MCCF Photo

Susie Perkins, one of the first Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) board members and a past president of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, remembers working in 1993 to form a foundation for charitable community support. She remembers how excited they were to raise even their first $1,000!

While the founders of the MCCF gained much support, they also faced doubt in the very beginning. Some community members believed that they couldn’t successfully raise the dollars required to start a community foundation. “Even we who persevered and believed that it could happen are amazed today to see what the Community Foundation has meant to Miami County throughout the past twenty-five years,” Susie said.

Billy D. Humphrey, 26 photo

An arrest warrant has been issued for the arrest of Billy D. Humphrey, 26, on a charge of Aggravated Battery according to a release on the Peru Police Department's Facebook page.  

According to the Peru Police Department, Mr. Humphrey is also being investigated by an agency in Howard County for Burglary and Auto Theft.

Photo of Zane M. Brooks, 31 of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man was arrested yesterday after Operating While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident at the intersection of E. 6th St. and Lincoln Street in Peru.

A resident in the 400 block of E. 5th Street reported to Peru Police that she heard a large crash at approximately 6:22 p.m. on Wednesday evening. Upon investigation by the Peru Police Department, it was learned that a vehicle had slid while trying to turn south on to Lincoln St. from E. 6th St. The vehicle struck a stop sign and a tree and then fled the scene.

Peru Utilities Photo

Peru, IN – Peru Utilities has placed a boil order for a very small part of the city which includes Square D, Plaza Mobile Home Park, Peru Junior High School and Peru High School. No other areas of the city are involved in this boil order.

According to Jamin Beisiegel, of the Division of Water Management, the boil order is the result of a small water main break. The Utility will conduct two tests to make sure that the water is again safe to drink and affected customers will be notified by the utility when the water is again safe for human consumption.

Photo of Billy D. Humphrey, 28, Peru

On Tuesday, January 16, at approximately 5:56 pm Miami County Central Dispatch received a call of male, identified as James S. Turner, 36, trying to flag down cars in the area of Main and Wayne Street. While officers were en route to the call, another caller advised the male may have been stabbed.

Officers arrived and observed a citizen applying pressure with a towel to the area of the wound of Mr. Turner. Upon officers opening his outer clothing, a large amount of blood was observed on his clothing. Once emergency medical staff from Dukes Memorial Hospital arrived, they began treatment of Mr. Turner. It was determined shortly after their arrival to Lifeline Mr. Turner to another hospital.

Arrest photo of Antwan Abbott, 38, of Kokomo

Peru, IN – A Kokomo man was arrested early Sunday Morning following a routine traffic stop in Peru. According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor, PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle and his K9 partner Darro were traveling southbound on North Broadway Street approaching Main Street in an unmarked police vehicle. Brindle observed a maroon colored vehicle that was also traveling southbound on North Broadway. He was unable to see the vehicle’s license plate so he activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle turned onto West Main Street before coming to a stop just west of Broadway Street.

When Officer Brindle approached the car, he was able to see a temporary plate in the back window. The vehicle’s tinted glass had prevented him from seeing the plate prior to now. Brindle them made initial contact with the driver and requested his license and vehicle registration along with the identification of a passenger. Officer Westfall arrived on scene to assist as Officer Brindle requested dispatch to run identification and warrant checks.

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Peru, IN - On Tuesday, January 16, at approximately 5:56 pm Miami County Central Dispatch received a call of a male trying to flag down cars in the area of Main and Wayne Street. While officers were en route to the call, another caller advised the male may have been stabbed.

Officer arrived and observed a citizen applying pressure with a towel to the area of the wound of the male. Upon officers opening the male’s outer clothing, a large amount of blood was observed on his clothing. Once emergency medical staff from Dukes Memorial Hospital arrived, they began treatment of the male. It was determined shortly after their arrival to Lifeline the victim to another hospital.

Mike Meeks photo

Mike Meeks announced his intentions to enter the race for Miami County Sheriff in 2018. Meeks is 48 years old and has two children, Kayla and Brianna. He regularly attends Zion Chapel Church in Peru.

Meeks has been a police officer with the Peru Police Department for 23 years. During his time with the department, he has served as a shift supervisor for all shifts and was the Assistant Chief of Police for 3 ½ years under past Chief Bill Raber. He currently sits on numerous committees to include, Miami County System of Care, Miami County School Safety Committee, 911 Executive Committee, Miami County Substance Abuse Prevention Council, Emergency Management Advisory Council and the Miami County Disaster Coalition. He has also been a member of the Miami Lodge Fraternal Order of Police my entire career.