Miami County, IN – In a ceremony today, Miami County Sheriff Tim Hunter presented Deputy Larry E. Catten with the Meritorious Life Saving Award for actions above and beyond the call of duty.

On October 21, 2019, while on duty, Deputy Cattin responded to a report of a tree in the roadway in the area of 3660 West CR 1350 North in Miami County. Upon his arrival, Deputy Cattin found a male unresponsive and not breathing. The victim, Michael Birner, of Macy, IN was attempting to clear the tree from the roadway when he came into contact with live power lines entangled in the branches. The resulting electrical shock caused serious burns and cardiac arrest. As several bystanders took action to call 911 and begin CPR, Deputy Cattin sprang into action immediately employing his AED and using his training to restore a pulse, stabilizing Mr. Birner until additional medical personnel airlifted him to a Fort Wayne Trauma center. Mr. Birner has since been able to return home and is recovering from his injuries.

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Miami County, IN - On October 27, 2018, at approximately 12:25 p.m., Miami County Central dispatch received a 911 report of two kayakers that had capsized in the Mississinewa Lake. Miami County Sheriff’s Department units responded to assist Peru Fire Department Water Rescue and Indiana Conservation Officers.

While en route, officers learned the kayakers had been rescued by a pair of fishermen in another boat. Once on scene, officers met with members of Boy Scout Troop #69 from Zionsville lN who had made the initial 911 call. The scouts were hiking near the lake when they heard someone yelling for help. Scout Leader Scott Stukenborg, and Scouts Samir Bhatt and Mason Doyle went to investigate and saw the kayakers in the water. The two Scouts began to run for the boat ramp area to attempt to get help while another troop member called 911.

As they were providing information to dispatch, two fishermen; Steve Bura of Alexandria and Bill Mullins of Anderson were on their way back to the boat ramp. They noticed the kayaks and two people in the water and went to assist. They were able to get the kayakers into their boat and take them to the boat ramp.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

12:32 a.m. A deputy spoke with a woman in the 41000 block of Gunter Ct., Peru in reference to a civil matter. The woman was referred to Howard County.

6:29 a.m. A caller advised he has a trespass warning on his wife and she is in her car on road in the 400 block of E. 300 N., Peru. The woman advised she was waiting for her husband to go to work so she could speak with him. The female did not enter the property and left the area.

7:51 a.m. A report of a possible intoxicated driver in the area of W. 850 S. / S. US Route 31, Bunker Hill. The area was checked and the suspect vehicle was not located.

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Macy, IN – Last night at approximately 10:58 p.m., Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, deputies were able to locate and arrest a subject named Brant Owen on two separate arrest warrants.

A second subject, Jess Sampson, who reportedly resides in the home that deputies were dispatched to is wanted on multiple felony warrants.

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Sheriff Tim Miller today announced the 39th Annual Indiana Sheriff’s Association Youth Leadership Camp will be held in June and July again this year. There will be two camp sessions this year, the first session will be held June 26-29 at Pine Creek Camp in Pine Village, Indiana (Warren County) serving the northern part of the state. The second session will be held July 9-11 serving the southern part of the state at Waycross Episcopal Camp in Morgantown, Indiana (Brown County).

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Miami County, IN - The Miami County Farm Bureau held a public forum for the Miami County Sheriff Candidates on Monday evening at the 4-H Fairgrounds Community Building. Republican candidates Gary Glassburn, Rick Brown, Tim Hunter, Ed Graber along with independent candidate Mike Meeks participated in the forum which was moderated by Greg Siefert.

The program began with each candidate introducing themselves followed by a question and answer period. During their introduction, each candidate cited their Miami County roots and experience to lead the Sheriff’s Department.

The rules were then explained to the audience and the candidates. Prior to the forum, each candidate as given a list of possible sixteen questions. The Miami County Farm Bureau Board of Directors then chose six of those questions to be asked of each candidate at the forum. Each candidate was given three minutes to answer the question and no interaction between candidates and the audience was allowed.

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Miami County Sheriff Tim Miller announced today that the Indiana Sheriffs' Association will again be awarding college scholarships to qualified Miami County high school seniors or college students who are pursuing a degree in criminal justice studies. There will be approximately 40-$500 scholarships awarded to qualifying students throughout the state.

The Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

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Millions of Americans will travel our nation’s highways this Thanksgiving holiday to visit family and friends. With more vehicles on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash increase greatly.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is joining more than 230 local law-enforcement agencies across the state to spot violations to Indiana’s seat belt and impaired driving laws. Through the weekend after Thanksgiving, expect to see an increase in random patrols, saturation patrols, and checkpoints. This overtime enforcement is supported by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).