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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.

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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.

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Miami County, IN - Sherry Raber of Peru, 1st Deputy Bookkeeper of the Miami County Clerk’s Office and Treasurer of the Miami County Republican Party declared her candidacy for Clerk of Miami County on Monday, August 14, 2017.

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Tamara Geiselman is announcing her candidacy for Miami County Clerk. Tammy has been employed with the Miami County Clerk of the Courts for nine years. Three of those years she has been a First Deputy Clerk. She is a member of the Indiana Association of Clerks of Circuit Courts.

Tammy is a registered Republican and will be running as a member of the Republican Party. She is currently the Treasurer for the Peru Republican Women’s Association and holds a position in the Clerks Office doing civil filings, ranging from opening new cases, instructing individuals on how to reinstate suspended licenses, filing divorces, tax deeds, to receiving and processing child support payments plus covering different desks so other staff can attend meetings.

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January 8, 2018 - Ethan Manning has announced his candidacy for State Representative in House District 23, which includes parts of Miami, Cass, and Fulton Counties.

“I’m excited to begin this campaign for State Representative,” said Manning. “As a lifelong Hoosier, small businessman, local farmer, community leader, and conservative Republican, I look forward to talking with people all across the district to make sure I understand their views and challenges so I can best represent them in the General Assembly."

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Peru, IN-Karen LeMaster, a longtime Deputy Assessor of the Miami County Assessor’s Office has announced her candidacy for Miami County Assessor in the 2018 Republican primary election. She hopes to succeed current Assessor Sara Lea McAuliffe who will be retiring at the end of her term in December 2018.

Karen began as the Clay Township Trustee/Assessor in March of 2004 after the resignation of the previous official. She continued to be the Clay Township Trustee/Assessor until the State of Indiana transferred the assessment duties to the county assessor for townships with fewer than 15,000 parcels on July of 2008. Karen has now been the Clay Township Trustee for nearly 14 years and will be leaving that position at the end of her term in December 2018.

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Peru, IN - On January 3rd, at approximately 5:15 pm, Peru Police officers were dispatched to a residence in Peru to meet with a female in reference to threats being made to her.

Once officers arrived, they spoke with the female. They found she had come to Peru earlier in the day after being battered by her boyfriend, Daley A. Duso, in Lowell, Indiana. Through a statement given to police, she advised that Daley had physically battered her earlier the day and had a history of abuse from him. After battering her, he then told her he was going to kill her, her dog and himself. He had also threatened to kill her family, who resides in Peru.