Arrest photo of Katlyn Roseberry, 20, of Peru and William Biggs, 44, of Logansport, IN

Peru, IN - A Logansport man and a Peru woman are facing multiple drug charges following a traffic stop conducted on January 2, 2019, at approximately 3:26 p.m. The stop took place on Boulevard west of Fremont Street.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Shawn Swinford, the stop took place after he observed a silver Dodge Neon fail to yield the right of way to a blue SUV almost causing a collision at the intersection of Boulevard and Grant.

Officer Swinford immediate pulled behind the suspect vehicle to conduct the traffic stop with the Dodge taking a few moments to pull to the right of the road then slowly come to a stop.

Upon approaching the vehicle, which had very dark tint making it hard for Officer Swinford to see inside, he noticed that the driver’s side window was about halfway down. Upon arriving at the driver’s side door, Swinford observed the driver reaching down with both hands in an abrupt manner.

Swinford immediately yelled for the driver to show his hands. The male failed to comply which lead Officer Swinford to believe that he may be trying to conceal contraband. Not sure if the man was reaching for a firearm, Officer Swinford drew his sidearm and yelled for the driver to show his hands multiple times and the man continued to reach toward the right side of his body ignoring the commands.

Officer Swinford again yelled for the man to show his hands and at this point, he complied.

Arrest photo of Shae Gilsinger, 30, of Peru and Terry Smith, no age given, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man and woman are facing drug charges including Possession of Syringe, Possession of Marijuana and Maintaining a Common Nuisance following a request for assistance from the Department of Child Services.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Detective Jeffrey Grant was contacted by PPD Officer Sam Finnegan on December 28, 2018, at approximately 11:55 a.m. about a suspected meth lab in the 100 block of N. Fremont Street.

Officer Finnegan advised that the Department of Child Services had received a report of a possible meth lab. Upon arrival with the DCS caseworker, he obtained written permission to search the residence from Shae A. Gilsinger, 30 of Peru.

The search of the residence had located several items in the trash of an upstairs bedroom including a syringe, syringe packaging, a plastic bottle cap containing cotton material.

It was learned that this room was shared by Ms. Gilsinger and Terry L. Smith, no age given, of Peru, who was another resident of this address.

Kathleen L. Plothow photo

Peru, IN - Since returning to the city of her birth, 2015, Plothow has been actively involved in her community. Much of her interest has been focused on supporting the Circus City Festival, Inc. She has many fond memories of attending the circus as a child in the 1960’s.

“The people of Peru are incredibly kind and giving,” Plothow said. “I have never lived in a community where people reach out and strive to help each other and their city.”

Arrest photo of Whitney T. Jones, 24 of South Bend, IN

Miami County, IN – A traffic stop conducted on Christmas Day resulted in a South Bend woman’s arrest on charges of Synthetic Identity deception, Operator Never Licensed, False Informing, Invasion of Privacy and a St. Joseph County Warrant.

The traffic stop took place at approximately 7:16 p.m. on December 25th when ISP Trooper Jonathan Cole observed a 2003 Tan Mercury Sable traveling at approximately 71 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.

After pacing the vehicle for a period of time, he also observed a small child to be standing in the back seat facing the rear of the vehicle.

The traffic stop was conducted on US Route 31 just south of County Road 800 South in Miami County.

Arrest photo of Shannon Clark, 41, of South Bend, IN

Peru, IN – A 41-year-old South Bend man is facing charges of Possession of Marijuana and Dealing Marijuana after being found with just over six pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on December 24, 2018, at approximately 7:31 p.m.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit, Officer Brok Westfall conducted the traffic stop on a white SUV at US Route 31 and County Road 200 N.

Westfall had initially observed the vehicle from a stationary position on US Route 31 near Division Road. When the white SUV passed his position, it appeared as if the driver intentionally bladed his face and shoulders away from Officer Westfall.

Officer Westfall followed the vehicle to the truck stop where the white SUV parked in a parking spot. The driver remained inside the vehicle for several minutes while Westfall observed from a nearby location. The driver then left the parking lot. Westfall again followed and observed the SUV proceed northbound on US 31 without stopping at the red light on County Road 100 N.

Arrest photo of Shawnta Rector, 20 of South Bend, IN

Miami County, IN – A South Bend woman is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop conducted on December 24, 2018, at 4:41 p.m.

According to an Indiana State Police Probable Cause Affidavit, Trooper Jesse M. Reason conducted the traffic stop after observing a white sport utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on US Route 31, just south of County Road 1500 N. in Miami County.

Utilizing radar, Trooper Reason found the vehicle to be traveling at 90 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. He immediately turned around and pursued the speeding vehicle conducting the traffic stop near County Road 1250 North.

Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the two occupants, a male driver and a female passenger, Trooper Reason detected the strong odor of raw marijuana emitting from the vehicle. He also noted that the passenger was staring directly out the front window and the driver appeared nervous and was speaking quickly.

Arrest photo of Charlie Vann, 33, of Bunker Hill

Bunker Hill, IN - Charlie Vann, 33, of Bunker Hill was arrested on December 28, 2018, on a single charge of Animal Cruelty following the investigation of an incident that took place in October of 2017.

According to a Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit, Deputy Nate Freeman was dispatched to a residence in Bunker Hill on October 8, 2017, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Upon arrival, he spoke with a female subject whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.

The woman reported that she had returned home from a Garth Brooks concert the prior evening at 3:30 a.m. and observed blood stains on the carpet in the front room. The woman had asked her husband where the blood had come from and he stated their son Charlie and told him that he had killed the dog. The husband stated he had not located or seen the dog since he had been home and was not certain whether Charlie was being truthful or not.

The husband reported that he was at home on October 7, 2017, until approximately 5:00 p.m. He said that he had been watching football all day and then had gone to town to get something to eat. When he returned home about 7:00 p.m. he could not locate the dog.

Arrest Photo of Eric Sutton, 36 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man with a suspended driver’s license was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Driving While Suspended on December 22, 2018, at approximately 1:13 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Brok A. Westfall was finishing up a traffic stop at Broadway and Warren Streets when Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a possible drunk driver that had left the Dollar General Store on West Main Street in a silver Pontiac G6.

After completing his traffic stop, Officer Westfall began looking for the possible drunk driver. He then observed a vehicle matching the description at the stop sign at Warren Street and Broadway. The vehicle then accelerated at high-speed casing the tires to squeal and pulled out in front of a truck as it crossed Broadway. Officer Westfall proceeded after the vehicle.

Officer Westfall observed the vehicle attempting to park in the alley between Warren and Spring Streets. After pulling into the alley, Westfall observed a male, Eric D. Sutton, 36 of Peru, exit the driver’s seat. Officer Westfall’s report indicated that he was familiar with Mr. Sutton through prior law enforcement encounters and that he was aware that Mr. Sutton’s Driving privileges were suspended.

Upon approaching Mr. Sutton, Officer Westfall could detect the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Sutton’s person. Mr. Sutton advised Officer Westfall that he was coming home from work and that he had a conditional license to drive to and from work.