On Monday, Kevin Charles Smith Sr., 52, of Warsaw, was arrested by Warsaw Police Officer Jon Rice for operating while intoxicated. When arrested at 6:30 p.m., Smith was wearing his MTEMS employee uniform. MTEMS Clinical Manager Mark Pepple has said they will not comment on personnel or policy issues.
Smith’s bond was set at $550. Smith is charged with a Class C misdemeanor.
In a separate case, Warsaw Police Officer Ryan Moore is being charged with a Class C misdemeanor for allegedly baiting deer.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources was first called on Sept. 25 by a property owner adjacent to the Milford land. The property owner said he located baited tree stands. Conservation officer Jon Cook investigated the claim and located three separate ladder-type tree stands on property along CR 1300 North. However, deer hunting season was not in effect therefore the baiting activity was not illegal.
Of the three stands, Cook said two were baited; one with remnants of grain on the ground nearby and large brown mineral salt block. The second stand was baited with a partially dissolved mineral salt block within 20 feet of the stand. The stands were also equipped with trail cameras to document what kind of wildlife were in the area.
In his report filed with the Kosciusko County Prosecutor, officer Cook said he checked the tree stands on Sept. 30 and noticed the bait had been removed. Archery season began Oct. 1.
On Oct. 11, having received another call from the initial complainant, officer Cook again went to the property and that time located Moore and one another man hunting from the tree stands. Cook reported he found a fresh pile of grain/corn near one of the stands and a substance known as Black Magic Deer Cocaine near a second stand.
Cook’s report notes Moore knew the baiting was wrong and took full blame for it, claiming the second man had no knowledge of it.
Moore is scheduled for an initial hearing in Kosciusko County Superior Court II on Dec. 4.
In Indiana, a person who commits a Class C misdemeanor faces imprisonment for a fixed term of not more than 60 days and a fine up to $500.
A second Warsaw Police officer, Ryan Petty, was recently suspended from the department. Personnel information is not a matter of public record.
Moore has been an officer with WPD since November 2009; Petty has been with the department since July 2008.