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Seven Bloomington residents—including several downtown and west-side leaders—have been picked for a new civilian board to advise the police chief.

Illegal guns seized
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Two top law enforcement officials in McLean County say they’re disturbed by an uptick in juveniles getting into trouble with illegal guns.

Jeff Chiu / The Associated Press

The Bloomington Police Department’s plans of equipping its officers with body cameras has lost a bit of momentum.

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A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in the face Saturday in Bloomington.

Police found the boy inside a residence in the 1400 block of North Lee Street after being called around 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Bloomington police said. The boy had an apparent gunshot wound to his face, police said. He was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in critical condition, police said Monday.

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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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The Village Board of Hudson received a petition Tuesday night signed by nearly 1,450 residents in support of a female police officer who was fired after becoming pregnant.

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Bloomington Police Officer Shawn Albert currently tracks roughly 200 Bloomington residents on two state mandatory registrations.

Police are looking for the public’s help finding three suspects who fled a stolen vehicle that injured a bicyclist in a hit-and-run on Bloomington’s west side.

Police are looking for an armed suspect who tried to carjack a woman in broad daylight Sunday at a busy Bloomington-Normal shopping center.

Crawford County Sheriff's Office

A 40-year-old Missouri man was arrested Sunday in Bloomington in connection with a homicide investigation in Missouri, authorities said.

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The families of the father and two young boys who died in an apparent murder-suicide this week in Bloomington asked for privacy Friday as they made funeral arrangements.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Sept. 18-22, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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A 33-year-old father strangled his young sons to death, set a fire, then killed himself as his wife searched frantically for her family before fleeing their burning northeast Bloomington home and asking neighbors to call 911, authorities said Wednesday.

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Three people—including two children—were found dead after an early morning house fire that Bloomington police say was intentionally set. A fourth person survived.

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Bloomington Police now say a second man was the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash on the city’s southeast side—not the suspect that authorities initially announced in a press release.

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Editor's note: Authorities have since charged a different man, Jakeb Collins, for his alleged role in this hit-and-run crash. Prosecutors have cleared Darin R. Scott in this case.

The 54-year-old Bloomington man facing charges in Wednesday’s fatal hit-and-run was arrested just last month for allegedly driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of an accident.

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A 34-year-old Bloomington man was arrested Thursday after allegedly robbing a gas station earlier in the day.

A 16-year-old boy has died after being critically injured by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike on Bloomington’s southwest side.

Bloomington Police have arrested a man for a hit-and-run that has critically injured a bicyclist.

A 16-year-old boy remains in critical condition and the family is requesting privacy, police said.

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A Blue Lives Matter rally outside Bloomington City Hall on Monday evening drew about 15 people.

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The local Black Lives Matter organization is asking Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner to denounce a planned rally to support law enforcement and instruct his officers to not participate.

Jenn speaks to crowd
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The City of Bloomington is still looking for more applications for its new police advisory board.

Jalun E. Caddell
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Police do not typically recommend this, but authorities say an employee at Schlotzsky's Deli in Bloomington wrestled an armed robbery suspect.

UPDATE 4:25 p.m. | Bloomington Police blamed miscommunication Friday for a press release that asked for the public's help identifying a man who asked about children at O'Neil Pool.

Bloomington Police issued a revised statement late Friday afternoon:

After a further investigation with a social service agency, we learned there were several communications errors made by the involved parties.
 

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Another special meeting Monday on a proposed Bloomington police citizen review board drew more than 100 people who gave, at times, heated input to aldermen.

Five Bloomington City Council members delayed a scheduled vote on Monday to hear more from Police Chief Brendan Heffner.

Chief Heffner talks to aldermen
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The Bloomington City Council likely won’t be voting on the proposed police civilian review board Monday as planned, after aldermen asked the police chief to share more information about current practices.

Colleen Reynolds

The Bloomington City Council is considering establishing a citizen-led police oversight board to receive complaints about police and offer citizens an a review process.  

Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The Bloomington City Council may vote on a civilian review board at their July 10 meeting, but action could also be delayed, according to a Bloomington Alderman.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

A solid majority on the Bloomington City Council favors creating a citizen review board for police complaints.

There's less certainty about one provision community groups are pushing. Alderman Joni Painter said during a council work session it is an absolute no go for her.

Judith Valente / WGLT

Bloomington police, community groups and the City Council have hammered out a draft ordinance for a new citizen-led police oversight board.

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