Crime http://peoriapublicradio.org en "Don't Shoot" 11/21 Town Hall Meeting (Video) http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/dont-shoot-1121-town-hall-meeting-video <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-Ala5IVn4Cw" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:36:04 +0000 Daryl Scott 15736 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Meth use rising in east central Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/meth-use-rising-east-central-illinois <div>After years of declines, meth use in east central Illinois jumped last year. &nbsp;The state registered the fifth-most methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests in the country in 2012. &nbsp;That’s as meth use continues to drop nationally. &nbsp;Cheryl Silver of CU-CitizenAccess takes a look at what’s driving the increase and why law enforcement officials are scrambling to get a handle on it.&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CU-Citizen-Access is an online community news site based at the University of Illinois.&nbsp;</span></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:05:20 +0000 Cheryl Silver 13791 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Meth use rising in east central Illinois IL criminal justice experts oppose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-criminal-justice-experts-oppose-mandatory-minimum-sentences-gun-crimes <p></p><div>30 criminal justice experts and practitioners in Illinois have signed onto a research memo opposing mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes.&nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:49:37 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 13570 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL criminal justice experts oppose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes Hundreds attend 39th Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hundreds-attend-39th-mayors-leadership-prayer-luncheon <div>Regional leaders gathered in Peoria Thursday for the 39th annual Mayor&#39;s Leadership Prayer Luncheon. About 500 people attended the event. Mayor Jim Ardis says the annual luncheon allows people of all faith to show unity as a community.</div><div> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:21:24 +0000 Denise Molina 12524 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Hundreds attend 39th Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon Resident Officer Program begins in Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/resident-officer-program-begins-peoria <p>Peoria’s first Resident Officer recently moved into a city owned house in the West Bluff.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:13:30 +0000 Orko Manna 10420 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Resident Officer Program begins in Peoria Interview about Millikin University professor’s past http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/interview-about-millikin-university-professor-s-past <p>A recent investigation by the Georgetown Advocate revealed the chair of the psychology department of Millikin University in Decatur spent six years in an institution being committed criminally insane. Professor James Saint James once went by the name Jim Wolcott.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:52:54 +0000 Jeff Bossert 10198 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Interview about Millikin University professor’s past Judge allows DNA testing in Savory murder case http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/judge-allows-dna-testing-savory-murder-case <p></p><div>A Peoria County judge is allowing new DNA technology to be used in a 36-year-old double murder case. Johnnie Lee Savory was convicted of a gruesome double-murder that happened when he was 14.</div><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:33:13 +0000 Alex Rusciano 10014 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Judge allows DNA testing in Savory murder case Peoria police search for double shooting suspect http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-police-search-double-shooting-suspect <p>Peoria Police are looking for a suspect in a double shooting Sunday that killed a 17-year-old boy. &nbsp;Police say Marquis Costic is wanted in the shooting at Warren and Butler Streets that left Treyshawn Blakely dead. Police say another unidentified person was shot during the same incident and taken to a local hospital. &nbsp;Costic is described as a five-foot-seven black male with braided hair. Police say they did NOT recover the semi-automatic murder weapon at his home, but did find other weapons. &nbsp;Costic is considered armed and dangerous. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 21:30:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3669 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria police search for double shooting suspect Peoria police pursuing federal grant for Don’t Shoot effort http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-police-pursuing-federal-grant-don-t-shoot-effort <p></p><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;The Peoria Police Department is applying for a federal grant as part of the community's anti-violence initiative. The Don’t Shoot program is based on the book by David Kennedy and addresses ways law enforcement and the community can reduce violent crime. Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the Department of Justice grant request is for about $700,000 over three years. He says it would pay for some of Kennedy’s staff at John Jay College to help Peoria officials with the program:</div><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:40:05 +0000 Alex Rusciano 3102 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria police pursuing federal grant for Don’t Shoot effort Push for new DNA testing in Savory murder case http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/push-new-dna-testing-savory-murder-case <p></p><div>The legal team representing Johnny Savory was back in a Peoria Courtroom Thursday. The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and Northwestern Law Students are asking, among other things, to have new DNA technology applied to the blood evidence in the 36-year-old double murder cases for which Savory is convicted. Savory was 14 years-old at the time of the gruesome murders of 14-year-old James Robinson and 19-year-old Connie Cooper. He was paroled in 2006. Savory contends his conviction was unjust:&nbsp;</div><div> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:42:55 +0000 Alex Rusciano 2492 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Push for new DNA testing in Savory murder case