Monday, May 27th, 2019

Presented By: Veterans for Foreign Wars Post 2067, Miami County Honor Guard, and Miami County Service Office.

At the Courthouse Square, citizens of Peru, and Miami County gathered to honor the heroes who have served this country and preserved our freedom. At dawn, the flags were lowered to half-mast in preparation for today's event. Mr. Gary Working and Miss Hailey Ewer sang patriotic songs. The organizer and keynote speaker, Jay Kendall shared with us a story of service that exemplifies why we should honor and remember America's Fallen.

Arrest photo of Darryl Smith, 21 of Peru

Miami County, IN – A Peru man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated following a traffic stop on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at approximately 3:24 a.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Peru Police Officer Tyler Hagan observed silver in color passenger vehicle stopped at the stop sign on Riverside at Wallace Ave. The vehicle then proceeded eastbound through the intersection onto State Road 124 and began to accelerate at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle traveled from Wallace to a sharp 90-degree curve (approximately 1 ½ miles) at speeds from 55 to 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. As the vehicle traveled, it failed to maintain its lane of travel by crossing over the white line three times. The vehicle also crossed the center line of the road three times.

Officer Hagan followed and conducted a traffic stop at State Road 124 / 300 E. The driver was identified as twenty-one-year-old Darryl Smith of Peru. After being advised of the reason for the stop, Officer Hagan observed Smith’s eyes to be watery. When asked if he had anything to drink tonight, Mr. Smith replied that he had alcohol at dinner around 6 p.m. the night before. When asked if he had consumed any alcohol since that time, Smith simply replied no and would not make eye contact.

Arrest photo of Andrew Valez, 31, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Endangerment after a traffic stop conducted by Peru Police and the Indiana State Police at the McClure’s gas station parking lot on South Broadway Avenue on May 5, 2019, at approximately 2:49 a.m.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, ISP Trooper Andrew Smith of the Peru Post stopped to assist Peru Police Officer Zach Adkins on a traffic stop at the McClure’s parking lot on South Broadway Avenue.

Upon his arrival, Officer Adkins advised Trooper Smith that he had observed a black 2018 Chevrolet truck traveling in front of him. The truck drove left of center with its driver side tires on Broadway near 2nd Street. It continued to drive south on Broadway and again crossed left of center with the driver side tires south of Canal Street. Officer Adkins then initiated a traffic stop on the truck.

Trooper Smith arrived on the scene after Officer Adkins’ initial approach to the vehicle. Adkins gave Trooper Smith the driver’s license, registration and insurance information. The driver was identified as thirty-one-year-old Andrew Valez of Peru, IN.

Arrest photo of Raiquan C. Johnson, 23 of South Bend, IN

Miami County, IN – A traffic stop on US 31 near State Road 218 West on May 4, 2019, at approximately 12:01 a.m. resulted in the arrest of a South Bend man on charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Firearm without a License.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department Probable Cause Affidavit, Miami County Deputy Chet Sites conducted the traffic stop on a red Nissan passenger vehicle with Florida plates that had no lights illuminating to the rear of the vehicle.

After pulling over the vehicle and identifying the driver, Deputy Sites detected the odor of alcohol and marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office advised she had been drinking earlier but had very little at that time.

During his interaction with the driver of the vehicle, Deputy Sites asked if there were any firearms inside the vehicle. According to his report, the question was clearly audible to all three occupants of the vehicle. The driver replied no.

Arrest photo of Tanner McReynolds, 26 of Miami, Indiana

Miami County, IN – Twenty-six-year-old Tanner McReynolds of Miami, Indiana is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Carrying an Handgun without a License following a traffic stop at the McClure’s station at State Road 18 / US Route 31, Kokomo on May 5, 2019 at approximately 10:55 p.m.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Deputy Preston M. Howard was driving into the parking lot of the McClure’s gas station at State Road 18 / US Route 31, Kokomo in his fully marked Sheriff’s Department vehicle behind a blue Chevrolet Avalanche Truck. The truck had front end damage, was missing multiple windows and the Indiana license plate was hanging by only one screw.

Deputy Howard ran the license plate on the truck and it returned to a silver Chevrolet Impala. Deputy Howard parked and observed the truck park near fuel pumps facing east.

Arrest photo of David Wade, 47 of Kokomo

Peru, IN – A Kokomo man is facing a charge of Residential Entry after being found on a couch inside a residence in the 500 block of E. Main Street on May 3, 2019, at approximately 12:47 a.m.

According to a Peru Police probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Michael J. Vinapal was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of E. Main Street for a complainant who thought someone had broken into her home. The complainant was reported to be upstairs in the residence with the subject believed to be still inside the home.

After arriving at the residence, Officer Vinapal located the complainant standing on the front porch with a witness. The woman advised she was fearful of the intruder due to her children being upstairs.

Officer Wyrick then began speaking with the subject inside the residence on the couch and identified him as David A. Wade, 47 of Kokomo, IN.

Click it or Ticket Logo

Peru, IN - This month the Peru Police Department will join law enforcement agencies across the nation to increase enforcement of seat-belt laws for Click It or Ticket. Multiple weeks of highly visible patrols will be watching for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks, both children and adults, the front seat and back, both day and night.

Click It or Ticket continues through the Memorial Day holiday and the start of the summer travel season. Overtime police patrols are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

“Why are police warning everyone before the seat-belt crack-down begins? Because we respond to traffic crashes and we see the preventable deaths and painful injuries from motorists not buckling up,” said Officer Keith Smith.

Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up. Children under age eight must be properly restrained in child car seat or booster seat.

Miles Hewitt photo

Peru, IN - City Police Officer Miles Hewitt defeated his two Republican challengers to win his party’s nomination for Mayor of Peru on Tuesday with 59.73% of the vote.

With only 13.8% of the city’s eligible voters taking part in this year’s municipal Primary Election, Hewett received 448 votes. Wayne Bunker finished second with 23.47% of the votes cast. David Makin was third with 16.80%.

Hewett was all smiles at Republican Headquarters on Tuesday evening.

“This wasn’t about Miles Hewitt, Wayne Bunker or Dave Makin, it was about moving the city of Peru forward,” said Hewitt. “I think each of us have some good ideas and I hope to work with each one of the other candidates to ensure victory this fall.”