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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.

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Miami County, IN – Troopers from the Indiana State Police responded to a call regarding a disorderly man armed with a knife early Wednesday morning in rural Miami County.

According to his Probable Cause Affidavit, ISP Trooper Adam Moor was first to arrive on the scene and met with the gentleman who had made the 911 call. The man reported that Xavier Hamlin, 21, of rural Kokomo was out of control inside the residence. The caller also said that Mr. Hamlin began smoking meth when Hamlin found out that he was going to call 911. It was also reported that Hamlin smokes meth often and had been awake for several days causing issues at the residence.

Senior Troopers Chuck Meyer and Joshua Tarrh arrived to assist as Trooper Moor entered the residence and found Mr. Hamlin sitting in the living room, actively smoking out of a glass pipe. Upon entering the room, Mr. Hamlin is reported to say “go ahead and test it.” Hamlin was directed to put the pipe down.

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Peru, IN – What began as a traffic stop on a vehicle with no tail lights resulted in the arrest of a Somerset man for possession of methamphetamine, heroin, and paraphernalia early Wednesday morning.

Pere Police Officer Brok Westfall was observing traffic in a stationary position in between the north and southbound lanes of US Route 31, south of the US Route 24 intersection at approximately 5:29 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Officer Westfall observed a white passenger vehicle pass him traveling north on US Route 31 without any rear tail lights. The vehicle entered the ramp to US Route 24 east. Officer Westfall pulled onto the roadway in pursuit.

Arrest photo of Amber Cart, 33 of Peru

Peru, IN - A Peru woman was arrested Monday morning after a brief, low-speed vehicle pursuit in South Peru.

Peru Police Officer Zachary Adkins was on patrol and observed a vehicle matching one known to belong to a woman with an active Miami County Warrant. According to Police Chief Mike Meeks, Officer Adkins followed the vehicle from the 50 block of Cory Avenue. He was able to identify the driver as Amber Cart, 33 of Peru who was wanted on a Miami County Warrant.