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City of Peoria names new Police Chief

PEORIA, Ill. — Following a nationwide search, the City of Peoria has announced the new Chief of Police is Eric P. Echevarria. Echevarria has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience in Elgin, Illinois, where we worked in the operations bureau, special investigations, major investigations, and also 15 years as a resident officer.
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Road buckles on Route 6, causing flat tire for at least one

PEORIA (HOI) -- The road buckled across two lanes of traffic Tuesday evening. The Chillicothe Community Fire Protection District posted to Facebook around 8:15 PM that the pavement buckled on northbound Illinois Route 6 near the Knoxville exit. The buckle stretched across both lanes of traffic. IDOT and Illinois State...
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Man leads police on brief car chase with children in the vehicle

A little after 5:00 pm on Friday, June 11th, Galesburg Police were dispatched to the 1900 block of Grand Avenue – the Shell Gas Station – to make contact with 27-year old Danny Britt of Peoria. Police were familiar with Britt due to previous encounters – and were attempting to keep him at the scene so Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies could serve him child custody paperwork. While at the gas station, Britt continually refused to comply with police commands and eventually entered his rental vehicle and drove off down Grand Avenue at a high rate of speed. Three children in car seats were inside the vehicle at the time according to police reports. Britt refused to identify the children and continually yelled profanity at officers. Police followed Britt who was recklessly speeding down East Main Street as he pulled into Dollar General on East Main Street and went inside to make a purchase. His refusal to comply with police commands continued until additional officers arrived and he was placed under arrest. Britt was transported to the Knox County Jail and charged with Obstruction / Resisting a Peace Officer, Obstructing Service of Process, Reckless Driving, Endangering the Life / Health of a Child, and a Henry County Warrant. One of the children was released to her mother, the others were released to Britt’s mother.

Victim in reported abduction in Peru, Illinois has been found safe

PERU, Ill. — The chief of police in Peru, Illinois confirmed the victim in a suspected abduction was found safe in Peoria, Illinois. Originally, police said multiple witnesses saw two men force a 14-16 year-old girl into a white pickup truck around 5 a.m. on Monday, June 14. Chief Douglas Bernabei explained, as their investigation continued and the victim was ultimately located, they learned she was actually in her 20s, but was mistaken for being teenaged due to her stature.
Canton, ILCanton Daily Ledger

Snooker at the Gary Baker Rec. Center

CANTON—Snooker is a very challenging game of pool. Some of the best players in the Canton area include Orville Hartline, Bob Mutusic, Dan Shank, Ed Bump, Charlie Clark, and Denny Thompson. They say It is great to enjoy each other’s company with a good game of snooker pool.

PPS will move to three-tier bell schedule in the Fall

PEORIA (HOI) -- Peoria Public Schools finalized plans Monday to use a three-tiered bell schedule for the 2021-2022 school year, in large part due to a shortage of bus drivers. Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat says the district is short around 20 bus drivers. "We are about 16 to 22 drivers...
East Peoria, IL1470 WMBD

East Peoria moving forward with building outdoor concert space

EAST PEORIA, Ill. — The realization of a new outdoor concert venue in East Peoria has taken another step towards reality, as commissioners on Tuesday night approved phase two of the Levee Park project. The estimated $740,779 phase will consist of construction of the stage, hardscaping, landscaping, seating, and sidewalks...
Peoria, ILPeoria Journal Star

Peoria announces Elgin police commander as new city chief of police

Peoria has a new chief of police. The city announced Tuesday that Elgin Police Commander Eric P. Echevarria will begin serving as Peoria's chief of police Aug. 2, a position that will pay him $176,000. Echevarria will be filling a role left by retired Chief Loren Marion III, whose gross...
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Ill. FF hurt battling brush fire

PEORIA, Ill. — A firefighter was injured while battling a large brush fire. Members of the Peoria Fire Department were called to extinguish a fire in a wooded area, believed to have started in a pile of old timber, Battalion Chief Scott Strum told 25 WEEK. Firefighters had control of...
Hartsburg, ILLincoln Courier

Hartsburg seeks more barbecue competitors for 150th celebration

The fun of a cooking competition will be found at the Hartsburg 150th celebration happening this weekend in Hartsburg. Doug Ritterbush, who grew up in Hartsburg, and a competitor at Lincoln’s Up in Smoke on the Square said he can’t think of a better way to celebrate. “We are doing...
Canton, ILCanton Daily Ledger

Powells to celebrate 50th anniversary

CANTON—Dean and Sandy Powell, Canton, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Dean and the former Sandy Gordon were married June 19, 1971 at the Canton Evangelical Free Church. The couple have made their home in Canton for most of their lives with Dean providing pest control services and Sandy teaching school. They have three daughters, Michelle (Jason) Coker, Canton, Jenelle (Djimitri) Francois, Chicago, and Elizabeth Powell, Chicago; and five fantastic grandchildren.

Trio of area teams continue their fights for state titles

(HOI) -- Eight teams from the Heart of Illinois entered Monday's Supersectionals with dreams of a run at the state title. After the dust settled, clocks hit triple zeroes and the final outs were recorded, only three remained. Washington baseball is head to the 3A state finals. The Panthers were...
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Peoria is the most affordable mid-sized city in the U.S., according to this survey

Peoria is the most affordable mid-sized city in the nation, according to a study by AdvisorSmith, a business research group. Researchers looked at the average cost of a house in each city compared to the average income to determine the affordability of home ownership. Peoria was awarded first place because the price-to-income multiple in Peoria is 1.8, while the average price-to-income ratio across the U.S is 5.0. According to the survey, the average home price in Peoria is $93,935 and the median household income is $53,360.
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Blood shortage causes desperate need for donations

(HOI) - There is a desperate need for blood donation throughout the state and country due to the rise in trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries. The American Red Cross says all blood types, especially O and those giving platelets, are needed. "Throughout the pandemic a lot of patients,...