Arrest photo of Joshua Walker, 23, of Bloomington, IN

Miami County, IN – A Bloomington man who crashed his vehicle on the on-ramp to eastbound US Route 24 from US Route 31 was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at approximately 8:28 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Peru Police Officer Derek Rushforth, officers were dispatched to the single-vehicle collision by Miami County Central Dispatch. Upon arrival at the location, Officer Rushforth observed a white passenger vehicle at the bottom of the on-ramp embankment and an individual who advised he was the driver of the vehicle. That man was identified as twenty-three-year-old Joshua D. Walker.

Mr. Walker advised that he had been traveling north on US Route 31 from Indianapolis, returning home to the Goshen Area of the Thanksgiving holiday. He reported that while exiting US Route 31 onto US Route 24, he was looking at his GPS application on his phone and left the roadway. He reported he was unable to correct the action and the vehicle collided with the bottom of the ditch.

During the conversation with Mr. Walker, Officer Rushforth detected a “strong, consistent odor of marijuana being emitted from his clothing.” Rushforth also noted that Joshua’s speech was slow and that his eyes were red and glassy.

Arrest photo of Alfredo Perez, 27, of Indianapolis, IN

Miami County, IN – Indiana State Police arrested an Indianapolis man last Sunday afternoon for Operating While Intoxicated, Leaving The Scene of an Accident and Operator Never Licensed follow a crash on US Route 31 and CR 1550 North, Macy.

According to ISP Trooper Jonathan Cole’s probable cause affidavit, the incident began at approximately 4:46 p.m. on Sunday when Miami County Central Dispatch put out a call of a dark-colored Nissan passenger car driving erratically on northbound US Route 31. A 911 caller had reported the vehicle and continued to provide dispatch updated locations for the vehicle.

The caller reported that the Nissan changed lanes causing a collision with a van on US Route 31 near CR 1500 N. After the collision, the Nissan continued northbound passing Trooper Cole’s position.

After passing Cole’s position, the Trooper activated his emergency lights and began to pursue the Nissan with the vehicle coming to a stop near the intersection of US Route 31 and CR. 1550 N.

Arrest photo of James Ulshafer, 77, of Lafontaine, IN

Peru, IN – Seventy-Seven-year-old James Ulshafer of Lafontaine, IN was arrested on November 18, 2018, at approximately 12:58 a.m. on a felony charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal.

According to his probable cause affidavit, Indiana State Police Trooper Jonathan Cole was contacted by Peru Police Officer Jeremy Brindle to assist with a traffic stop that Brindle had conducted in the area of East Canal Street and South Wayne Street in Peru.

Upon arrival, Cole took over the investigation. According to Officer Brindle, he had observed a GMC truck eastbound on Canal Street. The GMC had traveled left of the center line and then turned southbound onto Wayne Street without using a turn signal.

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This week, I was sworn into office by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush. As your new House District 23 representative, I wanted to introduce myself.

Born and raised in Miami County, I grew up raising beef cattle on my family farm and graduated from North Miami High School. I then went on to receive an undergraduate degree in business management from Western Governors University.

Today, I still work around the farm in addition to my career as a real estate broker and running my own auctioneering business. I have served as a member and held leadership positions with the Miami County Council and Association of Indiana Counties.

Arrest photo of Jerrin Pond, 39, of Wabash, IN

Peru, IN - Jerrin Pond, 39 of Wabash has been arrested on a Miami County Warrant for Dealing Methamphetamine. Pond was taken into custody on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department.

According to PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle’s probable cause affidavit from September 24, 2018, both he and PPD Officer Wyrick were dispatched to the area of Main and Cass Streets in Peru for the report of a male in a grey sweatshirt following a female.

Upon arrival, Officer Brindle and Officer Wyrick contacted a white male wearing a gray sweatshirt standing next to a business at the corner of Main and Cass. After patting down the subject for weapons, he was identified as Jerrin M. Pond, 39 of Wabash.

While talking with Mr. Pond, he kept reaching towards his left front pocket. The man was advised to stop but he continued to do so. When asked what he was reaching for, according to the report “the male advised that he had some dope in his left front pocket.”

Arrest photo of Devante Love, 25 of Peru

Peru, IN – Twenty-five-year-old Devante Love of Peru faces charges of Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated/Endangerment, Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated/Prior Conviction, Operating A Vehicle With A Schedule I or II Controlled Substance and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Ever Receiving a License/2nd Offense following a traffic stop on November 15, 2018.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Love was stopped at approximately 10:45 a.m. on November 15, 2018, by ISP Trooper Steven Glass while traveling westbound on Riverside Drive from Armstrong Street in Peru.

The stop was a result of Trooper Glass observing Mr. Love’s vehicle travel left of center, with both driver’s side tire crossing into the eastbound lane of travel. Trooper Glass also observed the vehicle travel off the north side of the roadway with both passenger side tires before conducting the stop.

Arrest photo of Christopher Williams, 18, of rural Peru

Miami County, IN – An investigation conducted by Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Preston M. Howard has resulted in the arrest of a Peru man on charges of Theft for stealing a handgun to pay off a $1,000 debit for Marijuana.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Deputy Howard with the Prosecutor’s Office, he began the investigation of the theft of the handgun on Wednesday, October 24 at approximately 4:23 p.m.

A man, whose name was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office, reported that his 9mm Taurus PT 111 Pro, black and silver handgun had been stolen from his vehicle.

According to the man, the weapon was kept in his car, stored between the driver’s seat and the console with four bullets in it. The man stated he noticed the gun was missing at approximately 3:00 a.m. on October 24, 2018, when leaving his residence to go to work. There were no signs of forced entry to the vehicle, but it was unclear if the vehicle was locked.  

Arrest photo of Hayleigh Johnston, 26, of Brighthurst, IN  and Michelle Silvers, 44, of Kokomo, IN

Miami County, IN – Two women are facing drug charges after a property owner at Maple Lawn Village Mobile Home Park reported suspected drug activity last Saturday evening.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nathan Freeman, he and ISP Trooper York went to Maple Lawn Village mobile Home park after meeting with a property owner at the Miami County Sherriff’s Department last Saturday at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The man had come to the Sherriff’s Department and reported the suspected drug activity by a woman by the name of Michelle Silvers of Rural Kokomo. The man, whose name is redacted from the report advised that earlier that day, despite his request that she stop using drugs at the property, Ms. Silvers and several unknown friends were at his residence using drugs and plotting to harm an individual that had committed a theft against Ms. Silvers.

The male property owner signed a consent to search form and requested the Deputy check the residence for drugs and other paraphernalia.