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A Bloomington man facing murder charges in the 2017 brutal stabbing of a woman was sentenced to 36 years in prison Friday for possession of pornographic images of a teenage girl.

A McLean County jury Thursday found a Bloomington woman guilty of armed robbery with the use of a firearm.

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Editor's note: This is the third in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois. Read and listen to part one and part two.

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Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois. Read and listen to part one.

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Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part WGLT series this week about court fines and fees in Illinois.

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The Town of Normal is in the middle of its first annual Daring Diversity: A Racial Equity Summit. Day 1 of the conference included speakers who defined and traced the roots of racism.

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A former Bloomington man exonerated of murder charges is entitled to a jury trial on his claims that three retired Normal police officers played a significant role in his wrongful conviction, according to arguments by his lawyers Wednesday to the Fourth District Appellate Court.

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A federal judge in Peoria has sentenced a Washington, Ill., man to more than 13 years in prison for child pornography.

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On Friday police arrested a longtime first-grade teacher at Glenn Elementary School in Unit 5 for allegedly molesting female students. Unit 5 pulled the teacher, Jonathan Hovey, from class back in April when the district learned of a new allegation.

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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.

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A former TV hunting show host from East Peoria has admitted poaching and smuggling a deer. Federal prosecutors said forty-one-year-old Christopher Brackett used to host "Fear No Evil" on the Outdoor Channel. Brackett admitted killing two bucks in Indiana in 2013 within minutes of each other when state rules said he could only take one in a season.

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.

Prosecutors in the January death of an 8-year-old girl from Normal point to a consistent pattern of abuse under the eye of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services.

Cynthia Marie Baker, also known as Cynthia Clay, was arrested on a warrant earlier this week for charges of murder, aggravated domestic battery, and domestic battery of a child in connection with the girl’s death.

Gunfire claimed the life of one man in Bloomington on Tuesday night. Two others are in critical condition at area hospitals.

Bloomington Police say Nathanial Caldwell, 26, was found in the 1200 block of Orchard Drive with a gunshot wound after they were called around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday for a report of shots fired. He is currently listed in critical condition at an area hospital.

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Crime rates are at their lowest in the Town of Normal since data was first collected and reported 23 years ago in 1996.

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Illinois State Police made its second substantial cocaine seizure in McLean County in one week.

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State Police have made what is considered the third largest cocaine bust in McLean County history. Assistant State's Attorney Jeff Horve said troopers pulled over a semi on I-55 Thursday north of Bloomington Normal for inspection.

Bloomington Police have issued an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Toshiro Luttrell of Bloomington.

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Nine people have died in Bloomington-Normal in gun violence this year. More than that tally have survived bullet wounds.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has named two Bloomington attorneys to associate judge positions.

Bloomington Police made an arrest Tuesday following a July drug-induced homicide.

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Authorities have identified the man gunned down on a Bloomington street Tuesday night as 27-year-old Trevonte Kirkwood of Bloomington.

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Police in Bloomington say they are investigating a shooting Tuesday night in the 300 block of North Oak.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has quelled a two-year legal effort by media organizations to make certain information public in the Kirk Zimmerman murder case. One justice has also filed a dissenting opinion.

Bloomington Police have arrested a Wisconsin man in connection with a shooting in Green Bay.

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Police in Bloomington-Normal say despite the recent string of fatal shootings, there are no signs of a larger trend.

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Bloomington Police have arrested two people on gun and counterfeiting charges.

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Authorities have identified the three people shot to death at 311 Riley Drive in Bloomington Monday afternoon.

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Three men were killed and a toddler was critically injured Monday in a shooting at an apartment building on Riley Drive in Bloomington. There have now been seven fatal shootings in Bloomington-Normal in less than two months.

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Friends and neighbors of two slain young people in Bloomington said they just do not understand how it came to this.

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