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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.

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A tragedy can change a person’s life forever. It can turn you bitter or make you want to change the world for the better. Many suffer alone in silence but it doesn’t have to be like that.

Thomas Hiles from Peru knows all about tragedy. Seven years ago, his nine-month-old son, Leeland Jules Woods, was severely injured in a domestic violence incident while living with his mother and step-father. The child survived a severe head injury with brain trauma. He lived on life support for six and 1/2 years. On August 10 of this year, Leeland passed away during a scheduled breathing treatment.


Peru, IN – Approximately 200 Miami County residents turned out for a public forum on the Indiana Department of Transportation’s J-Turn plan for US Route 31 intersections in Miami County. The forum, was sponsored by the Miami County Farm Bureau and was held Tuesday evening at the Miami County Fairgrounds.

INDOT has proposed removing the traffic signals at U.S. 31 and State Route 218 as well as U.S. 31 and State Road 18 to make those intersections into  “J-Turn” intersections. There is also a possibility for a J-Turn intersection at US 31 and State Road 16 in Miami County. You can learn more about J-Turns by visiting the INDOT website by clicking HERE. It was reported at the meeting that the time table for converting the intersections to J-Turns is sometime in 2018-2021.

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INDIANAPOLIS (September 15, 2017) – Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.5 percent for August and remains lower than the national rate of 4.4 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.