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It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. Under legalized cannabis, one Normal police officer suspects police K9s will not be imprinted with the scent.

Normal K9 Officer Shane Bachman said it’s a lot easier to introduce a new scent later on than to try and extinct it from a dog.

“Also, I believe that would open us up in court as far as any type of court proceedings, anything like that, as to where we would have to testify if the dog had ever been trained on the odor of cannabis,” Bachman said.

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About 60 law enforcement leaders from across the region gathered Monday at Heartland Community College to share data and intelligence.

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Police say violent crime is down in Bloomington. It doesn’t feel that way to Misty Colwell. 

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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.

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

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Bloomington and Normal police say they continue to investigate a Bloomington man who is accused of sexually assaulting two women.

McLean County prosecutors have charged Matthew M. Price, 32, with aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault.

Normal Police said the first incident was reported on Dec. 5 involving a female victim over age 60, triggering the aggravated criminal sexual assault charge. On Dec. 10, Bloomington Police received a sexual assault complaint from a separate victim.

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Too many people are learning misconceptions about sexual assault through TV shows. That's according to members of Normal Police’s Investigative Unit.

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When Ken Bays started as a patrolman at the Bloomington Police Department 21 years ago, he remembers jotting down all of his reports by pen on carbon paper.

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

Normal Police are looking for the man who opened fire early Sunday after fights broke out at a large party near Illinois State University.

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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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Normal Police are asking for more potential victims to come forward after they arrested a man Friday accused of repeatedly exposing himself to women and girls.

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NORMAL – Community leaders point to a variety of factors that have contributed to the recent spike in gun violence in Bloomington-Normal.

More than 100 people attended a forum on gun violence in the Twin Cities which WGLT hosted at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center on Wednesday.

William Bennett, City of Refuge Ministries pastor and member of the Bloomington Public Safety and Community Relations Board, said young people are more likely to turn to a life of violence when they see no other hope.

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UPDATED 2:20 p.m. | Police in Normal are releasing new details about a shooting which injured a man in north Normal on Wednesday. 

Police were called to the 1700 block of North School Street, north of Raab Road near the Constitution Trail Shopping Center at about 9:30 p.m. where witnesses said gunfire erupted outside of an apartment. 

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Community leaders on Wednesday pointed to a variety of factors that have contributed to the recent spike in gun violence in Bloomington-Normal.

Deadly Force: When Powerful Guns And Young Men Collide

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Jody Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. went to visit 17-year-old Chris Harrison on a Wednesday night.

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Normal Police released surveillance images and a description of two suspects who reportedly robbed a convenience store Tuesday night.

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Two local pension board presidents are raising concerns about a proposal to consolidate hundreds of police and fire pension funds.

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Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old male in connection with Wednesday night’s fatal shootings at a Normal apartment complex.

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Police are investigating a shooting that left two people dead Wednesday night inside a Normal apartment complex.

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Additional security measures will be in place Thursday at Normal West high school after a threatening note was found in a boys’ restroom.

Local law enforcement and prosecutors speak during a Q&A on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at the Normal Theater. They premiered a new PSA focused on sexual assault victim-blaming.
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Normal Police and McLean County prosecutors are teaming up to send a clear message: Stop blaming victims of sexual assault.

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Bloomington Police are asking parents to come forward if their children took piano lessons from a local teacher who’s accused of sexually abusing six children and secretly taping at least some of the incidents.

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Normally, police officers and firefighters work side by side to help keep the community safe. But on Saturday, "Guns" and "Hoses" competed against each other for a good cause.

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Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Illinois State University on Friday as the featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Dinner.

Thirteen years ago, the City of Bloomington bolted the joint emergency service dispatch operation known in McLean County as Metcom. That created years of hard feelings from other area governments over the abandoned agreement and the extra cost it created for taxpayers.

A McLean County grand jury indicted a Latham man Wednesday on an attempted murder charge connected to an incident in Normal.

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Five people have been charged in connection with a weekend fight inside a Normal apartment that was streamed live on Facebook, showing a partially nude 17-year-old girl.

Police in Normal said Sunday that a social media user alerted them to an early morning Facebook Live video broadcast of an apparent fight involving three women.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Sept. 25-29, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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