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Bloomington PSCRB meeting
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Bloomington’s police review board has determined the city’s police department followed protocols when it voided a drunk driving ticket in 2016 but called for the city to strengthen its notification policy.

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UPDATED 6 a.m. | McLean County sheriff's police said early Saturday they had captured Thomas Benge and he was taken back into custody. Benge is being held at the McLean County jail.

Federal prosecutors have charged the former president of a children’s charity with stealing more than $400,000 from the organization when it was based in Bloomington.

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Bloomington Police said they are investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old boy was shot in the forearm on Saturday.

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The number of people in the U.S. now required to register as sex offenders is edging close to the one million mark.

Dr. Shaun Kink
Bloomington Police

A 36-year-old Bloomington doctor has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted a woman with a disability last month.

Clifford Brewer in court
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A Livingston County man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the Christmas Day triple homicide in Cullom.

Mural and Beaufort buildings
Ryan Denham / WGLT

UPDATED 10:35 a.m. | A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Uptown mural artists against the Town of Normal and its Trail East developer, though he left the door open for another suit if the artwork is damaged or destroyed during relocation.

Dr. Shaun Kink
Bloomington Police

A 36-year-old Bloomington doctor is off the job at least temporarily after being charged this week with forcing oral sex on a woman with a disability.

A Bloomington man faces 16 years and eight months in prison for his role in a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

Authorities say the same 35-year-old suspect is behind a series of truck burglaries at the Menards store in Normal.

Police who spent six days looking for their prime suspect in the New Year's Eve shooting in Normal found him hiding in a makeshift basement crawlspace, prosecutors said Friday.

Adrian Barr poses
Ryan Denham

McLean County residents with minor cannabis convictions are expected to soon have their records wiped clean. But it’s unclear just how soon, and how many people will benefit.

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

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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.