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Peoria police have a 29-year-old man in custody for the 2nd homicide of the year.

Tanya Koonce

Faith and city leaders in Peoria are encouraging people to shop-on with a sense of safety over the busiest holiday shopping times of the year. That was the message after the melee last Saturday night at Northwoods Mall near the new amusement venue, Round 1. 

Vigil For Eddie Russell Jr. Calls For Justice

Oct 25, 2017
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  A vigil for Eddie Russell Jr. outside Peoria City Hall preceded the regular council meeting. Many who proceeded into the meeting took a knee during the pledge of allegiance.

Peoria Public High Schools were on lockdown this afternoon after reports of a gun at the career center. Students from the other three high schools come and go from Woodruff Career and Technical Center. 

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Peoria police officers are renting a vacant building and launching a program for young boxers.

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Preliminary autopsy results show a woman found inside a burning home over the weekend died of strangulation.

Peoria Police are asking for help in locating the man suspected of a shooting early Sunday morning. Delrick Rutherford is suspected in a shooting that happened in the 2100 block of North Underhill about 2:45 a.m.

Peoria Police Clamp Down On Loud Music

Apr 26, 2017
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Peoria Police are reminding people of the city’s loud music ordinance in an effort to get out the information ahead of an upcoming enforcement campaign. The ordinance allows police to impound a vehicle on a first offense of playing music that can be heard from a distance of 75 feet or more. The driver can be issued a citation, have their vehicle towed and incur a number of related fees.  The ticket for a second offense is $275 and all subsequent offenses are $525. The citation does not include administrative fees, towing and storage.

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The Peoria Police Department is taking a “wait and see” approach before formulating a policy on body cameras.

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The Peoria Police Department will begin a pilot program to evaluate the use of body cameras on officers. Three officers on different shifts will use the cameras beginning March 20.

Project manager Denise Backes told Peoria City Council on Tues. that other cities using cameras have seen increased officer performance among other benefits.

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A murder case involving the killing of a Peoria County Sheriff's sergeant in 1970 will get a modern-day reconsideration this week. 74-year-old Cleve Heidelberg’s sentence will be reexamined Tues. in a hearing that will consider new evidence and testimony.

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Residents of Peoria’s South Side offered numerous complaints Sat. about their relationship with police.

Police Seek Help Locating Bank Robbery Suspect

Jan 20, 2017
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One of the two males suspected of robbing Commerce Bank on North Knoxville in Peoria last week has been identified.  Peoria Police say 28 year-old Tarius D. Ganaway is wanted for armed robbery.  

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Peoria Police are asking for help in find the suspects of two bank robberies Wednesday evening. The first happened at Commerce Bank on North Knoxville about 4 o’clock, and included 2 armed men.

Tanya Koonce

Eighty-six people have been shot in Peoria this year. Now Peoria Police are using a tool that will help them solve more gun crime. The National Integrated Ballistic Information System has been in place for about 6-weeks.

Tanya Koonce

The Peoria Police Department negotiated a stand off today that involved a man with a gun near Glen Oak School at Wisconsin and Republic. 

A newspaper report says a man who's serving 15 years in prison for running an underage prostitution operation did so out of an apartment obtained with the help of the Peoria Police Department.

PPD Warns of Repeat Phone Scam

Jan 18, 2016

  The Peoria Police Department reports a phone scam being repeated in the area. The caller claims to be employed by, or affiliated with local law enforcement and claims a warrant has been issued for the receiver’s arrest. Instructions are then given to withdraw funds, and to send them through electronic transfer in order to avoid arrest. The Peoria Police Department reminds people law enforcement does not utilize such methods. The agency asks people receiving such calls to contact local police with any information.


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The Peoria Police Department has a new Assistant Chief. PPD announced Captain Lisa Snow was promoted to Assistant Chief Monday. Snow has been with the Peoria Police Department for 25 years. She started in patrol in 1990 and has a Doctorate from the U of I. Assistant Chief Snow and her husband Police Lieutenant Kenneth Snow live in Peoria.     

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The Peoria Police Department is seeing double the number of heroin overdose deaths this year compared to 2014. So far 10 people have died from the drug. 

The Back-to-school reinstitution of road rules

Aug 17, 2015

Peoria Police are reminding area drivers on the rules of the road that come with back-to-school.

Homicides total 10 so far this year

Jul 23, 2015
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Peoria police say the city saw its tenth homicide so far this year after a death last night.

Peoria police say detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred Wednesday between 1617 and 1619 West Lincoln.

Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert of four rounds fired, a department news release said. Officers found the body of 30-year-old Kamron Causey near a shared-driveway with apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the head  Causey was pronounced dead on scene.

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The 15-year old Peoria boy swept away in a rain-swollen creek yesterday has been found. 

Demarcus Jackson was transported to OSF Medical Center in Peoria. Police say Demarcus Jackson was swimming in the creek Sunday afternoon when he was pulled downstream by a strong current. His brother and friend were able to escape the creek. Efforts to find the boy were suspended Sunday night because of high water levels combined with the current. Peoria police said then the search would resume once the creek was safer for firefighters.  But Peoria Police Captain Mike Scally says Jackson was found about 7:30 this morning: 

Two Peoria police officers are hosting a workshop this weekend on a department policy that officials say has drawn questions since protests have erupted in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Peoria High School teacher arrested

Apr 28, 2015
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A Peoria High School English teacher has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse. 

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The 12-year old victim in Monday’s shooting has died. The Peoria County Coroner says Demarcus Payne died Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded to the shooting just before five in the evening at Broadway and McClure.

Peoria police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a shooting victim. The young black male was found with a gunshot wound to the head in the area of Broadway and McClure just before 5:00 p.m. Monday.

17-year old girl dies in rollover accident

Dec 22, 2014

Peoria police continue to investigate an accident over the weekend that killed one teen girl and sent six others to the hospital.

Stepped up traffic patrols begin this weekend

Dec 18, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Local, county and state law enforcement are stepping up patrols beginning this weekend. The goal is to reduce traffic fatalities over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.