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A 14-year-old Peorian faces first degree murder charges in adult court for the June shooting death of 16-year-old Zarious Fair. 

Zaveon Marks faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the murder in the 700 block of E. Frye in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood.

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With no discussion, the Peoria City Council recently approved spending more than $47,000 to buy the city's firefighters and police officers some heavy-duty protective gear.

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A Peoria man is dead in the city's 17th homicide of 2019.

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The frustration and anxiety about a recent uptick in violent crime on the East Bluff was palpable during a policing update for the neighborhood on Monday.

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The Peoria Police Department arrested a man in connection with a shooting on the city's South Side early Monday morning.

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A 49-year-old man was shot and killed just before 4 a.m. Monday in Peoria's East Bluff neighborhood.

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One person is in the hospital in critical condition after shots rang out along Water Street early Saturday morning.

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The Peoria Police Department arrested a 15-year-old in connection with a shooting Monday on the East Bluff.

Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 400 block of E. Arcadia around 6:30 p.m. A 17-year-old with a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the abdomen was found nearby on Peoria Ave. 

On Wednesday, police arrested a 15-year-old male at California and Nebraska in connection with the shooting. Police said he had a loaded handgun on him when he was taken into custody. Police said the gun was stolen. 

Peoria's Harrison Homes residents have a new place to seek assistance.

Located within a former apartment, the Harrison Homes Resource Center will evaluate resident needs and provide appropriate solutions. 

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said a civilian city employee assigned to his department will staff the office a few times a week. The goal is to connect residents with a wide range of needed resources, such as transportation.

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Two federal lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Peoria after two teenagers with special needs were reportedly dropped off at the wrong location by the CityLift transit service in separate incidents last month.

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The Peoria Police and Fire Departments are not meeting their own goals for hiring more minorities. 

While approximately 30 percent of the city's residents are African-American, only 12 percent of fire department personnel are black. Of 175 personnel, there are 30 minorities and women. 

Peoria Fire Department Division Chief Tony Ardis said the issue is also evident when future promotions are considered. There are 11 African-American fire captains, but Ardis told city council members last night that retirements may come before promotions for many of the captains. 

Local police will permanently have to report data on the race of people they pull over or search under a new law signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker.

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Three people were taken to the hospital after a rollover accident in Central Peoria early Thursday.

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Independence Day got off to a bloody start in Peoria this year, with one person killed in a shooting and several others injured in multiple acts of violence.

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One man is dead and another seriously injured after a shooting in South Peoria early Thursday morning.

Peoria Police Ask Residents To Register Cameras

Jul 3, 2019
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Peoria residents are being asked to register their personal security cameras with the police department.

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A Peoria man is the city’s 12th homicide victim of the year.

Peoria police officers responded to the Harrison Homes about 10:45 p.m. Sunday after receiving a ShotSpotter alert of multiple rounds fired. 

Police found 34-year-old Bronzell Howard with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just before 11:30 p.m. 

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Howard died of traumatic and rapid blood loss caused by the gunshot wounds. He did not believe the shots were fired at close range. 

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A 17-year-old Peoria teenager faces 28 counts of burglary dating back to January after his latest alleged incident. 

Peoria Police Lt. Michael Boland said officers responded to Wal-Mart, 3315 N. University, around 1:25 a.m. Friday. Boland said the teenager forcibly entered the store by smashing through the glass front doors.

Surveillance video shows him entering, stealing items, and quickly leaving, Boland said. 

Officers found evidence nearby and arrested the teenager on E. Republic. 

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A Peoria family is demanding answers from a local transit agency which caters to people with special needs after a 13-year-old boy with autism was reportedly dropped off in Morton by mistake.

PEORIA -- Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said a lack of cooperation from people with information is hindering the investigation into the shooting death of 4-year-old Jeremiah Ward. 

Marion said Thursday that community involvement is vital for police trying to solve crimes. 

"We still have individuals that are not cooperating with the police, and that is what is frustrating for me and the detectives and the officers of the police department that we have a dead 4-year-old, and people are not coming forward," he said. 

PEORIA -- A 16-year-old male was fatally shot in a driveway in Peoria's East Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

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PEORIA -- The Peoria Police Department announced an arrest made in a cold case murder from almost a decade ago.

The evening of December 26, 2010, Peoria Police found 20-year-old Michael Malone unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in an alley of the 1800 block of West Howett. 

During the investigation, Breon N. Augusta was identified as a suspect. Early this morning, Augusta showed up at the department to turn himself in, and was arrested on a warrant for murder.

Follwing the arrest, Augusta was transported to the Peoria County jail.

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PEORIA -- A five-year-old boy died Friday after drowning in an apartment complex pool.

Peoria Police Encourage Neighbors App by Ring

Apr 23, 2019
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The Peoria Police Department is joining the free Neighbors app by Ring and encouraging others to consider it too.

Murder Suspect Surrenders to Peoria Police

Apr 17, 2019
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Peoria police have arrested the woman wanted for stabbing another young woman in large fight last week at Schmoeger Park.

Woman Stabbed in Large Fight at a Peoria Park

Apr 12, 2019

Peoria Police are investigating a stabbing Thursday at Schmoeger Park.

One man is in custody and Peoria police are searching for a second following a Tuesday evening armed robbery and car chase.

Two Dead in Overnight Peoria Shooting

Jan 29, 2019
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Two young men police believe are adults were shot and killed over night.

Peoria police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 80-year-old man.

A 43-year old Peoria man is the city’s latest homicide victim. Jerrimic Booker died early Wednesday morning at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.