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Peru, IN. The Miami County Substance Abuse Prevention Council will host national expert Officer Jermaine Galloway and his award-winning community training “You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know,” at the Peru High School Auditorium on February 26, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The interactive presentation will feature discussions of drug trends, signs and symptoms of misuse, hidden stashes and street language, prevention opportunities, and ideas for how communities influence and change drug culture.

This community event is open to the public. Refreshments and a drawing will be held after Officer Galloway’s training. Prizes include an Apple Watch and 55” smart TV. Community members are eligible to win the drawing by registering before February 15 and must be present at the event to collect the prize. Children under the age of 18 years are also eligible to register for the drawing and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to attend the presentation.

Arrest photo of Joseph Trudeau, 57 of Marion

Miami County, IN – A Marion man who passed a State Trooper in the left lane while the Trooper was conducting a traffic stop, was arrested on charges of Operating While Intoxicated and Operator Never Licensed on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at approximately 1:12 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Trooper Adam C. Moor was conducting a traffic stop with a vehicle on the right shoulder of Northbound US Route 31 near Mexico Road in his State Police vehicle with his emergency lights activated when a 2002 Pontiac passed him in the right lane at approximately 60 to 65 miles per hour causing his police vehicle to shake.

There were no other vehicles around the Pontiac and the driver failed to switch to the left lane when it was open.

Trooper Moor also noted that the vehicle registration on the Pontiac was possibly expired.

Moor quickly ended his current traffic stop and activated his siren to stop the Pontiac. He caught up to the Pontiac north of State Road 16. The vehicle pulled over onto the right shoulder of the roadway.

Arrest photo of John Stuber, 63 of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident with unknown injuries in the area of Lovers Lane Road and US Route 24 on Monday, February 4, 2019, at approximately 6:52 p.m.

Upon arriving on the scene, PPD Officer Keith Smith located a blue Ford F-150 facing east down an embankment just northwest of the intersection of Indiana 19 and Lovers Lane Road. The vehicle was still running with its headlights illuminated. There were also several fresh tire tracks in the grass and mud that appeared to be from the Ford as well.

As Officer Smith approached the vehicle, a man later identified as John R. Stuber, 63 of Peru exited the driver’s side door of the vehicle. Stuber was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He stated he was uninjured and that he had “missed a turn” due to the fog. When asked where he left the roadway, Mr. Stuber was unable to provide an answer. He repeatedly stated he just went off the roadway.

Stuber reported that he had tried to get his vehicle out of the ditch, but it was “stuck”. Officer Smith requested Dispatch sent a tow truck to assist.

While speaking with Mr. Stuber, Officer Smith noticed that his speech was slurred and slow and that his eyes were red and glassy. It also appeared to Officer Smith that Stuber staggered as he walked up the hill and Officer Smith had to brace him to prevent him from falling down sideways.

Arrest photo of Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop on a man riding a moped resulted in his arrest on drug charges last Sunday, February 3, 2019, at approximately 2:41 a.m. in the area of 3rd and Water Streets.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle, Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru was stopped while operating a moped for failing to signal before making a turn in to the alley on Water between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

After stopping the moped, Officer Brindle identified the driver from prior incidents as Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru. While asking Cunningham for his identification and registration, Officer Brindle noticed that Cunningham was sweating profusely. The outside temperature at the time was between 30 and 40 degrees.

Officer Brindle then took note of Mr. Cunningham’s eyes, which according to the report were “extremely dilated when introduced to light.”

After conducting a warrant search on Mr. Cunningham, Officer Brindle deployed his K9 partner Darro to conduct a “free air sniff” around the suspect vehicle with the dog having a change of behavior on the driver’s seat area of the moped.

Arrest photo of Carrie Banks, 41, of Peru

Peru, IN – A warrant arrest on February 1, 2019, resulted in a Peru woman’s arrest on multiple drug charges after she tried to hide in her mother’s closet to avoid her arrest.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Josh Ulery, Officer Swinford contacted him in reference to serving a Miami County Probation Warrant on Carrie E. Banks, 40 of Peru at approximately 10:16 p.m. on February 1, 2019. The original charge was for possession of a Syringe.

Arriving on the scene, Ulery met Officers Westfall and Swinford. While the other officers attempted to make contact at the side door of the trailer, Ulery watched from the street where he could see the front of the property including a direct view into the kitchen.

Officer Ulery was able to see Ms. Banks standing inside the kitchen area wearing a white tank top as an older female went to answer the door. This person would later be identified as Ms. Banks’ mother.

Upon answering the door, Ms. Banks’ mother informed officers that Carrie was not home at this time. Officers verified the address on the warrant and Officer Ulery then returned to the front door and advised the mother that he had seen Carrie through the window and was going to make entry into the home to locate her.

Arrest photo of Bradyen Michelle Berkshire, 18 of Logansport

Miami County, IN – New details have emerged from the release of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit following the investigation of the shooting death of Nathaniel Joe Hopper last Sunday at the Circle Inn Mobile Home Park on N. Mexico Rd.

In the probable cause report filed by MCSD Detective Sergeant Gary Glassburn and obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Officers were called to the residence at the Circle Inn on February 3rd for a reported gunshot victim.

Upon officer arrival, the victim, Nathaniel Hopper was found in a bedroom deceased with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his head. Officers identified two female subjects in the residence. Bradyen Michelle Berkshire, 18 of Logansport and a second female whose name was redacted from the report by the prosecutor’s office.

Ms. Berkshire had a wound to her left hand. Prior to being transported by EMS workers, she made a recorded statement with Deputy Larry Cattin. According to the report, Berkshire told Cattin “Nathaniel picked a gun off the floor, ejecting the Magazine, placing it to his head and pulling the trigger causing the weapon to fire.” “She stated it was an accident.”

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Peru, IN – The filing deadline has passed, and the ballot is set for the 2019 City Primary Election to be held May 7, 2019.

Three candidates have filed for the Republican nomination or Mayor. They include former School Board President Wayne Bunker, PPD veteran officer Miles Hewitt and local business owner David Makin.

Incumbent Mayor Gabriel Greer is the sole person running on the Democratic ticket for Mayor.

Also running unopposed as a Democrat is the incumbent City Clerk-Treasurer Tish Soldi. No Republican candidate filed to run for the office of Clerk-Treasurer.

Below is a complete listing of all the candidates who have filed to run in the May primary election.

Arrest photos of Stephanie Robinette, 37 of Peru and  Stephen Baber, 29 of Peru

Peru, IN - A routine traffic stop in Peru led to the arrest of Stephanie Robinette, 37 of Peru on a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and Stephen Baber, 29 of Peru on a charge of Possession of Paraphernalia on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at approximately 9:03 p.m. The arrest took place in the Taco Bell Parking lot on North Broadway Street.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by Peru Police Officer Brok Westfall, he observed a goldish in color passenger vehicle was observed traveling south on Broadway near Roxy Lane cross the center line with both driver’s side tires near the Dairy Queen restaurant. Officer Westfall continued to follow the vehicle and noticed that the driver’s side brake light was also not working. Officer Westfall then activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop as the vehicle turned into the Taco Bell parking lot.

After several seconds of slowly driving through the parking lot, the vehicle came to a stop. Officer Westfall then approached the female driver who was identified as thirty-seven-year-old Stephanie Robinette of Peru.

While Officer Westfall was running Ms. Robinette’s license, he observed her and the passenger, identified as twenty-nine-year-old Stephen Baber of Peru making suspicious movements inside the vehicle. Officer Westfall returned to the vehicle and asked them to stop moving around. Once back at his vehicle, they continued to make these suspicious movements inside the vehicle.