Arrest photo of Lloyd Miller, 43, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man became disorderly, struck a police officer, and had to be tased prior to his arrest on Friday, November 23rd at approximately 1:37 a.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Officer Jeremy Brindle of the Peru Police Department, Officers were dispatched to a residence in Peru for an open 911 line. Central Dispatch reported they had an open line with the residence and could hear a male talking about rape and could hear a female in the residence as well. The Prosecutor’s Office redacted the address to protect the identity of the victim.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers spoke with a man they know from prior law enforcement encounters as Lloyd Miller, 43 of Peru. Officers also spoke with a female whose name is redacted from the report. According to the report, both subjects appeared to be extremely intoxicated.

Arrest photo of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr., 44 of Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill, IN – An investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in the arrest of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr., 44 of Bunker Hill on two counts of Public Indecency.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Larry E. Cattin, the investigation began on October 11, 2018, when two women reported separate incidents where a man exposed his genitals at the gas station located at the junction of County Road 850 S. and S. US Route 31 in Bunker Hill.

The first witness reported that at around 7:00 a.m. or about October 11, 2018, a male exposed himself to her while waiting in line to pay for items. The second witness advised their incident took place later that same day around 4:45 p.m. Both witnesses provided the same description of the male subject as well as the same description of a car. One witness was able to provide a license plate number for the vehicle.

On October 22, 2018, Deputy Cattin was able to get an address associated with the plate number that was provided. Deputy Cattin when to the address and met with a man identified as Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr., 44 of Bunker Hill, IN. Lewis was advised that he was a suspect in an exposure case and told of the evidence law enforcement had. According to his report, Lewis “then hung his head low and stated he had a problem.”

Arrest photo of Christopher Snellings, 25, of South Bend, IN

Miami County, IN – A South Bend Man was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated with Passengers under the age of 18 years old, Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated – Endangerment, Possession of Marijuana and Operating A Vehicle Without Ever Receiving a License following a traffic stop conducted by the Indiana State Police on US Route 31, Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Trooper Adam C. Moor, the stop was conducted at approximately 11:05 a.m. on November 20, 2018, when he observed a white Chevrolet vehicle traveling southbound on US Route 31 in the area of County Road 400 N.

Using radar, Trooper Moor determined the vehicle to be traveling at 82 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. Trooper Moor, who was traveling in the opposite direction, turned around to pursue the vehicle.

Upon activating his emergency lights, the Chevrolet did not stop, so Trooper Moor activated his siren in addition to his emergency lights. Upon approaching slowed traffic at County Road 100 N., Moor could see the driver and passenger moving around inside the vehicle. The Chevrolet then pulled over between County Road 100 N. and the exit to US Route 24.

Arrest photo of Joshua Walker, 23, of Bloomington, IN

Miami County, IN – A Bloomington man who crashed his vehicle on the on-ramp to eastbound US Route 24 from US Route 31 was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at approximately 8:28 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Peru Police Officer Derek Rushforth, officers were dispatched to the single-vehicle collision by Miami County Central Dispatch. Upon arrival at the location, Officer Rushforth observed a white passenger vehicle at the bottom of the on-ramp embankment and an individual who advised he was the driver of the vehicle. That man was identified as twenty-three-year-old Joshua D. Walker.

Mr. Walker advised that he had been traveling north on US Route 31 from Indianapolis, returning home to the Goshen Area of the Thanksgiving holiday. He reported that while exiting US Route 31 onto US Route 24, he was looking at his GPS application on his phone and left the roadway. He reported he was unable to correct the action and the vehicle collided with the bottom of the ditch.

During the conversation with Mr. Walker, Officer Rushforth detected a “strong, consistent odor of marijuana being emitted from his clothing.” Rushforth also noted that Joshua’s speech was slow and that his eyes were red and glassy.

Arrest photo of Alfredo Perez, 27, of Indianapolis, IN

Miami County, IN – Indiana State Police arrested an Indianapolis man last Sunday afternoon for Operating While Intoxicated, Leaving The Scene of an Accident and Operator Never Licensed follow a crash on US Route 31 and CR 1550 North, Macy.

According to ISP Trooper Jonathan Cole’s probable cause affidavit, the incident began at approximately 4:46 p.m. on Sunday when Miami County Central Dispatch put out a call of a dark-colored Nissan passenger car driving erratically on northbound US Route 31. A 911 caller had reported the vehicle and continued to provide dispatch updated locations for the vehicle.

The caller reported that the Nissan changed lanes causing a collision with a van on US Route 31 near CR 1500 N. After the collision, the Nissan continued northbound passing Trooper Cole’s position.

After passing Cole’s position, the Trooper activated his emergency lights and began to pursue the Nissan with the vehicle coming to a stop near the intersection of US Route 31 and CR. 1550 N.

Arrest photo of James Ulshafer, 77, of Lafontaine, IN

Peru, IN – Seventy-Seven-year-old James Ulshafer of Lafontaine, IN was arrested on November 18, 2018, at approximately 12:58 a.m. on a felony charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal.

According to his probable cause affidavit, Indiana State Police Trooper Jonathan Cole was contacted by Peru Police Officer Jeremy Brindle to assist with a traffic stop that Brindle had conducted in the area of East Canal Street and South Wayne Street in Peru.

Upon arrival, Cole took over the investigation. According to Officer Brindle, he had observed a GMC truck eastbound on Canal Street. The GMC had traveled left of the center line and then turned southbound onto Wayne Street without using a turn signal.

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This week, I was sworn into office by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush. As your new House District 23 representative, I wanted to introduce myself.

Born and raised in Miami County, I grew up raising beef cattle on my family farm and graduated from North Miami High School. I then went on to receive an undergraduate degree in business management from Western Governors University.

Today, I still work around the farm in addition to my career as a real estate broker and running my own auctioneering business. I have served as a member and held leadership positions with the Miami County Council and Association of Indiana Counties.

Arrest photo of Jerrin Pond, 39, of Wabash, IN

Peru, IN - Jerrin Pond, 39 of Wabash has been arrested on a Miami County Warrant for Dealing Methamphetamine. Pond was taken into custody on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department.

According to PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle’s probable cause affidavit from September 24, 2018, both he and PPD Officer Wyrick were dispatched to the area of Main and Cass Streets in Peru for the report of a male in a grey sweatshirt following a female.

Upon arrival, Officer Brindle and Officer Wyrick contacted a white male wearing a gray sweatshirt standing next to a business at the corner of Main and Cass. After patting down the subject for weapons, he was identified as Jerrin M. Pond, 39 of Wabash.

While talking with Mr. Pond, he kept reaching towards his left front pocket. The man was advised to stop but he continued to do so. When asked what he was reaching for, according to the report “the male advised that he had some dope in his left front pocket.”