Police and Courts

City of Galesburg

The city of Galesburg is bumping a police captain up into the chief's office. 

Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel is retiring after 29 years with the village of Bartonville.

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Peoria firefighters rescued a man stuck in a storm drain in north Peoria on Thursday afternoon. 

Firefighters were called to 830 W. Trailcreek Drive just after 2 p.m. to find a man unable to get out of a storm drain. 

Crews used crowbars and rope to remove the drain cover, pulled the man out and administered medical care. The man was then taken to a local hospital by ambulance. 

It's unclear how the man became stuck in the storm drain. His current condition isn't known. 

A Peoria man was arrested Thursday for attempted murder in connection with a shooting earlier this month.

Peoria Police Lt. Michael Boland said an investigation led them to believe Breon Jones, 27, was the suspect in the August 6 shooting of a 38-year-old man in the 2900 block of N. Peoria Ave. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries. The Illinois Department of Corrections issued a parole violation warrant. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

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

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The U.S. Ninth Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Illinois residents have the right to file a class-action lawsuit against Facebook over its facial recognition technology. 

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The Peoria Fire Department may receive body armor in the wake of recent mass shootings. 

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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Peoria County officials have named a new state’s attorney.

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A 55-year-old Pekin woman is dead after her motorized scooter was struck by a vehicle on Saturday night. 


A central Illinois man pleaded guilty Monday for his role in the 2017 murder of his friend’s mother whose bloodied body was found near the Sugar Grove Nature Center.

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Volunteers in the greater Peoria area are needed to help represent kids in the child welfare system during their court hearings and make sure they’re placed in safe homes.

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Some Illinois gun dealers say the lack of guidelines governing them under a new state law that requires them to obtain a state license and implement a variety of security procedures is driving them out of business or across state lines. 

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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.

Peoria Public Radio

A person said they were robbed at gunpoint near Bradley University late Monday evening and forced to drive the robber to South Peoria. 

The Bradley University Police Department said a man in his 20s approached the victim near Bradley and Duryea around 10 p.m. The man pulled a handgun, demanded the victim's property, and made the victim drive him to Peoria's South Side. 

The suspect was last seen at Madison Park Terrace and Wiswall. The victim was uninjured. 

The suspect was 5'3" and wearing a red shirt and black pants. 

An investigation is continuing. 

Killer Of Yingying Zhang Sentenced To Life In Prison

Jul 19, 2019
Tanya Koonce / Illinois Public Media

The man convicted of murdering University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang will spend the rest of his life in federal prison “without release”. That was the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Jim Shadid Thursday, after a jury spent about nine hours deliberating before determining they could not reach a unanimous verdict on the death penalty for Brendt Christensen.

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The jury is deliberating on the question of sentencing for the man convicted of the 2017 kidnapping and murder of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. Jurors received Brendt Christensen’s capital case about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Tanya Koonce / Illinois Public Media

The sentencing phase of Brendt Christensen’s federal death penalty trial will go to the jury Wednesday. There’s only one question the jury at the federal courthouse in Peoria needs to answer, and that’s whether Christensen will receive the death penalty or life in prison, for the 2017 kidnapping murder of University of Illinois visiting scholar Yingying Zhang.

Tanya Koonce / Illinois Public Media

Brendt Christensen’s mother and sister say they still love him, even after learning he kidnapped and murdered U of I visiting scholar Yingying Zhang in 2017. Both family members testified Monday in the sentencing phase of Christensen’s federal trial in Peoria.

Tanya Koonce / Illinois Public Media

The sentencing phase of the Brendt Christensen trial enters its fifth day Friday. Federal public defenders called eight witnesses Thursday in their effort to save him from the death penalty.

Eureka-Goodfield Fire Protection District

One person is dead after a semi tractor-trailer struck another semi broke down on the side of Interstate 74 on Wednesday afternoon.

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.

Tanya Koonce / Illinois Public Media

The penalty phase of the trial of the man convicted of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois visiting scholar is underway.

Prosecutors began making their case Monday that Brendt Christensen should be put to death for causing the death of Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.