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UPDATED 12:15 p.m. | Jurors deliberating murder charges against Scotty Allen heard two theories in closing arguments Friday as to how Juan Nash died in a hail of gang-related gunfire.

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In his testimony Wednesday in the Scotty Allen murder trial, Kajuan Hobson denied telling police he believed his brother was killed in retaliation for another murder.

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Bloomington-Normal police leaders say many of the reforms being proposed nationally in the wake of George Floyd’s death have already happened here, including a ban on chokeholds and increased emphasis on de-escalation training.

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UPDATED 3:50 p.m. | A jury on Monday convicted Christopher Harrison of Normal on lesser charges of second-degree murder in the killing of two men, opening the door for a reduced sentence.

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The fate of a 20-year-old accused murderer is now in the hands of a McLean County jury.

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Before they went to Christopher Harrison’s home to steal guns, drugs and money, Joseph Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. made a plan to take what they wanted, according to a detective’s testimony Thursday at Harrison’s murder trial.

UPDATED 1:40 p.m. | McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder has identified the victim of a fatal one-vehicle crash in far northeast Normal on Wednesday afternoon. 

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UPDATED 4:20 p.m. | Noah Harrison watched as his younger brother pursued two men as they ran from his family’s apartment after an armed robbery that ended in a hail of gunfire that killed the suspects, according to testimony Wednesday at Christopher Harrison’s murder trial.

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Bloomington Police are investigating a shooting that injured one man Tuesday night on the city's west side.

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UPDATED 6 p.m. | Witnesses said Tuesday that Christopher Harrison didn't just have an AR-15 in his family's apartment the night two men were killed. He also was babysitting his girlfriend's 6-month-old.

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A 31-year-old Bloomington man was charged Friday with committing a hate crime after allegedly setting off a scary but harmless "smoke device" during a Black Lives Matter demonstration.

Bloomington and Normal Police said Friday they’ve made nine additional arrests in connection with looting incidents earlier this week at Target and Eastland Mall.

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A 31-year-old Bloomington man faces preliminary charges of aggravated assault and battery after allegedly setting off a smoke bomb during a Black Lives Matter demonstration Wednesday night.

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A former Mavidea manager being sued for allegedly stealing customers from his old employer has fired back and denied the claims, contending you wouldn’t need proprietary information to poach business.

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A 37-year-old man was critically wounded by gunfire during an argument early Wednesday in Bloomington, police said.

A 21-year-old Bloomington man was charged Tuesday with committing a hate crime and aggravated assault after allegedly driving his motorcycle through a crowd of demonstrators on Sunday.

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Most of the people arrested in looting-related incidents Monday and Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal were McLean County residents, according to police and jail records.

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After a demonstration and injury of a marcher, dozens of demonstrators gathered Sunday night outside the McLean County sheriff's department on the west side of the Law and Justice Center in downtown Bloomington.

UPDATED 10:50 a.m. | Bloomington Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly drove his motorcycle into a crowd of demonstrators Sunday night in downtown Bloomington, injuring two people.

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Donald Whalen may have exceeded the legal and geographic bounds of the electronic monitoring device placed on his ankle after he was released from prison pending the outcome of his challenge to his murder conviction, according to testimony Friday from a court services official.

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Bloomington Police said someone shot a 25-year-old man early Sunday.

UPDATED 6:20 p.m. | A man from Normal accused of causing second-degree burns to a 10-year-old child with severe disabilities claimed Friday the girl's injuries may have come from bathing by her in-home nurse.

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Police chiefs for Normal, Bloomington and Illinois State University say they have not recorded any incidents of black residents being harassed for wearing masks in public.

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Authorities have identified the 47-year-old Bloomington man killed in a motorcycle crash over the weekend on Hamilton Road.

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The Bloomington-Normal branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is speaking out against two recent high-profile killings of African Americans and calling for dialogue during a virtual town hall meeting next week.

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For two decades, Jamie Snow has fought his McLean County murder conviction, but his battle with an infectious disease that has killed 12 of his fellow inmates may pose the biggest threat to his life.

Snow is serving a life sentence at Stateville Correctional Center in the death of Bill Little, a clerk who was fatally shot behind the counter of a Bloomington gas station on Easter Sunday 1991. The Exoneration Project is representing Snow in his effort.

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Authorities have identified a mother and her two young children who were killed in a fire early Saturday at a mobile home park in rural Lexington.

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A 39-year-old from Normal was arrested Sunday night after allegedly hitting a pedestrian while driving under the influence with two children in his truck.

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A widow has asked a federal judge to deny the Town of Normal’s request to dismiss her lawsuit over allegations a police officer stole $12,000 in cash from her home.

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A LeRoy man who resigned his position with the University of Illinois Police Department after he was charged with official misconduct now faces criminal sexual assault charges.

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