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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.

Arrest photo of Brayden M. Berkshire, 18 of Logansport, IN

Miami County, IN - Officials from the Miami County Sheriff’ Department have arrested eighteen-year-old Brayden M. Berkshire of Logansport, IN on charges of Reckless Homicide and Obstruction of Justice for the shooting of eighteen-year-old Nathan Joe Hopper at the Circle Inn Mobile Home Park on N. Mexico Rd. last Sunday morning.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, Miami County Central Dispatch received a 911 call advising that a person had been shot and was deceased at the caller’s residence at approximately 7:18 a.m. on February 3, 2019.

Law Enforcement Officers from the Miami County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police responded to Circle Inn Mobile Home Park at 3119 N. Mexico Road, Lot 19 where the body of 18-year-old Nathan Joe Hopper was located inside the residence. Hopper was identified as a resident of Lot 19 and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Miami County, IN – The Miami County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting death of 18-year-old Nathan Joe Hopper at the Circle Inn Mobile Home Park on N. Mexico Road in Peru.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, Miami County Central Dispatch received a 911 call advising that a person had been shot and was deceased at the caller’s residence at approximately 7:18 a.m. on February 3, 2019.

Law Enforcement Officers from the Miami County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police responded to Circle Inn Mobile Home Park at 3119 N. Mexico Road, Lot 19 where the body of 18-year-old Nathan Joe Hopper was located inside the residence. Hopper was identified as a resident of Lot 19 and was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, The Miami County Coroner’s Office and the Indiana State Police.

 

Arrest photo of Lloyd Miller, 43, of Peru

Peru, IN – Forty-three-year-old Lloyd Miller of Peru is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated with a Prior Conviction, Operating A Vehicle while being a Habitual Traffic Violator and Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop conducted on January 24, 2018, at approximately 1:19 a.m.

PPD Officer Tyler Shoffner conducted the traffic stop on Mr. Miller after observing his vehicle in the area of W. 7th St. / Jefferson Street straddling the center line, and weaving back to the right with the left tires still over the center line. The driver then signalled a right-hand turn and turned on to Grant Street followed by another quick left hand turn onto 6th Street. Shoffner then activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop on 6th Street.

Upon approaching the vehicle after the stop, a man, later identified at Lloyd Miller, 43 of Peru got out of the Minivan and then make a partial squatting motion as if he were throwing something on the ground. Officer Shoffner then gave Mr. Miller verbal commands to show his hands and Miller complied.

Arrest photo of Mark A Weaver, Jr., 24 of Peru

Peru, IN – Mark Weaver, 24 of Peru was arrested by Peru Police Department on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia after PPD Officers were called to his residence on January 25, 2019, at approximately 6:58 p.m. to assist Fulton County Community Corrections.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Chad Mooney, Officers were called to the apartment at the request of Fulton County Community Corrections staff who were on scene and had encountered drugs.

Upon his arrival, Officer Mooney spoke with Officer Swinford who was first to arrive on the scene. Swinford had spoken with a Fulton County Community Corrections Field Officer who had located a pouch that contained a white crystalline substance. This item was laying on the coffee table in the living room.

Officer Mooney observed the brown leather zip-up case and two baggies that contained a white crystalline substance that officers believed to be methamphetamine and a scale. Also in the room was Mark A. Weaver, Jr., who Officer Mooney knew from prior police encounters at this address as the owner of the apartment.

Arrest photo of Earl Vanhoose, 48 of Peru

Peru, IN – Earl Vanhoose, 48 of Peru is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia following a traffic stop conducted at the Intersection of Wayne and Main Streets in Peru on January 23, 2019, at approximately 5:42 p.m.

According to Officer Brok Westfall’s probable cause affidavit, He observed the blue passenger vehicle stop at the stop sign at Water and 5th Streets where a male wearing a blue hoodie got into the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The car then activated its turn signal and proceeded east on 5th Street with Officer Westfall following. The vehicle then turned south onto Wayne Street and disregarded the stop sign at Wayne and Main Streets.

Officer Westfall activated his emergency lights and conducted the stop. While speaking with the male driver, whose name is redacted from the report by the prosecutor’s office, Officer Westfall requested Sergeant Raber to assist with the stop. The male passenger was then identified as forty-eight-year-old Earl Vanhoose of Peru.

Upon her arrival, Sergeant Raber utilized her K9 partner Fargo to conduct a “free air sniff” around the car with the K9’s behaviour indicating the presence of drugs inside the car.

Arrest photo of Steven Schenkel, 69 of Huntington, IN

Peru, IN – A sixty-nine-year-old Huntington man faces a charge of Operating While Intoxicated-Refusal after a traffic stop by Peru Police Officers on January 22, 2019, at approximately 3:51 p.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Brok Westfall made the stop after being advised by Officer Finnegan that he was following a possible drunk driver in his personal vehicle. Officer Westfall then observed the truck accelerate at a high rate of speed and disregard a stop light at Broadway and Washington.

Officer Westfall activated his emergency lights and proceeded after the truck. The stop took place near the intersection of Broadway and 6th Streets in Peru.

After contacting the driver, identified as Steven R. Schenkel, 69 of Huntington, Officer Westfall explained the reason for the stop and asked for Mr. Schenkel’s license and registration. According to his report, Westfall “had to ask Steven a second time for his license and registration.”

When asked where he was going, Steven advised that he was trying to do something nice for his girlfriend who had recently passed away. While talking with Mr. Schenkel, Officer Westfall observed that his eyes were glassy and he could detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle.