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Peru – Recently, 54 probationary troopers from the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy graduated. Two of the officers are assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post and have started three months of field training with veteran officers.

The probationary troopers graduated from the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on December 13, 2018. During their 22 week training period they received over 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 400 hours of hands-on practical scenario-based training. Some areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigation, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing. These officers are now assigned to train with veteran troopers for the next 13 weeks before being released on solo patrol.

Arrest photo of Noel Berry, 60 Peru IN

Peru – Wednesday morning, a criminal investigation by officers from the Indiana State Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force resulted in the arrest of Noel Berry, 60 Peru IN. Berry was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face eight felony charges for possession of child pornography.

Officers initiated a criminal investigation after receiving a tip, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about Berry possibly possessing a nude image of a child. During the course of the investigation, officers developed probable cause to obtain a search warrant for a residence at 513 Monroe Avenue, Peru, IN. This is the home where Berry resided. During their search, and forensic examination of Berry's computers and telecommunication devices, officers allegedly found eight separate images of child pornography.

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**Correction from ISP** The name of the driver of the 2016 Freightliner is Tylor Perry. The original release appears below.

Marshall County, IN -A crash on US 31 between an Eastern Pulaski Community School bus and a straight truck has claimed the life of a teenage boy.

At approximately 9:06 a.m., on December 5, 2018, Indiana State Troopers and Marshall County Deputies responded to calls of a crash between a school bus and a truck on northbound US 31, just north of Argos.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper David Caswell indicates a yellow 2016 International bus being driven by Cheryl Warner, 54 of Winamac, IN had just stopped, as required by law, at the railroad crossing just south of Michigan Road. As the bus began to accelerate it was struck from behind in the left rear by a white 2016 Freightliner straight truck. The truck, which was towing a trailer, was being driven by Perry Tylor, 26 of Camby, IN.

A male teenage student seated in the left rear of the bus was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marshall County Coroner. Another student, Zane Bell, 14 was airlifted from the scene and taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN. Bell’s injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. Other students were taken to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth, IN for complaints of pain and reunification with parents.

Arrest photo of John W. Osborne, 30, Peru, IN

Peru, IN  – Yesterday, an approximately one-year narcotics investigation by officers assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post’s All Crimes Policing Unit resulted in the arrest of John W. Osborne, 30, Peru, IN. Osborne was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face felony charges for conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, neglect of a dependent, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a narcotic drug, conspiracy to deal marijuana, possession of marijuana, two counts for possession of stolen property, and conspiracy to deal a narcotic drug. He has a surety bond of $120,000.

During the course of the investigation, officers developed probable cause to obtain multiple Miami Circuit Court search warrants for homes and vehicles in Miami County, and a residence in Cass County. A majority of the warrants were for trailers and vehicles located in Matt's Mobile Home Manor on State Road 218 west of U.S. 31. Osborne resided in the trailer park.

Yesterday at approximately 11:20 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department Police Department, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, executed search warrants. During their search at various locations officers allegedly found approximately four pounds of crystal methamphetamine, approximately four pounds of marijuana, a handgun, two stolen all-terrain vehicles, heroin, and approximately $120,000 in United States currency.

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Logansport – Yesterday a house fire at 4317 Pottawatomie Point Road, Logansport, IN, has resulted in the deaths of six people ranging in age from three months to 42 years.

Yesterday at approximately 1:49 a.m., a 911 call to the Cass County Dispatch Center reported a burning home at 4317 Pottawatomie Point Road, rural Logansport, IN. The caller reported that there were possibly multiple people trapped inside. Two Cass County Sheriff’s Deputies were the first to arrive at the home and found the two-story house engulfed in flames. Despite the police officers attempts to reach those inside, they were prohibited from doing so by the intense smoke and fire. Officers did encounter an adult male and an adult female who had allegedly escaped the fire. The pair was transported, by ambulance, to Logansport Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One of the deputies suffered from smoke inhalation, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Multiple fire departments arrived on scene to battle the fire, cold temperatures, and lack of on-scene access to water. Firefighters had to truck in water from a Logansport hydrant when their tanker trucks ran dry. After the fire was extinguished, fire personnel began the painstaking task of combing through the burnt-out home looking for the bodies of the deceased.

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Peru – This morning, at approximately 9:23 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single vehicle crash on U.S. 31 south of Sease Drive, which killed a Goshen woman.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Dustin Rutledge revealed that Rebecca Easton, 60, Goshen, IN was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox southbound on U.S. 31 near Sease Drive, in Miami County. Preliminary evidence indicates that Easton was traveling too fast for the slick road conditions and lost control of the Chevrolet. The vehicle traveled off the west side of the road and struck an earth embankment, rolling at least once, before coming to rest on its top.

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Bunker Hill – Today, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Josh Maller, and staff at the Miami Correctional Facility, resulted in Shawn Kidwell, 33, an inmate at the prison, being served a Miami Superior Court I arrest warrant. The warrant alleged a felony charge for aggravated battery.

On September 24, 2018, Detective Maller initiated an investigation, at the request of the Miami Correctional Facility, into the alleged stabbing of inmate Donald Tiffin, 71.

Maller’s investigation revealed that Tiffin was stabbed, multiple times, purportedly by Kidwell using a homemade weapon. Tiffin and Kidwell were cellmates. The purported attack occurred in their cell.

Tiffin was flown, via medical helicopter, to a South Bend hospital. He survived multiple stab wounds and has since been transferred to another prison.

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Peru - On Friday, November 2, 2018, Indiana State Representative Bill Friend, Indiana State Police personnel, and local emergency workers joined the family and friends of fallen Indiana State Trooper Robert Lather for a memorial mile sign dedication ceremony, held at the Indiana State Police Peru Post.

On U.S. 31, from mile marker 174 to mile marker 175, will forever be known as the Trooper Robert Lather Memorial Mile. The renaming of the road was due to the efforts of Indiana State Representative Bill Friend who authored, along with Representatives Michael Karickhoff and Karlee Macer, House Concurrent Resolution 44 urging the Indiana Department of Transportation to rename U.S. 31, from the 174 mile marker to the 175 mile marker, the Trooper Robert Lather Memorial Mile. The resolution was sponsored by State Senator Randy Head. Representative Friend read the resolution at the ceremony honoring Trooper Lather’s ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Indiana. Trooper Lather’s former wife, Teresa, their two children, Rob and Breanne, along with other family members were in attendance. They thanked the law enforcement community, Representative Friend, and the Indiana Department of Transportation for making sure Trooper Lather’s sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Trooper Robert Lather II, an Indianapolis native, died in the line of duty on July 6, 1982, when he responded to a call for assistance from a Howard County sheriff's deputy who was in pursuit of a vehicle traveling in excess of 95 miles per hour. While attempting to slow the fleeing vehicle, Trooper Lather pulled in front of the car and was killed when the speeding vehicle ran into his police car. It was later determined, the driver of the speeding vehicle was intoxicated.