Peru, IN – A Peru man identified as a Habitual Traffic Violator with a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license led Peru Police Officers in a high-speed chase in South Peru on August 6, 2018. The man would later admit to police that he used his van as a mobile meth lab to produce the drug.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Peru Police Officer Chad Mooney and obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s office, John F. Wilson was observed driving a white Chrysler van south on Wayne Street towards the Wayne Street bridge at approximately 7:09 p.m., Monday, August 6, 2018. Officer Mooney had encountered Mr. Wilson one day earlier as a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop. A warrant check conducted at that time revealed Mr. Wilson’s license was under a lifetime suspension for being a habitual traffic violator.
Officer Mooney turned his vehicle to pursue Mr. Wilson. The van had turned east onto Canal Street. As he attempted to catch up with the van, it pulled away at a high rate of speed. Officer Mooney continued to follow the van as Mr. Wilson continued to make turns to evade the Police. After observing three turn signal violations, Mooney activated his emergency lights and called out to central dispatch that he was attempting to stop a vehicle. At this point, the van drove through the stop sign at the intersection East 2nd Street and South Wayne Street and turning southbound on Wayne.
Peru, IN – Walton man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop with a K9 unit “free air sniff” in the early morning hours of August 3, 2018, in Peru.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Peru Police Officer Zachary Adkins and obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, the traffic stop was initiated at approximately 2:48 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018 in the area of North Lafayette Street and West Main Street after he observed a vehicle with only one working headlight. The vehicle continued westbound finally coming to a stop in a parking space at the Village Pantry at the corner of West Main Street and North Grant Street.
According to the report, the driver, whose name is redacted from the probable cause report, advised Atkins that the headlight has a short and it comes on and off. Thirty-one-year-old Ronald Ousley of Walton, IN was a front seat passenger in the vehicle. Officer Adkins was familiar with Mr. Ousley from prior police contacts. Adkins noted that Ousley appeared very nervous and was shaking as he retrieved the vehicle’s registration from the glove box.
Monday, August 13, 2018
12:00 a.m. Citizen assistance in the 600 block of Van Buren Ave. A report of a male staying in a tent in the backyard of a residence. The male was located and is the son of the homeowner and had permission to be in the yard.
12:35 a.m. Traffic stop in the area of S. Tippecanoe St. / E. Main St. Written warning issued.
1:21 a.m. Traffic stop in the area of N. Hood St. / W. 8th St. Warning issued.
Monday, August 13, 2018
12:16 a.m. Agency assistance in the area of W. Hoosier Blvd. / Foreman Dr., Peru. A deputy assisted Grissom DOD.
6:53 a.m. A deputy assisted a citizen with a locked vehicle at Correll’s Mobile Home Park on N. State Road 19, Peru.
8:04 a.m. Deputies assisted EMS with a medical call in the 300 block of S. Yorick St., Denver. This is an ongoing investigation.
Bunker Hill, IN - Maconaquah Cattle Company received a $25,000 Grow Rural Education Grant last month from the America’s Farmer’s Monsanto Fund. The grant was awarded to expand Maconaquah Middle School’s ambitious agroscience program, which is only a couple years old.
MMS Principal Craig Jernagan said this grant will be a big help the program.
“This program has grown tremendously and received incredible support from our community in the last couple years,” he said.
To be eligible for the Monsanto grant, schools had to be nominated by local farmers, and the nominations were considered in the application process.
Miami County, IN – Local author Liz Flaherty has had had another book published by Harlequin. “Nice to Come Home To”, which gets its name from a Cole Porter song, is part three of the Lake Minigua series that takes place in North Central Indiana and was written by Liz Flaherty. The other books in the series include “Every Time We Say Goodbye” and “The Happiness Pact”.
“It all started with a wreck on prom night,” according to Liz who credit’s former Peru Mayor Jim Walker with coming up with the name for the fictional town Lake Minigua.
“The books have been about people who survived the wreck,” said Liz. “It’s a romance novel so it has a happily ever after.”
The book is the last in the series but don’t worry if you haven’t read the others two books, they are all available from Harlequin or most any online bookseller according to Liz.
Peru, IN – A Peru woman is facing theft and drug charges following her arrest at the CVS Drug Store on S. Broadway Street on Thursday, August 2, 2018.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office and obtained by Peru Indiana Today, PPD Sergeant Samantha Raber was dispatched to the CVS store at 2. S. Broadway Street at approximately 6:51 p.m. in regard to a woman stealing items from the store. Upon arrival on the scene, employees of the store advised Sergeant Raber that the woman was no longer welcome in the store. Sergeant Raber located a woman, identified as Kyrstin M. Guge, 25 of Peru in aisle 20 which is located in the far west area of the store. Ms. Guge had two items in her hands. Sergeant Raber asked the woman to put down the items and come outside to talk with her. Ms. Guge replied, “Well can I at least buy these items?” Sergeant Raber then asked if she had any money to pay for the items and she stated she did not but was going to call her grandmother. She was then asked again to put the items down and to walk out of the store.