Arrest Photo of Dustin E. Hacker, 45 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Paraphernalia and Driving While Suspended after being arrested on the evening of Saturday, March 3, 2018, by a Miami County Sheriff’s Deputy.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Miami County Sheriff Department Deputy Nate Freeman and Deputy Preston Howard were attempting to serve a warrant when they saw a tan colored Toyota Camry that matched the description of a vehicle that was possibly being used by the subject of the arrest warrant.

Deputy Howard approached the vehicle from the rear and witnessed a white male exit the vehicle from the passenger side front door. The man began walking quickly toward an apartment building when Deputy Howard asked the man to stop and talk with him.

Arrest photo of Carrie E. Banks, 40, of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers located a Peru woman with an active arrest warrant and found her in possession of methamphetamine, a syringe and drug paraphernalia in the early morning hours of February 28, 2018.

At approximately 5:47 a.m. on February 28th, PPD Officers Keith Smith and Jeremy Brindle were at a residence attempting to locate Carrie E. Banks, 40 of Peru who had an active arrest warrant in Miami County. The officers made contact with a man at the residence who informed them that he did not believe Ms. Banks was inside but did invite the officers inside to look for her. The man advised that he had been allowing Ms. Banks to stay in a guest bedroom for the last few days.

Ms. Banks was located in a back bedroom. She was placed in handcuffs by Officer Brindle and advised of her warrant. While being placed in handcuffs, Officer Smith noticed a blue and silver smoking device sitting on a table in the room as well as a brass colored “grinder” on another table near the couch. The smoking device had a burnt, black residue in the bowl.

Arrest photo of Tanika Davis, 34 of Peru

Peru, IN – What started with a call to the Department of Child Services “Child Neglect Hotline” of a possible meth lab in a Peru home, resulted in the arrest of a Peru woman on February 24, 2018.

PPD Officer Lee Mitchell was advised by Central Dispatch to meet with a caseworker at the Department of Child Services office in Peru. Mitchell met with DCS worker Mandy Mooney who informed him of the tip.

Officer Mitchell, along with Officers Adkins, Mooney and DCS worker Mooney arrived at the home located in the 200 block of Columbia Ave. Upon knocking on the door, a woman who was later identified as Tanika Davis, 34 of Peru answered the door. Ms. Mooney introduced herself as a caseworker with the Miami County Department of Child Services and informed Ms. Davis that she was there to conduct a welfare check on the children inside the residence.

Sunday Sales Photo

Peru, IN – For the first time in more than 80 years, Indiana residents can purchase alcohol on Sundays. Earlier this month, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law legalizing the sale of carry-out alcoholic beverages. That law was signed Wednesday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. With the stroke of a pen, the stage was set for Sunday sales to begin today. Per the law, sales are limited to noon to eight o’clock on Sunday.

Photo of Sgt. Ulery

Peru IN – During last night’s meeting of the Peru Board of Public Works and Safety, the board approved Police Chief Mike Meek’s request for the promotion of Officer James “Josh” Ulery from Patrolman to Sergeant. Chief Meeks stated, “Officer Ulery is a very good police officer and is considered one of our most beloved officers by the citizens of Peru.” A copy of the letter Chief Meeks to the board regarding the promotion can be read HERE.

Chief Meeks stated that It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with the President of the United States or someone who has nothing in their life Josh treats them the same.

United Way Logo

Peru, IN - The United Way of Miami County is sponsoring a coloring contest to help kick-off our 2018 Campaign. We are asking for your help to distribute and collect each entry form. Last year there were 1,092 entries turned in thanks to the help from teachers and others in the community.

Coloring contest entries are judged on originality, creativity, and quality of coloring in age categories. Only one Coloring contest entry per child is accepted.

The contest form can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Arrest photo of Christian S. Schrock, 25 of Peru
CORRECTION:  In an earlier version of this report, the jail staff member struck was initially reported as a woman.  This is not correct.  The staff member was a male.  We apologize for this error.  

Peru, IN – A Peru man who was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated and was verbally combative during his arrest and processing, threatened the arresting officer and injured a jail staff member while being processed early Saturday morning at the Miami County Jail.

A Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Officer indicates that Christian S. Schrock was apprehended by Peru Police Department Officer Keith Smith at approximately 12:42 a.m. Saturday, February 24th for a charge of Operating While Intoxicated.


WABASH/MIAMI COUNTIES – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that traffic changes are planned for S.R. 16 near the Wabash/Miami County line, in the community of Stockdale.

On or after Friday, March 2, weather permitting, the INDOT maintenance team will install STOP signs at the following intersections: