Lieutenant  T..J Zeiser

Peru – Today, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, announced the promotion of Sergeant T.J. Zeiser to the rank of lieutenant. In his new assignment, Zeiser will serve as the commander for the Indiana State Police Peru Post, which includes Cass, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash Counties. Zeiser received his promotion through written testing, job performance evaluations, and a competitive interview process.

Zeiser graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December 2001 and was assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post, where he worked road patrol in Miami County. Zeiser has served as a field training officer and as a member of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team. He is also a level three certified inspector of commercial motor vehicles.

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Miami/Fulton/Howard Counties – Recently, eight departments in north central Indiana teamed up for three 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 Peru Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Jonesboro Police Department and the Grant County J.E.A.N Team utilized marked and unmarked police cars to conduct saturation patrols on U.S. 31 in Miami, Howard, and Fulton Counties. Patrol officers were augmented by K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs.

Officers dubbed the unannounced three-day patrols “Operation Highway Heat.” The goal was to enforce traffic laws and catch individuals who utilize Indiana roadways to transport and distribute illegal narcotics. U.S. 31 was chosen because a large volume of motorists utilizes the road to travel through the heart of northern Indiana. Officers wanted to serve notice that as the summer temperatures increase, so will their vigilance in keeping illegal narcotics from reaching Hoosier communities.

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Bunker Hill – Yesterday, Indiana State Police Detective Wendell Beachy initiated an investigation, at the request of the Miami Correctional Facility, into the death of inmate Lannie Morgan, 70, South Bend, IN.

At approximately 9:40 a.m., prison staff members found Morgan unresponsive in his I Unit cell. An ambulance was summoned for Morgan, but he died before reaching the local hospital. Investigators suspect foul play and are treating the death as a homicide.

An autopsy was conducted and results are pending.

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Bennett Switch – Today at approximately 7:34 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 18, in front of a home at 2802 West, in which a Galveston woman was injured.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Sergeant Rick Brown revealed that Carl Philpot, 56, Peru, IN, was driving a 2018 Thomas School bus westbound on State Road 18. The bus stopped in front of a home at 2802 West to pick up an eight-year-old student. As the student entered the bus, the bus was rear-ended by a 2012 Chrysler minivan. The van was driven by Sarah Watson, 28, Galveston, IN.

Watson was transported by ambulance to Dukes Hospital with lacerations to her arms and legs. Philpot, nor any of the 18 students on the bus were injured.

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Peru – Today, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter announced the promotion of Lieutenant Jeremy Kelly to the rank of Captain. In his new assignment, Kelly will serve as the commander for the Indiana State Police Area I, which includes the Indiana State Police Peru, Lowell, and Lafayette Districts.

Captain Kelly is a 17 year veteran of the Indiana State Police Department. He has worked his entire career from the Indiana State Police Peru Post, where he was assigned after graduating from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Kelly has served the Peru District as a road trooper, a corporal duty officer, a sergeant squad leader, and for seven years as the post commander.

Kelly has served as a field training officer and as a member of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team. He was also a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, before becoming the platoon’s commander.

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Peru- Since 1946 the Indiana State Police has held a firearms match in which state police officers try to outscore each other in a handgun target shooting competition. This year’s contest was held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, IN. The competition consisted of 16 four-person teams from each of the Indiana State Police Posts, the Indiana State Police General Headquarters, and officers from the Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section.

The four-member team which represented the Indiana State Police Peru Post bested all teams in the competition with an overall team score of 1,855. The troopers who represented the Indiana State Police Peru Post were as follows:

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Wabash County – Yesterday, at approximately 1:40 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to a 911 call reporting an occupied, submerged, vehicle on Wabash County Road 925 Southeast of State Road 13.

The preliminary investigation by Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez revealed that Anthonitte Carter, 22, Indianapolis, IN, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on County Road 925 Southeast of State Road 13. Evidence indicates that the Impala passed a high water sign. The sign had been posted, on the south shoulder, to warn drivers of possible flooding due to multiple days of rain in the area. Carter allegedly did not see the sign and drove into floodwaters which had completely covered the road. Shortly after the vehicle entered the water it was carried to the north side of the road, by the water’s current, and became submerged.

Carter was able to escape the vehicle. Unfortunately, Carter’s two-year-old son, Eric Long, did not make it out of the submerged Impala. Despite Carter’s attempt to rescue her son, she was not able to free him. Responding conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department had to enter the flood water to rescue Carter. She was struggling and purportedly did not know how to swim.

Trooper Adam Moor (left) Trooper Steven Glass (right)

Indianapolis – Friday, the Indiana State Police Department held an awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis. The ceremony publicly recognized the achievements and deeds of self-sacrifice and accomplishments of Indiana State Police employees from around the state. Two troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post were recognized at the ceremony.