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Rochester, IN  – Yesterday at approximately 2:00 p.m., Indiana State Trooper Jesse Reason initiated a traffic stop on a 2017 Dodge Challenger on U.S. 31 near Fulton County Road 100 North. The Dodge was allegedly traveling southbound at 116 miles per hour in a posted 60 miles per hour zone.

As Trooper Reason approached the driver’s side of the Challenger, he purportedly observed a one-year-old child who was not properly restrained in a child safety seat. Reason also allegedly observed an open alcoholic beverage container in the vehicle. Further investigation of the driver, identified as Rachel Harding, 36, Indianapolis, IN, revealed she was allegedly driving while over the .08 blood alcohol concentration limit in which a driver is considered intoxicated in Indiana.

Arrest photo of Randal Aaron Dague, 30, Wabash, IN

Miami County, IN  – Yesterday, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Josh Maller resulted in the arrest of former Bunker Hill Town Marshal Randal Aaron Dague, 30, Wabash, IN. Dague was arrested at his home when Indiana State Police Trooper Jon Cole served him with a Miami County arrest warrant. The warrant alleged four felony counts of official misconduct, obstruction of justice, forgery, and aid/induce the impersonation of a public servant. He also faces a misdemeanor count of aid/induce unlawful use of a police radio. Dague was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

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Lafontaine, IN  – On April 25, 2018, at approximately 9:29 a.m., officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call reporting a possible death at 123 Clear Creek Drive, Lafontaine, IN. Upon entering the house, officers found the body of Jordon Richards, 22. Richards lived at the residence.

A joint criminal investigation was initiated with detectives from the Indiana State Police Peru District and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department. Evidence indicated that multiple firearms and United States currency were stolen from Richards’ residence.

An autopsy revealed Richards’ death was a homicide caused by a gunshot wound.

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Lafontaine, IN – Today at approximately 8:21 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash, on State Road 15 near Wabash County Road 1100 South, in which three people died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper A.J. Coffee revealed that Terissa Williams, 19, Peru, IN was driving a 2015 Dodge Dart northbound on State Road 15 near Wabash County Road 1100 South. For an undetermined reason, the Dodge crossed the center line and struck, head-on, a southbound 2005 Mack garbage truck driven by Gwendolyn Taylor, 54, Wabash, IN. It took firefighting personnel approximately an hour and a half to extricate the occupants of the Dodge.

Arrest photo of William Lester Singfield IV, 32 of Benton Harbor, Michigan

Miami County, IN – A man from Benton Harbor, Michigan faces a Felony charge of Possession of Cocaine and Misdemeanor charges of Knowingly and Intentionally Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Ever Having Received a License as well as False Informing following at traffic stop on northbound US Route 31 just north of Business 31 in the early morning hours of Friday, April 20, 2018.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, ISP Trooper Andrew Smith was stationed in the median of US Route 31 at Graber Drive at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Friday morning when he observed a Buick passenger vehicle approaching him at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. Trooper Smith used his radar and tracked the vehicle going 78 miles per hour. Smith activated his headlights and pulled onto northbound lanes to pursue the vehicle.

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Indiana - On Saturday, April 28th, 2018 the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring the 15th 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.

Arrest photos of Michael Jones, 35 and Rebecca Myers, 27, both from Kokomo

Miami County, IN  – This morning at approximately 2:25 a.m., a traffic stop by Indiana State Trooper Jon Cole led to the arrests of Michael Jones, 35 and Rebecca Myers, 27, both from Kokomo, IN. The pair was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face criminal charges for possession of a handgun without a permit, possession of marijuana, and criminal recklessness. Jones faces additional charges of reckless driving and driving without ever having an operator’s license.

This morning, Trooper Cole initiated a traffic stop on a 2003 Ford Mustang, which he clocked with radar, allegedly traveling 99 miles per hour in a posted 60 miles per hour zone, on southbound U.S. 31 near Miami County Road 900 South. As Trooper Cole was catching up to the Mustang, the driver identified as Jones, pulled into the nearby Maple Lawn Village Trailer Park. This was an alleged effort to elude Trooper Cole. Jones failed and Cole caught up to the Mustang which Jones stopped.

Arrest photos of Cody Ray Long, 21, of Greentown, Tymon Sturns, 37 of Kokomo, Morgan Taylor, 20 of Russiaville and Alexis Kerschner, 22 of Greentown

Miami County, IN – Four people are facing multiple drug charges following a traffic stop conducted by Indiana State Police Trooper T.J. Zeiser on March 28, 2018.

Trooper Zeiser was traveling on State Road 19 approaching State Road 218 on Thursday, March 28, 2018, at approximately 7:37 p.m. when he saw a black Dodge Charger traveling east on State Road 218. The charged appeared to be an older model police car with no markings and tinted windows that prevented the Trooper from seeing inside the vehicle. The Dodge stopped short of the intersection and appeared to be waiting for the Trooper to pass by. Once Zeiser passed, the vehicle remained stationary. This prompted Trooper Zeiser to turn around to check on the vehicle and its occupants. As he was turning around, the Dodge turned northbound on to State Road 19 and passed the Trooper going the opposite direction.