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.

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Peru, IN - Millions of Americans will travel our nation’s highways during the holidays to visit family and friends. With more vehicles on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash increase greatly.

The Peru Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies across the country to participate in the winter “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement mobilization going on now through Jan. 1. In addition, Indiana police are enforcing seat belt and speeding laws.

Overtime patrols and equipment purchases are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

We enforce traffic laws to prevent the crashes, injuries, and deaths that hurt our community,” said PPD’s traffic safety coordinator, Keith Smith. “Make sure you are there to open your gifts this season by buckling up – every trip, every time – and using a sober driver.”

Arrest photo of David Douglass, 31 of Carmel, IN

Peru, IN - A Carmel, Indiana man was arrested on Friday, December 14, 2018 in Peru on a Hamilton County Warrant for three counts for Failure to Register as a Sex or Violent Offender (Level 6 Felonies), two counts of Failure to Register as a Sex or Violent Offender (Level 5 Felonies), one count of Failure to Notify by a Sexually Violent Predator of Absence (Class A Misdemeanor).

According to information obtained from the Peru Police Department, On December 13, 2018, patrol officers from the PPD discovered a vehicle parked in the area of Turnpaugh Trail that was associated with a male subject who had multiple felony warrants in Hamilton County, Indiana.

Patrol officers briefed investigators on the vehicle and the subject associated with the vehicle.

On December 14, 2018, detectives obtained information indicating the wanted person was in the Oakdale area of Peru.

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Peru, IN – Businesses and schools across the country were evacuated on Thursday in response to a series of emailed bomb threats including right here in Peru.

According to Peru Police Captain Matt Feller, Officers of the Peru Police Department were dispatched to Saine-Summers Insurance at 118 East Main Street, Peru in reference to an emailed bomb threat. The call came in at approximately 2:25 p.m. on Thursday, December 13th.

Upon arrival, officers read the email that indicated that an explosive had been planted inside the building and the email demanded a ransom be paid to prevent the explosive from going off.

The building was immediately evacuated and a bomb K-9 unit from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department was contacted and responded to the scene.

We are fortunate to have access to their help,” said Captain Matt Feller of the Peru Police Department. “They responded quickly and were able to clear the building.”

Arrest photo of Braxton Hyde, 30 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing charges of Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug after being found with heroin on Monday, December 3, 2018.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Shawn Swinford, Braxton Hyde, 30 of Peru was located walking westbound in the area of Main and Huntington Streets at approximately 3:02 p.m. on Monday, December 3rd.

Swinford knew Hyde was a suspect in a recent burglary case and was advised via radio by Captain Feller to detain Mr. Hyde so that he could be transported to the Peru Police Department to speak with Detective Pitner.

Officer Swinford returned to the area and located Hyde. Mr. Hyde was advised that he was a suspect in a recent burglary and that he was being detained for questioning. According to the report, “Braxton appeared confused”.

Officer Swinford then advised Mr. Hyde that he wanted to pat him down to make sure he didn’t have any weapons due to being detained and that he was going to be transported in a police vehicle.