Arrest photo of Melissa Powell, 33, of Kokomo

Miami County, IN – Melissa Powell, 33 of Kokomo is facing a felony charge of Operating While Intoxicated after crashing her vehicle into a gravestone in the area of Strawtown Pike and CR 1100 S. in Miami County on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at approximately 7:08 p.m.

ISP Trooper David Kewish responded to the location of the accident which involves two almost 90-degree curves at 7:20 p.m. and observed a blue Chevy Cavalier stuck on a gravestone on the west side of the roadway.

Trooper Kewish contacted the driver, identified as thirty-three-year-old Melissa Powell of Kokomo, IN. Ms. Powell advised she had been messing with her phone and wasn’t familiar with the area and left the roadway striking the gravestone.

Trooper Kewish also spoke with the subject that called the accident into central dispatch. He stated that he arrived after the accident and didn’t observe the crash. He advised that Ms. Powell had borrowed his phone and called a wrecker company but not the police. He found this odd and call the police just in case.

Arrest photo of Kenneth Roberts, 46, of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of North Clay Street on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m. for the report of male bleeding in the roadway.

As PPD Officer Rushforth responded to the area with other members of the PPD, Central Dispatch advised the male subject had entered a silver passenger vehicle and was turning from Clay Street onto East 8th Street. Rushforth was able to observe the vehicle and catch up to it at the intersection of 6th Street and Tippecanoe Street.

As Rushforth was preparing to initiate a traffic stop on the silver vehicle, the male driver parked the vehicle in the middle of the roadway and quickly exited the vehicle.

Officer Rushforth quickly exited his vehicle and asked the subject if he had any weapons. The man indicated that he had a knife. Rushforth patted the man down for weapons as additional officers arrived on the scene. During this search of the man, later identified as Kenneth Roberts, 46 of Peru, Officer Rushforth observed a small clear baggie with a white substance inside fall from his side waistband area.

At this point, the man looked back at Officer Rushforth and exclaimed to the vehicle passenger “Ah, Lee, look what you made me do.”

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Peru, IN - Over 24 days, the Peru Police Department issued 151 citations, 78 warnings, and made 7 arrests as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization. Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up.

More than 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands across the nation to enforce seat-belt laws in cars and trucks, for both children and adults, in the front seat and back, both day and night. The overtime, highly visible traffic patrols were supported with federal traffic-safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

“We enforce seat belts and other traffic laws to protect the lives of our community members on the road,” said Officer Keith Smith. “With the summer travel season now underway, remember to always buckle up – every trip, every time – and use a sober driver.”

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The following were arrests made by Miami County Law Enforcement. Individuals named in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Peru, IN - Today (June 5, 2019) at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Indiana, Regine Brindle showed up to have an interview with the Fox 59 news station's Kelly Reinke. Regine's story has garnered attention from all over Indiana, and indeed all around the country. Prior to her interview, and as the interview progressed I realized just how far this story has reached. Regine's story touches people's hearts and makes them want to help. The story of United States soldiers who are lost and forgotten, it tugs at the heartstrings of every patriot. Indoctrinated to honor and cherish the ultimate sacrifice of military service. And when we see soldiers being forgotten and unhonored, it wells within us a deep-seated sense of justice that this wrong must be righted! In fact Regine's group ( has been working on this project with others for two years now, she is part of a team of people which includes her husband, Bruce Brindle, who supports her and does a lot of work, Brenda Weaver who has been an invaluable asset, Debby Smith Beheler who is the webmaster for the website and research anchor, Alexandria Blong who has been instrumental with the projects, as well as people like Kent Workman who does a lot of videotaping and presentations for them and presents some of the things through his project of Miami County Monthly News.

State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver)

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) was recently chosen to participate in the Council of State Governments’ Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.

The annual training program assists promising, new state legislators cultivate skills such as conflict resolution and negotiation. Manning will meet with 37 lawmakers from 10 Midwest states and four Canadian provinces August 9-13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Throughout the country, we are seeing more policy responsibilities shifted away from the federal level and toward the states,” Manning said. “To meet the demands of Indiana and the nation’s changing needs, it is vital to have a firm understanding of how policies can impact education and employment opportunities, local economies, the environment and more.”

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Presented By: Veterans for Foreign Wars Post 2067, Miami County Honor Guard, and Miami County Service Office.

At the Courthouse Square, citizens of Peru, and Miami County gathered to honor the heroes who have served this country and preserved our freedom. At dawn, the flags were lowered to half-mast in preparation for today's event. Mr. Gary Working and Miss Hailey Ewer sang patriotic songs. The organizer and keynote speaker, Jay Kendall shared with us a story of service that exemplifies why we should honor and remember America's Fallen.

Arrest photo of Darryl Smith, 21 of Peru

Miami County, IN – A Peru man is facing a charge of Operating While Intoxicated following a traffic stop on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at approximately 3:24 a.m.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Peru Police Officer Tyler Hagan observed silver in color passenger vehicle stopped at the stop sign on Riverside at Wallace Ave. The vehicle then proceeded eastbound through the intersection onto State Road 124 and began to accelerate at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle traveled from Wallace to a sharp 90-degree curve (approximately 1 ½ miles) at speeds from 55 to 70 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. As the vehicle traveled, it failed to maintain its lane of travel by crossing over the white line three times. The vehicle also crossed the center line of the road three times.

Officer Hagan followed and conducted a traffic stop at State Road 124 / 300 E. The driver was identified as twenty-one-year-old Darryl Smith of Peru. After being advised of the reason for the stop, Officer Hagan observed Smith’s eyes to be watery. When asked if he had anything to drink tonight, Mr. Smith replied that he had alcohol at dinner around 6 p.m. the night before. When asked if he had consumed any alcohol since that time, Smith simply replied no and would not make eye contact.