Crime

Little lasting damage is to be seen after protests grew heated on both sides of the river Saturday night.

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An East Bluff man faces felony charges in connection with an 8-year-old's accidental shooting death last week.

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said a woman found unresponsive in a vehicle over the weekend was murdered.

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A man is dead after a hit-and-run accident in South Peoria just after midnight Monday.

The Peoria Police Department responded to the 2300 block of W. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. around 12:15 a.m. to find a man down in a driveway. Police said it appeared he was hit by a vehicle.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The man was identified as 58-year-old John Harvey of Peoria. An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

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A Peoria man is facing felony charges in Woodford County after he attempted to flee from a traffic stop into the flooded Illinois River.

Woodford County Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword said Anthony Huynh, 23, was pulled over on Route 23 near Roanoke Concrete around 10 p.m. Thursday on a traffic violation.

Huynh fled the scene in his vehicle as a deputy approached on foot. A car chase continued until Huynh drove his vehicle onto Collins Lane, which is currently closed off to traffic due to river flooding. Tipsword said Huynh drove his vehicle into the river.

The city of Peoria has negotiated a tentative $1.5 million settlement to end a lawsuit filed by the family of murder victim Kayla Fannon.

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood has identified the young boy killed yesterday in a shooting police deemed accidental.

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A child has died after a shooting deemed accidental in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

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A 22-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Peoria on Wednesday evening.

An infant is safely in her mother's care after a vehicle was stolen with her still inside.

The vehicle was stolen just after 1 p.m. Thursday at Frye and California. The car was left running with the 11-month-old inside. The car was spotted near Monroe and Spring around 1:10 p.m. The vehicle was later found in an alley off the 1000 block of NE Madison, without the baby inside.

Around 3 p.m., the child was found alone in an alley in the 2600 block of N. Prospect. The child was in good condition, and reunited with her mother. She was taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

A Peoria man is dead after a shooting early Sunday morning in the city's South Side.

A 21-year-old Galesburg woman is dead after she was stabbed at her home early Saturday morning.

A four-hour long standoff with the suspect in a pair of incidents over the weekend died Tuesday with his apparent suicide by gunshot in a North Valley home.

The Peoria Police Department is asking for the public's help to find a suspect considered armed and dangerous.

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Two Peoria men faces burglary charges in federal court in connection with seven incidents over the past three months.

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An East Peoria woman faces four felony charges in connection with the death of four-year-old Tate Thurman. 

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Authorities say 4-year-old Tate Thurman of East Peoria died from multiple blunt force trauma inflicted by his father's girlfriend. 

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Peoria police are investigating the city's first apparent homicide of 2020. 

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An East Peoria woman was arrested for first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon in connection with the death of 4-year-old Tate Thurman.

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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. 

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