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FORT MYERS, Fla. — With the death toll from Hurricane Ian rising and hundreds of thousands of people without power in Florida and the Carolinas, U.S. officials vowed Sunday to unleash an unprecedented amount of federal disaster aid as crews scrambled to rescue people still trapped by floodwaters.

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Jimmy Carter, already the longest-living U.S. president in history, turned 98 on Saturday. It's another milestone for the 39th president and day to spend with family and friends in Plains, the tiny Georgia town where he and his wife, 95-year-old Rosalynn, were born. And the Carter Center, founded by the Carters in 1982, is marking 40 years of promoting democracy and advancing public health internationally. A grandson of the former president, Jason Carter, describes his grandfather as content with his life and legacy. The younger Carter says the former president had planned a relatively quiet day that included watching his favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, play the New York Mets.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed treaties to illegally annex parts of Ukraine, while Kyiv has submitted an “accelerated” application to join NATO. At the Kremlin, Putin and the pro-Moscow heads of the four Ukrainian regions inked the treaties in a sharp escalation of the war. The signing came three days after the end of Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” on joining Russia that Kyiv and the West dismissed as a bare-faced land grab, held at gunpoint and based on lies. NATO's chief said the war is at “a pivotal moment,” and that Putin’s decision was “the most serious escalation" since the war began. Russia pounded Ukrainian cities, with one strike in the Zaporizhzhia region’s capital killing 30 people and wounding 88.

Editor’s note: Area faith-based institutions should send their event submissions at least two weeks before the event to Kokomo Tribune Religion Calendar, 300 N. Union St., P.O. Box 9014, Kokomo, IN 46901, or email ktnews@kokomotribune.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday. Be sure to include d…

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A former Howard County Jail correctional officer who was accused of driving into a group of peaceful protestors during a local Black Lives Matter rally in May 2020 has now been sentenced to 6 months supervised probation for her role in the incident.

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PERU — A La Fountaine man who police say assisted in the robbery and killing of another man during a May 2018 incident inside the Okie Pinokie woods just outside of Peru is now planning on pleading guilty for his role in the incident.

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An officer with the Kokomo Police Department is now on administrative leave after he was arrested in connection with a reported road rage and battery incident that occurred earlier this year on the city’s south side.

Ryan M. Brassard, sentenced in Howard Circuit Court for operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator, to 548 days, with eight days in jail and the balance suspended to supervised probation, with four actual days and four days of jail time credit served. The defendant was also ordered t…

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A Kokomo couple was arrested earlier this week for what police are calling their connection to the reported physical and sexual abuse of their four children.

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A Kokomo man who pleaded guilty last month for his role in a June 2021 shooting at Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center that left a 16-year-old critically injured was sentenced Thursday to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

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PERU — Court documents filed this week through the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office show that a Michigan man who pleaded guilty back in June for his connection to the molestation of two Miami County preteen boys will now serve the next 18 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

A two-vehicle crash killed a Peru man on Sunday afternoon. According to a press release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County Central Dispatch received a call about a crash on Logansport Road west of County Road 600 E. around 1:06 p.m.

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Two Kokomo brothers were arrested recently for what police are calling their role in a shooting incident last month that left another man dead.

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The case against a Kokomo couple accused of abusing an infant boy in early 2020 is now back on the trial calendar after their plea deal was rejected Wednesday morning inside Howard Circuit Court.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A Kokomo woman who pleaded guilty earlier this year after being indicted in connection with illegal drug activity was sentenced Tuesday morning to eight years in federal custody.

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The Indiana State Police is asking the public for help in identifying a man they believe might have information regarding a burglary that occurred last week at a local business.

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