Peru – This morning at approximately 7:55 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three-vehicle crash on U.S 31 and Business 31, in which a Kokomo man was injured.

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Dustin Rutledge revealed that Christopher Salinas, 24, Kokomo, IN was driving a 2017 Ford Fusion southbound on U.S. 31, approaching a red light at Business 31. For an undetermined reason, the Ford failed to stop for the red light and rear-ended a 2009 International straight truck. The truck was driven by Ronald Cunningham, 37, Peru, IN. The crash impact caused the truck to go into the adjacent lane and hit a 2019 Cadillac Escalade driven by Steven Hartwig, 61, Kokomo, IN.

Salinas was flown from the crash scene, via Lutheran Medical helicopter, to a Ft. Wayne hospital. He suffered from life-threatening injuries. Neither Cunningham nor Hartwig was injured.

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Peru – Last night at approximately 11:26 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Peru Police Department responded to a crash involving a bicycle and a truck on Chili Avenue near Adams Avenue, in which a Peru, IN man was injured.

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper A.J. Coffee revealed Jacob Aulds, 35, Peru, IN was riding a bicycle, westbound, in an alley approaching Chili Avenue. Aulds failed to yield to traffic at Chili Avenue and pulled into the path of a northbound 2002 Dodge pickup truck. The bicycle was struck by the truck, ejecting Aulds. Robert Scott, 34, Peru, IN was driving the Dodge truck.

Aulds was initially transported, by ambulance, to Dukes Hospital in Peru. He was later flown, via medical helicopter, to a Ft Wayne hospital in serious condition. Scott was not injured.

This crash is still under investigation.

 

UPDATE: Four Injured in Miami County Crash - Passenger Succumbs to Injuries

Update: Yesterday at approximately 4:30 p.m., Linda Taylor, 63, Russiaville, IN succumbed to injuries sustained in Saturday's crash on U.S. 31 near Miami County Road 1200 South.

Original Release from Sunday 9/29/2019:

Miami County – Yesterday at approximately 1:48 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three-vehicle crash on U.S 31 near Miami County Road 1200 South, in which four people were injured.

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Miami County – Yesterday at approximately 1:48 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three-vehicle crash on U.S 31 near Miami County Road 1200 South, in which four people were injured.

The preliminary crash investigation by Senior Trooper Mike Meiser revealed that Krista Marie Shepherd, 38, South Bend, IN was driving a 2011 Ford Edge southbound on U.S. 31 near Miami County Road 1200 South. Southbound traffic, on U.S. 31, was backed up because of a lane restriction for a work zone. For an undetermined reason, the Ford failed to slow for the impending backup and rear-ended a 2009 Chrysler minivan. The van was driven by Tamara Burton, 57, Kokomo, IN. The crash impact caused the Chrysler to rear-end a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Barbara Ann Rohde, 58, Peru, IN.

Shepherd and Rohde were transported, by ambulance, to Howard Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They have both been treated and released. Burton and Linda Taylor, 63, Russiaville, IN, a passenger in Burton’s Chrysler, were flown via medical helicopter to a Ft. Wayne hospital. Burton was treated and released. At last check, Taylor was in critical condition.

Trooper Ben Reason

Miami County – Yesterday at approximately 4:27 p.m., an Indiana State Police trooper was able to utilize his training to save the life of a five-year-old Georgia boy.

Indiana State Police Trooper Ben Reason was driving to his Fulton County home, from a day of police K-9 training in Indianapolis, when the Miami County Central Dispatch Center broadcasted an unconscious and unresponsive five-year-old boy. The child was inside a minivan that stopped on U.S. 31 near Miami County Road 900 North. Trooper Reason responded to the call for help, arriving approximately 30 seconds after the dispatch.

Trooper Reason approached the minivan and found Maddox Gates, 5, Marietta, GA being held by his mother. Maddox’s eyes were rolled back in his head and his jaw was clenched shut and could not be opened. He was also turning blue. Trooper Reason did a quick assessment on the child and preliminarily determined Maddox had an airway obstruction. Reason then performed the Heimlich maneuver on the child, causing the child to throw up whatever was lodged in his throat. Reason continued to clear the child’s mouth and Maddox slowly became more responsive. Reason continued to monitor the child until firefighters, from the Denver Volunteer Fire Department, arrived and provided oxygen and further care. The boy was transported by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.

ISP Sergeant Adam Moor

Peru – Recently, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter announced the promotion of Trooper Adam Moor to the rank of sergeant. In his new assignment, Moor will serve as a squad leader at the Indiana State Police Peru Post.

Moor, a seven-year veteran of the department, began his career at the Indiana State Police Peru Post where he was assigned road patrol duties primarily in Howard and Tipton Counties. With his recent promotion, Moor will supervise troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post.

uring his career, Moor has served the state police as a member of the tactical intervention platoon, as an advance roadside impairment detection instructor, a less than lethal weapons instructor, and as a drug recognition expert. He is currently serving as a counselor for the 79th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy.

Arrest photo of Kimberly Binney, 50, Logansport

Cass County– Yesterday at approximately 4:30 p.m., a traffic stop by Indiana State Trooper Caleb Clark led to the arrest of Kimberly Binney, 50, Logansport, IN. Binney was incarcerated in the Cass County Jail to face preliminary criminal charges for dealing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trooper Clark initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford Mustang, on U.S. 35 near Cass County Road 1150 South, for exceeding the posted speed limit. The Mustang was driven by Binney. While Clark was speaking to Binney, a Logansport Police officer and his narcotics detecting police dog arrived to assist. The police dog was walked around the Ford to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. The dog allegedly alerted to the presence of narcotics in the car.

During a subsequent search of the Mustang, officers allegedly found approximately 226 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Ft Wayne – Yesterday, an autopsy was conducted on the body of ten-year-old Skylea Carmack who had been found deceased, in a shed, behind her Gas City, IN home.

The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Scott Wagner of the Ft Wayne Forensic Examination Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital in Ft Wayne. Dr. Wagner determined Skylea’s cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation. Manner of death was a homicide.

There will be no further information released at this time.