Police and Courts | WGLT

Police and Courts

A 19-year-old from Bloomington was arrested Wednesday on murder charges in connection with the New Year's Eve shooting in Normal.

Shots fired map
Google Maps

Two people were killed and 12 were injured by gunfire in Bloomington-Normal in 2019, as the number of shootings climbed to 50 for the year.

The drivers were not at fault in two fatal pedestrian accidents on Veterans Parkway last fall, according to police reports.

A former McLean County prosecutor should be suspended from practicing law for 60 days for his failure to comply with state rules for licensed attorneys, according to a recent recommendation by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Garrett Riley Ahlfield
McLean County Sheriff's Department

An 18-year-old faces weapons charges related to Tuesday's fatal shooting in Normal, though police say the killer remains at large.

UPDATED 5:40 p.m. | Police are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old male in the Heartland Village Apartments in northwest Normal.

A 55-year-old Bloomington woman was killed in a car crash Friday night on the city's far west side.

Brewer appears on video
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said Friday that the man accused of killing two family members and a neighbor Christmas morning in Cullom was drying wet hands when law enforcement arrived at the Jackson Street home.

Shirley and Christian
GoFundMe / Bonnie Lacroix

UPDATED 8:35 a.m. | The 53-year-old suspect in the Christmas Day triple homicide in Livingston County is set to make his first court appearance Friday morning.

police tape
WGLT file photo

UPDATED 11:20 a.m. | Authorities have identified the 53-year-old man who's been charged with murder in connection with a triple homicide Christmas Day in Livingston County.

Fire truck
WGLT file photo

A man pointed a gun at a juvenile during a family argument Monday night, Bloomington Police said.

Brian Williams
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

A Normal Police officer pleaded not guilty Friday to official misconduct and theft charges, during his first public court appearance since being accused of stealing—and then trying to return—$12,000 in cash.

Cynthia and Rica
Police and Family Photos

The woman convicted of killing an 8-year-old girl from Normal hopes to earn a new trial by claiming ineffective assistance from her lawyer, as her sister faces a new charge of witness harassment.

Alan Beaman and mother
Daisy Contreras / NPR Illinois

Alan Beaman is not entitled to a jury trial on his claim that three former Normal police detectives conspired to wrongfully convict him of murder, the Fourth District Appellate Court ruled in its opinion released Tuesday.

Olivia Butts speaks
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

As the holiday season arrives, Black Lives Matter BloNo is calling for volunteers to help monitor McLean County courtrooms as part of its ongoing efforts to reunite families with loved ones who can't afford bail.

Brad Rigdon in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 6:20 p.m. | A jury considering murder charges against Kyle Brestan in the 2017 brutal stabbing death of a 27-year-old Washington woman deliberated about four hours Tuesday without reaching a verdict.

Kyle Brestan sitting in court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 4:10 p.m. | Closing arguments will be delivered Tuesday in the murder trial of Kyle Brestan in the brutal stabbing death of Shannon Hastings.

Kyle Brestan
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Forensic test results in the Shannon Hastings murder investigation identified Kyle Brestan as a possible contributor to DNA collected from a bloody towel, according to testimony Friday in Brestan’s murder trial.

Donald Whalen

Lawyers for Don Whalen renewed their arguments Wednesday in support of a new trial for Whalen on murder charges in the 1991 beating death of his father.

Kyle Brestan
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

Text messages exchanged between Kyle Brestan and a woman he’s accused of stabbing 105 times show a rocky relationship, according to evidence presented Wednesday in Brestan’s murder trial.

Kyle walks into court
David Proeber / The Pantagraph (Pool)

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | Jurors in the Kyle Brestan murder trial viewed graphic photos Tuesday of stabbing victim Shannon Hastings as she laid in a pool of blood in a Bloomington hotel room.

Oxycodone pills
Keith Srakocic / AP

Pretrial proceedings in McLean County’s lawsuit against drugmakers and distributors over the opioid epidemic have been moved to Cook County and consolidated with other Illinois cases.

Kyle and Shannon
WGLT file photo

Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the murder trial of Kyle Brestan in the 2017 stabbing death of a Washington woman.

The bench trial and sentencing hearing for a terminally ill McLean man was delayed Friday until a judge can determine if the defendant has the medical and psychological capacity to move forward on sexual abuse charges involving four minors.

Bloomington police car
Amy Niebur / WGLT

Quality local journalism from WGLT depends on your financial support. We need new contributors on Giving Tuesday who will give $10 a month. Please consider a contribution to keep public media strong in Central Illinois. If you already contribute to WGLT, thank you!

fire truck

McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder said a Southern Illinois woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Bellflower on Sunday night.

fire truck

Authorities are investigating a crash that killed a 31-year-old woman Sunday night near Bellflower.

Jordan Powe
Bloomington Police

UPDATED 3:20 p.m. | A Bloomington man was charged Friday with critically injuring his 5-month-old son, authorities said.

A former Bloomington man who scammed an elderly woman of more than $500,000 faces 6 ½ years in prison.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

McLean County has several new appointments in court services.