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Miami County – Recently, a traffic stop by an Indiana State Police trooper resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle and the arrest of a Georgia woman.

Saturday night, Trooper Chad Babbs stopped a 2014 Dodge Caravan that was allegedly traveling 74 miles per hour in a posted 60 miles per hour zone on U.S. 31, near Miami County Road 800 North. The Caravan also purportedly had a false and fictitious license plate. Further investigation revealed that the Caravan was reported stolen from St Joseph’s County, IN.

The driver, Tiffani Ward, 31, Atlanta, GA, was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail on a felony charge for possession of stolen property. She also faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana. Purportedly during the traffic stop, officers found the narcotic in Ward’s possession.

Rural Peru – Recently, a two-week-long criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Troopers Steven Glass and Dustin Rutledge resulted in the arrests of six Peru, IN residents. Jennifer Brown, 39, Allen O’Malley, 39, Frank Stambaugh, 36, David Jones, 35, Whitney Stambaugh, 33, and Roger Edmondson Jr, 30, were incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face criminal charges for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Whitney Stambaugh faces an additional charge for trafficking methamphetamine. Allegedly while she was being booked into the Miami County Jail methamphetamine was found hidden on her person. Frank Stambugh has an additional charge for possession of methamphetamine, while Jones has an additional count for dealing methamphetamine.

Troopers Rutledge and Glass started an investigation after receiving a citizen’s tip about possible illegal drug activity occurring at a home on 4621 South 50 West, rural Peru. During the course of the investigation, officers developed enough probable cause to be issued a Miami Superior Court II search warrant for the residence.

Titan James Kaiser, 25, Macy

Miami County– Today at approximately 11:15 a.m., a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Wendell Beachy resulted in the arrest of Titan James Kaiser, 25, Macy, IN on two felony charges for child molestation.

In June 2019, Detective Beachy started an investigation after receiving information that a 12-year-old girl had possibly been molested at a Miami County home. During the course of the investigation, evidence indicated that Kaiser had allegedly committed sexual acts on the then 12-year-old girl. The purported crimes occurred at a Miami County home on June 22, 2019.

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Wabash County – Yesterday, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Josh Maller resulted in the arrest of Charles G Marseilles Jr, 46, 5233 South 50 East, Wabash, IN. Maller served Marseilles with a Wabash Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging felony charges for child solicitation by a child care worker for sexual intercourse or other sexual conduct with a child and child solicitation by a child care worker engaged in fondling or touching of a child 16 to 17 years of age.

Maller started an investigation after receiving information from the Wabash County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services that Marseilles, a former employee of the Whites Residential and Family Services Facility, allegedly performed sexual acts on a 16-year-old resident of the facility.

The investigation revealed that in December of 2019, Marseilles purportedly committed sexual acts on a 16-year-old boy at the Whites Residential and Family Services Facility. At the time, Marseilles was employed, at the facility, as a campus life specialist.

Probationary Trooper Dakota Anderson

Peru – Recently, 37 probationary troopers from the 79th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy graduated. One of those officers, Dakota Anderson, is assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post and has started three months of field training with veteran officers.

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Peru- At 11:10 pm on December 26, 2019, ISP Trooper Derek Rine was patrolling in Fulton County when he observed a white 2011 Jeep Patriot driving northbound on CR 850 W at a high rate of speed. Trooper Rine observed the Jeep turn onto CR 600 N without coming to a stop at the stop sign. Trooper Rine positioned himself behind the Jeep and activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle but the Jeep failed to stop. The Jeep continued travelling on numerous county and local roads and through residential yards running several stop signs and disregarding traffic laws before coming to a stop approximately 12 minutes later in the area of Virginia St and Old SR 17.

The driver then fled on foot through a wooded area but wasn’t fast enough as he was apprehended by officers within two minutes without further incident. The male subject was identified as Brandon King and found to be wanted on arrest warrants out of Fulton and Marshall Counties. Mr. King was transported to the Fulton County Jail on multiple charges resulting from the vehicle pursuit as well as the charges from his arrest warrants.

Sergeant Donald White

Peru – Recently, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter announced the promotion of Master Trooper Donald White to the rank of sergeant. In his new assignment, White will work from the Indiana State Police Training Division. He will serve as a training coordinator and instructor for the Indiana State Police firearms program.

White, a twenty-two year veteran of the department, began his career at the Indiana State Police Lowell Post. In 1999, White transferred to the Indiana State Police Redkey Post where he was assigned road patrol duties primarily in Grant County. In 2010, the Redkey post closed as part of an Indiana State Police consolidation of its districts. Troopers who served Grant County were assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post.

During his career, White has served the state police as a member of the tactical intervention platoon, eleven years as a motorcycle patrol unit, two years as a member of the Indiana State Police High-Performance Vehicle Mustang Program, and as a field training officer. White has been an Indiana State Police firearms instructor for 16 years. He teaches shooting and various techniques, on the different Indiana State Police firearm platform, to recruits at the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy and troopers at the district level.

Nathaniel Graham, 26, South Bend, IN

Miami County – Recently, a traffic stop by an Indiana State Police trooper resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle and the arrest of a South Bend, IN man.

Sunday evening, Trooper Chad Babbs stopped a 2015 Dodge Charger that was allegedly traveling 77 miles per hour in a posted 60 miles per hour zone on U.S. 31, near Miami County Road 1050 North. The Charger also purportedly had a head light that was out along with a false and fictitious license plate. Further investigation revealed that the Charger was reported stolen, from South Bend, IN, on December 6, 2019.

The driver, identified as Nathaniel Graham, 26, South Bend, IN, was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail for possession of stolen property. He was also issued citations for speeding, improper head lights, and having a false and fictitious license plate.