A central Illinois woman has pleaded guilty to mutilating a human body and concealing a homicide in connection with the slaying of a 74-year-old farmer whose remains were found in two counties.

Peoria sees first homicide of 2015

Jan 19, 2015

The City of Peoria is recording its first homicide of the year. Police say 17-year-old Tyrone Jones Jr. was found in the 1500 block of South Arago Street with multiple gunshot wounds Monday evening. 

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says Jones was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. Anyone with information on the shooting should call Peoria Police or Crime Stoppers.  

Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

East Peoria police continue to investigate why a man shot his ex-wife and her boyfriend at a local bar.

Coroner rules Tazewell County death a homicide

Mar 20, 2014

The Tazewell County Coroner is ruling the death of 66-year-old Carole Levin a homicide. James Baldi says he made the decision after considering signs of starvation and dehydration when Levin’s body was found last summer. He says he hopes the case can help residents be more vigilant about checking on elderly friends and neighbors: 

Peoria Police are investigating the city’s fifth homicide in less than a month.  County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says the body of 31-year old Carnell Ashford was found Friday in the backyard of 1401 Northeast Perry.  She says Ashford has a Chicago address, but was reportedly living in Peoria for the last year.  Ingersoll says autopsy results are expected Saturday.

Peoria police seek person of interest in homicide

Oct 3, 2013

Police police say they are looking for a person of interest in the death of a 47-year old Peoria bar owner. Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says an autopsy shows Todd Scholl died prior to the fire in a downtown storage area where his body was found. Ingersoll says Scholl sustained multiple stab wounds. He owns two bars, Berlin and Diesel, on Main Street. Toxicology test results are pending.

Outside the Horseshoe - September 24, 2013

Sep 24, 2013

Recent gun violence in the city of Peoria has many voicing concern if not a little on edge. A double homicide last week that included the death of KieAmber Beard-who was pregnant-was accompanied by several gunshot wounds including a pizza delivery guy. And Beard’s cousin was shot to death in the front yard of her mother’s house during a family gathering in her honor. Police have made at least two arrests but are also targeting more patrols in the generally areas impacted by the violence. Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard and Captain Mike Eddleman met with reporters yesterday to talk through some of the response efforts. We are using the press interview for this Outside The Horseshoe. 

Peoria police search for double shooting suspect

Apr 8, 2013

Peoria Police are looking for a suspect in a double shooting Sunday that killed a 17-year-old boy.  Police say Marquis Costic is wanted in the shooting at Warren and Butler Streets that left Treyshawn Blakely dead. Police say another unidentified person was shot during the same incident and taken to a local hospital.  Costic is described as a five-foot-seven black male with braided hair. Police say they did NOT recover the semi-automatic murder weapon at his home, but did find other weapons.  Costic is considered armed and dangerous.