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Peru, IN - The Peru Police Department is joining law-enforcement agencies across Indiana this March to increase dangerous and impaired driving patrols for the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day.

Last year, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number crashes involving impaired drivers. With March 17, 2018, falling on a Saturday, police are conducting random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints intended to make our roads safer.

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Peru, IN - Following an investigation that began in October of 2017, a Peru man has been arrested and charged with Child Molesting.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit obtained by Peru Indiana Today, Christopher Flitcraft, 20 of Peru Indiana was arrested by the Peru Police Department on a Miami County Warrant for Child Molestation.

The investigation began when a citizen came to the Peru Police Department on October 10, 2017, and spoke with Detective Sergeant Rod Richards and Detective Captain Matthew A. Feller. The citizen reported that he was aware of a victim of sexual abuse and provided information that the Peru Police Department relayed to the Department of Child Services (DCS). The child was 13 years of age and that she had been raped and now molested since she was 7.

Arrest Photos of William R. Friend, 33, of Peru (left) and Alicia Hull, 20, of Medaryville (right)

Peru, IN – A routine traffic stop early Tuesday morning resulted in two arrests for drug possession thanks to a Peru Police K-9 Unit.

According to his Probable Cause Affidavit, Peru Police Officer Jeremy Brindle was traveling northbound on Broadway approaching the stop light at US Route 24 on Tuesday, February 20th at approximately 1:17 a.m. when he noticed a white vehicle stopped at the light waiting to turn left onto US Route 24. When the light turned green, Officer Brindle followed the vehicle. The vehicle turned onto US 24 in the passing lane and then switched lanes without using its turn signal. Officer Brindle continued to follow the vehicle and then initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of US Route 24 and Eel River Road.

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Miami County, IN – A Peru man is facing additional charges for drug possession and carrying a handgun without a license following his apprehension on a Miami County Warrant. According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, Dustin W. Day, 35 of Peru was observed by Indiana State Police Trooper Mike Lorona at the Village Pantry on North Foreman Drive at the Grissom Areoplex on Wednesday, February 8, 2018. Trooper Lorona knew the subject had an active warrant for Miami County and he contacted Trooper Andrew Smith for assistance.

Trooper Smith waited for Mr. Day to leave the Village Pantry and followed him northbound on Foreman Drive, across State Road 218 continuing on County Road 400 W. At approximately 6:55 p.m. Smith initiated a traffic stop just north of County Road 500 S.

Arrest Photo of Roger Scolf, 27 of rural Peru

Miami County, IN – A Miami County man is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated -Endangerment following a traffic stop on N. Mexico Road at CR. 200 N. on Friday evening.

Indiana State Police Trooper Jonathan Cole was on patrol at approximately 10:35 p.m. on February 16th when he saw a Pontiac Grand Prix northbound on Broadway approaching the stop light at US Route 24.

Trooper Cole followed the vehicle northbound on Mexico Road, observing the vehicle cross the center line twice. He activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. The Pontiac pulled off the side of the roadway just north of County Road 200 N.

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Peru, IN - Today, at approximately 6:38 am, Peru Police Officers were dispatched to McClure (285 East Main Street) in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival, officers observed two vehicles parked at the fuel pumps. Both vehicles, a black Honda Civic and a red Dodge Durango, were facing west. The Honda had a hole in the back passenger side door. The Durango had damage to the front, passenger side door.

Through the investigation by the Peru Police Department Detective Division, it was found that the Honda had three occupants when it pulled into the parking lot. At some point two of the occupants exited the vehicle to go inside the convenience store while the back seat passenger, Jesse McClish remained in the vehicle. According to Mr. McClish, he did not know there was a shotgun in the vehicle. He said he began to move and push items around to give himself more room in the back seat. At some point, a shotgun discharged. The buckshot round went into the driver’s side back door, exited the vehicle, and struck the front passenger side door of the Durango.

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At approximately 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, a YMCA staff member discovered graffiti on a wall in our pool observation room. The writing said: “theres a bomb”(sic).

Law enforcement was contacted and responded to the YMCA. Although it was determined that the note was not recent, YMCA and law enforcement officials agreed that a canine search was the best course of action. Using a variety of canine units from the area, the search was conducted in an efficient and orderly fashion; no threats were found.The Y

Arrest photo of Laura Taylor, 45, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru woman is facing multiple drug charges after Peru Police Officers executed a search warrant in Peru on February 8, 2018.

Laura Taylor, 45, of Peru, has been charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia. The charges are the result of a search warrant that was conducted at 69 Ewing Street at approximately 12:53 p.m.