

Peru, IN – A Mishawaka man is facing multiple drug charges after being revived following an overdose at Gallahan’s Truck Stop on W. 100 N., Peru. On December 31, 2019.

According to a Peru Police Department Probable Cause Affidavit, PPD Officer Chad Moony was dispatched to the Gallahan’s Truck Stop at approximately 10:59 a.m. on December 31, 2019, for a report of an unconscious and unresponsive male subject in the bathroom. A few moments later dispatch advised that this was an overdose and that the male had a syringe still in his arm.

Officer Mooney arrived on scene approximately three minutes later an observer Indiana State Trooper J. Kelly already on the scene and preparing to administer a dose of Naloxone.

Mooney observed a male on the floor of the bathroom, who was unconscious and was gasping for breaths every 10 to 15 seconds. The male was gray in the face and was completely unresponsive.

Officer Mooney and Trooper Kelly both administered one dose of Naloxone. There was no immediate change in the male’s condition.

Officer Swinford arrived with Dukes EMS and the Peru Fire Department.

Paul Wilson

Peru, IN --- Paul Wilson is running as a Republican on the May 5, 2020, Primary ballot to continue the service provided by retiring County Recorder, Rhonda Trexler. Trexler will vacate the office at the end of her term in December 2020.

“I am looking forward to running for the office of Miami County Recorder,” Wilson said. “It is an honor to have the endorsements of current Recorder, Rhonda Trexler, as well as, former Recorders Brenda Weaver and Sherry Payne.” “The experience offered by these three ladies has helped to shape my view of government service and what the Office of Recorder offers to the public and businesses.”

Paul has experienced training and the management of the office over the past three years as Chief Deputy Recorder under the guidance of Rhonda Trexler. Paul brings a total of eight years of service in County Government and 12 years in State Government to the office. This experience goes hand in hand with being elected to and serving on the Pipe Creek Township Advisory Board and representing Miami County as an elected Delegate at State Republican Conventions.

Patricia Schaaf

Indianapolis, IN - A Miami County woman who owns a medical transportation company was sentenced today after the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) brought formal charges of money laundering and Medicaid fraud.

As part of a plea agreement, Patricia Schaaf received a four-year sentence with two years executed on home detention and two years on probation. She also must pay $11,262.18 in restitution to Indiana’s Medicaid program.

Through her company, Blue Sky Transportation, Schaaf billed Medicaid for providing patient rides to and from medical appointments. After patients raised concerns to authorities about certain aspects of her business, Schaaf eventually became the subject of a joint investigation conducted by the MFCU, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS/OIG), the FBI and the IRS.

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Peru, IN – The word of the day must have been change. With only two incumbents winning re-election Tuesday, the Peru city government will look much different come January.

Miles Hewitt, a veteran Peru City Police Officer defeated incumbent Democrat Mayor Gabriel Greer and Independent Chris Wolfe. Hewitt won 841 votes, Greer had 691 and Wolfe had 369.

Democrat incumbent Tish Soldi lost to Republican challenger Susan E. Stanley 993 votes to 863.

City Court Judge Elizabeth G. Prize won unopposed in her race for City Court Judge receiving 1525 votes cast.

In the City Council races, the incumbents didn’t fare much better. In the District One race, Republican incumbent Blane C. Holland lost to his Democratic challenger Betsy Edwards Wolfe.

Arrest photo of Dayton Erickson, 23, of Peru

Peru, IN - Dayton Erickson, 23, of Peru, was arrested by the Peru Police Department on October 12, 2019, on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated and a Probation Hold.

According to a PPD Probable Cause Affidavit, PPD Officer Tyler Hagen was patrolling in the 200 block of S. Broadway Avenue at approximately 11:03 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th when central dispatch advised of a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on Broadway from Canal operating a red moped.

It was reported that the red moped was “all over the roadway and had at one point wrecked into a curb” according to Hagen’s report.

While en-route to the area, dispatch advised that the red moped was parked at Broadway Liquors on South Broadway Street.

As Officer Hagen arrived on the scene, he observed a male get on the red moped and drive northbound on North Broadway Street. He was able to get behind the moped and observe. As he followed the moped northbound on Broadway, he observed it to be making sharp, sudden motions back and forth.

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Planning commission meeting October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

Commissioner Larry West called the meeting to order. Several citizens from Miami County were at the meeting tonight to voice their opinions on a proposed CAFO (Confined Animal Feed Operation) hog farm that is scheduled to be installed at 500 N just west of 100 E (Between 100 E. & The Nickel Plate Trail - in fact, it will be less than 1/2 mile from the Nickel Plate Trail). Most of the citizens in attendance lived near the proposed area and were voicing concerns about this project. Many of them weren’t made aware of this farm being installed near their home until just a few days ago.

The current project plans include a facility that will be capable of holding 4,620 pigs, and a concrete manure storage facility will be built under the facility that will hold 1 year of pig feces and urine. They also stated Manure would be land applied at least one time per year using injection or incorporation land application methods. You can see the letter of introduction that the adjoining property owners received. Many property owners in the area, but not adjoining did not receive letters, and many have just found out about this project a mere week or two ago.

Arrest photo of Michael Fritzman, 43

Peru, IN – Michael Fritzman, 43, Homeless is facing a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine following his arrest in the 600 block of Oak Street, Peru on Friday, September 20, 2019.

At approximately 10:12 p.m., Peru units were called to a residence in the 600 block of Oak Street for a report of a vehicle on a homeowner’s property. Dispatch advised that the driver of the vehicle appeared to be asleep or unconscious.

PPD Officer Brok Westfall was first to arrive on the scene. Upon his arrival, he observed that the truck was still running and parked close to the homeowner’s shed.

Officer Westfall then attempted to contact the driver whom he identified as forty-three-year-old Michael Fritzman, who was asleep in the driver’s seat.

After banging on the window several times, Mr. Fritzman started to wake up. Fritzman did not have the truck in park and upon waking, it started to move forward towards the homeowner’s shed. Officer Westfall then yelled at Fritzman to put the vehicle into park.