Arrest photos of Jasmine Rowan, 27, of Logansport and Steven Keefer, 28 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop for a non-working license plate light resulted in the arrest of two people on drug charges on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The traffic stop was conducted by PPD Officer Brok Westfall.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office and obtained today, Officer Westfall observed the white passenger vehicle turning north onto Chili Avenue while he was traveling east on 9th Street at approximately 9:37 p.m. on July 3, 2018. Westfall continued to follow the vehicle as it turned east on Washington Avenue and then north onto May Street.

While driving behind the suspect vehicle, Westfall observed the front seat passenger lean towards the driver where he was unable to see the passenger through the back window. The passenger then reappeared after which Westfall activated his emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop near the intersection of Adams and May.

Arrest photo of David Hood, 41 of Peru

Peru, IN – A routine traffic stop on Monday ended with a brief foot chase and arrest of a Peru Man on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Resisting Law Enforcement (Fleeing) on Monday, July 9, 2018.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, PPD Officer Keith Smith was traveling east on 7th Street in a marked police vehicle approaching N. Broadway at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018. Smith was en-route to a call of a possible breaking and entering of an abandoned residence. Miami County Central Dispatch had advised of a possible suspect in the break-in described as a white male wearing a gray shirt. Smith’s report indicated at least two subjects in the vehicle he was following matched the description given. Smith continued to follow the vehicle as other PPD Units responded to the reported breaking and entering call.

While behind the suspect vehicle, Smith observed it make a left turn to travel north on Broadway without signaling. Smith initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on Daniel Street, just north of Broadway. After speaking with the female driver and three male passengers, Smith contacted PPD Sergeant Raber and requested her assistance at the stop.

Arrest photos of David Jones, 33 of Peru and Stephanie Robinette, 36 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted on July 2, 2018, in the area of Delores Street and North Broadway Street ended in two arrests on drug-related charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s office, PPD officer Brok Westfall conducted the stop after he observed a goldish in color passenger vehicle that had turned west on to Delores Street from North Broadway. The vehicle turned too sharp cutting through the opposite lane of travel and then failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign located at Jean Street and Delores Street.

Westfall activated his emergency lights and conducted the stop in the area of the intersection of Delores and Jean Streets. As he approached the vehicle, a male passenger, later identified as David L. Jones, 33 of Peru began making suspicious movements inside the vehicle. Officer Westfall radioed PPD Sergeant Raber and asked for her assistance.

Arrest photo of Eric Bookwalter, 43 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing a charge of felony theft resulting from a shoplifting incident that took place at the Village Pantry convenience store located on W. Main Street, June 30, 2018.

According to a Peru Police Department probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, PPD Officer Wyrick was dispatched to the Village Pantry at 286 W. Main Street on June 30, 2018, at approximately 12:37 a.m. for the report of a theft. Upon arrival, Officer Wyrick spoke with a clerk working at the Village Pantry who was holding a subject,

Upon investigation, it was learned that Eric Bookwalter, 43 of Peru had been inside the store with a female whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s office. The clerk reported that both had been inside the store approximately 45 minutes prior to calling for Police. Both had been seen acting suspiciously and the store clerk believed they may possibly be under the influence of illegal narcotics. The clerk stated she observed Mr. Bookwalter place a black Bluetooth speaker behind the ice freezer where he was standing as officers arrived. The clerk reported the couple had failed to pay for two fountain drinks as well as a black ball cap that Mr. Bookwalter was now wearing. The woman whose name was redacted was also reportedly placing items in a plastic bag as she walked through the store. When the clerk demanded to see inside the bag, the woman turned over the bag and left the store. The woman left the area prior to officer arrival.

United Way 2018 Campaign image

Miami County, IN – Brooke Robertson has been announced as the 2018 Miami County United Way Campaign Chair in a press release issued on July 5, 2018. Brooke is the Director of Business Retention with the Miami County Economic Development Authority. She began work with the MCEDA in 2014.

“There were several needs in our community in 2017, and these needs will continue to need to be filled in 2018," said Ms. Robertson. “I encourage you to get involved in some way or another. Great things happen when we move from sympathy to empathy.”

In addition to her work with United Way, she previously served on Tri Kappa and Business and Professional Women and currently serves on Kiwanis, Tiger Cub Football, Community Foundation and Junior Achievement.

Photo of Summer Chambers

New Waverly, IN – Sixteen-year-old Summer Chambers of New Waverly is a very strong and determined young lady. Like most young people her age, she has had to navigate the typical problems that all young people in their early teens have to face. School, friends, and family issues can be difficult for any teen, but even more so for Summer who grew up being the daughter of a mother and stepfather who were addicts.

Summer first learned of her parents’ addiction problems at a very young age. She recalls walking in on her mother injecting drugs with a syringe in her bedroom. As a very young girl, she remembers going on “drug runs” without really knowing what was going on. Sometimes the trips would last three to four hours. Once her family returned home from these trips, she recalls random people showing up to her home, going to the bathroom and then leaving as quickly as they came in.

Her parents’ addiction forced Summer to begin caring for her three younger sisters. By age nine, the stress of dealing with her mother’s addiction had led her to begin to self-harm.

Summer and her sisters were first removed from her Mother’s custody at the age of nine. Things got better for a while and the children were allowed to return home. They were removed again by the Department of Child Services when Summer was just 13 years old. All the children were placed with her Grandparents where she resides today.

Arrest photo of Kyle Oakes, 24, of Goshen, IN

Peru, IN – A Goshen man if facing new drug charges following his warrant arrest last Sunday evening. Kyle Oaks, 24, of Goshen, IN was arrested on July 1, 2018, in the Save-A-Lot parking lot in Broadway Plaza.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, PPD Officer Westfall observed a subject he believed to match the description of a wanted subject in the parking lot of Broadway Plaza near Save-A-Lot on July 1, 2018 at approximately 7:03 p.m.  Officer Westfall was able to confirm the man’s identity as that of the wanted subject and affect his arrest.

Arrest photo of Austin Jones, 22 of Peru

Peru, IN – A twenty-two-year-old Peru man is facing multiple drug-related charges after being arrested on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Austin Jones, 22 of Peru was arrested by PPD Officer Westfall after being observed walking in the roadway on North Wayne Street near the intersection of Euclid Avenue at approximately 7:43 p.m.

Officer Westfall parked his police vehicle and approached Mr. Jones who was walking with another person whose name is redacted from the PPD probable cause affidavit obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office. According to Westfall’s report, the two men moved to the sidewalk when they saw Officer Westfall pull up and park.

When asked for his identification, the second subject stated he didn’t feel he needed to provide identification to the officer. Both subjects were then advised that they were observed walking in the roadway when a sidewalk was available and that was an infraction. While obtaining Jones’ information, the report indicates he kept trying to reach into his pants pocket. Both subjects were advised not to reach into their pants and to keep their hands out.