Arrest photos of Kevin Simpson, 31 and Roxanne Simpson, 43, of Radcliff, KY

Miami County, IN - A Kentucky couple is facing drug and theft charges after being stopped for speeding on November 2, 2018, at approximately 3:59 p.m. in Miami County.

According to an Indiana State Police probable cause affidavit, Indiana State Police Trooper Matthew Moon was on a routine patrol on northbound US Route 31 near Eel River Rd. when he observed a gray 2005 Saturn Vue traveling southbound in the passing lane of US Route 31 passing three passenger cars.

Using his radar, Trooper Moon clocked the Vue traveling approximately 75 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.

Trooper Moon turned around at Eel River Road and began driving southbound to pursue the suspect vehicle. He was able to catch up to the Saturn north of CR. 200 N., on US Route 31. He then activated his emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop.

Arrest photo of Jeffrey Browning, 48 of Kokomo

Peru, IN - A Kokomo man is facing charges of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated - Endangerment, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Accident, and Possession of Paraphernalia following a traffic accident on Hallowe’en evening at Snavely Machine on Industrial Parkway.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Officer Keith Smith was dispatched to Snavely Machine on Industrial Parkway, Peru on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at approximately 8:24 p.m. on the report of a property damage accident where the driver left the scene. Dispatch advised that the caller reporting the incident was following the suspect driving a blue Dodge and they were northbound towards US Route 24 in the area of Life Road and Industrial Parkway. The suspect vehicle was described as being dark green. The caller gave dispatch the license plate number of the vehicle and it returned to a black Chevrolet that was owned by Jeffery W. Browning of Kokomo.

The caller continued to follow the suspect vehicle and relay location information to Dispatch. PPD Officers Westfall and Smith were able to locate the caller’s Dodge and the suspect’s Chevrolet westbound on US Route 24 approaching US Route 31. Officer Westfall initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle coming to a stop on US Route 31, just south of the US 24 underpass.

Arrest photo of Milan Washington, 29 of Lafayette

Peru, IN – Milan Washington, 29 of Lafayette is facing a charge of Theft (A Misd.) for failure to pay a $150.00 cab fare for a trip from Lafayette to Peru on Saturday, October 30, 2018.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle was dispatched to the 10 block of N. Water Street in reference to a cab driver from Lafayette, IN who had a man fail to pay for a cab fare. Officer Brindle located the cab driver and learned that he was the owner/operator of a cab service who had transported a man from Lafayette to Peru. The suspect was described as a short black male in his late 20’s or early 30 wearing all black clothing and carrying a black backpack. The cab fare was reported to be $150.00.

Upon dropping the subject off in the area, the man got out of the cab and began walking away eastbound down an alley. The cab driver attempted to follow the subject but lost sight of him. The cab driver stated he went back to the location where he dropped the man off and then contacted the police.

Stop Reckless Driving Graphic

Peru, IN - While school zone and bus stop patrols are always an area of officers’ focus during the school year, the Peru Police Department has announced that they will be using funding from Operation Pull Over to catch and enforce stop arm violations. These saturation patrols and undercover patrols aim to reduce the frequency of these violations to ensure children make it to and from school safely.

Indiana Codes 9-21-12-11 and 9-21-8-522 both make it illegal to pass a school bus with the stop arm extended, fail to stop before reaching a school bus with a stop arm extended, or proceed before the stop arm is no longer extended. Depending on the severity and circumstances of the offense committed, the offense can be charged as either a Class A Infraction (ticket) or a Class B Misdemeanor (arrest).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between the 10-year period of 2006 to 2015, there were 1,313 people killed in school transportation-related crashes. Of these 1,313 people, 301 (or about 23%) were children under the age of 18 years old.3 The Indiana Department of Education reported that in just one day in 2018, 3082 vehicles passed a school bus with its stop arm extended.4 Peru Community Schools’ Transportation Director Dave Frushour estimates that he receives about five to six complaints from local bus drivers each day regarding vehicles failing to stop for stop arms as required.

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Sunday, November 11th is Veteran's Day. As a way to observe this day we wanted to put a spotlight on Honor Flights.

Honor Flights is an organization that sends US military veterans to Washington DC with a caretaker. Peru Indiana Today recently sat down with Tamara Geiselman to talk with her about the recent Honor Flight trip she took with her father to Washington DC.

This project started out to be an informational editorial regarding the Honor Flights offered to veterans. This program is a nation-wide program, geared at bringing US veterans to Washington DC, to see the nation's capital, the memorials, and have a once in a lifetime experience. A way to honor and thank our veterans for their service.

Tamara began her adventure with Flight #28, that occurred on October 20, 2018. Her Honor Flight started more bizarre than most. She received a call from her sister telling her that their estranged adoptive father was being cared for in a nursing facility with his second wife in Ohio. You see her adoptive father divorced her adoptive mother years ago, and she hadn't seen him since then. So they made plans to go to Ohio and see him. In Ohio and reunited with her father that she hadn't seen in over 25 years, what happened next totally surprised her. He was planning an Honor Trip and asked her to be his chaperone.

Photo by Kim Fields

Peru, IN – City and County officials along with members of the Miami County Community Foundation and the YMCA gathered this morning at the Riverview Event Center to announce some major developments in Phase One of the River View Landing Community Improvement Project that includes the construction of a new YMCA facility. This economic development project will develop the old railroad yard east of River Walk Park and the Riverview Funeral Home and Event Center.

Forty acres of property were acquired last year by the city and is being developed in three phases, including construction of the Nickel Plate Bike trail extension and another development on the west end of town.

Work on the Nickel Plate trail extension is well underway. Ecologists have conducted their assessments of local vegetation and completed their fieldwork, and a historian is investigating potential historical properties along the proposed path. Engineers are researching any potential wetland impact and then environmental processes and policy developments will follow.

Arrest photo of Crystal Butler, 37 of Peru

Peru, IN – A local woman is facing multiple drug charges following a traffic stop that took place in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

According to a press release issued by Peru Police Chief Michael Meeks, PPD K9 Officer Jeremy Brindle was traveling southbound on Benton Street on October 31, 2018, at approximately 2:22 a.m. when he observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation on Benton Street, south of Main.

After the driver turned eastbound, Officer Brindle activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop near the intersection of 3rd and Thrush Streets.

After advising the driver of the reason for the stop, he identified a passenger as thirty-seven-year-old Crystal D. Butler of Peru. Brindle noted that Ms. Butler was acting suspicious and kept looking at the floorboard where she was clenching her legs around a backpack.

As a part of the traffic stop, Officer Bridle deployed his K9 partner Daro for a “Free Air Sniff” around the suspect car. Following the deployment of the K9, a search of the vehicle and occupants was conducted.

Arrest photo of Justin M. Rader, 37 of Peru

Peru, IN – Justin M. Rader, 37 of Peru is facing charges of Dealing Heroin (A level 4 felony) and Possession of Heroin (A level 5 felony) as a result of a PPD drug investigation.

According to a Peru Police Department Press Release, Mr. Rader was served an outstanding arrest warrant on Friday, October 19, 2018. That warrant was a result of a covert investigation began by the Peru Police Department in September of 2018.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this case or any other drug activity is encouraged to contact the Peru Police Department Narcotics Division at 765-472-5193.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.