Arrest photo of Randy Garrett, 36, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia after an investigating of a parking issue in the 200 block of Madison Avenue on Sunday, March 31, 2019, at approximately 4:37 p.m.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Tyler Shoffner observed a vehicle parked in the alleyway between Madison and Monroe. A maroon passenger vehicle was blocking part of the alleyway behind a garage, making the alleyway impassable.

Officer Shoffner backed down the alley and drove to the front of the residence in the 200 block of Madison Avenue. He made contact with the homeowner whose name was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office. The woman advised that her son had company and that she would go make contact with the owner of the vehicle.

Arrest photo of Justin Engel, 31, of Bunker Hill

Peru, IN – PPD Officers responded to a report of a possible intoxicated driver in the area of Wabash and 2nd Streets in Peru on March 29, 2019 at approximately 10:48 p.m. While en-route to the location, Central Dispatch advised officers that the vehicle was a motorcycle and that it was now parked in front of The Other Side Bar on 2nd Street.

Officer Tyler Hagen was the first officer on the scene. He was behind a vehicle that was stopped at Broadway and 2nd Streets when he observed that vehicle activate its horn, swerve towards the right then proceed southbound through the green light. Hagen observed the vehicle had swerved due to the motorcycle being stopped at the intersection.

The driver of the motorcycle was obstructing the southbound and turn lane of Broadway. Officer Hagen also noted that the driver appeared to be having difficulty keeping the motorcycle balanced. The driver of the motorcycle continued to stay stopped while the traffic light cycled from green to red.

Arrest photo of Joshua Azbell, 28, of Peru

Peru, IN - PPD officers responded to a report of a domestic altercation in the 1000 block of Magnolia Drive on March 30, 2019, at approximately 8:28 p.m. the would end in the arrest of twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Azbell of Peru on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Domestic Battery X2.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Westfall, Officers were advised while en-route that the male half of the domestic had left the residence in a light blue Chevy vehicle and was intoxicated.

Mr. Azbell was located near the intersection of Rosewood Drive and Cherry Lane with inside the vehicle with the engine still running and the lights on. Officer Westfall pulled in behind the vehicle and activated his emergency lights.

Officer Westfall then approached the vehicle and observed Mr. Azbell in the driver’s seat. Azbell told Officer Westfall that he had driven to that location which was just around the corner from his residence.

Peru, IN – Peru Mayor Gabriel Greer, presented the annual Peru State of the City address at City Hall on Thursday evening in the City Council Chambers.

The brief address touted the city’s accomplishments over the past year as Greer praised city employees for their “hard work and dedication to the City of Peru.”

Greer also thanked the citizens of Peru who have “stepped up to work with the city or just saw a need and decided to be a part of the solution.”

Peru, IN – Candidates in the 2019 Municipal election were on hand to participate in Peru Indiana Today’s 2019 Meet the Candidates Forum and Republican Mayoral Debate that was held at the Riverview Event Center last night, April 3, 2019.

The evening began with the Democratic candidates for City Council. Three candidates were present including incumbent council member Cheryl Lee, District #4 and both At Large Candidates, Steve Anderson and Carrie Young.

The Republican candidates for City Council were then introduced and included Lora Disbro, At Large Candidate, Joseph Molyneux, District #1, Kathleen Plothow, At Large candidate, Mark Ramsey, District #5, Patricia Russell, District #4 and Peter Sahaidachny, the candidate for the District #3 seat.

Arrest photo of Kristen Mills, 28, Peru

Peru, IN – A routine traffic stop resulted in a Peru woman’s arrest on charges of Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic Drug on Friday, March 29, 2019, at approximately 6:14 p.m. The stop took place at the intersection of Wayne and Main Streets when a green SUV quickly turned left into the McClure’s gas station failing to activate a left turn signal.

According to the probable cause report, PPD Officer Shawn Swinford conducted the stop and identified the driver. The driver and the front passenger’s names were redacted from the report by the Prosecutor's Office. A third passenger in the back seat was identified as twenty-eight-year-old Kristen Mills of Peru.

PPD Sergeant Raber arrived with her K9 partner Fargo to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle. The free air sniff resulted in a positive result and provided probable cause to search the vehicle.

Officer Swinford returned to his vehicle to conduct a driver’s license and warrant check on the vehicle occupants while the occupants were searched by the other officers. Sergeant Raber had Ms. Mills step out of the vehicle first and she was searched in front of Swinford’s police vehicle.

Photo of Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit

Anderson, Indiana – Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by Intersect, Inc. in collaboration with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is an interactive display designed to help parents of teens recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight.

By walking through a makeshift child's bedroom, parents learn to identify objects that could provide critical insights about risky behavior. Amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 100 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, harmful or even illegal activity. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the items on display.

“Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at YMCA Kid’s Fair, located at Peru JHS on May 4th. Doors open for browsing at 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The exhibit is open to adults only. There is no charge for admittance. Members of the media are invited to cover this presentation. Please RSVP to Intersect, Inc. at 765-683-0452.

Arrest photo of Jesse L. Sons, 43 of Peru

Peru, IN - A Peru man is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia after a traffic stop that took place on Washington Avenue and Water Street on March 24, 2019, at approximately 9:47 p.m.

The traffic stop was conducted by Peru Police Officer Westfall with assistance from PPD Officer Shoffner, Sergeant Raber and her K9 partner Fargo. According to the probable cause report the vehicle failed to signal a right turn onto Water Street.

The driver was identified as Jesse L. Sons, 43 of Peru. Mr. Sons was advised of the reason for the stop and his documents were collected as a “free air sniff” of the vehicle was conducted by Sergeant Raber and her K9 Fargo. The K9 had a change of behavior which provided the officers with probable cause to search the vehicle for drugs.

Officer Shoffner had Mr. Sons exit the vehicle. When he got out of the vehicle, Sons appeared to have a bulge in his left front pocket. Sons removed the object from his pocket and put it in the bed of the truck. Officer Westfall exited his police vehicle and looked in the back of the truck and observed a glass smoking device that contained a white reside directly where Mr. Sons’ hands were hanging over on the bed of the truck.