Arrest photo of Shannon Clark, 41, of South Bend, IN

Peru, IN – A 41-year-old South Bend man is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana and Dealing Marijuana after being found with just over six pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on December 24, 2018, at approximately 7:31 p.m.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Officer Brok Westfall conducted the traffic stop on a white SUV at US Route 31 and County Road 200 N.

Westfall had initially observed the vehicle from a stationary position on US Route 31 near Division Road. When the white SUV passed his position, it appeared as if the driver intentionally bladed his face and shoulders away from Officer Westfall.

Officer Westfall followed the vehicle to the truck stop where the white SUV parked in a parking spot. The driver remained inside the vehicle for several minutes while Westfall observed from a nearby location. The driver then left the parking lot. Westfall again followed and observed the SUV proceed northbound on US 31 without stopping at the red light on County Road 100 N.

Arrest photo of Shawnta Rector, 20 of South Bend, IN

Miami County, IN – A South Bend woman is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop conducted on December 24, 2018, at 4:41 p.m.

According to an Indiana State Police Probable Cause Affidavit, Trooper Jesse M. Reason conducted the traffic stop after observing a white sport utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on US Route 31, just south of County Road 1500 N. in Miami County.

Utilizing radar, Trooper Reason found the vehicle to be traveling at 90 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. He immediately turned around and pursued the speeding vehicle conducting the traffic stop near County Road 1250 North.

Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the two occupants, a male driver and a female passenger, Trooper Reason detected the strong odor of raw marijuana emitting from the vehicle. He also noted that the passenger was staring directly out the front window and the driver appeared nervous and was speaking quickly.

Arrest photo of Charlie Vann, 33, of Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill, IN - Charlie Vann, 33, of Bunker Hill was arrested on December 28, 2018, on a single charge of Animal Cruelty following the investigation of an incident that took place in October of 2017.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Deputy Nate Freeman was dispatched to a residence in Bunker Hill on October 8, 2017, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Upon arrival, he spoke with a female subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.

The woman reported that she had returned home from a Garth Brooks concert the prior evening at 3:30 a.m. and observed blood stains on the carpet in the front room. The woman had asked her husband where the blood had come from and he stated their son Charlie and told him that he had killed the dog. The husband stated he had not located or seen the dog since he had been home and was not certain whether Charlie was being truthful or not.

The husband reported that he was at home on October 7, 2017, until approximately 5:00 p.m. He said that he had been watching football all day and then had gone to town to get something to eat. When he returned home about 7:00 p.m. he could not locate the dog.

Arrest Photo of Eric Sutton, 36 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man with a suspended driver’s license was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Driving While Suspended on December 22, 2018, at approximately 1:13 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Brok A. Westfall was finishing up a traffic stop at Broadway and Warren Streets when Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a possible drunk driver that had left the Dollar General Store on West Main Street in a silver Pontiac G6.

After completing his traffic stop, Officer Westfall began looking for the possible drunk driver. He then observed a vehicle matching the description at the stop sign at Warren Street and Broadway. The vehicle then accelerated at high-speed casing the tires to squeal and pulled out in front of a truck as it crossed Broadway. Officer Westfall proceeded after the vehicle.

Officer Westfall observed the vehicle attempting to park in the alley between Warren and Spring Streets. After pulling into the alley, Westfall observed a male, Eric D. Sutton, 36 of Peru, exit the driver’s seat. Officer Westfall’s report indicated that he was familiar with Mr. Sutton through prior law enforcement encounters and that he was aware that Mr. Sutton’s Driving privileges were suspended.

Upon approaching Mr. Sutton, Officer Westfall could detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Sutton’s person. Mr. Sutton advised Officer Westfall that he was coming home from work and that he had a conditional license to drive to and from work.

Arrest photo of Arlan J. Mcilrath, 21, of Indianapolis, IN

Miami County, IN – A report of a wrong-way driver on US Route 31 near the Miami County/Fulton County Line resulted in the arrest of an Indianapolis man on charges of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal, Reckless Driving, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Synthetic Drug Lookalike and Possession of Paraphernalia on December 18, 2018.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chet Sites, Unites were dispatched to the Miami County/Fulton County line at approximately 2:40 a.m. on December 18, 2018. Miami County Central Dispatch had reported a wrong-way driver traveling at a high rate of speed, southbound in the northbound lane.

