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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.

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Miami County-Yesterday at approximately 5:05 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and the Peru Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash near 1327 East Miami County Road 400 North, in which a Mexico, IN man died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Andrew Smith revealed Nathan Stuber, 34, Mexico, IN, was driving a 2015 Ford Fusion eastbound on County Road 400 North. Sarah Winters, 32, Denver, IN was driving 2015 Chrysler 200C westbound on County Road 400 North. The two vehicles approached a hillcrest near 1327 East County Road 400 North and had a sideswipe, opposite direction, collision. Nathan Stuber and his front seat passenger, Ashley Stuber, 32, Mexico, IN were ejected from the Ford.

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Miami County, IN – An Indiana State Trooper who initiated a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on US Route 31 Wednesday discovered that the driver was in possession of multiple drugs.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, ISP Trooper Andrew Smith was patrolling US Route 31 near County Road 100 North in Miami County on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at approximately 5:20 p.m. when he observed a burgundy Lexus automobile in the northbound passing lane traveling at a high rate of speed.

Trooper Smith used his radar to determine that the Lexus was traveling at 72 miles per hour. Smith pursued the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop just south of County Road 1350 North.

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Peru – An inscription on the memorial stone in front of the Indiana State Police Peru Post reads, “We Will Remember Them”. Today that promise was kept when local law enforcement officers, retired state police employees, local government officials, and family members joined troopers from the Indiana State Police Peru Post as they paid tribute to the 46 Indiana State Police employees who have died in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1933.

Since the early days of the Indiana State Police, memorial services have been held at all Indiana State Police Post during the month of May The memorial services are a way of paying tribute and remembering the ultimate sacrifice paid by state police employees who died while serving and protecting the citizens and visitors of Indiana. The services are also for the family members of the fallen heroes. The memorial services let the families of the fallen know that the sacrifice made by them and their departed loved ones will never be forgotten.

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Miami County - This morning at approximately 2:40 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 near Miami County Road 900 South, in which a Muncie, IN man died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Trooper Dustin Rutledge revealed that Mark Raines,56, and Terry Smith, 57, both from Muncie, IN, were riding on a 2004 Moskito SZ moped southbound on U.S. 31 near Miami County Road 900 South. The moped was rear-ended by a 2007 Kenworth roll-off dumpster truck driven by John Buckler, 46, of Sweetser, IN.

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Peru - This morning at approximately 9:43 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 218 at Foreman Drive, in which a Peru man died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Sergeant Rick Brown revealed that Robert Elliott III, 45, Peru, IN was driving a 2008 Yamaha Zuma moped northbound on Foreman Drive, approaching a stop sign at State Road 218. The moped failed to stop and pulled into the path of a westbound 2001 Dodge 1500 pickup truck. The truck struck the moped ejecting Elliott. The Dodge was driven by Mark Hoeppner, 51, Peru, IN.

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Bunker Hill, IN – Recently, Indiana State Police Sergeant T.J. Zeiser arrested Daniel Amonett, 23, Greentown, IN for driving while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement, public intoxication, and failure to identify. Amonett was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail.

Tuesday at approximately 8:31 p.m., Sergeant Zeiser was off duty, at the Bunker Hill Little League Park, watching one of the multiple baseball games that were being played. Zeiser heard the revving of an engine in a Honda passenger car. He then allegedly observed the Honda, driven by Amonett, travel through the little league parking lot at approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour. Amonett eventually parked the Honda in the northwest corner of the little league parking lot.