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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.

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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.

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Peru IN - On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at approximately 11:53 am, officers from the Peru Police Department responded to a call of threats being made by a juvenile student at Peru Junior High School. Officers learned the juvenile student made threats via social media platforms to harm students at the school on Monday when students return to school from fall break. 

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The Peru Police Department is pleased to announce it is the recipient of the Operation Pull Over grant for 2017-18. The grant is worth $13,020 and is facilitated through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Peru, IN - A Peru woman was arrested early Wednesday morning for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and battery on a Peru police officer.

Peru Police Officer Wyrick was on patrol at approximately 3:42 a.m. when he received a call from central dispatch advising him to meet a subject across the street from the Peru Police Department. Wyrick met the man and was informed that the man’s girlfriend was destroying the couple’s apartment. Earlier that morning, the pair had been the subject of a police call at 2:45 a.m. where they were found intoxicated in an alley and involved in a domestic disturbance. The police had allowed the couple to return home to sober up.

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Clown Town Cycles at 104 S. Miami St. in Peru today hosted the first of what is hoped to be many annual benefits for children and families who have suffered the loss of a child from domestic violence.

The event is in honor of Leeland Jules Woods, a Miami County child that suffered a traumatic brain injury during an incident of domestic violence. Following the incident, Leeland would remain on life support for six and 1/2 years before passing away on August 10 of this year during a scheduled breathing treatment.

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At approximately 12:30 PM today Miami County Central Dispatch advised of a shooting that had occurred at 104 S. Miami St. in Peru.

Officers arrived a short time later and, along with Dukes EMS and the Peru Fire Department, were able to give medical assistance to the shooting victim.