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Body of man discovered in parking lot of Peoria Kohl's store

PEORIA – The body of a man discovered in a van outside the Peoria Kohl’s store Thursday may have been dead for three or four days before being found, said Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood.  “The body was found in the front compartment, the driver’s compartment,” Harwood said.  The man was in his mid-30s.  ...
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Peoria church vandalized, burglarized overnight

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria’s Chinese Christian Church was vandalized and burglarized overnight. Peoria County Sheriff Chris Watkins confirmed a break-in happened at about 3:30 a.m. Friday morning at the church, located at 10039 N. Garden Ln. The burglars stole TVs and sprayed the fire extinguisher inside. WMBD...
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License granted for Peoria marijuana dispensary

CHICAGO (WMBD) — A new dispensary in Peoria will join 184 others with Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses issued by the Pritzker administration. Land of Lincoln Dispensary, LLC, received its license issuance Friday in the third and final wave of licensing by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
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Four arrested in Peoria stabbing incident

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Four people have been arrested for the stabbing of a 41-year-old male in Peoria at approximately 3:25 a.m. Thursday morning. Deputies in the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office were called to UnityPoint Hospital early Thursday when a male patient reported having been stabbed at a residence earlier that night. He was stabbed in the leg and sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.
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Former Maui Jim’s employee indicted

PEORIA, Ill. — A former Maui Jim’s employee has been charged with fraud. Earlier this week, a federal grand jury returned an indictment, charging Erica Hornof, 35, of Bradford, with three counts of mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud. The charges stemming from the alleged theft...
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Head to a local Dunkin’ for Cop on a Rooftop

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Local law enforcement is raising money for Special Olympics Illinois in a unique way. Officers from various departments scaled Dunkin’ Donut buildings to show they do more than traffic stops and solve crimes. The display is raising money for the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch...
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Crews battle fire overnight in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. — A Peoria home suffered roughly $50,000 dollars in damages due to an early morning fire Friday. Just before 2 a.m., crews were called to the area of S. Easton Avenue and W. Humboldt Street, finding heavy black smoke coming from the front door and a second-story window of the home.
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Man sentenced to prison for role in 2021 homicide

PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria man will go to prison for most of the next seven years for his role in a local homicide. Peoria County Court records indicate Jamere Laster, 27, was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison, after a June plea to Possession of a Weapon by a Felon.
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Fire causes thousands in damage to a Peoria home

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A home in the area of S. Easton Ave. and W. Humboldt St. suffered thousands of dollars in damages due to an early morning fire. Friday just before 2:00 a.m., firefighters responded to the home and found heavy black smoke from the front door and second-story window.
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Man, struck by car, charged with shooting

PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria man is jailed after being hit by a car when he allegedly shot at it. Peoria Police say it started with a ShotSpotter alert of four rounds being fired near the Harrison Homes complex at Trewyn and Roosevelt around 10:54 P.M. Wednesday. Jerrell Hardges,...
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Peoria State’s Attorney believes more victims may be out there of alleged serial rapist

PEORIA (25 News Now) - Dating as far back as 1999, Peoria State’s Attorney believes serial rapes have been occurring in the area. The noted cases of assault occurred in 1999, 2004, 2010, 2016 and 2021. Initially, they were connected to one another because of the years between them, age of the victims and that they occurred in different areas of the community.
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Peoria man sought after in connection with suspected drug delivery, striking LaSalle deputy and squad car

LaSALLE COUNTY (25 News Now) - Deputies in LaSalle County are looking for a man who they say is suspected of meth delivery and striking a LaSalle County deputy and squad car. Jerome Alexander Jr., 27, of Harvard Avenue in Peoria, is being charged with delivery of 263.1 grams of methamphetamine, aggravated fleeing and eluding, failure to stop for a property damage crash and property damage to private property.
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Peoria police make shooting, aggravated battery arrest

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Officers with the Peoria Police Department has made an arrest related to a shooting that occurred near Trewyn Avenue and Oregan Street at approximately 10:54 p.m. Wednesday. According to a Peoria police press release, police initially responded to the area on a four-round shot spotter,...
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Grease blamed for kitchen fire at apartment complex

PEORIA, Ill. – A grease fire caused some damage late Thursday afternoon to part of a Peoria apartment complex. Peoria firefighters responded to the Glenbrook Apartments, 4717 N. Knoxville, at 4:16 P.M., but had the situation under control in about ten minutes. Authorities say the fire was contained to...
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1 person hospitalized for burns after Peoria kitchen fire

PEORIA (25 News Now) - A person suffered burns late Thursday afternoon in a kitchen fire at a Peoria apartment complex, according to the fire department. Firefighters were called about 4:15 p.m. to a report of a grease fire in a first floor residence at the Glenbrook Apartments in the 4700 block of North Knoxville Avenue, between West Glen Avenue and West Lyndale Road, near Peoria Heights.
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State’s Attorney: ‘Serial rapist’ in custody

PEORIA, Ill. – The Peoria County State’s Attorney calls him, “a serial rapist.”. Jodi Hoos says in a news release DeMarquis Turner, 39, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on three counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, not two as previously reported, and remains jailed on a total of $1.25 million bond in the cases.
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Not guilty plea entered for Peoria man accused of child endangerment

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A Peoria man pleaded not guilty to charges connected to a three-year-old that was shot in July. The suspect, 33-year-old Randyn Duncan, is facing charges of obstructing justice and endangering the life or health of a child. Investigators said Duncan had cannabis and a gun...
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Caught on camera: Asian Carp assault on the Illinois River

ILLINOIS — Hundreds of Asian Carp, recently renamed to Copi, were caught on camera leaping out of the Illinois River in the wake of a small boat. WGN viewer Connie Stipanovich and friends were on their 2nd annual boat trip from Starved Rock Yacht Club down to Peoria last weekend when the hum of their […]
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Peoria Police asking for help identifying armed robbery suspect

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria Police Department is asking the public for help to identify an armed robbery suspect Wednesday. According to a Peoria police press release, the suspect claimed to have a gun and took an undisclosed amount of cash from a building near the 3000 block of N. Dries Lane Sunday.
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