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Tyjuan Bruce
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Prosecutors on Tuesday won their second murder conviction stemming from a botched 2018 drug robbery on Bloomington’s west side.

Tyjuan and his attorneys
Lewis Marien / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Tyjuan Bruce played a critical role in the death of a Bloomington man by plotting the drug-related robbery that led to the victim’s death, a prosecutor said Monday in closing arguments in Bruce’s murder trial.

Adam Ghrist
Illinois State University

A former McLean County prosecutor who left in 2018 to join the U.S. attorney’s office is returning to Bloomington as a defense lawyer with Finegan & Rinker, according to an announcement Monday by the law firm.

Bloomington police car
Amy Niebur / WGLT

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. | A Bloomington man was killed and another person injured in a motorcycle crash late Friday in Bloomington.

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Matt Rourke / AP

There is a Bloomington man who wants to legally change his first name to “Corona.” And it has nothing to do with the coronavirus.

It’s a long story, but here’s the short version.

Grampsas sits in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Anthony Grampsas was convicted of murder Thursday in the December 2018 shooting death of Egerton Dover in Bloomington.

Grampsas sits in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Jurors opened their deliberations late Wednesday into murder charges against Anthony Grampsas in the December 2018 shooting death of Egerton Dover.

UPDATED 3:30 p.m. | A Ridgeview music teacher was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting at least two former high school students—including one girl who he allegedly “dated” while she was still a student.

Mary speaks
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UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | The bloody crime scene where Egerton Dover died showed evidence of multiple gunshots before first responders found his body on the kitchen floor of his west Bloomington apartment.

Grampsas sits in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Prosecutors opened their murder case Tuesday against Anthony Grampsas by telling jurors he was the driver—not the shooter—in a hastily planned drug robbery on Bloomington’s west side.

Joseph T. Thornton III
Bloomington Police

A 49-year-old Bloomington man wanted on attempted murder charges has been arrested in Nashville,  Tenn., police said Friday.

Normal Police HQ
Staff / WGLT

Normal Police officers rarely use force on the job. But when they do, people of color are more likely to be on the receiving end of that force.

Scotty Allen
Bloomington Police Department

A McLean County jury on Friday convicted Scotty Allen of murder in the shooting death of Juan Nash during an April 2019 party on Orchard Road in Bloomington.

Three suspects
Jail Booking Photos

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.

Three suspects
Jail Booking Photos

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.

Raised fist
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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.

Christopher
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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.

Christopher Harrison
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

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

Chris Harrison
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

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. 

Christopher Harrison
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

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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Ryan Denham / WGLT

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.

Andrew Menssen photo
McLean County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

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.

Andrew Menssen photo
McLean County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

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.

Mavidea truck
Mavidea / Facebook

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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WGLT file photo

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.

Kohls exterior
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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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