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4 Peorians among 5 charged with meth trafficking

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The U.S. Attorney’s Office said five people, including 4 from Peoria, are accused of taking part in a conspiracy over two years to traffic ice methamphetamine. All are charged with one count of conspiracy alleging they “acted together together to distribute and possess...
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5 arrested for federal drug conspiracy

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday revealed that five individuals were arrested for a drug trafficking conspiracy. According to a United States Attorney’s Office Central District of Illinois press release, the five defendants are charged with one count of conspiracy alleging that they acted together to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine.
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Woman accused of killing two people while driving drunk pleads not guilty

TAZEWELL COUNTY (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A woman accused of hitting and killing two people in East Peoria has pleaded not guilty. Stephanie Melgoza is facing charges of aggravated DUI, DUI, aggravated reckless driving, unlawful possession of cannabis, failure to reduce speed and carrying alcohol. She was arrested April...
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Manito man identified after fatal motorcycle collision with car

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A Manito man has been identified as the victim of a motorcycle crash with a car at the intersection of Veterans and Towerline in Pekin at around 12:24 p.m. Sunday. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says Dennis D. Hilst, 67, was thrown several feet...
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Victim identified in fatal Pekin motorcycle accident

PEKIN, Ill. – Authorities are providing more information about a weekend accident near Pekin that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood says Dennis Hilst, 67, of Manito was pronounced dead at a Peoria hospital around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, about two hours after the crash near Veterans Drive and Towerline Road in Pekin.
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Two Dunlap Library employees suspended after reporting incident

DUNLAP, Ill. (WMBD) — Conversations were heated at the Dunlap Library board meeting Tuesday night. After a man was caught printing pictures of young girls, visibly aroused at the library, the community raised concern for the children in the area. “Is it the policy if the guy were to...
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Woman pleads not guilty to East Peoria pedestrian deaths

PEKIN, Ill. – A woman accused of striking and killing two pedestrians more than a month ago in East Peria has pleaded not guilty. Tazewell County Circuit Court records indicate Stephanie Melgoza, 23, made the plea during an arraignment hearing Tuesday on eight different charges, including felony counts of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, and Aggravated Reckless Driving.
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Illinois company owes nurses $3 million in overtime back wages

PEORIA, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A nursing care management company must now pay $3 million in overtime back wages. The United States Department of Labor found that Peterson Health Care Inc., which is based in Peoria, failed to pay nurses the correct amount of overtime. Because the employer wrongly assumed...
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Fire temporarily closes Pekin KFC

PEKIN, Ill. – A fast food restaurant in Pekin is temporarily closed after a weekend fire. 25 News reports the fire broke out Saturday at a KFC on Court Street, as employees were preparing to open for the day. It was described as a small grease fire, but Pekin...
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Peoria-based nursing home company found in violation of federal labor laws

More than 3,000 employees of Petersen Health Care, a long-term nursing facility company based in Peoria, were not paid overtime wages they were owed, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. Petersen operates long-term care facilities in the Midwest, including Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. According to...
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How to trace your family tree at the downtown Peoria library

A treasure trove of genealogical and historical resources — along with hands-on guidance on how to access them — was revealed to a small but enthusiastic group of local residents who showed up at the Peoria Public Library last month for a free tour of its genealogy and local history department.
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Pekin Civic Chorus’ Showtime 2022 postponed amid COVID-19 concerns

PEKIN, Ill. (WMBD) — The Pekin Civic Chorus announced that it is postponing Showtime 2022 Tuesday. According to a press release, the Board of Directors of Pekins Civic Chorus made the unanimous decision to postpone its shows due to local COVID-19 outbreaks, including Tazewell and Peoria County, which have been designated high-level COVID-19 areas.
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Rain returns late tonight, a few strong storms possible tomorrow

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Our weather should remain quiet this evening, but showers and storms will be possible once again late tonight and tomorrow morning. Periodic showers and storms will continue through Thursday, or possibly as late as Friday morning. A few strong storms may be possible tomorrow afternoon. The upcoming holiday weekend looks warmer and dry.
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