Waffle House shooting suspect’s father pleads not guilty
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The father of the man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last year pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to the gun used in the...
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The father of a man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last year has been charged with unlawful delivery of a firearm in Illinois, a prosecutor...
Peoria-area woman being treated after bitten by rabid bat
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman is being treated for rabies exposure after being bitten by a rabid bat.
The Tazewell County Health Department confirmed the rabid bat bite this week.
The Journal Star reports it was the second rabid bat bite reported in the Peoria area this fall. Late in September a rabid bat bit a dog in Chillicothe. The dog was quarantined and given another round of rabies shots.
Morton man pleads guilty in beating of toddler in his care
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man faces up to 30 years in prison for beating his 18-month-old niece while babysitting her last summer.
Kahlus Adams pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated battery to a child causing great bodily harm. The attack left the child with a leg broken in half, a broken arm and a bleeding brain.
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois post office will be renamed in honor of a local Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.
The post office in Pekin will become the Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office.
Bastean was born and raised in Pekin and was a 2010 graduate of Pekin Community College. He told his father he wanted to join the Marines because "they were the toughest."
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The family of one of the four people killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, is suing the suspected gunman's father, accusing the Illinois man of negligence.
The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the family of victim Joe Perez filed a lawsuit Monday in Tazewell County, Illinois, the home of Jeffrey Reinking. Reinking's son, Travis Reinking, also lived there before moving to Nashville.
Convicted comptroller transferred to Illinois prison
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A woman convicted of embezzling $54 million in public funds has been transferred to a federal prison in her home state of Illinois.
DIXON – The day before the 6-year anniversary of her arrest for stealing $54 million from the Petunia City, Rita Crundwell, arguably the world's most successful municipal swindler, arrived back in the land of Lincoln.
Crundwell, now 65, has been housed in the Pekin Federal Correctional Institution in Tazewell County, barely 2 hours away from her family in Dixon, for a week and a day.
Waseca, Minnesota, her first federal address, is nearly 6 hours away from her still bruised and bitter hometown.
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Criminal charges have been filed against a central Illinois man in connection with the sale of synthetic marijuana that resulted in death and illness.
Lonnie K. Smith of Pekin is charged with drug-induced homicide, aggravated battery and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of students at schools across Illinois participated in a national walkout to demand action on gun violence.
Students in places like the Chicago area, Decatur, Pekin, Quincy and Madison left classes Wednesday morning. The walkouts come after a gunman killed 17 students last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Students were urged to leave class at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — one minute for each of the dead in Florida.
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Discovery of an apparent pipe bomb prompted the evacuation of the building that houses Pekin's City Hall and police department.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man has been sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding an elderly man of his life savings.
A federal judge handed down the sentence Wednesday for 42-year-old Deryl Wright of Pekin. The judge also ordered Wright to pay more than $100,000 in restitution.
Wright pleaded guilty last year to three felony counts of wire fraud.
Illinois man awaits sentencing in nearly $100K elder fraud
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Peoria says the case of 42-year-old Deryl Wright of Pekin is one of 250 defendants across the country to be charged as a result of a coordinated effort by federal and local law enforcement agencies to combat elder fraud.
Families to receive $6 million in railroad tank car death
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The families of two central Illinois men who died in 2014 after breathing gas inside a railroad tanker car will split $6 million from a settlement of a lawsuit.
A federal investigation determined 37-year-old Frank Rosebur and 29-year-old Dean Stone were victims of safety rule violations at Agridyne LLC's livestock food plant in Pekin.
Illinois library marks state bicentennial with film series
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois library is screening a series of documentaries to mark the state's bicentennial.
The Pekin Times reports the Pekin Public Library will screen a dozen documentaries about state and local history. The first screening is scheduled for Friday.
Alexandria 58, Blackford 56
Attica 46, Clinton Central 33
Bedford N. Lawrence 70, Charlestown 29
Beech Grove 58, Indpls Manual 57
Bloomington South 72, Decatur Central 42
Brownstown 72, S. Ripley 42
Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 69, Columbia City 32
Cass 58, Carroll (Flora) 43
Clarksville 41, Eastern (Pekin) 39
Clay City 47, Eminence 44
Clinton Prairie 61, Delphi 53
Cloverdale 48, Monrovia 45
Covenant Christian (DeMotte) 66, Calumet Christian School 59
Former auto mogul Denny Hecker has been relocated from an Illinois prison to the Duluth Federal Prison Camp in Minnesota, Bureau of Prison officials confirmed Tuesday.
The move, which the bureau published on its website, is the latest in a string of transfers for Hecker, who has served seven years of a 10-year sentence for fraud.
Authorities: Skeletal remains belong to missing boy, 13
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Skeletal remains found this summer near a central Illinois home have been identified as belonging to 13-year-old Robert Bee Jr. who had been missing since last year.
