Arrest photo of Keven Lamar Henson, 49, of Miami County

Miami County, IN – An investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department has led to the arrest of a Miami County man on a charge of Child Molestation.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department Press Release, Detective Sergeant Mike Rogers and Deputy Chet Sites initiated an investigation during the early morning hours of October 21, 2018, into an allegation that Keven Lamar Henson, 49, of Miami County had molested a child under the age of 14. The victim in this matter contacted a family member shortly after the incident occurred and requested help. The relative then contacted the Miami County Central Dispatch Center and requested officers check the welfare of the child. Information discovered during the investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Henson.

Arrest photo of Joshua Schuck, 31, of Peru

Miami County, IN – A Peru man is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana following a single vehicle accident in the area of N. Mexico Road and CR 300 N. at 12:20 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, ISP Trooper David Kewish arrived on the scene shortly after the accident with two Peru city units. At that time, he observed a single car on its side that had traveled roughly twenty feed off the road and was leaning on a tree. Officers approached the vehicle and assisted the driver from the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Joshua Schuck, 31, of Peru. Upon contacting Mr. Schuck, Trooper Kewish immediately recognized the odor of an alcoholic beverage. Kewish asked Mr. Schuck how much he had drunk that day. “He stated he had four beers before he left to go home,” according to the report. When asked where he was going, Schuck advised he was headed home to Peru, but his car had been traveling in the opposite direction out into the county according to Kewish’s report.

Arrest photo of Madison A. Wright, 24, of Peru

Peru, IN - A twenty-four-year-old Peru man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated following a traffic stop for disregarding a red light at the intersection of Broadway and US Route 24 in Peru on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s office and obtained by Peru Indiana Today, ISP Trooper Chad Babbs was patrolling northbound on Broadway Street approaching US Route 24 when he observed a small passenger car disregard the red light at the traffic signal and turn westbound onto US Route 24. Babbs activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop in the area of US Route 24 / CR. 150 W., Peru at approximately 8:18 p.m. on October 11th.

The driver was identified at Madison A. Wright, 24 of Peru. Upon talking with Mr. Wright, Trooper Babbs could smell the odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth as he was speaking. He also observed Wright to have glassy/bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and his hands were slow when handing his license and registration.

Arrest photo of Richard Randles, 54, of Peru and James McCoy, 43, of Peru

Peru, IN – Two Peru men are facing drug charges following a traffic stop in which 7.6 grams of methamphetamine and $1,125 was seized on October 11, 2018.

According to his probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Chad Moony was conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Canal and Water Streets at approximately 6:29 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018, when he observed a maroon Ford truck turn off of Tippecanoe Street onto Canal heading eastbound. As the truck passed Moony’s position, he observed the driver to Richard Randles, a man he knew to have a suspended driver’s license. Mooney pulled behind the truck and initiated a traffic stop.

Upon informing Mr. Randles, 54 of Peru of the reason for the stop, Randles claimed he did not know about the suspension. Randles had four passengers in the vehicle with him. James McCoy, 43 of Peru and two subjects whose names were redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.

Mooney learned from dispatch that the truck’s license plate sticker did not match the plate on the truck with the plate on the truck was showing as expired. While Mooney was issuing citations to Mr. Randles, PPD Sergeant Raber arrived with her K9 partner Fargo to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle. Fargo’s behavior indicated the presence of drugs inside the truck.

Arrest photo of Summer Cox, 19, of Peru

Peru, IN – A nineteen-year-old Peru woman is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule II Narcotics after a traffic stop conducted in Peru on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

Summer Cox, 19, of Peru was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at approximately 4:49 p.m. on October 11th near the intersection of Broadway and Franklin Streets by Peru Police Officer Brok Westfall.

According to his probable cause affidavit, Westfall stopped the vehicle because the driver, whose name is redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office was known to be driving with a suspended license. The unidentified male was issued a citation for the offense and released from the scene following the stop.

While writing the citation, Officer Westfall had called for PPD Sergeant Raber to assist with the traffic stop. Raber utilized her K9 partner Fargo to conduct a “free air sniff” around the suspect vehicle. The K9’s behavior indicated the possible presence of drugs inside the vehicle.

Arrest photo of Johnathan Jones, 30, of Fort Wayne, IN

Peru, IN – A Fort Wayne man was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia following a traffic stop on October 11, 2018.

According to the PPD probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office and obtained by Peru Indiana Today, PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle was driving an unmarked police vehicle when he observed the suspect vehicle turning from Brownell Street on to westbound Main Street. As the vehicle turned, it entered the center turn only lane and then corrected into the westbound traffic lane at approximately 2:34 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Officer Brindle conducted the traffic stop near the intersection of Main and Walnut Streets.

Upon walking up to the suspect vehicle and contacting the driver, Officer Brindle immediately noticed that the man’s hands were shaking. Brindle then explained to the man the reason for the traffic stop and asked for his license and vehicle registration. The driver then explained that the vehicle did not belong to him and he did not have the registration. The driver was then identified as thirty-year-old Jonathan M. Jones of Fort Wayne, IN. Johnathan advised that he had just dropped off some friends in an alleyway behind their home. Upon further questioning, Mr. Jones could not identify his friend's last names.

Arrest photo of Robert Scott, 44 of Peru.

Peru, IN – A local man is facing multiple drug charges following a traffic stop conducted in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Peru.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office by PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle, the traffic stop took place at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018, just south of the intersection of 5th and Wayne Streets. The stop was a result of an expired license plate that was hanging vertically and not properly secured to the vehicle.

Upon making contacting the driver, Officer Brindle noted that the man, later identified as Robert R. Scott, 44 of Peru was clinching an object in his right hand. He continued to hold the item in his hand as he retrieved his license and registration information.

As Officer Brindle continued to talk with the man, he noted that his right hand was reaching down towards the center console. Before the man was able to reach the console, Brindle asked him to step out of the vehicle. Upon exiting the vehicle, Brindle noted the item that the man was holding in his right hand was a multi-colored glass smoking device. He then advised the man not to throw the pipe and to walk back to the front of his police vehicle.

Robert McKinley photo

The family of Robert McKinley, his grandmother Pauline Feller, as well as his cousin Matt Feller, will receive a special flag from the Indiana Chapter of Honor and Remember at a service at the VFW on October 27, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Robert McKinley was serving his country in Iraq in 2003 when he suffered from heat stroke in July of that year. He was evacuated to Germany but later died from his injuries according to his cousin Matt.

“Robert was raised by his Grandmother, Pauline, and his Grandfather, who has now passed away. They were very proud that he was serving his country,” according to Feller.

Honor and Remember was founded by George Lutz after his son, George Anthony Lutz II (Tony) was killed by a sniper’s bullet while he was on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq on December 29, 2005.

In the months that followed Tony’s funeral, his father, George, visited other families who had lost loved ones in the Iraq war. He began to sense that he had joined the ranks of a unique fellowship. These families were only the latest additions to a group that originated with the American Revolution when the first soldiers to shed their blood for our freedom gave their lives.