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MIAMI COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that pipe liner installation is scheduled to begin on U.S. 24 on or after Monday, March 11, weather permitting.

Drivers will see work occurring on the shoulders between Eel River Cemetery Road and Denver Pike in the City of Peru. INDOT reminds drivers to be cautious of crews working in any active construction zone.

Work is expected to be completed by early April, weather permitting. The contract was awarded to Infrastructure for $1.4 million and includes multiple pipe liners in Miami and Wabash counties.

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Arrest photo of Matthew Saylors, 42, of Converse

Converse, IN – A Converse man is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia and Dealing Marijuana following his arrest on February 18, 2019.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Miami County Deputy Preston M. Howard was patrolling the Lakeview Mobile Home Park located on West Harrison Street in Converse at approximately 9:53 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019, when he smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from one of the trailers.

Deputy Howard exited his patrol vehicle and began walking through the park to confirm the origin of the smell. Shortly after leaving his vehicle, he met Converse Police Officer Chet Sites on the scene of the original trailer where the odor was first detected.

Officer Sites confirmed the odor was coming from the residence. Officer Sites knocked on the door where a male, identified as Matthew Saylors, 42 of Converse was located inside. Officer Sites asked Matthew if he had been smoking marijuana and he replied yes. Deputy Howard asked if the officers could step inside the residence and talk. Matthew agreed.

Once inside the residence, the odor of marijuana was much stronger. Matthew then told a female who was sitting in the living room area that “I’m going to jail.” The female was identified as Matthew’s live-in girlfriend. Her name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.

Arrest photo of Cynthia Zirkle, 54, of Fairmount

Peru, IN – A fifty-four-year-old Fairmount woman is facing Charges of Operating While Intoxicated X2, Child Neglect X2, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia X2 following a traffic stop conducted in Peru on February 14, 2019, at the location of 5th and Godfroy.

According to a probable cause affidavit, PPD Sergeant Samantha Raber was traveling east on East 5th Street when she saw a vehicle stopped in the middle of the road at Godfroy. Once she got closer to the vehicle, she could see the front passenger wheel was sitting sideways. Sergeant Raber notified dispatch that she would be out with a disabled vehicle.

Sergeant Raber made contact with the driver of the 2018 gray Chevy who seemed upset. The female driver stated, “I know I hit something”. The driver was identified as fifty-four-year-old Cynthia Zirkle.

Ms. Zirkle was asked for her driver’s license and registration. At this point, Sergeant Raber could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Ms. Zirkle then handed Sergeant Raber a business card and was advised that this was not her license. She apologized and began searching again.

Arrest photo of Tony Quinn, 28, of Peru

Peru, IN – Tony Quinn, 28 of Peru is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Syringe following a traffic stop conducted by the Peru Police Department at State Road 19 and US Route 24 on February 15, 2019.

According to a probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle was driving an unmarked Police vehicle traveling eastbound on US 24 approaching Broadway when he noticed a vehicle directly in front of his police vehicle. According to Brindle, that vehicle was weaving within its own lane and as the vehicle crossed the intersection of US Route 24 and Broadway, the driver’s side tires crossed over the center line.

Brindle continued to follow the suspect vehicle eastbound and then northbound onto State Road 19, which is where Brindle activated his emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop.

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Peru, IN. The Miami County Substance Abuse Prevention Council will host national expert Officer Jermaine Galloway and his award-winning community training “You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know,” at the Peru High School Auditorium on February 26, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The interactive presentation will feature discussions of drug trends, signs and symptoms of misuse, hidden stashes and street language, prevention opportunities, and ideas for how communities influence and change drug culture.

This community event is open to the public. Refreshments and a drawing will be held after Officer Galloway’s training. Prizes include an Apple Watch and 55” smart TV. Community members are eligible to win the drawing by registering before February 15 and must be present at the event to collect the prize. Children under the age of 18 years are also eligible to register for the drawing and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend the presentation.

Arrest photo of Joseph Trudeau, 57 of Marion

Miami County, IN – A Marion man who passed a State Trooper in the left lane while the Trooper was conducting a traffic stop, was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Operator Never Licensed on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at approximately 1:12 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Trooper Adam C. Moor was conducting a traffic stop with a vehicle on the right shoulder of Northbound US Route 31 near Mexico Road in his State Police vehicle with his emergency lights activated when a 2002 Pontiac passed him in the right lane at approximately 60 to 65 miles per hour causing his police vehicle to shake.

There were no other vehicles around the Pontiac and the driver failed to switch to the left lane when it was open.

Trooper Moor also noted that the vehicle registration on the Pontiac was possibly expired.

Moor quickly ended his current traffic stop and activated his siren to stop the Pontiac. He caught up to the Pontiac north of State Road 16. The vehicle pulled over onto the right shoulder of the roadway.

Arrest photo of John Stuber, 63 of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident with unknown injuries in the area of Lovers Lane Road and US Route 24 on Monday, February 4, 2019, at approximately 6:52 p.m.

Upon arriving on the scene, PPD Officer Keith Smith located a blue Ford F-150 facing east down an embankment just northwest of the intersection of Indiana 19 and Lovers Lane Road. The vehicle was still running with its headlights illuminated. There were also several fresh tire tracks in the grass and mud that appeared to be from the Ford as well.

As Officer Smith approached the vehicle, a man later identified as John R. Stuber, 63 of Peru exited the driver’s side door of the vehicle. Stuber was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He stated he was uninjured and that he had “missed a turn” due to the fog. When asked where he left the roadway, Mr. Stuber was unable to provide an answer. He repeatedly stated he just went off the roadway.

Stuber reported that he had tried to get his vehicle out of the ditch, but it was “stuck”. Officer Smith requested Dispatch sent a tow truck to assist.

While speaking with Mr. Stuber, Officer Smith noticed that his speech was slurred and slow and that his eyes were red and glassy. It also appeared to Officer Smith that Stuber staggered as he walked up the hill and Officer Smith had to brace him to prevent him from falling down sideways.

Arrest photo of Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop on a man riding a moped resulted in his arrest on drug charges last Sunday, February 3, 2019, at approximately 2:41 a.m. in the area of 3rd and Water Streets.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle, Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru was stopped while operating a moped for failing to signal before making a turn in to the alley on Water between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

After stopping the moped, Officer Brindle identified the driver from prior incidents as Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru. While asking Cunningham for his identification and registration, Officer Brindle noticed that Cunningham was sweating profusely. The outside temperature at the time was between 30 and 40 degrees.

Officer Brindle then took note of Mr. Cunningham’s eyes, which according to the report were “extremely dilated when introduced to light.”

After conducting a warrant search on Mr. Cunningham, Officer Brindle deployed his K9 partner Darro to conduct a “free air sniff” around the suspect vehicle with the dog having a change of behavior on the driver’s seat area of the moped.