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Peru, IN – On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Wayne Bunker announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Mayor of the City of Peru.

Bunker ran as an independent candidate in 2015. He has previously served on the Peru Community School Board as President and CFO. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1971 to 1975. He also served on the Peru Fire Department for 18 years.

You can read a copy of Mr. Bunker’s Speech announcing his candidacy by clicking HERE.

Arrest photo of Kane Rockenbaugh, 23, of rural Peru

Peru, IN – Kane Rockenbaugh, 23 of rural Peru is facing a felony charge of Operating While Intoxicated following a traffic stop on November 11, 2018.

According to an Indiana State Police Report of Arrest, Mr. Rockenbaugh was stopped by Indiana State Police Trooper Andrew Smith at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2018, near the intersection of northbound Fremont Street just south of Boulevard. Smith’s report indicates he observed the vehicle drive left of center on westbound 10th Street just prior to turning onto Fremont Street. Rockenbaugh denied that he drove over the center line.

After stopping the vehicle, Trooper Smith advised Rockenbaugh of the reason for the stop, Rockenbaugh denied that he drove over the center line.

While talking with the subject, Smith smelled an odor associated with an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the vehicle. He also observed Rockenbaugh to have “glassy, bloodshot eyes and slowed, slurred speech.” Rockenbaugh also had difficulty in getting his driver’s license out of his wallet and admitted to having consumed “a few beers” prior to driving according to the report.

Arrest photo of Charles Summers, 27, homeless

Peru, IN – A man who reported to be homeless was arrested during a traffic stop on November 5, 2018, on dealing and possession charges.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed by PPD Officer Jeremy Brindle, a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle in near the intersection of E. Main Street and Wayne Street at approximately 2:03 a.m. after he noticed the vehicle failed to signal 200 feet before a turn and for not having a working license plate light.

Brindle contacted the female driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office and explained the reason or the traffic stop. The report noted that the driver’s hands were shaking so much in a nervous manner that she could not grab ahold of her license as she attempted to remove it from her wallet on her first attempt.

Arrest photo of Brian L. Duke, 38 of Kokomo

Peru, IN – A domestic disturbance call at the Knights Inn on Business 31 resulted in the arrest of a Kokomo man on charges of Criminal Mischief and Possession of Marijuana.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Miami County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chet Sites responded to the Knights in at 2661 S. Business 31, Peru on November 3, 2018 at approximately 9:33 p.m. for a report of a disturbance associated with room number 119. Upon arrival at the Inn, Deputy Sites was met by the Inn manager who stated that a loud argument had occurred in and around room number 119 just prior to his arrival. She also stated that a female had run out of the room, got into a vehicle and left the area but believed the male was still inside.

Deputy Sites went to the room to investigate and heard a male, identified as Brian Duke, 38 of Kokomo yelling about a female in the bathroom. Deputy Sites was then advised by Miami County Central Dispatch that the male as on 911 with them at this time. They advised that he was yelling about a female in the bathroom and that someone was going to kill his daughter or a “girl”. According to the report, the male was making no sense in his statements.

11th Of November, Sunday, Veterans Day - We were honored to join hundreds of other people to welcome a young 2 year old Female Bald Eagle back to the wild where she belongs. She was found injured at a Grant County High School, injured she was unable to fly. Indiana Conservation Officer Corp. Josh Kilgore and Soarin' Hawk Volunteer Lynanne Dennison-Fager rushed to her aid.

Once captured she was found to have a broken leg, feather mites had destroyed her flying feathers. Low on energy, injured, and weighted down by the revenges of parasites, she just couldn't fly. So She was brought to the Soarin' Hawk Rehabilitation Center. And after 2 years of care, she was brought back to good health, and the decision was made to release her at Salamonie Reservoir which was a perfect place for the young bird to grow and learn how to be a wild Bald Eagle.

Veterans Day Image


You might have noticed all the red poppies on the Miami County Court House lawn. Many people are wondering what this exhibit means. The red poppy is most recognized as a symbol of remembrance for the veterans of WWI. This all started with a Canadian doctor who wrote the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields" in 1915. Its opening lines refer to the poppies that were the first flowers to grow from the churned-up earth of soldiers' graves in Flanders, a region of Belgium. As this poem swept the allies and become very popular, the red poppy became a symbol of the war, used in advertisements for recruitment and war bonds, and ceremonies honoring the war dead.

November 11th is Veterans Day. This year, Peru Indiana went back in time and visited the "Forgotten War", WWI. A War that was to end all wars. a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. We gathered at the Miami County Court House on Saturday, November 10th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.; where we would participate in the largest Veterans Display in Indiana including over 1200 poppies made from hands all over Miami County. We came together to honor Miami County WWI Veterans. Prior to this project which was started by the Group Miami County Indiana Worth Remembering, spearheaded by Regine Brindle and Alex Blong; there was very little if any data on Miami County WWI Veterans. Thanks to their tireless efforts in a project with mind-boggling scope, they have started a database of knowledge that will now be available to generations to come, to Never Forget.

Arrest photo of William Biggs, 43, of Logansport, IN

Peru, IN – A Logansport man was found with a large quantity of methamphetamine during a traffic stop that took place on Monday evening, November 5, 2018, in Peru.

According to his probable cause affidavit, Peru Police Officer Shawn Swinford observed a black passenger vehicle make a turn from N. Clay Street onto Washington Avenue without using a turn signal. Upon seeing the infraction, Swinford turned to follow the vehicle with it quickly turning in the VFW parking lot on Washington Ave.

Swinford activated his emergency lights and conducted the traffic stop on the vehicle at approximately 9:56 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018. The VFW was closed at the time of the stop.

The driver was identified as William Biggs, 43, of Logansport, IN. Swinford collected his license, registration, and proof of insurance after advising Mr. Biggs of the reason for the stop. Officer Swinford then returned to his vehicle to write a citation for the infraction.

Arrest photo of Dyllon Graves, 27, of Peru

Miami County, IN – A Peru man is facing charges of Operating While Intoxicated Endangering and Operating While Intoxicated following a single-vehicle crash that took place at approximately 3:10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in the 4100 block of W. Logansport Rd., Peru.

ISP Trooper Kyle J. Miller and Miami County Deputy Gregory Sutton arrived on the scene of the accident and observed a light blue Kia Rio on the south side of Logansport Road at rest in trees in a front yard of a residence.

At this point, officers identified the only occupant of the vehicle to be twenty-seven-year-old Dyllon Michael Gene Graves of Peru.

According to Trooper Miller’s probable cause affidavit, Mr. Graves “appeared disoriented when I spoke with him.” The report also indicated that Mr. Graves had blood running down his left hand and on the driver’s side door.

Graves reported that while he was driving eastbound on Logansport Road, a rabbit ran in front of his vehicle and that he attempted to maneuver around the rabbit. This move caused him to leave the roadway on the north side of the road, where he attempted to correct and crossed the road going off the south side and striking the trees in the front year where his vehicle was found.