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Teen sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting last summer

PEORIA - A 17-year-old Peorian was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for shooting another person when he was 16. Nissan S. Blakes of 619 Haungs Ave., had pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of aggravated battery as part of a deal with Peoria County prosecutors that saw unlawful pos

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-22 02:49:59

Garry Moore to retire from Channel 25 in April

EAST PEORIA - Garry Moore will no longer be providing wake-up calls for central Illinois TV viewers after April 13. That's when the news anchor of the morning show "25 News Today" on WEEK-TV Channel 25 plans to retire. Moore's 30-year tenure on the show makes him the longest-running morning anchor i

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-21 22:57:13

Pekin man suspected in several business burglaries

PEORIA -- A Pekin man was arrested by Peoria police for allegedly breaking in several businesses in Downtown Peoria and other parts of the city over a four-week period. Robert A. Quick, 24, of 1512 N. 16th St., was booked into the Peoria County Jail on Tuesday on several counts of burglary and also

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-21 18:17:08

Kind hearts help Pekin family

Being a principal is more than just seeing students who have been in trouble, answering emails from parents and teachers, and guiding teachers to be innovative and effective while engaging students. Sometimes it includes helping a family even when no one has asked for help. Josh Norman is the princi


Emo's Dairy Mart now open - WEEK.com: Peoria-area News, Weather, Sports

It looks like a beautiful spring day this afternoon, but it didn't feel like it this morning. Still, the chilly temperatures did not stop the lines from forming at Emo's Dairy Mart Thursday in Peoria. People showed up bright and early at 5:30 a.m. to get their hot dogs. For some families, the early

WEEK.COM - 2018-03-22 22:41:00

City: Pere Marquette developers siphoned $1.6 million off for themselves

PEORIA - A filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court indicated City Hall has had it with the developers of the Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel, claiming incompetence, fraud and mismanagement. It also claims developers Gary Matthews and Monte Brannan have siphoned off $1.6 million for themselves in violation of

PEORIA JOURNAL STAR - 2018-03-21 16:56:54

Pekin martial arts academy makes big move

It's been one month since Kuk Sool Won of Pekin closed down its location at 1530 N. 8th St. The traditional Korean family martial arts academy, opened in 2011, had outgrown its building and needed to relocate. "Parking was a big issue, and our lobby was crowded," said Michael Yates, Kuk Sool Won of

PEKIN DAILY TIMES - 2018-03-22 00:34:36

Man arrested in connection with numerous Peoria burglary incidents

Police have arrested a suspect in a monthlong Peoria burglary spree. The Peoria Police Department said Robert Quick, 34, of Pekin is suspected in multiple burglaries taking place between Feb. 7 and March 7. Quick was arrested at Jefferson and Main on Tuesday night without incident after an investiga

WEEK.COM - 2018-03-21 20:11:00

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Police chase leads to crash; several taken to hospital

East Peoria and Peoria police chase a stolen car before it crashes late Sunday night. East Peoria officers were responding to another traffic stop when they apparently spotted the stolen car. Witnesses tell the Peoria Journal Star that a high speed chase across the river into Peoria followed. IDO


Three teens involved in Sunday night wreck at War Memorial and Knoxville

PEORIA -Three teens were believed to be involved with a two-vehicle accident that occured late Sunday night at War Memorial Drive and Knoxville Avenue. The teens, 15, 16 and 17, are believed to have been in a stolen car that crashed into another vehicle as they were fleeing from East Peoria police,


Pekin woman arrested after car wedged on Peoria sidewalk

A Pekin woman was ticked for driving under the influence of alcohol and other offenses after her car was wedged between a wall and fire hydrant in the Warehouse District on St. Patrick's Day. Police said Mary E. Schneider, 42, of Pekin was arrested after her car was found on the sidewalk in the 700


Police identify man killed by Metrolink train in Fairview Heights

Police have released the name of the 74-year-old man killed on the Metrolink tracks Saturday night in Fairview Heights. Jimmie L. Smith, of East St. Louis, was struck by a Metrolink train at about 8 p.m. Saturday east of the Fairview Heights station in what police described as an unlit area of the l


Pekin police: Prepare the mind for active shooter attacks

It is horrifying to watch the national news and see bodies being carried from a building after an angry patron or a disgruntled employee opens fire, but when it happens in your town, in your church or place of work - what will you do? Pekin Police Sgt. Rick VonRohr spoke to more than 70 people Monda


Several juveniles charged for stealing vehicle

PEORIA, Ill. - Three juveniles from Peoria are facing charges after getting involved in a car crash from over the weekend. On Sunday, an off-duty officer noticed a suspicious vehicle driving through neighborhoods in Washington. The officer called East Peoria Police dispatch and advised them that, af


Peoria Police: Attempted Abduction Reports are False

Peoria Police says social media posts asserting attempted abductions in the area are false. In fact police say the posts that started on Friday are absolutely false. Police say they spoke to the original poster and it was determined her Facebook account was hacked. But apparently the modern-day rum


Lawmakers continue push for Peoria Ag Lab funding

PEORIA, Ill. - Several lawmakers are coming together to call on President Trump to once again scrap plans to close the Peoria Ag Lab. The Trump Administration's fiscal year 2019 budget proposed closing 12 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) laboratories, includin


Facebook post claiming abduction attempt ruled a hoax

A Facebook post, purporting a woman's claim of an attempted abduction, has been ruled a hoax. Peoria Police Public Information Officer Amy Dotson says the woman who made the post reported it to PPD, claiming that her Facebook account had been hacked and that she did not write the post. Later Sunday


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 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