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5:05 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Meth use rising in east central Illinois

After years of declines, meth use in east central Illinois jumped last year.  The state registered the fifth-most methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests in the country in 2012.  That’s as meth use continues to drop nationally.  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. 

CU-Citizen-Access is an online community news site based at the University of Illinois. 

 

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Crime
8:49 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

IL criminal justice experts oppose mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes

30 criminal justice experts and practitioners in Illinois have signed onto a research memo opposing mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes. 

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:21 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Hundreds attend 39th Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon

Hundreds gather for 39th Peoria Mayor's Leadership Prayer Luncheon at Four Points by Sheraton
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Regional leaders gathered in Peoria Thursday for the 39th annual Mayor'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.

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Peoria Public Radio News
5:13 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Resident Officer Program begins in Peoria

The home of Resident Officer Ryan Winkle.
Orko Manna WCBU

Peoria’s first Resident Officer recently moved into a city owned house in the West Bluff.

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Crime
12:52 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Interview about Millikin University professor’s past

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. 

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Courts
4:33 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Judge allows DNA testing in Savory murder case

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.

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Crime
4:30 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Peoria police search for double shooting suspect

Marquis Costic

Peoria Police are looking for a suspect in a double shooting Sunday that killed a 17-year-old boy.  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.  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.  Costic is considered armed and dangerous.

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Crime
12:40 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Peoria police pursuing federal grant for Don’t Shoot effort

  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:

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Crime
11:42 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Push for new DNA testing in Savory murder case

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: 

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