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Peru, IN – The Miami County Republican Party, led by Chairman Ethan Manning, has selected Susan Stanley as their candidate for City Clerk-Treasurer in the upcoming Peru Municipal Elections. Ms. Stanley will face off against Democrat Tish Soldi in the November 5, 2019 election.

Stanley was born in Miami County and attended Maconaquah High School. She worked for Delco Electronics in Kokomo for thirty-four years. During her service with Delco, she earned an Applied Science Degree in Business. Upon retiring from Delco, she obtained a Real Estate license and sold Real Estate for Century 21 Creative in Kokomo/Howard County.

In 2015, she decided she wanted to come home to Peru and so she sold her house and relocated back to Peru.

Arrest photo of Joseph Santana, 35, of Peru

Peru, IN – A Peru man is facing a charge of battery following a June 5th incident where Police were called to the 100 block of N. Clay Street on the report of a man lying in the middle of the road bleeding.

According to a PPD probable cause affidavit, Lt. James J. Ulery responded the call at approximately 9:30 p.m. on June 5th. A few moments later he learned that Officer Rushforth had detained a subject in a silver vehicle at the corner of Tippecanoe and 6th Streets. Upon arrival at that location, Ulery observed Rushforth placing a male subject under arrest for possession of methamphetamine. You can read about this arrest by clicking HERE.

A passenger in the silver SUV, whose name was redacted from the report by the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, was observed by Ulery to have major injuries to his face and head.

When asked what had happened, the man stated that he had pulled over to text a couple of subjects and the next thing he knows there is a black male knocking on his window. According to the subject, the black male cussed him out and told him to go on down the road or he was going to shoot him according to the report.

The man stated that the black male tried to get into his vehicle, so he jumped out and was then reportedly hit in the head by something very hard. The man reported that he was dazed and that he grabbed the black male and was able to get him into a headlock. The black male then reportedly slammed him to the ground, landing on his head and shoulder.

The man reported that he was in an out of consciousness but recalled being punched in the face several more times.

Arrest photo of Melissa Powell, 33, of Kokomo

Miami County, IN – Melissa Powell, 33 of Kokomo is facing a felony charge of Operating While Intoxicated after crashing her vehicle into a gravestone in the area of Strawtown Pike and CR 1100 S. in Miami County on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at approximately 7:08 p.m.

ISP Trooper David Kewish responded to the location of the accident which involves two almost 90-degree curves at 7:20 p.m. and observed a blue Chevy Cavalier stuck on a gravestone on the west side of the roadway.

Trooper Kewish contacted the driver, identified as thirty-three-year-old Melissa Powell of Kokomo, IN. Ms. Powell advised she had been messing with her phone and wasn’t familiar with the area and left the roadway striking the gravestone.

Trooper Kewish also spoke with the subject that called the accident into central dispatch. He stated that he arrived after the accident and didn’t observe the crash. He advised that Ms. Powell had borrowed his phone and called a wrecker company but not the police. He found this odd and call the police just in case.

Arrest photo of Kenneth Roberts, 46, of Peru

Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of North Clay Street on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at approximately 9:30 p.m. for the report of male bleeding in the roadway.

As PPD Officer Rushforth responded to the area with other members of the PPD, Central Dispatch advised the male subject had entered a silver passenger vehicle and was turning from Clay Street onto East 8th Street. Rushforth was able to observe the vehicle and catch up to it at the intersection of 6th Street and Tippecanoe Street.

As Rushforth was preparing to initiate a traffic stop on the silver vehicle, the male driver parked the vehicle in the middle of the roadway and quickly exited the vehicle.

Officer Rushforth quickly exited his vehicle and asked the subject if he had any weapons. The man indicated that he had a knife. Rushforth patted the man down for weapons as additional officers arrived on the scene. During this search of the man, later identified as Kenneth Roberts, 46 of Peru, Officer Rushforth observed a small clear baggie with a white substance inside fall from his side waistband area.

At this point, the man looked back at Officer Rushforth and exclaimed to the vehicle passenger “Ah, Lee, look what you made me do.”

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Peru, IN - Over 24 days, the Peru Police Department issued 151 citations, 78 warnings, and made 7 arrests as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization. Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up.

More than 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands across the nation to enforce seat-belt laws in cars and trucks, for both children and adults, in the front seat and back, both day and night. The overtime, highly visible traffic patrols were supported with federal traffic-safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

“We enforce seat belts and other traffic laws to protect the lives of our community members on the road,” said Officer Keith Smith. “With the summer travel season now underway, remember to always buckle up – every trip, every time – and use a sober driver.”

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The following were arrests made by Miami County Law Enforcement. Individuals named in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Peru, IN - Today (June 5, 2019) at 10:30 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru, Indiana, Regine Brindle showed up to have an interview with the Fox 59 news station's Kelly Reinke. Regine's story has garnered attention from all over Indiana, and indeed all around the country. Prior to her interview, and as the interview progressed I realized just how far this story has reached. Regine's story touches people's hearts and makes them want to help. The story of United States soldiers who are lost and forgotten, it tugs at the heartstrings of every patriot. Indoctrinated to honor and cherish the ultimate sacrifice of military service. And when we see soldiers being forgotten and unhonored, it wells within us a deep-seated sense of justice that this wrong must be righted! In fact Regine's group ( has been working on this project with others for two years now, she is part of a team of people which includes her husband, Bruce Brindle, who supports her and does a lot of work, Brenda Weaver who has been an invaluable asset, Debby Smith Beheler who is the webmaster for the website and research anchor, Alexandria Blong who has been instrumental with the projects, as well as people like Kent Workman who does a lot of videotaping and presentations for them and presents some of the things through his project of Miami County Monthly News.

State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver)

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Ethan Manning (R-Denver) was recently chosen to participate in the Council of State Governments’ Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.

The annual training program assists promising, new state legislators cultivate skills such as conflict resolution and negotiation. Manning will meet with 37 lawmakers from 10 Midwest states and four Canadian provinces August 9-13 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“Throughout the country, we are seeing more policy responsibilities shifted away from the federal level and toward the states,” Manning said. “To meet the demands of Indiana and the nation’s changing needs, it is vital to have a firm understanding of how policies can impact education and employment opportunities, local economies, the environment and more.”