Photo of Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit

Anderson, Indiana – Looks can be deceiving. That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by Intersect, Inc. in collaboration with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is an interactive display designed to help parents of teens recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight.

By walking through a makeshift child's bedroom, parents learn to identify objects that could provide critical insights about risky behavior. Amidst the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 100 items that can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, harmful or even illegal activity. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the items on display.

“Hidden in Plain Sight” will be on display at YMCA Kid’s Fair, located at Peru JHS on May 4th. Doors open for browsing at 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The exhibit is open to adults only. There is no charge for admittance. Members of the media are invited to cover this presentation. Please RSVP to Intersect, Inc. at 765-683-0452.

Arrest photo of Jesse L. Sons, 43 of Peru

Peru, IN - A Peru man is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia after a traffic stop that took place on Washington Avenue and Water Street on March 24, 2019, at approximately 9:47 p.m.

The traffic stop was conducted by Peru Police Officer Westfall with assistance from PPD Officer Shoffner, Sergeant Raber and her K9 partner Fargo. According to the probable cause report the vehicle failed to signal a right turn onto Water Street.

The driver was identified as Jesse L. Sons, 43 of Peru. Mr. Sons was advised of the reason for the stop and his documents were collected as a “free air sniff” of the vehicle was conducted by Sergeant Raber and her K9 Fargo. The K9 had a change of behavior which provided the officers with probable cause to search the vehicle for drugs.

Officer Shoffner had Mr. Sons exit the vehicle. When he got out of the vehicle, Sons appeared to have a bulge in his left front pocket. Sons removed the object from his pocket and put it in the bed of the truck. Officer Westfall exited his police vehicle and looked in the back of the truck and observed a glass smoking device that contained a white reside directly where Mr. Sons’ hands were hanging over on the bed of the truck.

Arrest photo of Blaise Jones, 22 of Kokomo

Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted on March 22, 2019, concluded with a Kokomo man’s arrested on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana following a “free air sniff” of his vehicle near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Ellis Road.

According to the Peru Police Department’s Probable Cause Affidavit, PPD Officer Shawn Swinford conducted a traffic stop on a green Honda passenger vehicle for failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign on Riverside Drive at Wallick Road.

The driver was identified as twenty-two-year-old Blaise Jones of Kokomo. Mr. Jones and a passenger whose name was redacted from the report were advised of the reason for the stop.

While Officer Swinford was issuing a written warning to Jones for failure to stop, PPD Sergeant Raber arrived on scene to conduct a “free air sniff” of the suspect vehicle with her K9 partner Fargo. The K9 had a change of behavior on the vehicle indicating the possible presence of drugs.

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MIAMI COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces temporary lane restrictions planned for U.S. 24, just west of C.R. N 700 E, on April 2, weather permitting, to facilitate the repair and replacement of roadway sensors.

On Tuesday, April 2, motorists can expect the westbound left lane to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the same day, from 3-5 p.m., contractors will close the eastbound left lane.

On Wednesday, April 3, motorists can expect the westbound right lane to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the same day, from 3-5 p.m., contractors will close the eastbound right lane.

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Peru, IN - Over 24 days, the Peru Police Department issued 102 citations and made 42 arrests during St. Patrick’s Day, college Spring Break and the first rounds of NCAA Tournament.

In 2017, the weekend beginning St. Patrick’s Day had the highest number of crashes involving impaired drivers. Federal traffic safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) supported random patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints for more than 230 law-enforcement agencies across the state.

“Enforcement of traffic laws is focused on preventing crashes, injuries, and deaths in our community,” said the department’s Traffic Safety Coordinator, Keith Smith. “As we look ahead to celebrating Easter, the Final Four and the rest of Spring Break, make sure your plans include a sober driver and extra stopping distance.”

Arrest photo of Dale Beitler, 61, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol following a traffic stop near the intersection of Albert and Olive Streets in Peru last Saturday, March 23, 2019, at approximately 8:47 p.m.

Peru Police Officers were dispatched to the Peru Auto Zone for the report of an intoxicated driver in a green GMC Van. Officers were able to locate the vehicle driving southbound on N. Broadway Street and conducted the traffic stop near the intersection of Albert and Olive Streets after the driver turned south onto Olive Street but did not use his turn signal.

Officers identified the driver as sixty-one-year-old Dale Beitler of Peru. They also detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the suspect vehicle as well as observed an open beer can in the center console of the vehicle.

Mr. Beitler stated that he had consumed three beers with his last drink about an hour ago.

Arrest photo of Warren Levine, 54 of Amboy

Editor's Note: We have learned that the owner of the Nickle Plate Saloon refused to serve this man on the night in question and in fact refused to serve him because, according to the owner, the man was already intoxicated.

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers were dispatched to the Peru Taco Bell for a report of two intoxicated males in a vehicle yelling at drive-thru employees on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at approximately 2:59 a.m. This report would result in the arrest of fifty-four-year-old Warren Levine on charges of Operating While Intoxicated With Prior Conviction (a level 6 felony) and Failure of Sex Offender to Possess Current Identification (a class A misdemeanor).

According to the PPD probable cause affidavit, PPD Officers Smith, Hagen and Wyrick were dispatched to the Taco Bell at 730 N. Broadway last Saturday evening for the dispute in the drive-thru line. Officer Wyrick was first to arrive on the scene and initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle near Walgreen’s on N. Broadway.

While Officer Wyrick ran the driver’s license and conducted a warrant check, Officer Smith spoke with the driver, identified as Warren Levine, 54 of Amboy, IN.

Officer Smith immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from within the suspect vehicle. He also noted that Mr. Levine’s eyes were red and glassy and his speech was slurred. The name of the passenger was not revealed in the probable cause affidavit.

Arrest photo of Justin Davis, 34 of Walton

Peru, IN – A Walton man lead PPD Officers on a high-speed chase that resulted in his arrest after he attempted to elude capture by hiding in the Korner Bar in downtown Peru during the early morning hours on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Peru Police Officer Jeremy Brindle, a black passenger vehicle was observed traveling southbound on Broadway approaching Brindle’s stationary position at the Peru Ford dealership at approximately 1:39 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle made eye contact with Officer Brindle as he passed him. Officer Brindle then pulled out on to North Broadway to follow the suspect vehicle southbound.

Officer Brindle noted that the suspect vehicle was traveling at approximately 36 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone as they approached the intersection of Broadway and Albert.

The suspect vehicle conducted a wide turn, crossing the center line onto westbound Boulevard. The driver failed to signal this turn so Officer Brindle activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.