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Random Acts of Kindness: Dead battery, then a good Samaritan

My husband and I were shopping at Kohl's in East Peoria and we got into our car and the battery was dead. We were ready to call our towing insurance and a kind man asked if we needed the battery jumped. The weather was so miserable that day and we are both elderly, so we were thankful for the good S

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-18 21:27:38

Lawson sentence for fatal DUI crash upheld

SPRINGFIELD - A 12-year sentence for a Bloomington woman convicted of killing a college student in a 2012 drunken-driving crash has been upheld by the 4th District Appellate Court. Katie Lawson, 29, was sentenced in 2014 to eight years for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and four y

PANTAGRAPH - 2018-03-17 11:00:00

Letter: Chunks of concrete falling from bridge

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, I was making my usual walk on the sidewalk along the river from the Spirit of Peoria to the Army Corps of Engineers when I noticed several chunks of concrete on the sidewalk under the westbound span of the Murray Baker Bridge. I've walked that area for over 10 years, and I've ne

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-17 01:31:00

Peoria jewelry store burglarized for cufflinks, charity donation box

PEORIA - Cufflinks and a donation box were taken in a jewelry store burglary Thursday night, according to a police report. Peoria police reported to Bremer Jewelry after an intrusion alarm was set off at about 11 p.m. and found a hammer and a lot of broken glass, according to the report. Security fo

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-18 02:53:44

Should basketball state finals stay in Peoria?

PEORIA - If it's March, that must mean Nick Irvin is in town. Or in towns, more accurately. Irvin is the high school boys basketball coach at Chicago Morgan Park, winners of four Class 3A state titles over the past six seasons. All those victories have come in the same place, Carver Arena in Downtow

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-17 23:48:35

New restaurants open Saint Patrick's Day weekend

What's Saint Patrick's Day without good food? Saint Patrick's Day weekend was the grand opening for two new restaurants in downtown Peoria. Rumbergers and Something 2 Taco 'Bout were busy Saturday on Main Street. Managers and owners shared what their hopes are and why they chose the River City. On

WEEK.COM - 2018-03-18 03:49:00

Thousand of people took over the downtown streets in Peoria for St. Patrick's day fun!

PEORIA - Thousands of Irish took to the streets of Downtown Peoria Saturday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Kyle Vincent asks, "How Irish are you guys actually?" "Maybe um... half a percent. (laughing) one sixteenth." Well maybe not everyone was Irish... "Everybody's Irish." "Everybody is Irish toda

CENTRAL ILLINOIS PROUD - 2018-03-18 02:40:49

Bits: Belleville West senior tips-off Maroons championship with Anthem

The Class 4A championship stage was set by a Maroon for a championship Saturday. Miles Wadlington was summoned to center court to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner," and then he joined the student section with his classmates to watch Belleville West beat Chicago Whitney Young 60-56 in overtime. "This i

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-18 04:49:43

Knoxville man arrested for child porn

KNOXVILLE - A Knoxville man was arrested early Friday on 15 counts of possession of child porn. A news release from the Knox County Sheriff's Department said Jerald R. Turner, 47, Eiker Drive, was arrested at 6 a.m. Friday in his 969 Eiker Drive home. It was at that time that authorities executed a


Teacher accused of criminal sexual assault submits resignation to Peoria Public Schools

PEORIA, Ill. - A Peoria Public Schools teacher is expected to resign from his position. In February, Richwoods High School teacher Phillip Earhart was arrested for criminal sexual assault and later released. The arrest came after WMBD obtained a police report that referenced a relationship between


When Toys R Us closes in Fairview Heights, the region will lose more than just a business

Buildings will be left vacant. Jobs will be lost. Oh, and your sister's baby registry will still be available online, but no one knows how long that will last. Liquidation sales are expected to begin soon, marking the end of an era for the nation's largest toy chain. Toys R Us and Babies R Us fell i


Nick in the AM: Downtown Rumberger's delays official opening for a blessed event

The official opening of the Downtown branch of Rumberger's Wings & More has been delayed a few days. That's because the Branch family is adding a new fork, so to speak. Unexpectedly, the wife of Rumberger's owner Tremayne Branch was induced into labor, according to a spokesman. That resulted in the


This is the story behind the US Navy's pea coats

Q: Who designed the U.S. Navy pea coat? It had to be many decades ago, but it is still such a great design that it shows up in catalogs, Amazon and online stores. And how did it get its name? Troy Garrett, of Fairview Heights A: I hope passing along this story doesn't get me in Dutch, but many histo

NEWS-DEMOCRAT - 2018-03-17 23:02:00

Letter: Water company doesn't want Peorians to have the facts

Re. March 10 Spotlight letter by Roger Goodson, "Spotlight: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me": It is unfortunate that Illinois American Water Company's senior manager, Roger Goodson, chose to ridicule two of Peoria's most generous donors to charitable activities for not living


Students at Dunlap, Metamora, Eureka, East Peoria, and Canton were also among the central Illinois schools that organized events.

CREVE COEUR - When six friends at Parkview Middle School proposed the school participate in a nationwide school walkout for school safety and to remember the victims of a Florida high school mass shooting, they wanted students' voices to be heard. When it came time to address the student body about


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Police: Abingdon man's death was suicide

ABINGDON - An Abingdon man was pronounced dead of an apparent suicide at a Peoria hospital early Tuesday. According to an Abingdon Police Department news release, authorities responded to a home in the 900 block of North Ellison Street at about 8:11 p.m. Saturday, March 10, for a possible suicide at


Two arrested after fighting, damage to property in Peoria

PEORIA - A fight Tuesday on Northeast Madison Avenue led to two arrests and at least $500 in damaged property, according to a partially redacted police report. Peoria police responded to a call on a group of people breaking windows to a house, but the group was gone when police arrived about 6:15 p.


Morton man sentenced to 56 years in child sex case

PEKIN - A 35-year-old Morton man may spend the rest of his life in prison with his conviction for sex assaults of at least two preteen girls. Andrew Albee was sentenced to 56 years on his guilty pleas Tuesday to three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, five of aggravated criminal sexual ab


Knife robbery suspect arrested after manhunt

The Creve Coeur Police Department released a statement on their facebook page, saying Brandon Enlow has been arrested. He's the man police considered armed and dangerous after two weekend robberies at knife point, one in Creve Coeur and another in Marquette Heights. The facebook post says Enlow was