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Peru, IN - Today, at approximately 6:38 am, Peru Police Officers were dispatched to McClure (285 East Main Street) in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival, officers observed two vehicles parked at the fuel pumps. Both vehicles, a black Honda Civic and a red Dodge Durango, were facing west. The Honda had a hole in the back passenger side door. The Durango had damage to the front, passenger side door.

Through the investigation by the Peru Police Department Detective Division, it was found that the Honda had three occupants when it pulled into the parking lot. At some point two of the occupants exited the vehicle to go inside the convenience store while the back seat passenger, Jesse McClish remained in the vehicle. According to Mr. McClish, he did not know there was a shotgun in the vehicle. He said he began to move and push items around to give himself more room in the back seat. At some point, a shotgun discharged. The buckshot round went into the driver’s side back door, exited the vehicle, and struck the front passenger side door of the Durango.

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At approximately 12:55 p.m. on Thursday, a YMCA staff member discovered graffiti on a wall in our pool observation room. The writing said: “theres a bomb”(sic).

Law enforcement was contacted and responded to the YMCA. Although it was determined that the note was not recent, YMCA and law enforcement officials agreed that a canine search was the best course of action. Using a variety of canine units from the area, the search was conducted in an efficient and orderly fashion; no threats were found.The Y

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Peru, IN – A Peru woman is facing multiple drug charges after Peru Police Officers executed a search warrant in Peru on February 8, 2018.

Laura Taylor, 45, of Peru, has been charged with Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia. The charges are the result of a search warrant that was conducted at 69 Ewing Street at approximately 12:53 p.m.

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Peru, IN - On Wednesday, officers from the Peru Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office received training on how to recognize and communicate with someone suffering from dementia. The training was hosted by the Peru Police Department and sponsored by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office. The same training was also hosted last week at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Miami County Prosecutor Bruce Embrey had recently seen a presentation at a Peru Rotary meeting and felt it would be great training for local law enforcement. The training was presented by Peru resident Carrie Gallahan. Carrie is the Director of Operations in the Midwest for Compass Senior Living, located in Eugene Oregon. Carrie has over 15 years of experience in the senior living industry and a healthcare background. She is a licensed administrator, Certified Validation Worker, Dementia Trainer, and a passionate elder advocate.

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Bunker Hill, IN - A twitter statement released by Maconaquah High School Systems Social Media accounts reported that students are safe to attend school on Friday after a student-made threat was overheard on Thursday afternoon. The release came just after 10:00 p.m. this evening.

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Indianapolis, IN – District 18 State Senator Randy Head (R) – Logansport will hold a “Virtual Town Hall” live from the Statehouse on YouTube. The event which is being called “Live from the State House: Senate Head Lines” will take place at 5:30 p.m. on February 14th.

Senator Head will take questions from constituents and give an update on the current legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly.

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Seasonal flu activity has been intense this season. As of January 20, 2018, all 49 states in the continental United States reported widespread flu activity for three consecutive weeks. This is a first since CDC’s Influenza Division began tracking flu this way. It’s likely that flu activity will be elevated for many weeks to come.

Influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common so far this season. H3N2-predominant seasons have tended to be more severe. However, other flu viruses are circulating too, contributing to serious illnesses. This season, the highest hospitalization rates have been in people 65 years and older, followed by people 50-64 years, then children 0-4 years of age. About 90% of influenza A-related hospitalizations in people 65 and older have been associated with H3N2 virus infections. About 20% of influenza A-related hospitalizations in people 50-64 have been associated with H1N1 virus infections. This is the H1N1 virus that emerged in 2009 to cause a pandemic and that had a big impact on younger people at that time.

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Peru, IN - A Peru woman is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Paraphernalia following a traffic stop in Peru on Wednesday evening according to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office.

42-year-old Joni Espenscheid of Peru was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped near the area of S. Tippecanoe Street and East 3rd Street at approximately 7:47 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The vehicle was stopped by Peru Police Officer Shawn Swinford for not having working tail lights.

After speaking with the driver and obtaining his identification, Officer Swinford called for PPD Sergeant Samantha Raber to conduct a “free air sniff” around the vehicle with her K9 partner Fargo. Sergeant Raber arrived a few minutes later and conducted the “free air sniff” with Fargo. The K9 had a change of behavior on the vehicle which indicated the presence of contraband.