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Peru – Today, Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter announced the promotion of Lieutenant Jeremy Kelly to the rank of Captain. In his new assignment, Kelly will serve as the commander for the Indiana State Police Area I, which includes the Indiana State Police Peru, Lowell, and Lafayette Districts.

Captain Kelly is a 17 year veteran of the Indiana State Police Department. He has worked his entire career from the Indiana State Police Peru Post, where he was assigned after graduating from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy. Kelly has served the Peru District as a road trooper, a corporal duty officer, a sergeant squad leader, and for seven years as the post commander.

Kelly has served as a field training officer and as a member of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team. He was also a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, before becoming the platoon’s commander.

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Peru- 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.

The four-member team which represented the Indiana State Police Peru Post bested all teams in the competition with an overall team score of 1,855. The troopers who represented the Indiana State Police Peru Post were as follows:

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Wabash County – Yesterday, at approximately 1:40 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to a 911 call reporting an occupied, submerged, vehicle on Wabash County Road 925 Southeast of State Road 13.

The preliminary investigation by Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez revealed that Anthonitte Carter, 22, Indianapolis, IN, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala eastbound on County Road 925 Southeast of State Road 13. Evidence indicates that the Impala passed a high water sign. The sign had been posted, on the south shoulder, to warn drivers of possible flooding due to multiple days of rain in the area. Carter allegedly did not see the sign and drove into floodwaters which had completely covered the road. Shortly after the vehicle entered the water it was carried to the north side of the road, by the water’s current, and became submerged.

Carter was able to escape the vehicle. Unfortunately, Carter’s two-year-old son, Eric Long, did not make it out of the submerged Impala. Despite Carter’s attempt to rescue her son, she was not able to free him. Responding conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department had to enter the flood water to rescue Carter. She was struggling and purportedly did not know how to swim.

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Indianapolis – Friday, the Indiana State Police Department held an awards and recognition ceremony in Indianapolis. The ceremony publicly recognized the achievements and deeds of self-sacrifice and accomplishments of Indiana State Police employees from around the state. Two troopers assigned to the Indiana State Police Peru Post were recognized at the ceremony.

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Lagro - Yesterday, at approximately 2:25 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 24 near County Road 300 East, in which a Peru man died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez revealed that Timothy Martin, 48, Peru, IN was driving a 2018 Yun motor scooter eastbound on U.S. 24 near Wabash County Road 300 East. Stephanie Smith, 28, Andrews, IN was driving a 2003 Subaru eastbound on U.S. 24 near County 300 East. For a yet to be determined reason, The Subaru rear-ended the scooter, ejecting Martin.

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Howard County – Thursday, a criminal investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Mike Lorona resulted in the arrest of Wesley Smith, 25, Kokomo, IN on two felony charges of child molestation.

Detective Lorona started an investigation after receiving information, from the Cass County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services, that a Howard County girl had possibly been molested. Detective Lorona’s investigation revealed that Smith had allegedly committed a sexual act on a then five-year-old girl. The alleged crime occurred at a Howard County home in 2018.

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Delphi, Indiana - Early this afternoon Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter spoke with members of the Delphi community and interested media to share the change in direction of the Delphi double murder investigation of Abigail (Abby) Williams and Liberty (Libby) German. This investigation has been ongoing since the discovery of the girls' bodies, the early afternoon of February 14, 2017, in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, about a half mile upstream from the high bridge.

Today, a new sketch of the suspect, appearing to be in his mid-twenties to mid-thirties and believed responsible for the murders of the girls, was shared with the Delphi community and media. As the investigation has progressed, information has been continuously reviewed and examined and this sketch more accurately depicts the face of the suspect from the video recorded on Liberty German's cell phone while she and Abigail were on the High Bridge.

Also shared with the Delphi community was more of the audio, as well as previously unreleased video from Libby's phone. The sketch, audio, and video footage can be viewed at this Indiana State Police website link: https://www.in.gov/isp/delphi.htm

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Indianapolis, IN- Today, Probationary Trooper Derek Rine, from the Indiana State Police Peru District, received his police car and will start solo road patrol. Rine is a member of the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy class which graduated in December of 2018. The 78th recruit class recently completed three months of field training. They were issued their state police cars during a ceremony held at the Indiana State Police Youth Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis.

Prior to starting three months of field training, members of the 78th recruit class, while in the police academy, completed a 22 week training period. They received over 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 400 hours of hands-on practical scenario-based training. Some areas of training included criminal and traffic law, crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics, firearms, and a host of other subjects related to modern policing.

Probationary Trooper Derek Rine is a native of Lewisburg, PA and a 2007 graduate of the Penn View Christian Academy in Penns Creek, PA. He studied criminal justice at Liberty University and is a staff sergeant in the Indiana National Guard. Rine has a served a combat tour as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He will patrol primarily in Fulton County. He currently resides in Cass County with his wife and three children.