Crime

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The Peoria Police Department is investigating a robbery at the CEFCU in downtown Peoria.

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Two teenagers face charges after police said they stole a car at gunpoint in South Peoria Monday night. 

Police said the victim agreed to give three males a ride from the 200 block of N. MacArthur. When they arrived, one of the men pulled a gun and forced the victim and his passenger out. 

While police were responding to the initial call, they received a report of the stolen vehicle speeding down Union Hill. The vehicle eventually stopped in the area of Millman and Webster. Three occupants then ran from police on foot. 

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A Creve Coeur man will serve 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to luring young girls into sexual acts.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said a skull and torso found separately in the Illinois River three years ago have been positively identified.

A federal judge banned two Central Illinois men from hunting worldwide after they admitted to breaking federal hunting laws in separate cases.

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A former Streator funeral director who lost his state license after alleged professional misconduct turned himself in Friday on multiple felony warrants. 

William "BJ" Elias, 51, is charged with 14 counts of violating the Illinois Funeral Funds or Burial Act in between 2003 and 2019. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Elias stole more than $136,000. 

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Illinois lawmakers last year moved to crack down on acts of violence committed in a place of worship. The legislation, signed by Governor JB Pritzker, asks judges to increase the penalty for murder and assault in a church or against someone engaged in religious practice.

As Bradley University Political Science Professor Craig Curtis explains to WCBU, the measure comes at a time when lawmakers are moving away from mandating harsher criminal punishments — and does little to  protect congregations.


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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a pair of ambitious criminal justice reform goals Thursday: the end of cash bonds and mandatory minimum sentences in Illinois.

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A federal appellate court says the lawsuit against the city of Peoria filed by a man wrongfully convicted in a 1977 double homicide can sue the city for damages. 

Johnnie Lee Savory spent 30 years in prison for the rape and stabbing murder of 19-year-old Connie Cooper and the murder of her 14-year-old brother, James Robinson.

Savory, then 14, said police fabricated evidence, destroyed evidence that would exonerate him, and coerced a false confession from him after a 31-hour interrogation. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to 40 to 80 years in prison. 

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Nashville prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life in prison without the chance for parole for alleged Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking, a Morton native. 

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Police are investigating after someone reportedly fired a gunshot into a house near the Bradley University campus. 

Three suspects reportedly knocked on the door of a house in the 1400 block of Main on Monday night just before 10 p.m. When the resident opened the door, a suspect pulled out a handgun and fired a shot into the hallway.

The suspects then fled east in a red sedan. No injuries were reported.

The suspects are described as black males between ages 14 and 18. They were wearing large black puffy jackets, black pants. One wore a white knit hat. 

A state disciplinary commission said Tazewell County's former public guardian used money he was supposed to be managing for others' benefit for himself. 

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission said Matthew Stropes illegally steered more than $30,000 he was managing for three men with disabilities while serving as the county's public guardian between his appointment in 2009 and 2019. 

The Bradley University Police Department said someone was robbed at gunpoint on campus Thursday evening.

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Three people were found murdered in the small Livingston County village of Cullom on Christmas Day.

UPDATE: The fugitive has been found.

ORIGINAL: The Minier Police Department is asking residents to lock their doors and windows due to a wanted fugitive in the area.

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UPDATED:  A missing Deer Creek man whose remains were found Monday in rural Tazewell County died of blunt force trauma, according to autopsy results.

Thirteen members of Peoria's Bomb Squad gang were convicted on federal racketeering charges Tuesday.

The charges alleged the 13 men engaged in murder, attempted murder, assault, and arson as part of their gang activities. 

The federal jury found Eugene Haywood, 25; Raevaughn Rogers, 20; Kenwan Crowe, 21; Ezra Johnson, 24; Jahlin Wilson, 23; Andre Neal-Ford, 21; Lance Washington, 23; Torieuanno White, 25; Sherman Williams, 25; Lloyd Dotson, 29; Keith Gregory, 20; Mytrez Flora, 25; and Kentrevion Watkins, 21; all guilty.

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Tazewell County deputies have arrested a 52-year-old Sunnyland man for the murder of a missing Morton man.

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A 22-year-old Mapleton man faces multiple animal cruelty and burglary charges linked to a string of disturbing incidents across rural Peoria County.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office said Dahlton B. Deal was arrested Friday for burglary, criminal trespassing, four counts of disorderly conduct, and six counts of animal cruelty.

Police believe Deal is responsible for a number of raccoon and opossum hangings in the Glasford and Trivoli areas over the last six months.

Deal was taken to the Peoria County Jail.

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First District Councilwoman Denise Moore's press conference calling for "aggressive action" on state site selection laws for clubs following an early morning homicide was interrupted when the club's owner showed up. 

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says the November death of a local woman is a homicide. 

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Six children were removed from a Lexington Hills apartment Wednesday after they were found alone.

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The city of East Peoria is warning citizens to lock up their vehicles after a burglary spree near ICC Friday morning. 

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All five juveniles who escaped from Galesburg's Mary Davis Home last month are now in custody.

A Peoria man wanted in connection with a November shooting in South Peoria was arrested Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals.

Tyshan Gayton, 23, was the suspect in a Nov. 1 shooting in an alley behind a house in the 2400 block of W. Malone. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries, but survived.

Gayton fired shots when members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempted to take him into custody in the 400 block of E. Republic on Nov. 7.

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A 75-year-old Peoria woman is dead after a suspected elder abuse incident.

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Agents with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Department raided a Peoria business on Wednesday.

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The Peoria Police Department is looking for a man who allegedly stole a van with a 6-month-old infant inside.

An Illinois Appellate Court threw out the child pornography conviction of a former Peoria police officer Tuesday.

The second suspect in the slaying of a Princeville couple pleaded guilty but mentally ill Monday.

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