Photo of State Senator Randy Head (R) District 18

The Indiana General Assembly continues to fight the opioid epidemic facing our state using a three-pronged approach – prevention, treatment and enforcement. Below are some of the bills brought forth this session to help put an end to drug abuse in our state.

Bridge work sign

MIAMI COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that bridge maintenance is planned for two bridges in Miami County on or after Monday, March 12, weather permitting.

Beginning Monday, motorists may experience shoulder closures and alternating lane restrictions in the following locations:

• U.S. 24, in both directions, over the Warsaw Trail, between C.R. 30 E and S.R. 19
• S.R. 19, in both directions, over the Wabash River, between S.R. 124 and Canal Street in the City of Peru

Arrest photo of David Lee Jones, 33 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing charges for Drug Possession and Obstruction of Justice following a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Monday, March 5, 2018.

PPD Officer Keith A. Smith was on patrol traveling east on Main Street near Huntington Street when he saw a vehicle turn westbound onto Main Street near Wayne Street. The vehicle had its high beam headlights illuminated causing Officer Smith to have to look away in order to maintain partial visibility of the roadway. After the vehicle passed Smith’s police vehicle, he turned around to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The traffic stop took place at the intersection of S. Clay Street / E. Canal Street after the vehicle had turned south on S. Clay Street. Upon approaching the vehicle, Officer Smith observed a male driver, a female front seat passenger and a male passenger in the driver’s side rear seat who would later be identified as David Lee Jones, 33 of Peru.

Arrest Photo of Dustin E. Hacker, 45 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended after being arrested on the evening of Saturday, March 3, 2018, by a Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Miami County Sheriff Department Deputy Nate Freeman and Deputy Preston Howard were attempting to serve a warrant when they saw a tan colored Toyota Camry that matched the description of a vehicle that was possibly being used by the subject of the arrest warrant.

Deputy Howard approached the vehicle from the rear and witnessed a white male exit the vehicle from the passenger side front door. The man began walking quickly toward an apartment building when Deputy Howard asked the man to stop and talk with him.

Arrest photo of Carrie E. Banks, 40, of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers located a Peru woman with an active arrest warrant and found her in possession of methamphetamine, a syringe and drug paraphernalia in the early morning hours of February 28, 2018.

At approximately 5:47 a.m. on February 28th, PPD Officers Keith Smith and Jeremy Brindle were at a residence attempting to locate Carrie E. Banks, 40 of Peru who had an active arrest warrant in Miami County. The officers made contact with a man at the residence who informed them that he did not believe Ms. Banks was inside but did invite the officers inside to look for her. The man advised that he had been allowing Ms. Banks to stay in a guest bedroom for the last few days.

Ms. Banks was located in a back bedroom. She was placed in handcuffs by Officer Brindle and advised of her warrant. While being placed in handcuffs, Officer Smith noticed a blue and silver smoking device sitting on a table in the room as well as a brass colored “grinder” on another table near the couch. The smoking device had a burnt, black residue in the bowl.

Arrest photo of Tanika Davis, 34 of Peru

Peru, IN – What started with a call to the Department of Child Services “Child Neglect Hotline” of a possible meth lab in a Peru home, resulted in the arrest of a Peru woman on February 24, 2018.

PPD Officer Lee Mitchell was advised by Central Dispatch to meet with a caseworker at the Department of Child Services office in Peru. Mitchell met with DCS worker Mandy Mooney who informed him of the tip.

Officer Mitchell, along with Officers Adkins, Mooney and DCS worker Mooney arrived at the home located in the 200 block of Columbia Ave. Upon knocking on the door, a woman who was later identified as Tanika Davis, 34 of Peru answered the door. Ms. Mooney introduced herself as a caseworker with the Miami County Department of Child Services and informed Ms. Davis that she was there to conduct a welfare check on the children inside the residence.

Sunday Sales Photo

Peru, IN – For the first time in more than 80 years, Indiana residents can purchase alcohol on Sundays. Earlier this month, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law legalizing the sale of carry-out alcoholic beverages. That law was signed Wednesday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. With the stroke of a pen, the stage was set for Sunday sales to begin today. Per the law, sales are limited to noon to eight o’clock on Sunday.

Photo of Sgt. Ulery

Peru IN – During last night’s meeting of the Peru Board of Public Works and Safety, the board approved Police Chief Mike Meek’s request for the promotion of Officer James “Josh” Ulery from Patrolman to Sergeant. Chief Meeks stated, “Officer Ulery is a very good police officer and is considered one of our most beloved officers by the citizens of Peru.” A copy of the letter Chief Meeks to the board regarding the promotion can be read HERE.

Chief Meeks stated that It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with the President of the United States or someone who has nothing in their life Josh treats them the same.