Arrest photo of Scott Fox, 32 of Mexico

Peru, IN – A Mexico, Indiana man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated – Endangerment charge after wrecking his vehicle into a tree in the area of 2nd and 3rd Streets in Mexico on January 10, 2019, at approximately 2:44 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Indiana State Trooper Adam C. Moor, Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a wreck in Mexico and that two male subjects had gotten out of the car and were walking away. Trooper Moor responded and was on scene at approximately 2:50 p.m.

Upon arrival, Trooper More located a black 2007 Cadillac STS-V that was off the roadway with severe front-end damage. The Cadillac was facing north and had struck a tree head-on. The tire tracks on the roadway and in the grass showed that the Cadillac was traveling northeast on 3rd Street and then attempted to turn eastbound on 2nd Street. The vehicle left the road at the northeast corner of the intersection. It hit and destroyed a stop sign then sideswiped a tree on the driver’s side before hitting a tree head-on. The force of the impact caused the Cadillac to rotate counterclockwise and both front airbags deployed.

Arrest photo of Jose Ochoa, 33 of Kokomo

Miami County, IN – A Kokomo man is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended-Prior after a traffic stop that was conducted on January 10, 2019, at approximately 12:17 a.m. by the Peru Police Department.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle, Jose Ochoa, 33 of Kokomo was stopped westbound on River Road just east of County Road 300 W., in Miami County.

Officer Brindle reported that he observed the vehicle weaving and that as he continued to follow the vehicle, both driver’s side tires crossed into the eastbound lane.

When Officer Brindle turned on his emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop, the silver four-door vehicle continued to travel westbound at approximately 20 miles per hours. Officer Brindle then began “chirping” his emergency siren in an attempt to get the subject vehicle to pull over. The vehicle continued to travel westbound ignoring the emergency lights and siren.

Officer Brindle then placed his spotlight on the back window of the suspect vehicle and noticed the driver was reaching down and moving about in his seat. After approximately 1 half miles from when he first activated his emergency lights, the vehicle finally came to a stop.

As officer Brindle approached the vehicle, the driver continued moving around and using the mirror to attempt to see where Officer Brindle was at. He then stuck his head outside of the window and looked back at Officer Brindle with his arms still moving down by the seat area.

Arrest photo of James Lee, 39, of Pennville, IN

Peru, IN – A traffic stop on January 2, 2019, resulted in the arrest of a Pennville man on Charges of Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Cocaine.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Officer Westfall saw a white passenger vehicle disregard a stop sign at 5th and Wabash streets at approximately 8:59 p.m. on January 2, 2019. It then continued eastbound, turning south onto Huntington Street from 5th Street.

Officer Westfall activated his emergency lights to stop the car as the suspect turned east into the alley behind the Peru Public Library and continued to travel eastbound at a slow rate of speed. As the vehicle continued to travel, Officer Westfall observed a back-seat passenger arching his body and moving around in the back-seat. He then saw the same passenger throw several items that appeared to be small plastic bags out the window of the vehicle.

The vehicle finally came to a stop in the alley. Officer Westfall exited his police vehicle with his gun drawn and advised Central Dispatch of his location. He then watched the occupants of the vehicle until additional officers arrived on scene to assist.

Arrest photo of Katlyn Roseberry, 20, of Peru and William Biggs, 44, of Logansport, IN

Peru, IN - A Logansport man and a Peru woman are facing multiple drug charges following a traffic stop conducted on January 2, 2019, at approximately 3:26 p.m. The stop took place on Boulevard west of Fremont Street.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Shawn Swinford, the stop took place after he observed a silver Dodge Neon fail to yield the right of way to a blue SUV almost causing a collision at the intersection of Boulevard and Grant.

Officer Swinford immediate pulled behind the suspect vehicle to conduct the traffic stop with the Dodge taking a few moments to pull to the right of the road then slowly come to a stop.

Upon approaching the vehicle, which had very dark tint making it hard for Officer Swinford to see inside, he noticed that the driver’s side window was about halfway down. Upon arriving at the driver’s side door, Swinford observed the driver reaching down with both hands in an abrupt manner.

Swinford immediately yelled for the driver to show his hands. The male failed to comply which lead Officer Swinford to believe that he may be trying to conceal contraband. Not sure if the man was reaching for a firearm, Officer Swinford drew his sidearm and yelled for the driver to show his hands multiple times and the man continued to reach toward the right side of his body ignoring the commands.

Officer Swinford again yelled for the man to show his hands and at this point, he complied.

Arrest photo of Shae Gilsinger, 30, of Peru and Terry Smith, no age given, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man and woman are facing drug charges including Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance following a request for assistance from the Department of Child Services.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Detective Jeffrey Grant was contacted by PPD Officer Sam Finnegan on December 28, 2018, at approximately 11:55 a.m. about a suspected meth lab in the 100 block of N. Fremont Street.

Officer Finnegan advised that the Department of Child Services had received a report of a possible meth lab. Upon arrival with the DCS caseworker, he obtained written permission to search the residence from Shae A. Gilsinger, 30 of Peru.

The search of the residence had located several items in the trash of an upstairs bedroom including a syringe, syringe packaging, a plastic bottle cap containing cotton material.

It was learned that this room was shared by Ms. Gilsinger and Terry L. Smith, no age given, of Peru, who was another resident of this address.

Kathleen L. Plothow photo

Peru, IN - Since returning to the city of her birth, 2015, Plothow has been actively involved in her community. Much of her interest has been focused on supporting the Circus City Festival, Inc. She has many fond memories of attending the circus as a child in the 1960’s.

“The people of Peru are incredibly kind and giving,” Plothow said. “I have never lived in a community where people reach out and strive to help each other and their city.”

Arrest photo of Whitney T. Jones, 24 of South Bend, IN

Miami County, IN – A traffic stop conducted on Christmas Day resulted in a South Bend woman’s arrest on charges of Synthetic Identity deception, Operator Never Licensed, False Informing, Invasion of Privacy and a St. Joseph County Warrant.

The traffic stop took place at approximately 7:16 p.m. on December 25th when ISP Trooper Jonathan Cole observed a 2003 Tan Mercury Sable traveling at approximately 71 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.

After pacing the vehicle for a period of time, he also observed a small child to be standing in the back seat facing the rear of the vehicle.

The traffic stop was conducted on US Route 31 just south of County Road 800 South in Miami County.

Arrest photo of Shannon Clark, 41, of South Bend, IN

Peru, IN – A 41-year-old South Bend man is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana and Dealing Marijuana after being found with just over six pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on December 24, 2018, at approximately 7:31 p.m.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Officer Brok Westfall conducted the traffic stop on a white SUV at US Route 31 and County Road 200 N.

Westfall had initially observed the vehicle from a stationary position on US Route 31 near Division Road. When the white SUV passed his position, it appeared as if the driver intentionally bladed his face and shoulders away from Officer Westfall.

Officer Westfall followed the vehicle to the truck stop where the white SUV parked in a parking spot. The driver remained inside the vehicle for several minutes while Westfall observed from a nearby location. The driver then left the parking lot. Westfall again followed and observed the SUV proceed northbound on US 31 without stopping at the red light on County Road 100 N.