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Miami/Fulton Counties – Recently, nine departments in north central Indiana teamed up for six 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 Logansport Police Department, the Peru Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Rochester Police Department utilized marked and unmarked police cars to conduct saturation patrols on U.S. 31 in Miami and Fulton Counties. Patrol officers were augmented by K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs.

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Peru, IN- Since 1946 the Indiana State Police has held a firearms match in which state police officers try to outscore each other in a handgun target shooting competition. This year’s contest was held at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, IN. The competition consisted of 16 four-person teams from each of the Indiana State Police Posts, the Indiana State Police General Headquarters, and officers from the Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section.

Today, the four-member team which represented the Indiana State Police Peru Post finished in fourth place, with an overall team score of 1,800. They were bested by the teams from the Indiana State Police Evansville, Pendleton and Ft. Wayne Posts.

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Miami County – On May 19, 2018 at approximately 10:20 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to a possible death, on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near the area of State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East.

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police detectives revealed that two men were mushroom hunting, in a wooded area on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East. The men allegedly found the body of a deceased male. The deceased male was identified as Drake Allan Smith, 22, Summitville, IN.

An autopsy revealed that Smith’s death was a homicide.

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Bunker Hill – Yesterday at approximately 12:51 p.m., staff at the Miami Correctional Facility responded to a stabbing in the prison's B Housing Unit, in which an inmate was severely injured.

At the request of the staff, at the Miami Correctional Facility, detectives from the Indiana State Police Peru Post will handle the investigation.

The preliminary evidence by Indiana State Police Detective Brent Ingram revealed that Arthur Andrews, 27, Indianapolis, IN, was stabbed multiple times, with a homemade knife, by another inmate.

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Miami County – On May 19, 2018 at approximately 10:20 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to a possible death, on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near the area of State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East.

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police detectives revealed that two men were mushroom hunting, in a wooded area on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East. The men allegedly found the body of a deceased male. The deceased male was identified as Drake Allan Smith, 22, Summitville, IN.

An autopsy revealed that Smith’s death was a homicide.

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Miami County – Saturday at approximately 10:20 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to a possible death, on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near the area of State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East.

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police detectives revealed that two men were mushroom hunting, in a wooded area on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East. The men found the body of a deceased male. The deceased male was identified as Drake Allan Smith, 22, Summitville, IN.

Monday an autopsy revealed that Smith’s death was a homicide.

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Indiana- As the unofficial start of summer, the Memorial Day holiday weekend is a busy time for Americans. Each year, the highways fill with families in vehicles, on their way to start their summer vacations. To help keep drivers and passengers stay safe, the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 21 through June 3, concurrent with the busy travel season.

“Buckling up is something that should become second nature,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. “Besides that. Buckling up is the law. The consequences of not buckling up is real and can include the loss of life. Often, this tragedy could have been prevented with the use of a seatbelt. No excuses, buckle up!”

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Miami County – Saturday at approximately 10:20 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to a possible death, on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near the area of State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East.

The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police detectives revealed that two men were mushroom hunting, in a wooded area on the Okie Pinokie Trail, near State Road 124 and Miami County Road 510 East. The men allegedly found the body of a deceased male. The deceased male was identified as Drake Allan Smith, 22, Summitville, IN.