Arrest photo of Christopher Warren, 49 of Peru

Peru, IN. - A traffic stop in the area of North Benton and 6th Streets resulted in the arrest of a Peru man after he attempted to hide methamphetamine from officers in his mouth. The stop took place on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at approximately 6:44 p.m.

PPD Officer Shawn Swinford’s probable cause affidavit reports that he was on a routine patrol southbound on Chili Avenue from Columbia Avenue when he observed an SUV also proceeding southbound on Chili from 9th Street. Half of the SUV’s license plate light was not working making the plate not clearly visible from a distance of 50 feet.

A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. Two individuals were located inside the vehicle, a female driver whose name is redacted from Swinford’s report by the Prosecutor’s Office and forty-nine-year-old Christopher R. Warren of Peru. Swinford recognized Warren from prior police encounters. The driver provided her license and registration but stated she did not have proof of insurance.

Swinford returned to his police vehicle to complete written warnings for the two infractions. He also radioed PPD Sergeant Raber and requested her assistance with the stop.

Arrest photo of Zachary S. McCombs, 37 of Greentown, IN

Miami County, IN - Zachary S. McCombs, 37 of Greentown, IN was arrested by Miami County Sheriff’s Department on a charge of Burglary on November 24, 2018, at approximately 10:48 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Miami County Deputy Preston M. Howard, deputies were dispatched to the Woodland Hills Mobile Home Park late in the evening on November 24th in reference to a burglary in progress.

Upon arrival, Deputy Howard witnessed a male subject walking from the residence carrying a piece of furniture. The male was transporting the furniture to a green van that was parked along the opposite side of the street with the back hatch open.

Deputy Howard exited his Sheriff’s Department vehicle and observed the front door of the residence to be open with no one else around. The residence appeared to be vacant with no power on the inside.

Arrest photo of Jacob Hensley, 25 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated after being stopped by Indiana State Police in the early morning hours of November 22, 2018, in the area of West 6th and North Miami Streets in Peru.

Jacob Hensley, 25 of Peru was stopped at approximately 3:59 a.m. by ISP Trooper Jonathan Cole of the Peru Post.

Hensley was operating a maroon Pontiac stopped at the traffic light on West 6th Street facing westbound without headlights on. Hensley continued through the intersection without activating his headlights after which Trooper Cole positioned his police vehicle behind the Pontiac and activated his emergency lights to affect the traffic stop.

Hensley reported to Trooper Cole that he was coming from the Korner Lounge after checking on friends to make sure they could get home safely. While talking with Hensley, Cole detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage. He also noted that Hensley’s eyes were glassy. When asked, Hensley reported that he had a few beers and a shot but had stopped drinking around midnight.

Arrest photo of Bobby Bryant, 49 of Peru

Miami County, IN – A Peru Man faces a charge of Operating While Intoxicated after being found unresponsive behind the wheel of a vehicle in the 4000 block of E. Daniels Rd., Peru.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by ISP Trooper Jonathan Cole, Officers were he dispatched to a 911 call of an unresponsive man behind the wheel of a Jeep like SUV that was stopped in the middle of the road on November 22, 2018, at approximately 7:50 p.m.

Upon arriving on the scene, Trooper Cole observed a green vehicle stopped in the roadway facing eastbound. Cole then activated his emergency lights and approached the vehicle to see a male subject, later identified as forty-nine-year-old Bobby Bryant, Jr. passed out in the driver’s seat.

Trooper Cole knocked on the window loudly without a response from Mr. Bryant. According to Cole’s Report, “I knocked about three more times with Mr. Bryant’s eyes fluttering open and him looking over at me before closing them again and putting his head back against the headrest.”

Arrest photo of Keith Williams, 57 of Converse

Converse, IN – A Converse man was arrested on November 28, 2018, by the Converse Police Department on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated – Refusal.

According to Converse Deputy Jay Smallwood’s Converse Police Department Case Report obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Smallwood responded to the area of N. Jefferson Street and 2nd Street in Converse in reference to a possible intoxicated driver at approximately 9:16 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th.

While searching for the suspect vehicle, Smallwood observed a vehicle traveling west on First Street with no headlights approaching the Dollar General Store. Deputy Smallwood conducted a traffic stop in the Dollar General parking lot.

Upon approaching the suspect vehicle, Deputy Smallwood knocked on the driver’s side window and asked the driver, whom Officer Smallwood knew to be Keith R. Williams, 57 of Converse, to roll down his window. Mr. Williams then rolled down the driver’s side rear window.

Smallwood again asked Mr. Williams to roll down his window and the man replied that he did according to the report.

Arrest photo of Brandon Thomas, 24, of Peru

Peru, IN – A report of an overdose in the 100 block of Blackhawk Court resulted in the arrested of a Peru man on charges of Possession of Narcotic Drug, Possession of Syringe and Possession of Marijuana on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Officers responded to the report of an overdose at approximately 7:46 p.m. on November 26 where they found a female subject at the front door screaming that the man was upstairs in the bathroom.

PPD Officer Shawn Swinford entered the residence and went upstairs finding a male subject lying unconscious on the bathroom floor. Officer Swinford recognized the man to be twenty-four-year-old Brandon Thomas of Peru.

Upon arrival, Brandon was breathing but turning purple in the face. The man would not respond to verbal commands. Swinford administered one dose of Narcan and then proceed to administer sternum rubs attempting to gain a response from Thomas.

Officer Mooney arrived on scene and administered a second dose of Narcan which allowed Brandon to regain consciousness. Upon waking, he was confused as to what had happened and began reaching for his pocket. Officer Swinford restrained him from doing so.

Arrest photo of Joshua Hentgen, 30, of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted by Peru Police found a convicted felon in possession of a firearm on Monday, November 19, 2018, in Peru.

PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle conducted the traffic stop on a dark-colored SUV in the area of Abraham Lane and South Broadway Avenue at approximately 2:42 a.m. on November 19th. The stop was conducted due to the vehicle’s license plate light not working.

After stopping the vehicle and speaking with the driver, Officer Brindle’s report indicated that he noticed that the driver, identified as thirty-year-old Joshua Hentgen of Peru, had dark circles under his eyes and his dexterity was slow.

Hentgen was asked to step outside the vehicle to speak with Officer Brindle. When asked if he had taken any prescription medication, Hentgen said that he had not.

Arrest photo of Todd Burns, 47 of Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill, IN – Todd Burns, 47 of Bunker Hill is facing a felony charge for the theft of a 1,095-pound feeder calf owned by the Maconaquah Cattle Company, an educational program of Maconaquah Schools.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit filed by Captain Gary Glassburn, the Sherriff’s Department obtained a sworn statement from a teacher and an administrator at Maconaquah High School that a teacher had received a phone call from Burns on November 17, 2018, reporting that cows were out from the pen.   According to the teacher, Burns volunteers on weekends to check the cattle for the school. Burns reported that he was getting his trailer and getting the loose cattle loaded and returned to the pasture.

The name of the administrator and teacher was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor's Office.  

The teacher then reported that on November 20, 2018, he went to the pasture to check on the cattle and observed that one was missing. He stated it was a large feeder calf. The teacher contacted Mr. Burns who reporter all cattle were in the pen the day before.

The teacher and Burns then drove around the area looking for the calf but were unable to locate it.