Arrest photo of Ethan Bowman, 20, homeless

Peru, IN – Peru Police officers were called to a residence in the 500 block of Jackson Ave. for a disorderly male subject who was possibly on drugs on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 10:15 p.m.

Upon arrival, PPD Officer Chad Mooney spoke with the caller who reported that Ethan Bowman, 20 of Peru, was inside the residence and was “freaking out”. Officer Mooney went inside the residence to speak with Ethan who was pacing back and forth inside a bedroom.

When asked what he was doing, Ethan replied “nothing”. Officer Mooney noted that Ethan’s eyes were “wide, and his pupils were extremely dilated.” He also noted that Ethan spoke quickly and was not clear when answering questions going off topic and saying that he shouldn’t be talking with Officer Mooney.

Ethan also had his hand stuck in his left coat pocket. When asked to remove his hand, Ethan would comply but then would return his hand to the coat pocket after a few seconds.

Drive sober image

Peru, IN - The Peru Police Department is teaming up with hundreds of law-enforcement agencies across Indiana on impaired-driving patrols ahead of St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament next week. Overtime traffic enforcement is funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under age 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a driver’s license suspension for up to one year.

Impaired driving also includes prescription and illegal drugs. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug. Anyone taking a new or higher dose of a drug should speak with their doctor or avoid driving until they know the effect the medication could have.

Arrest photos of Matthew Schoolman, 32, of Peru, and Shawn Mason, 29, of Peru

Peru, IN – Two Peru men were arrested on charges of Possession of Marijuana during a routine traffic stop on Friday, March 8, 2019, at approximately 6:01 p.m.

Officer Shawn Swinford conducted the traffic stop on the silver passenger vehicle after it failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Huntington and Main Streets.

The driver was identified as Matthew Schoolman, 32, of Peru. Twenty-nine-year-old Shawn Mason was identified as the front seat passenger. There was also a female subject in the vehicle whose name was not included in the probable cause affidavit.

After being advised of the reason for the stop, Officer Swinford observed Mr. Schoolman’s hands to be shaking. He also detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.

Severe Weather Week Graphic

The Miami County Emergency Management Agency urges residents to prepare in advance for dangerous storms during Severe Weather Preparedness Week, observed March 17-23.

Historically, Indiana has experienced some of the state’s worst thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding during the spring months. The Miami County EMA suggests that households break their severe weather preparation into three parts: planning, preparing and practicing.

Arrest photo of Sixto Morales Arenas, 55 of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated male who had fallen into a bush in the area of W. Main Street and Chestnut Street on February 26, 2019, at approximately 1:56 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the male was wearing jeans, a brown coat and black bag was staggering around and had just fallen into a bush. While en route, Central Dispatch advised the man was walking again, had again fallen and was trying to get up.

Officers searched the area and finally located the subject in the alley by the Main Street Smoke Shop at Main and Walnut Streets. The man was laying in the grass behind someone’s garage. As officers approached the man, he tried standing and fell over again onto his hands and knees before slowly standing up.

The man was identified by a Mexico Consular ID Card as Sixto Morales Arenas. Mr. Arenas did not have any state identification or proof of United States citizenship. When asked if he had any state I.D.card, according to the report he said that he didn’t have to.

Arrest photo of Marcus Cook, 46 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop for a non-working headlight resulted in the arrest of Marcus Cook, 46 of Peru on charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at approximately 8:32 p.m.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, Mr. Cook was stopped by Trooper Andrew Smith of the Indiana State Police on US Business 31 near River Road due to his driver’s side headlight being out.

While speaking with Mr. Cook, Trooper Smith noted that Cook appeared nervous and kept looking down, not making eye contact with him. According to Smith’s report, “Mr. Cook’s behavior led me to believe that criminal activity may have been afoot.”

Trooper Smith then requested that Peru Police Department K-9 Sergeant Raber and her partner be en route to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle. Once on scene, the K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Road work graphic

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.

View this project in INDOT’s CARS system here:


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.