Arrest photo of Xavier Hamlin, 21, of Kokomo

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.

Arrest photo of Josey Kenworthy, 30, of Somerset, Indiana

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.

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.