While in search of the suspect vehicle, Deputy Sites was rounding a curve just south of County Road 550 N., on US Route 31 when an oncoming vehicle nearly struck his vehicle and forced him off the roadway and down into the median to avoid the collision. Deputy Sites then pursued the vehicle, a 2000 maroon Toyota in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop.

Several hundred yards down the roadway the vehicle finally yielded to the Deputy’s emergency lights and came to a stop halfway into the median, still facing southbound in the northbound lane. Deputy Sites asked the driver to pull down into the median for safety as the vehicle was stopped in the middle of the curve just south of County Road 550 N. and was still partially in the roadway. The driver questioned Deputy Sites several times as to why he wanted the vehicle moved, but eventually complied.

Arrest photo of Matthew Bashore, 34, of Monticello, IN

Miami County, IN – A Monticello man is facing criminal charges after a woman produced a video recording of him entering her home on December 13, 2018.

According to a Supplemental Report of Arrest filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office by ISP Trooper Andrew Smith, Matthew J. Bashore, 34 of Monticello, IN is being charged with Invasion of Privacy, Residential Entry, Burglary, and Criminal Trespass.

According to this his report, On December 14, 2018, Trooper Smith was dispatched to a report of a female subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office, who alleged that she had a video recording of an individual entering her home on December 13, 2018. The woman reported the man was Matthew J. Bashore and that she had an active Protective Order in place against him. Trooper Smith was able to confirm the Protective Order through Indiana State Police Dispatch.

Trooper Smith then viewed the videos that had a date stamp of December 13, 2018, and confirmed that the male subject in the clips matched Mr. Bashore’s description based on his driver’s license information and photo.

Arrest photo of Ryan Finicle, 33, of Peru

Miami County, IN – A report of a wrong way driver on US Route 31 between County Roads 200 North and 300 North resulted in the arrest of a Peru man last Sunday evening.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, ISP Trooper David Kewish was just completing a traffic stop on December 16, 2018, when Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a wrong way driver on US Route 31 heading southbound in the northbound lane. The call occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m.

Upon searching the area, Trooper Kewish located a maroon Chevy Pickup that matched the description of the wrong way vehicle. It was stopped on the east side of the northbound lane. US Mail inside the vehicle was addressed to a Mr. Ryan Finicle. The vehicle was registered to someone else. 

Approximately a quarter of a mile down the road, officers located a man laying on the side of the road with his face covered by his jacket. It appeared he was trying to hide himself. When the deputy shined his spotlight upon the person, he immediately got up and attempted to walk across the road before falling down. The deputy contacted the man and identified him as Ryan Finicle, 33 of Peru.

Arrest photo of Brandy Horn, 30,  of Cutler, IN

Peru, IN – A Cutler, Indiana woman was arrested at Pipe Creek Elementary School on Monday, December 17th and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine- Enhancement on School Property (a Level 5 Felony), Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance – Enhancement on School Property (a Level 6 Felony), Possession of Syringe (a Level 6 Felony), Possession of Legend Drug (a Level 6 Felony), Neglect of a Dependent (a Level 6 Felony), Possession of Marijuana, (a B Misdemeanor), and Possession of Paraphernalia (a C Misdemeanor).

According to Indiana State Police Trooper Adam C. Moor, Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a suspicious person that was parked in front of Pipe Creek Elementary School at approximately 8:39 a.m. Dispatch advised that the female driver was banging her head against the window and was slumping over in a black SUV. According to his probable cause affidavit, Trooper Moor arrived on scene at approximately 8:42 a.m. and observed the black SUV still parked in front of the school.

The woman inside the vehicle told Trooper Moor that she was fine and that she had just dropped her child off at school. Moor observed that the woman was making “quick, fidgeting movements”. He told the woman that he was talking with her because someone was concerned for her after she reportedly banged her head against the window. The woman denied that she banged her head and stated she was fine.