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Dan Donath
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New Bloomington Police Chief Dan Donath said he's making diversity on the police force a priority.

Bloomington Police said Tuesday they won't ticket the driver of a car which struck a young boy on a bicycle Monday evening.

Dan Donath and Connie his wife pinning his new badge
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Dan Donath, a 25-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department, was named the city's next police chief during an announcement Wednesday at City Hall.

"He was the obvious choice," City Manager Tim Gleason said.

Donath, 50, joined BPD in 1994 and most recently served as assistant chief. He was co-interim chief during the search process for a new chief. Former Chief Clay Wheeler retired in June.

Dan Donath and Bill Colbrook
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has scheduled a Wednesday morning news conference at city hall where he plans to announce his pick to become the city's next police chief.

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Bloomington Police said they have arrested a second person in connection with a shooting in which two people were hospitalized earlier this month.

Crowd of people gathered around a small table questioning a man who aspires to be police chief in Bloomington
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Questions from activists dominated Tuesday's meet-and-greet session for the two finalists for Bloomington police chief—one from within the police ranks and the other currently serving as chief at Parkland Community College.

A Bloomington man went before a judge Thursday afternoon to answer to charges stemming from a shooting Tuesday in which two people were hospitalized.

Bloomington Police Department entrance
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A search committee has named two finalists for Bloomington’s police chief position.

Darren F. Gordon
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Police have arrested a man and a woman in Normal in connection with two recent Bloomington shootings. Two juvenile boys were wounded in shootings last Thursday and Friday on Peach and Lee streets.

Tim Gleason
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Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has announced a five-member committee will assist him in his search for a new police chief.

criminal sexual abuse suspect
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police have released images of a suspect wanted for an alleged sexual abuse committed in broad daylight.

John Fermon at Bloomington Police headquarters
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Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a WGLT series on government's use of social media. Coming Wednesday: WGLT examines how governments respond when social media creates controversy. 

Social media has become such a dominant force in much of our lives that it’s become nearly impossible to avoid.

Dan Donath and Greg Scott
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason has named two interim police chiefs who will split time while he conducts a national search for a new chief.

Scotty Allen
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police say the third suspect wanted in connection with an alleged homicide on Orchard Road in April is now in police custody.

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the butt Sunday night on Bloomington's east side, police said.

Crowd at PSCRB meeting in Bloomington
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Bloomington’s Public Safety and Community Relations Board provided the stage Wednesday for public input on the city’s next police chief.

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McLean County Sheriff's Department

Bloomington Police are asking for the public's help finding an 18-year-old murder suspect who is considered armed and dangerous.

PSCRB members at a table
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The public will get its first chance to help select Bloomington's new police chief at a Public Safety and Community Relations Board meeting Wednesday night.

James Snow mugshot
Bloomington Police

Bloomington Police say they have captured the man who had escaped from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Juan Lorenzo and Josue Rodriguez-Soto
Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police say they have arrested two Bloomington men on sex abuse charges stemming from separate cases involving children.

Bloomington Police Department
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Bloomington Police say the 6-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon remains in critical condition at a Peoria hospital.

Empire Street
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A child riding a moped was struck by a vehicle on East Empire Street near the Illinois Wesleyan University campus on Thursday afternoon, according to Bloomington Police. 

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Bloomington Police are investigating the third armed robbery in the city in the last three weeks and police don't know if there's a connection.

McLean County State's Attorney Don Knapp
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About 60 law enforcement leaders from across the region gathered Monday at Heartland Community College to share data and intelligence.

Bloomington Police are asking the public’s help in identifying two men caught on camera Thursday morning robbing a local business.

Security tapes show the suspects entered an employee-only area at a business on the 2300 block of East Oakland Avenue. The men threatened a worker at knifepoint and demanded money and the employee’s cell phone.

Video footage identifies the robbers as two black men in their mid-20s to early 30s dressed in all black with reflective construction vests.

Clay Wheeler
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Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler said Friday he plans to retire in June after just a year on the job, citing his wife's cancer diagnosis and a desire to "go enjoy life."

Neighbors app
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Bloomington Police have joined a new online community that it hopes will help the public help them fight crime.

Art Taylor speaks
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Over a year after its creation, Bloomington's Public Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) received and reviewed its first complaint.

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Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler said major crimes dropped 9 percent from 2017 to 2018, even as the city saw a sharp increase in homicides.

Derrell Hibbler, Lardarius Caroll and Tiquan Hamer.
Bloomington Police Department

Police have arrested three Bloomington men in connection with a shots fired incident on Tuesday which led to the temporary lockdown of a nearby grade school.