Police and Courts

A retired Bradley University professor says the Supreme Court is increasingly intervening in religious exercise. 

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.

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A woman is dead after a four-vehicle crash in Peoria Monday evening.

Peoria police, firefighters, and AMT responded to War Memorial and Brandywine just before 5 p.m. Two people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The woman was pronounced dead a short time later.

As of 8 p.m. Monday, access to War Memorial from westbound Interstate 74 is blocked off. Traffic on eastbound lanes is being diverted onto Meadowbrook.

Two other people in separate vehicles were treated on scene and released.

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

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One of the individuals injured in a shooting in northwest Peoria Saturday night has been arrested in connection with the crime.

State law bans registered sex offenders from social media websites during their probation period, which for some, can last for decades.

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A bench trial is underway for 22-year-old Jose Ramirez, who is accused of murdering his parents last year. Both were Bradley University employees.

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A federal judge has approved a consent decree to close the E.D. Edwards power plant by the end of 2022. 

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A 20-year-old Peoria man faces murder charges in connection with the death of his 6-month-old daughter.

An Illinois Department of Corrections parole officer from Knox County was charged with official and sexual misconduct.

The Illinois State Police said Garrick Randolph, 52, faces two counts on each charge. On August 12, a female parolee reported Randolph sexually assaulted her in her Galesburg home. A second parolee interviewed by officers also said Randolph sexually assaulted her. 

Randolph was arrested on Oct. 23. He posted bond the same day. Each warrant was for $75,000 bond. 

A jury found 14-year-old Zaveon Marks guilty of one count of first degree murder and one count of unlawful possession of a weapon in the shooting death of 16-year-old Zarious Fair last summer. 

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The suspect in an alleged attempted murder incident in South Peoria has died. 

A 20-year veteran of the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office was terminated for unprofessional conduct. 

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was involved in a 9-year-old Goodfield boy's livelihood 14 times since his birth.

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A female pedestrian is dead after a hit-and-run accident late Saturday in South Peoria.

The two men charged with the brutal slaying of a Princeville couple last year appeared in court Friday. 

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A New York man was arrested in Peoria after ramming a Bloomington police car on Wednesday morning. 

The Bloomington Police Department said they attempted to arrest 26-year-old David S. Hughes on drug charges when he rammed a squad car blocking the path of the stolen car he was driving. Police said he drove over several signs and damaged other property on his way out of town.

The Illinois State Police spotted Hughes driving west on Interstate 74, but cut off their pursuit. 

A few hours later, he was arrested by Peoria police officers. 

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The city of Peoria is partnering with Amazon’s Ring to distribute doorbell cameras at a steep discount.

Residents of Peoria will be eligible for a $100 discount on a camera subsidized by the city and Ring at a November 2 event at Northwoods Mall. 

Assistant City Manager Deborah Roethler says the cameras help reduce property crimes. 

“We’ve got example after example of people walking up to a door, they clearly shouldn’t be there, they look at the video camera that’s staring at them, and then they walk away," she said.  

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A Washington woman died Wednesday after a two-vehicle crash involving a truck-trailer.

Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley said first responders headed to the intersection of McClugage, just north of the Spring Creek Road intersection, around 9:15 a.m. after the semi and a passenger vehicle collided. 

Illinois State Police Trooper Haylie Polistina said the semi, driven by 47-year-old Francis Wesselhoff of Gridley, struck a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am driven by 76-year-old Jerry Bedwell after it failed to yield. 

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A 9-year-old faces five first-degree murder charges in connection with a fatal trailer fire in Goodfield last April.

Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger said that he reviewed multiple reports before making the decision to prosecute. 

Kathryn Murray, Jason Wall, and three children ages 2 and under died in the April 6 blaze at Timberline Mobile Home Park.

Katrina Alwood and a child escaped the fire. 

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the fire was intentionally set. He determined the five deaths were homicides. 

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An 8-year-old girl is expected to recover after she was shot in the leg this morning on Peoria's West Bluff.

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An alleged conspiracy to import and distribute deadly fentanyl and synthetic opioids touched Central Illinois. 

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia announced charges against three Chinese nationals Tuesday. Deyao Chen, Guichun Chen, and Liangtu Pan face 63 drug-related criminal charges. 

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The Alexis Scott Campaign came out in force to the Peoria City Council meeting Tuesday to mark her two year disappearance.

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A woman was fatally shot on Peoria's South Side in the city's 20th homicide of 2019.

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The Peoria Police Department has made an arrest in connection with yesterday’s stabbing in the North Valley neighborhood. 

A Peoria police officer was arrested yesterday on domestic battery charges.