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Residents eighteen and older can enroll in the Peoria Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy this summer.  The academy runs June through July and helps residents understand both how the department works and allows police officers to interact with the public.  

200 full and part-time District 150 employees are receiving pink slips for next year. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that includes 40 more teachers compared to the same time last year:

Peoria Police are looking for an armed robbery suspect at the Marathon Gas Station on North University.  The suspect is a white male, about six-feet in height weighing 180 to 210 pounds. 

State senate looking at electronic tracking limits

Feb 24, 2014

The Illinois Senate is considering limits on the ways law enforcement can use electronic tracking information. Both privacy advocates and police are in favor of the change.

Illinois lawmakers are considering what steps police should have to take before questioning kids at school.

Peoria Police say they’ve arrested a key player involved in a rash of home invasions.  Chief Steve Settingsgaard says 43-year-old Perry Rosetto was arrested after fleeing from officers Monday.  Settingsgaard says the Peoria resident dropped multiple duffle bags with stolen items from several home invasions.  He says a tip from Crime Stoppers led to the arrest:

Washington residents who do not live near heavily-damaged areas can now make efforts to return to the city.  The town of about 15,000 was heavily damaged following Sunday’s tornados and storms.  Washington Police Chief Don Volk says the nighttime curfew will stay in place for the city:

Peoria police warn of bank scam text message

Nov 12, 2013

The Peoria Police Department is warning of a fake text message scam involving Southside bank.  They say residents may have received a fake text concerning the ‘deactivation’ of their bank accounts.  The bank is automatically shutting down card numbers that appear to be compromised.  But no financial losses have been reported so far. 

Hotline number for Peoria home invasion information

Nov 1, 2013

Residents can now call a special hotline with any information on a rash of home invasions in Peoria.  The hotline number is 494-8288.  

Police arrest man in death of nightclub owner

Oct 9, 2013

Peoria Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the murder of a nightclub owner.  Bryan J. Stewart is charged with murder and aggravated arson in the death of Todd Scholl.  Scholl sustained multiple stab wounds and died prior to a fire in a downtown storage area last week.  He owned two bars, Berlin and Diesel, on Main Street.

A three-vehicle accident involving a car, a school bus and a cab sent multiple people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. None of the six District 150 students on the bus were injured. Peoria Police Lieutenant Scott Cook says initial information shows the car likely ran a red light and struck the cab, which then hit the school bus. Lieutenant Cook says the crash is still under investigation.  

The City of Peoria is getting federal funding to recruit or re-hire six police officers. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the $750,000 in funding. It’s part of the Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, program.  

Police prepare for IL concealed carry

Aug 12, 2013

Although concealed carry is on the books in Illinois … it'll be months before anyone can obtain a permit to actually carry a firearm in public. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, police are already getting ready for the change: 


Peoria Police Sgt. Richard Glover pleaded guilty to trying to cover up a drunken driving crash involving a fellow officer.  

Peoria Police union sues City over legal fee payments

Jul 31, 2013

The Peoria Police Benevolent union wants the City of Peoria to continue paying legal costs for Officer Jeff Wilson.  Wilson faces stalking allegations from Officer Donna Nicholson.  

The Peoria Police Department would hire six additional officers if it secures a federal grant through the Department of Justice.  City Manager Patrick Urich says the initial grant application was to hire 10 officers over four years with a 25-percent local match.  Urich says new changes mean that the city would instead pay for the majority of the officer salaries if it receives the grant.  He says the city plans to only hire six officers to compensate for the change:

The District 150 School Board will consider a contract next Tuesday with the district’s police union.  Members of the Police Benevolent Protective Local 114 have been working without a contract for the last three years, and had their title changed to school resource officers in that time. Union president Monica Wilson says the last contract with the district expired in June of 2010:

Police events to target scamming

May 6, 2013

The Peoria Police Department is hosting events to educate senior citizens on how to avoid falling for scams. The presentations will cover home repair fraud, phone scams, and door to door scams. The hour-long presentations will be held May 22nd and the 29th at 11 am at the Peoria Police Department. Seats are limited. Those interested should RSVP by May 16th at (309) 494-8378. 

  The Peoria Police Department is looking to boost security at public events following the Boston Marathon bombings. Peoria holds its first marathon next month and hosts multiple public gatherings and races throughout the year. Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard says the tragic events in Boston mean more awareness from local officers:

Peoria police warn of illegal drug use

Apr 5, 2013

The Peoria Police Department is warning the public of the dangers of using illegal drugs.  They say the city has seen three deaths and two hospitalizations this week that might be heroin or drug-related.  Police say they’re not condoning the use of illegal drugs.  Police say people need to warn loved ones of the potential dangers of using illegal substances. 

Drone technology plan before state Senate

Mar 28, 2013

Illinois legislators are being asked to strike a balance between privacy concerns, and letting police use technology they say will help them do their jobs. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on a plan before the state Senate.

Investigation continues in Leuthold murder

Feb 18, 2013

Peoria Police are making slow but steady progress in Denise Leuthold’s murder investigation. That’s according to Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard. The 39-year-old Luthold was found shot to death in her home in the 700 Block of West Mossville Road last Thursday. The chief says there were signs of forced entry at the home and some items were taken. However the chief says there is no reason for people to panic or feel security is of extra concern. “I don’t see a lockdown or soft lockdown as necessary. This crime is several days ago, whomever the suspect is has moved on.

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