Arrest photo of Kimberly Binney, 50, Logansport

Cass County– Yesterday at approximately 4:30 p.m., a traffic stop by Indiana State Trooper Caleb Clark led to the arrest of Kimberly Binney, 50, Logansport, IN. Binney was incarcerated in the Cass County Jail to face preliminary criminal charges for dealing methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trooper Clark initiated a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford Mustang, on U.S. 35 near Cass County Road 1150 South, for exceeding the posted speed limit. The Mustang was driven by Binney. While Clark was speaking to Binney, a Logansport Police officer and his narcotics detecting police dog arrived to assist. The police dog was walked around the Ford to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. The dog allegedly alerted to the presence of narcotics in the car.

During a subsequent search of the Mustang, officers allegedly found approximately 226 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Ft Wayne – Yesterday, an autopsy was conducted on the body of ten-year-old Skylea Carmack who had been found deceased, in a shed, behind her Gas City, IN home.

The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Scott Wagner of the Ft Wayne Forensic Examination Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital in Ft Wayne. Dr. Wagner determined Skylea’s cause of death was asphyxia by strangulation. Manner of death was a homicide.

There will be no further information released at this time.

Gas City, IN  – This morning at approximately 3:00 a.m., the four-day search for missing 10-year-old Skylea Carmack has come to a tragic end. Skylea’s body was located in a shed behind her Gas City home. She was hidden inside a plastic trash bag.

This morning, Amanda Carmack, 34, was arrested for the murder of Skylea Carmack, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, domestic battery resulting in death, and strangulation. She is currently incarcerated at the Grant County Jail. Amanda Carmack was Skylea’s stepmother.

Preliminary evidence indicates Skylea was killed approximately between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., on Saturday, August the 31, 2019. Preliminary evidence indicates she was strangled. An autopsy will be conducted to verify her cause of death.

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Bunker Hill – Two separate death investigations, by Indiana State Police detectives, resulted in two inmates from the Miami Correctional Facility being charged with murder.

On May 19, 2019, Indiana State Police Detective Michelle Jumper initiated an investigation, at the request of the Miami Correctional Facility, into the death of prison inmate Richard Carrell, 56. Carrell was found deceased in his C Unit cell by a correctional officer. A subsequent autopsy by Doctor Thomas Sozio, DO revealed that Carrell’s cause of the death was asphyxia by strangulation. The manner of death was a homicide. During the course of the investigation, probable cause was developed for a Miami Superior Court I arrest warrant to be issued for prison inmate Michael Parrish, 42. The warrant alleged a single charge of murder. Parrish was Carrell’s cellmate.

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Miami County - On August 30, 2019, officers from the Indiana State Police will conduct an enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Miami County. After the checkpoint, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the Indiana State Police Peru District which covers Cass, Fulton, Grant, Miami, Howard, Tipton, and Wabash Counties.

The purpose of enforcement checkpoints is to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways before they cause needless pain, suffering, or death to innocent victims.

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Miami County – Yesterday a vehicle pursuit led to the arrest of Donnie Cox Jr, 38, Kokomo, IN. Cox Jr was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face criminal charges for resisting law enforcement with a vehicle, resisting law enforcement, invasion of privacy, intimidation, theft, reckless driving, three counts of criminal mischievous, and driving after never having received an operator’s license.

Lieutenant  T..J Zeiser

Peru – Today, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter, announced the promotion of Sergeant T.J. Zeiser to the rank of lieutenant. In his new assignment, Zeiser will serve as the commander for the Indiana State Police Peru Post, which includes Cass, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and Wabash Counties. Zeiser received his promotion through written testing, job performance evaluations, and a competitive interview process.

Zeiser graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in December 2001 and was assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post, where he worked road patrol in Miami County. Zeiser has served as a field training officer and as a member of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team. He is also a level three certified inspector of commercial motor vehicles.

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Miami/Fulton/Howard Counties – Recently, eight departments in north central Indiana teamed up for three days to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics into Hoosier communities.

Officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, the Peru Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Jonesboro Police Department and the Grant County J.E.A.N Team utilized marked and unmarked police cars to conduct saturation patrols on U.S. 31 in Miami, Howard, and Fulton Counties. Patrol officers were augmented by K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs.

Officers dubbed the unannounced three-day patrols “Operation Highway Heat.” The goal was to enforce traffic laws and catch individuals who utilize Indiana roadways to transport and distribute illegal narcotics. U.S. 31 was chosen because a large volume of motorists utilizes the road to travel through the heart of northern Indiana. Officers wanted to serve notice that as the summer temperatures increase, so will their vigilance in keeping illegal narcotics from reaching Hoosier communities.