Arrest photo of Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru

Peru, IN – A traffic stop on a man riding a moped resulted in his arrest on drug charges last Sunday, February 3, 2019, at approximately 2:41 a.m. in the area of 3rd and Water Streets.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle, Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru was stopped while operating a moped for failing to signal before making a turn in to the alley on Water between 3rd and 2nd Streets.

After stopping the moped, Officer Brindle identified the driver from prior incidents as Joseph Cunningham, 45 of Peru. While asking Cunningham for his identification and registration, Officer Brindle noticed that Cunningham was sweating profusely. The outside temperature at the time was between 30 and 40 degrees.

Officer Brindle then took note of Mr. Cunningham’s eyes, which according to the report were “extremely dilated when introduced to light.”

After conducting a warrant search on Mr. Cunningham, Officer Brindle deployed his K9 partner Darro to conduct a “free air sniff” around the suspect vehicle with the dog having a change of behavior on the driver’s seat area of the moped.

Arrest photo of Carrie Banks, 41, of Peru

Peru, IN – A warrant arrest on February 1, 2019, resulted in a Peru woman’s arrest on multiple drug charges after she tried to hide in her mother’s closet to avoid her arrest.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Josh Ulery, Officer Swinford contacted him in reference to serving a Miami County Probation Warrant on Carrie E. Banks, 40 of Peru at approximately 10:16 p.m. on February 1, 2019. The original charge was for possession of a Syringe.

Arriving on the scene, Ulery met Officers Westfall and Swinford. While the other officers attempted to make contact at the side door of the trailer, Ulery watched from the street where he could see the front of the property including a direct view into the kitchen.

Officer Ulery was able to see Ms. Banks standing inside the kitchen area wearing a white tank top as an older female went to answer the door. This person would later be identified as Ms. Banks’ mother.

Upon answering the door, Ms. Banks’ mother informed officers that Carrie was not home at this time. Officers verified the address on the warrant and Officer Ulery then returned to the front door and advised the mother that he had seen Carrie through the window and was going to make entry into the home to locate her.

Arrest photo of Bradyen Michelle Berkshire, 18 of Logansport

Miami County, IN – New details have emerged from the release of the Miami County Sheriff’s Department probable cause affidavit following the investigation of the shooting death of Nathaniel Joe Hopper last Sunday at the Circle Inn Mobile Home Park on N. Mexico Rd.

In the probable cause report filed by MCSD Detective Sergeant Gary Glassburn and obtained from the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Officers were called to the residence at the Circle Inn on February 3rd for a reported gunshot victim.

Upon officer arrival, the victim, Nathaniel Hopper was found in a bedroom deceased with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his head. Officers identified two female subjects in the residence. Bradyen Michelle Berkshire, 18 of Logansport and a second female whose name was redacted from the report by the prosecutor’s office.

Ms. Berkshire had a wound to her left hand. Prior to being transported by EMS workers, she made a recorded statement with Deputy Larry Cattin. According to the report, Berkshire told Cattin “Nathaniel picked a gun off the floor, ejecting the Magazine, placing it to his head and pulling the trigger causing the weapon to fire.” “She stated it was an accident.”

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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.