Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell

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Pre-trial defendants who remain in custody are still allowed to vote in the upcoming election, and 2020 is the first year Illinois state law mandates having a vote-by-mail option available.

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A pandemic within a pandemic: that’s how advocates have described a recent surge in domestic violence. Since stay-at-home measures were first issued in March, reports of domestic violence have skyrocketed across the globe.

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The Peoria County Jail currently has too many detainees, and the Illinois Department of Corrections has not helped the situation.

“We’re kind of like a water balloon,” said Sheriff Brian Asbell. “It just keeps growing and growing and growing. But at a certain point, we have no more space left.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health guidelines established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have mandated distancing and reduced the maximum populations for detention facilities.

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Three additional detainees at the Peoria County Jail have tested positive for COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 outbreak is worsening at the Peoria County Jail, with 14 new cases confirmed Wednesday.

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The Peoria County Jail is on lockdown after eight detainees tested positive for COVID-19.

More than 150 participants gathered during a Zoom call Tuesday as part of a frank discussion about race, equity, and justice in Peoria.

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Eleven arson fires. 23 ShotSpotter alerts. 87 rounds fired. Nearly 50 business burglaries. Two people shot. And a Peoria Police Officer seriously injured in a traffic accident. That's Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III's tally of the chaos which took place in the overnight hours.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said people have largely complied with Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order so far, but he is seeing increasing signs of impatience.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said more people are going outside in groups as the weather warms up. But he's asking people to adhere the governor's stay-at-home-order.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered Illinois residents to "shelter in place" starting 5 p.m. Saturday through April 7 in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

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Law enforcement agencies across Illinois are struggling to pay for state-mandated officer training.

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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.

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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he has worked over the past year to get the jail into compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act for LGBTQ detainees. 

Asbell said he’s worked with Reverend Marcus Fogliano to help better accomodate transgender inmates.

“What we wanted to do, especially for this population, the transgender population, was create a strong policy," he said. 

PEORIA -- A coalition of Peoria social justice groups are proposing the end of cash bonds for people awaiting trial in Illinois.

Peoria County Sheriff Optimistic About Cannabis Law Changes

Jun 10, 2019

PEORIA -- Law enforcement officials across the state have expressed concerns about the legalization of recreational marijuana - but Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says he’s optimistic about the change.


Deputy Faces Felony Drug Charge

May 22, 2019

  A Peoria County Deputy was arrested Tuesday after being indicted on a drug charge. Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell says Deputy Adam King turned himself in, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. King is charged with at class 3 felony for unlawful possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance.

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office is ending its daily jail report effective Friday.

The Peoria County Sheriff’s Office wants to be part of your daily 9:00 p.m. routine. It’s launched a social media campaign called the #9PMRoutine.

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The Princeville couple found Tuesday in the Spoon River fought for their lives. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood announced the autopsy findings of Susan Brill de Ramirez and Antonio Ramirez Barron Wednesday.

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The Peoria County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in identifying the man whose skull was found a year ago. The skull was recovered along the shore of the Illinois River near Kingston Mines in June 2017.

Sheriff Asbell Makes Candidacy Official

Sep 19, 2017
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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell made his candidacy official Mon.

Peoria County Jail Has A New Superintendent

Aug 15, 2017
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Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell received his official appointment with the Peoria County Board’s approval late last week. He’s filling out the remainder of the Sheriff's term vacated by Mike McCoy earlier this summer. And Asbell has been quick to make his first official appointments.

The former Jail Superintendent made his first appointment naming his replacement. He named Peoria County Sheriff’s Department veteran Ronda Guyton to post.