Arrest photo of Dayton Erickson, 23 of Peru

Peru, IN – Dayton Erickson, 23 of Peru is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated with a BrAC above .15%, following a traffic accident that took place near the intersection of State Road 19 and Harrison Ave on August 19, 2019, at 10:46 p.m.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Keith A. Smith was contacted by telephone by Lieutenant Ulery and advised of the accident. Ulery informed Smith that he believed the operator of the single-vehicle involved in the crash to be intoxicated and that there was an open bottle of alcohol in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Upon arrival at the scene, Officer Smith observed a blue 2003 Toyota passenger vehicle parked in the grass on the west side of Indiana 19. He observed tire tracks and destroyed grass in the vicinity going in all directions as if the vehicle continued to drive in the grass and was unable to get out.

Smith then observed the male diver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Dayton John Erickson. Erickson stood at the rear of the vehicle about three feet away from Officer Smith. From this distance, Officer smith could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage in the air.

Arrest photo of Jacob Green, 37 of Peru

Peru, IN – Jacob Green, 37 of Peru is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated -Refusal and Driving While Suspended – Prior after a traffic stop that took place on August 19, 2019, at 1:54 a.m.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Officer Keith A. Smith conducted the traffic stop after observing a silver Volkswagen Jetta make two improper turns. In both turns, the Jetta turned too wide causing both driver’s side tires to be over the double yellow lines.

After observing the two improper turns, Smith conducted a traffic stop on West 5th St. in front of the Saint Vincent Rehab Center.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was then identified as Jacob Green, 37 of Peru. Green was asked for his driver’s license and registration. Green advised Officer Smith that he did not have a license and instead produced a State of Indiana ID card.

While obtaining the ID Card, Officer Smith noticed that Green’s movements were very slow. He also had to remind him to provide the vehicle registration. Officer Smith also noted that Green’s eyes were glassy and his eyelids were droopy. He also noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle.

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MIAMI COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that pipe liner installation is scheduled to begin on U.S. 31 on or after Thursday, Aug. 8, weather permitting.

Beginning tomorrow, drivers may see lane restrictions and work occurring on the shoulders over an unnamed tributary of Mills Ditch, .48 miles north of C.R. 1000 N in Miami County.

INDOT reminds drivers to be cautious of crews working in any active construction zone.

On Tuesday, August 6th, at approximately 9:18 am, Officers were dispatched to a crash on 100 East near the entrance to Bobtail Woods.

Upon arrival, Officers Chad Mooney and Sam Finnegan found a single vehicle had left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Officers spoke with the driver Kali K. Baker, 25 of Logansport. Kali was holding her six-week-old son.

During their investigation officers believed Kali exhibited indicators of possible impairment. They called in Drug Recognition Expert Sergeant Mike Vinopal to perform a drug evaluation. Through the investigation, it was discovered that she had been driving while under the influence of a narcotic substance.

Officers found there was a car seat in the truck, but was not strapped into a seat belt.

Peru Police Sergeant Mike Vinopal recently completed an intense three-phase program to become the department's first certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE.)

"The Peru Police Department has been in need of a Drug Recognition Expert for some time. With the rise in usage of so many narcotics, we felt having a DRE was invaluable to our department and our city," said Chief Michael Meeks. "We see a lot of drivers who appear to be impaired on something other than alcohol. Sergeant Vinopal will be able to use his knowledge to better understand what a driver may be under the influence of."

Sergeant Vinopal is only one of 250 DRE's in the State of Indiana. He is a 15-year veteran of the Peru Police Department.

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The Miami County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 72, is proud to have given out $1500 in scholarship money to assist local high school graduates and continuing college students with their college tuitions. This annual scholarship is funded by money raised from our various fundraisers throughout the year, as well as donations received through our vehicle unlock assistance.

Our Scholarship Committee reviews applications and judges them on a list of criteria including their high school performance, career goals, and how their career path will help give back to other members of our community.

This year’s winners are Peru HS graduate Maegan Sinkovics, North Miami HS graduate Ashley Lackman, and Wabash HS graduate Abby Vinopal. Maegan and Abby will be attending Indiana University Kokomo, while Ashley will be attending the University of Evansville.

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The Peru Police Department is joining about 230 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana and thousands nationwide in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will be working overtime to arrest impaired drivers. Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.

“Any substance that makes you feel different – like legal or illegal drugs and alcohol – can also make you drive different,” said Officer Keith Smith. “Designate a sober driver today as officers will be on patrol for impaired drivers.”

A driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average DWI cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses.

Peru, IN –Breanna Morgan Reed, the little girl on the poster didn’t have a chance to speak up. She lost her life at five weeks in an act of child abuse and domestic violence. It is for her and many like her that organizers Paul Butzin and Denise Sims have organized the Block Party 2019 to raise funds to fight domestic violence and child abuse.

This year the proceeds will benefit the Family Service Association, Healthy Families and the Miami CAP Council. Butzin and Sims hope to raise $10,000.

The event will kick off with a motorcycle ride with a stop at Breanna’s grave for a moment of silence. Registration for the ride begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Korner Lounge with the ride starting at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $15 per rider plus $10.00 per passenger.  The ride is being organized by Breanna's Father, Jay Thomas.  

There is also a veteran’s walk taking place the day of the event. Warren Sims is an experienced fundraiser who has raised funds for the Kokomo VFW. Originally, he was going to walk from the Kokomo Transmission Plant to the site of the Block Party at the Corner of 6th and Broadway in downtown Peru.

Due to a medical issue, Warren is unable to make the walk but a couple of veterans who served with him in Afghanistan stepped up and will do the walk for him.  Bryan Williams and Phillip Schrauben will make complete the walk on Saturday morning.