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Indiana - On Saturday, October 27th, 2018 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 16th nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative. The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft through proper disposal of prescription drugs.

Collection sites will be set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs which will be properly disposed of without threat to the environment. This program is for liquid and pill medications. Needles, new or used, will not be accepted for disposal. This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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Peru – Friday afternoon, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Brent Ingram led to the arrest of Dustin Day, 35, Peru, IN. Day was arrested at 40092 Matt-Neal Road, Norwood, NC. Officers from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, assisted by the Stanley County Sheriff’s Office, served Day with a Cass County, IN arrest warrant alleging felony charges for rape and kidnapping.

On August 7, 2018, Detective Ingram initiated an investigation after a 26-year-old Tippecanoe County woman reported that Day had allegedly raped her. The crime purportedly occurred in Cass County, IN.

The investigation revealed that on August 6, 2018, Day allegedly entered the woman’s car, uninvited, near her Tippecanoe County residence. He was purportedly armed with a handgun. Day allegedly drove the purported victim to a rural Cass County road and raped her. He is also alleged to have held her against her will for approximately 17 hours.

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Miami County – Saturday at approximately 10:59 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at State Road 218, in which a Bunker Hill, IN woman died.

A preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Adam Moor revealed that Mary Stamper, 78, Bunker Hill, IN was driving a 2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette van westbound on State Road 218, approaching U.S. 31. For an undetermined reason, the van pulled onto U.S. 31 and collided with a northbound 2016 International semi-tractor. The semi-tractor, which was driven by Julio Munoz, 47, Muncie, IN was pulling a box trailer.

Munoz was not injured. Stamper was transported by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately, she succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

Arrest photos of Christian Shultz, 28, Jacinda Shultz, 39, and Jacob Markley, 33, all of Peru, IN

Peru – Tuesday, a criminal investigation by officers from the Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Excise Police Department led to the arrests of two Miami County residents.

Officers initiated an investigation after receiving a citizen’s tip that possible illegal drug activity was occurring at 2010 Shaw Ave, in the Eagles Point housing addition. During the course of the investigation, officers developed probable cause to obtain to a Miami Circuit Court search warrant for the property. During a subsequent search of the residence, officers allegedly found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and two firearms. There were also three children, ages 12, 13, and 14, at the home. They were released into the care of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Two residents of the home, Christian Shultz, 28 and Jacinda Shultz, 39 were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. They each face criminal charges for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and three counts each for child neglect. A third adult, Jacob Markley, 33, Peru, IN was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both with prior convictions.

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UPDATE:  

Silver Alert 052-2018 issued on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, on Rodney Howard has been canceled as of Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at 12:53 pm. For more information on this cancellation, please contact the Rochester Police Department at 574-223-3313.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Governor Eric Holcomb has declared September 23-29, 2018 as Indiana Rail Safety Week in conjunction with U.S. and Canada Rail Safety Week that will take place in all 50 states and Canadian provinces. Our goal is to increase rail safety awareness by working collaboratively on national rail safety week. Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation, local law enforcement and railroad companies have partnered together to raise awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossing laws and trespassing on railroad property.

“Train versus vehicle collisions and trespasser deaths are completely preventable,” states Jessica Feder, Executive Director, Indiana Operation Lifesaver. “Indiana law enforcement agencies and railroad special agents will be out monitoring railroad crossings and checking for trespassers during rail safety week. We want the public to know how important it is to pay attention at railroad crossings and that trespassing on railroad tracks and property is dangerous and illegal.”

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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.