The Pekin Daily Times reports that findings of the Illinois State Police Forensic Laboratory's Forensic Biology Section were released Saturday morning.
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say skeletal human remains found near a central Illinois home are "consistent with" a 13-year-old boy.
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Two juveniles and an adult are facing felony charges for allegedly dumping hundreds of tires in rural areas of central Illinois.
The Pekin Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2qnBTzA) they were arrested Friday on charges of criminal disposal of waste. The offense carries punishments ranging from probation to three years in prison.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Firefighters who died in the line of duty have been honored during a ceremony at the Illinois State Capitol.
The annual Illinois Fallen Firefighters Memorial and Fire Fighting Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony was held Tuesday in Springfield.
The families of two late firefighters were presented with a gold badge. They were Captain Eric Kohlbauer of the Freeport Rural Fire Protection District and Kenneth Harris, a firefighter and paramedic in Oak Park.
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois high school is recovering from a cyberattack on its computers last month, and officials say they're trying to determine how to prevent future attacks.
Illinois man sentenced in child porn, knife attack case
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for possessing child porn and trying to kill a man who prevented his knife-wielding assault on a room full of children in 2015.
Dustin Brown, 20, learned his punishment Wednesday after pleading guilty but mentally ill in November to possessing child porn, attempted murder and armed violence, the Pekin Daily Times (http://bit.ly/2ig9tVA ) reported.
Tazewell County opens new mental health court
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois county is now home to a special court that will handle cases involving people with mental health issues.
The Pekin Times reports (http://bit.ly/2gxFkAK ) Tazewell County opened its new Mental Health Court last week.
Chief Public Defender Luke Taylor says the court will work with offenders to address problems with counseling and medication, with a goal of keeping them out of jail.
Police advise against unsupervised searches of missing boy
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Police in central Illinois are advising people not to conduct any unsupervised searches in the woods for a 13-year-old boy missing for two weeks.
Pekin police spokesman Mike Eeten told the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/2gQw7mm ) that such searches could damage any evidence they uncover and, in the midst of deer hunting season, endanger the searchers.
Police offer $1,000 reward in search for missing Pekin boy
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Police in central Illinois are offering a $1,000 reward for information in the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy whose been missing for two weeks.
The Pekin Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2gCzo8v ) that Pekin police offered the reward Monday for help in their search for Robert Bee Jr.
Pipe bomb fishing earns central Illinois man jail time
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A Canton man told a judge he went "redneck fishing" with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence.
Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley's felony conviction also got him 30 months' probation after he was sentenced last week in Peoria County Circuit Court.
The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that McCulley set off a homemade bomb of PVC pipe, gunpowder and a fuse beneath the McNaughton Bridge over the Illinois River.
Funeral services for Loren Gilbert Slinkard, 88, will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Olney, Illinois, on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. with Trinity Pastor April officiating at Trinity which is near the intersection of East Main Street and U.S. 50.
He died Nov. 2, 2016, peacefully at home with family at his side.The family gratefully acknowledges the support of home hospice in his care. Loren has been a Richland County and Olney resident since 1953.
East Peoria to host Sept. 11th memorial exhibit for 6 days
EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A traveling exhibit about the September 11th attacks will be in East Peoria later this month.
Former East Peoria football coach convicted of theft
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A former East Peoria Community High School football coach will be sentenced next month after a judge found him guilty of stealing thousands of dollars meant for the students and the team.
The Pekin Daily Times (http://bit.ly/2aPk3Md ) reports that Tazewell County Judge Paul Gilfillan found 38-year-old Doug Martin guilty of four counts of felony theft on Friday.
Martin testified that used virtually he spent all...
ROCHFORD, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Illinois man who died in a motorcycle crash in western South Dakota.
The Highway Patrol says 49-year-old Robert Center, of Pekin, Illinois, lost control of his bike on a curve on a Pennington County road and hit a guard rail near Rochford.
Center was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. He was alone on the bike.
PEKIN, Ill. — Denise Denis supplied the offensive fireworks and Tatum Buckley recorded her third victory of the tournament as the Stratford Brakettes beat the St. Louis Saints 5-1 Sunday to capture the City of Pekin National Invitational at Mineral Springs Park. The Brakettes have won 21 straight tournament titles since 2010.
When a severe thunder and lightning storm cancelled the losers’ bracket of the tournament Sunday morning, the Brakettes and Saints met for the...
PEKIN, Ill. — Tatum Buckley worked out of a seventh inning jam and the Stratford Brakettes nipped the Indiana Slammers, 1-0, in the semifinals of the City of Pekin National Invitational tournament Saturday at Mineral Springs Park.
Earlier in the day the Brakettes defeated the St. Louis Saints 4-0 and East Peoria Lady Rage 7-1 in pool play. Stratford (36-2) will meet the Saints at 10:30 a.m. this morning in the winner’s bracket final and would need two victories to...