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.

Photo provided.

Peru teenager Max Fulton was lucky to see his 15th birthday in September.

On June 14th, Max was riding his ATV when he was struck by a vehicle on a road near his home. Local first responders correctly assumed that internal injuries were present and life-threatening. He was lifelined to Lutheran Hospital, where he stayed for 24 days.

But earlier this fall, Max was able to take a break from rehab and celebrate his birthday with family, friends, and even some first responders who helped on the day of his accident.

“I’m just happy to be alive,” Max said.

Photo of Devin A. Toole, 23 of Peru

On Sunday, October 29th the Peru Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit which resulted in the arrest of Devin A. Toole, 23 of Peru.

Photo of Austin Kitchel, 32, of rural Kokomo

Early Wednesday morning Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputies arrested Austin Kitchel, 32, of rural Kokomo, who had broken into a car and then fallen asleep.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy Nathan Freeman and Deputy Chet Sites were dispatched to the Maple Lawn Mobile Home Park located at 12948 S. US Route 31, Kokomo on a report of a male subject going through vehicles.

Indiana Workforce Development Logo

INDIANAPOLIS  – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.8 percent for September and remains lower than the national rate of 4.2 percent. With the exception of one month when it was equal (October 2015), Indiana's unemployment rate now has been below the U.S. rate for four full years. The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force had a net increase of 6,105 over the previous month, which was a result of 9,688 more seeking employment, and a 3,583 decrease in employment. Indiana's total labor force stands at nearly 3.34 million, and the state’s 64.5 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 63.1 percent.


NORTHEAST INDIANA – The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that debris removal is scheduled for several bridges in Adams, Blackford, LaGrange, Miami, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties beginning on or after Wednesday, Oct. 25, weather permitting.

Photo of Thomas Eric Shearer, 60, of Peru

Warning: The story below contains graphic content about alleged sexual abuse. Reader discretion is advised.

Peru, IN - An investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Wendell Beachy of the Peru Post has led to charges of Child Solicitation and Sexual Battery against a Peru man. Thomas Eric Shearer, 60, of 11 W. Boulevard, Peru, was arrested by Indiana State Police on Friday, October 13, 2017, at his residence.

The investigation began on October 11, 2017, when Detective Beachy met with the alleged child victim and his mother. Both the child and his mother arrived in the United States on August 15, 2017, from Costa Rica. Neither the child or his mother speak English.

Erick Hawk, Peru's New Fire Chief

Peru, IN – Erick Hawk has been appointed as the Fire Chief for the City of Peru. Hawk who was the Assistant Chief and an EMT was appointed by Mayor Greer earlier this week according to sources in the Peru Fire Department.