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Grant County, IN – This morning at approximately 8:12 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 13 at Grant County Road 100 North, which killed a Converse, IN woman.

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper A.J. Coffee revealed that Ivy R. Curtis, 43, Converse, IN was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Uplander eastbound, on Grant County Road 100 North, approaching a stop sign at the intersection of State Road 13. The Chevrolet failed to stop, for the stop sign, and pulled onto State Road 13, into the path of a southbound 2018 GMC Yukon. The GMC, driven by Tonya L Hedrick, 45, Somerset, IN, hit the Chevrolet in the driver’s side.

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“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Continues Through Labor Day

The Indiana State Police (ISP) have a new tool to enforce alcohol-impaired driving this Labor Day weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Indiana Criminal Justice Institute recently purchased 777 portable breath test devices for use by ISP troopers.

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.

Since 2017, more than 2,600 portable breath tests have been purchased for 150 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana. The Alco-Sensor FSTs also include passive sniffers that can sense alcohol in the air around a person or an open container.

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Peru – Recently, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter, announced the promotion of Detective Josh Rozzi to the rank of detective sergeant. Sergeant Rozzi earned his promotion through written testing, a competitive oral interview process, and overall job evaluation rating. He will serve as an investigative squad leader supervising trooper detectives who work from the Indiana State Peru Post.

Prior to his new assignment, Rozzi, an eleven-year veteran of the department, served seven years as a field detective working from the Indiana State Police Peru Post. Preceding becoming a detective, Rozzi worked road patrol duties, from the Peru Post, primarily in Cass and Tipton Counties. Before beginning his career with the Indiana State Police, Rozzi served nine years, as a correctional officer, with the Indiana Department of Correction.

Sergeant Rozzi, a 1995 graduate of Logansport High School, has an associate degree in criminal justice from Indiana University Kokomo.

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Wabash County - Today, at approximately 10:45 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash on State Road 114 near Wabash County Road 200 West, in which a Roann, IN woman, died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Todd Trottier revealed that Samantha Hebein, 21, Roann, IN was driving a Chevrolet Camaro westbound on State Road 114 near Wabash County Road 200 West. For an undetermined reason, the Camaro crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound Chevrolet pickup truck. The pickup truck was driven by Daryl Bradford, 68, Manchester, IN.

Hebein was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. Daryl Bradford and his passenger, Nancy Bradford, 69, Manchester, IN were transported by medical helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital. They suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Miami County, IN – A Mishawaka woman stopped for speeding by Indiana State Police on Monday, August 6, 2018, was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, ISP Trooper David Kewish of the Peru Post conducted a stop on a silver green car that he observed at approximately 7:03 p.m. on August 6th traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was northbound on US Route 31 just south of CR 500 S. in Miami County. Using radar, Kewish tracked the vehicle doing 75 miles per hour in the 60 miles per hour zone.

Trooper Kewish turned around and initiated the stop just south of CR 400 S. Upon contacting the driver, who would be identified as forty-year-old Jasmine Tomes of Mishawaka, Indiana, the trooper immediately detected the odor of burnt marijuana from inside the car. When asked about this, Ms. Tomes advised that she was not aware of any marijuana in the car or if anyone had smoked in her car recently. She then handed the trooper her ashtray. Inside the ashtray were a cigarette butt and a burnt piece of brown paper that Kewish recognized as a marijuana “roach”. After being shown the “roach”, Ms. Tomes became very hysteric and stated she wasn’t lying and that it was from a long time ago. She was then asked to calm down and told that if that was all she had, she wasn’t going to jail today.

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Miami County – Today, at approximately 7:55 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Miami County Road 1000 North near Miami County Road 200 West, in which two men were severely injured.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Sergeant Rick Brown revealed that Kevin Hoffman, 22, Mexico, IN was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu westbound on Miami County Road 1000 North, near Miami County Road 200 West. Hoffman attempted to pass a dump truck and traveled into the eastbound lane. The Chevrolet then struck, nearly head-on, an eastbound Ford Escape, driven Michael Donaldson, 51, Deedsville, IN.

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Wabash County – Today, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Josh Maller has resulted in the arrest of Carol Nose, 66, Wabash, IN. She was served a Wabash Circuit Court arrest warrant, by Trooper Steven Glass, for official misconduct. She was incarcerated in the Wabash County Jail. Nose (Whitesell) served as the Wabash County coroner from 2008 through 2016

Detective Maller initiated an investigation after receiving information that Nose had allegedly failed to turn over numerous files, to the current coroner, as required. Indiana criminal code states a public servant who knowingly or intentionally fails to deliver public records and property in the public servant’s custody, to the public servant’s successor in office, when that successor qualifies; commits official misconduct.

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Miami/Fulton Counties – Recently, nine departments in north central Indiana teamed up for six days to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics into Hoosier communities.

Officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, the Logansport Police Department, the Peru Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Rochester Police Department utilized marked and unmarked police cars to conduct saturation patrols on U.S. 31 in Miami and Fulton Counties. Patrol officers were augmented by K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs.