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Cause undetermined for Normal house fire

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The cause of a house fire in west Normal late Thursday night is still undetermined. 

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McLean sheriff Sandage running for re-election

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McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage wants to continue serving for another few years. 

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Peoria man, Galesburg pair arrested in connection with California armed robbery

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A Peoria man, a Galesburg man and a teenager face charges in California for an armed robbery. 

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Downed power lines shut down Washington streets

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Downed power lines and utility poles have blocked off several streets in Washington following a traffic accident. Washington police said a semi pulled down the lines around several blocks in the area of E. Holland and Catherine. Ameren and the city of Washington's Public Works are also working on the scene of the accident. 

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UPDATE: West Peoria man killed in I-55 crash in Bloomington

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One person is dead after an early morning crash on Interstate 55 northbound. 

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Mapleton man sentenced to 20 years for child pornography

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A Mapleton man was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for receiving and possessing child pornography.

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Bloomington police make arrest in bank robbery

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A Fort Wayne, Ind. man is behind bars after he allegedly robbed a Bloomington bank this morning. Police said Zachary Finchum, 31, walked into the PNC Bank, 2217 W. Market around 11:30 a.m. and demanded money from an employee. Police said he was unarmed. Finchum allegedly took the money and fled east on foot.  Police gathered a description of the suspect, and also got a video and vehicle information. Illinois State Police later pulled over Finchum's vehicle on Interstate 74 near... More>>

Fairbury police looking for escaped suspect

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The Fairbury Police Department is looking for a man who broke out a squad car to avoid going to jail. Police said they arrested Christopher Folk in Forrest, Ill. around 11 p.m. Tuesday evening for aggravated domestic battery. Police said Folk broke out the rear window of the patrol car and escaped while an officer was doing paperwork and taking photos at the scene.  A search by officers and K9s was unsuccessful in locating Folk. The man now also faces charges of escape and crim... More>>

Tazewell County Sheriff warns of phone scam

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The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam going around.  

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BPD Community House set to open Friday

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The Bloomington Police Department is set to open its new Community House on the city's west side this Friday. 

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Chillicothe house fire knocked down quickly

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Chillicothe firefighters made quick work of a house fire in a steamy situation.  

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UPDATE: Washington police make arrests in string of car burglaries

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The Washington Police Department said it has arrested two adults in connection with a recent string of car burglaries in the city.  

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Murder Stand Down set for woman who died Saturday

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Peoria Community Against Violence will hold a Murder Stand Down For Peace after a woman died after she was discovered in a burned south Peoria home over the weekend. 

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Judge: Heidelberg bond hearing must be held in appellate court

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Cleve Heidelberg will have to wait for a bond hearing after his 47-year-old murder conviction was overturned.  

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Dirty chimney to blame for house fire

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PEORIA, lll. – A dirty chimney is to blame for a house fire Sunday evening. Peoria firefighters responded to the 1500 block of NE Perry shortly after 10 p.m. Residents were outside and smoke was showing from the roof when firefighters arrived. Crews found a fireplace fire that spread to the chimney liner. Fire crews removed the chimney cap and put the fire out using a water extinguisher. The residents were advised to have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a chimney sweep.... More>>

Pekin woman gets probation after stealing drugs from nursing home

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EUREKA, Ill. -- A Pekin woman was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to stealing narcotics from a nursing home. Tracy Long, 32, was a nurse at Maple Lawn in Eureka in September 2015 when alprazolam and hydrocodone went missing. Long claimed she gave the drugs to patients, but surveillance video revealed she had not visited the patients' rooms, according to the Illinois State Police. Police said Long later admitted to falsifying reports and stealing the narcotics for her pe... More>>

Bloomington police seeking man in connection with shots fired incident

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Bloomington Police Department is seeking a man after he was allegedly involved in a shots fired incident last Thursday. Police said Bobby James, 35, is wanted in connection with shots fired at Main Street Convenience. A business and two vehicles were struck. James is considered armed and dangerous. He has a McLean County warrant for several counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, and Reckless Discharge of a Firearm. Jam... More>>

Gun threat leads to short lockdown at Harrison School

PEORIA, Ill. – A Peoria school is placed on lockdown after an alleged threat by a student.  It happened at Harrison School in Peoria early Tuesday morning. District officials tell us an incident broke out between two students. After it was broken up, a third student, who is eight years old, allegedly told everyone he had a gun in his jacket. The lockdown was lifted after a search found no weapons. More>>

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