Arrest photo of Brandon Thomas, 23

Peru, IN - On December 4, 2017, at approximately 3:37 p.m., Sergeant Samantha Raber responded to the 350 block of West Twelfth Street for a report of a theft. After arriving at the residence, the victim advised Sergeant Raber that a male by the name of Brandon Thomas had visited his residence around 2:00 a.m. Thomas remained at the residence when the victim eventually went to bed. Upon waking up, Mr. Thomas was no longer in the residence. The victim then noticed several items missing from his residence. Those items were a Taurus 9mm handgun, a Citizen watch, keys to his residence and his vehicle and a Galaxy J3 cell phone.

Peru Fire Dept. Photo

Peru, Indiana - The Peru Fire Department is preparing a special Christmas for a record number of Miami County children this year.

The PFD has been utilizing donations and funds from fundraisers to help make Christmas special for Miami County students for years. In recent years, gifts have been given to families at the department’s Christmas breakfast. Forty children will receive a better Christmas from the PFD’s efforts this year, which is nearly double the number of children served last year.

“When you see the need of a young child, and you know they’re not going to have anything under the tree, it just melts your heart to know you helped somebody,” said Peru Fire Department Assistant Chief Robert Daine.

Unemployment graphic

INDIANAPOLIS  – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.9 percent for October and remains lower than the national rate of 4.1 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2014), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for four full years.

The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 11,694 over the previous month, which was a result of 2,351 unemployed residents seeking employment and a 14,045 decrease in residents employed. Indiana's total labor force stands at 3.33 million, and the state’s 64.2 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.7 percent.

Arrest photos of April Frazier, 41 and Michael Sharp, 21 both of Peru

Miami County, IN - A Peru couple was arrested on multiple drug charges early Wednesday morning in New Waverly after leading police on a high-speed chase with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

According to Peru Police Chief Michael Meeks, the pursuit started at approximately 2:18 a.m. Wednesday morning when Officer Westfall observed a vehicle leaving the Kroger parking lot with no headlights on. The vehicle traveled south on Business 31 and rapidly accelerated to 60 miles per hour. When Officer Westfall engaged his emergency lights the vehicle continued to accelerate, pulling away from the Police vehicle at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour.

Photo of Timothy Arthur Roden, 46, of Camden, Michigan

A Michigan man is being charged with Operating While Intoxicated (Endangerment) and Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident following a two-vehicle crash on US Route 31 at County Road 800 South last Thursday evening.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor's office, on November 9, 2017 at approximately 6:45 p.m. Indiana State Police Trooper Jonathan Cole was on patrol on US Route 31 when he was dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle crash with injury at US Route 31 and County Road 800 S.

Arrest photo of Marissa Michner, 24, of Peru

A Peru woman faces charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm without Permit, and Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s office, Peru Police Officer Jeremy Brindle was in an unmarked police vehicle observing traffic at the intersection of South Smith St. and East Main Street at approximately 2:03 a.m. on Sunday morning when he observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on East Main approaching his location. Just before the vehicle passed his location, Brindle heard a gunshot, which appeared to come from the approaching vehicle. Brindle began following the vehicle after it passed his location.

Photo of State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and  Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport)

Indianapolis - According to a news release from Bill Friend, State Representative for District 23 and Randy Head, State Senator for District 18 the Indiana Department of Transportation will not install J-Turn intersections along U.S. Highways 31 and 24 at this time.

Specific intersections included U.S. Highway 31 at State Roads, 10 and 110 in Marshall County, State Roads 18 and 218 in Miami County and U.S. Highway 24 at County Road 600 E. and Logansport Road in Cass County.

Photo of Travis Fuqua

Travis Fuqua, 29, of 1600 N. 175 E., Peru was arrested by Peru Police Department on Saturday on an active Miami County warrant and Possession of a Syringe.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Peru Police Officers Charlee Pelzel and David Mitchell were dispatched to the Dairy Queen at 824 N. Broadway Street on November 4, 2017, at approximately 2:39 p.m. in response to the report of a male overdosing in the restroom. While en-route, the Officers were advised the individual was Travis Lee Fuqua and that he had an active Miami County arrest warrant.