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The Washington Police Department is investigating the city's second homicide this month.

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Washington police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found behind a shopping center as a homicide.

Kyle McMurtrey, 34, of Washington, was found dead behind Washington Plaza last Wednesday. Washington Police Chief Mike McCoy said its the first violent murder reported in the city in years.

"Obviously, we're concerned. We want to solve this. But we've got some persons of interest that we're dealing with, and we're already talking to them, and we're following up on all the leads we've got," he said.

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A Washington man has died from his injuries after an accident Wednesday morning.

The Illinois State Police said Jerry Bedwell, 76, and his wife, Linda, 74, both of Washington, collided with a semi tractor-trailer on McClugage Road, just north of the intersection with Spring Creek Road, around 9:30 a.m.

Jerry Bedwell reportedly failed to yield to the semi. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Bedwell died at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center around 10:30 p.m. Friday. He suffered multiple blunt force injuries in the crash.

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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 former Washington Community High School coach was arrested Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenager.

Police Investigate Death on Bicycle Trail

Sep 6, 2016
Tanya Koonce

The Washington Police Department and Tazewell County Coroner’s office are investigating the death of a 37-year-old woman found on the Wood Street Bicycle Trail Tues.