Patricia Schaaf

Indianapolis, IN - A Miami County woman who owns a medical transportation company was sentenced today after the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) brought formal charges of money laundering and Medicaid fraud.

As part of a plea agreement, Patricia Schaaf received a four-year sentence with two years executed on home detention and two years on probation. She also must pay $11,262.18 in restitution to Indiana’s Medicaid program.

Through her company, Blue Sky Transportation, Schaaf billed Medicaid for providing patient rides to and from medical appointments. After patients raised concerns to authorities about certain aspects of her business, Schaaf eventually became the subject of a joint investigation conducted by the MFCU, the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS/OIG), the FBI and the IRS.

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Peru, IN – The word of the day must have been change. With only two incumbents winning re-election Tuesday, the Peru city government will look much different come January.

Miles Hewitt, a veteran Peru City Police Officer defeated incumbent Democrat Mayor Gabriel Greer and Independent Chris Wolfe. Hewitt won 841 votes, Greer had 691 and Wolfe had 369.

Democrat incumbent Tish Soldi lost to Republican challenger Susan E. Stanley 993 votes to 863.

City Court Judge Elizabeth G. Prize won unopposed in her race for City Court Judge receiving 1525 votes cast.

In the City Council races, the incumbents didn’t fare much better. In the District One race, Republican incumbent Blane C. Holland lost to his Democratic challenger Betsy Edwards Wolfe.

Arrest photo of Dayton Erickson, 23, of Peru

Peru, IN - Dayton Erickson, 23, of Peru, was arrested by the Peru Police Department on October 12, 2019, on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated and a Probation Hold.

According to a PPD Probable Cause Affidavit, PPD Officer Tyler Hagen was patrolling in the 200 block of S. Broadway Avenue at approximately 11:03 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th when central dispatch advised of a possible intoxicated driver traveling southbound on Broadway from Canal operating a red moped.

It was reported that the red moped was “all over the roadway and had at one point wrecked into a curb” according to Hagen’s report.

While en-route to the area, dispatch advised that the red moped was parked at Broadway Liquors on South Broadway Street.

As Officer Hagen arrived on the scene, he observed a male get on the red moped and drive northbound on North Broadway Street. He was able to get behind the moped and observe. As he followed the moped northbound on Broadway, he observed it to be making sharp, sudden motions back and forth.

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Planning commission meeting October 9, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

Commissioner Larry West called the meeting to order. Several citizens from Miami County were at the meeting tonight to voice their opinions on a proposed CAFO (Confined Animal Feed Operation) hog farm that is scheduled to be installed at 500 N just west of 100 E (Between 100 E. & The Nickel Plate Trail - in fact, it will be less than 1/2 mile from the Nickel Plate Trail). Most of the citizens in attendance lived near the proposed area and were voicing concerns about this project. Many of them weren’t made aware of this farm being installed near their home until just a few days ago.

The current project plans include a facility that will be capable of holding 4,620 pigs, and a concrete manure storage facility will be built under the facility that will hold 1 year of pig feces and urine. They also stated Manure would be land applied at least one time per year using injection or incorporation land application methods. You can see the letter of introduction that the adjoining property owners received. Many property owners in the area, but not adjoining did not receive letters, and many have just found out about this project a mere week or two ago.

Arrest photo of Michael Fritzman, 43

Peru, IN – Michael Fritzman, 43, Homeless is facing a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine following his arrest in the 600 block of Oak Street, Peru on Friday, September 20, 2019.

At approximately 10:12 p.m., Peru units were called to a residence in the 600 block of Oak Street for a report of a vehicle on a homeowner’s property. Dispatch advised that the driver of the vehicle appeared to be asleep or unconscious.

PPD Officer Brok Westfall was first to arrive on the scene. Upon his arrival, he observed that the truck was still running and parked close to the homeowner’s shed.

Officer Westfall then attempted to contact the driver whom he identified as forty-three-year-old Michael Fritzman, who was asleep in the driver’s seat.

After banging on the window several times, Mr. Fritzman started to wake up. Fritzman did not have the truck in park and upon waking, it started to move forward towards the homeowner’s shed. Officer Westfall then yelled at Fritzman to put the vehicle into park.

State Road 19 Roadwork ahead sign

MIAMI COUNTY – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that S.R. 19, between S.R. 16 and S.R. 14 in Miami County, is scheduled to close on or after Monday, Sept. 30, weather permitting. INDOT maintenance crews will replace a pipe underneath the road between C.R. 1150 N and C.R. 1100 N.

Access will be maintained for homeowners and businesses in the area. The official state detour is S.R. 114 to S.R. 15 to S.R. 16.

Arrest photo of Jacob M. Aulds, of Peru

Peru, IN – Jacob M. Aulds, of Peru, is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated following a traffic stop conducted at approximately 2:02 a.m. on September 14, 2019, at the Location of N. Wayne Street and Adams Avenue in Peru.

According to a Peru Police Department Probable Cause Affidavit, PPD Officer Tyler Hagen conducted the traffic stop after observing the suspect vehicle traveling northbound on Water Street with a headlight out. Officer Hagen followed the vehicle as it turned eastbound onto Washington Ave. and then Northbound onto Wayne before activating his emergency lights to conduct the traffic stop.

Upon approaching the driver, Officer Hagen identified the male driver as Jacob M. Aulds, whom he knew from prior law enforcement contacts. There was also a female passenger in the vehicle.

When informed of the reason for the stop, Jacob advised that the headlight was broken due to an accident earlier in the day. When asked where they were coming from, Jacob stated at first they were coming from his mother’s residence but then admitted to being at a local bar. Jacob admitted that he had a couple of beers with his last drink being 30 to 45 minutes prior.

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Peru, IN - On Saturday night from midnight to 3:00 a.m., the Peru Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint to deter and detect impaired drivers. The checkpoint was held on South Broadway between Riverside Drive and Franklin Street in Peru.

Officers working the checkpoint checked northbound and southbound traffic for impaired drivers while simultaneously inspecting for other violations. A total of 18 warnings were issued for license, registration, and equipment violations.

One driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated (chemical test refusal) after passing a “Sobriety Checkpoint Ahead” warning sign, flashing emergency lights, and road flares to enter the checkpoint. Officers immediately noticed signs of impairment, and further investigation resulted in the driver’s arrest.

This checkpoint was paid for by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the Operation Pull Over grant.