Monday, May 25, 2009

Does it mean we are safe if it's not in the news?

As has been determined, by those of us who watch local main stream media, crimes in certain parts of Peoria some times go unreported. Along those lines, although I did not get it from any news report, if I heard correctly, Nick N Willey's in the Metro Center was robbed the other day...

62 days ago:

It was Tuesday, March 23, 2009, a much ballyhooed press conference; Peoria Police have announced that they have arrested four people suspected in the string of armed robberies that have plagued Peoria; the now infamous "... we are safer" comment as shown in the graphic above was made.

Here are the crime related items that were reported on by local mainstream media from March 24 , 2009 through today, Memorial Day, May 25, 2009. Are we safer?

Police Looking For Burglars
Monday, May 25, 2009 @04:07am CST
WMBD/WYZZ – Peoria police are looking into several overnight burglaries that happened on Monday. The first happened in the 7300 block of Knoxville Avenue.Police found the door of Specialty Healthcare propped open just before 1:00 a.m. It isn't clear what, if anything, was stolen.Officers are also looking for suspects after a house was burglarized in the 1000 block of State Street in Peoria county.
Man in Critical Condition After Being Shot by Officer
Monday, May 25, 2009 @04:02am CST
WMBD/WYZZ – Police responded around on 1:00 a.m. to the 900 block of Greenlawn Street where they found a man struggling with a woman. The man fled on foot when police arrived, he was pursued by an officer. During the chase, the man pointed a handgun at the police officer, who fired a single shot into the man's stomach.
Pair accused of punching man, shoving women
Posted May 24, 2009 @ 11:24 PM
Two Peorians were arrested Sunday morning after allegedly punching a man in the face and shoving two women as they were walking to their car in the Commerce Bank parking deck.
South Peoria man runs from men with guns
Posted May 23, 2009 @ 10:24 PM
A South Peoria man escaped an armed-robbery attempt Friday night. The man had just arrived at his home in the 1500 block of South Livingston Street about 10:55 p.m. when he saw two men walking toward him.
Man robbed at gunpoint while walking in East Bluff
Posted May 23, 2009 @ 10:22 PM
A man was robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning while walking in the East Bluff.
Two men held up at gunpoint in South Peoria
Posted May 23, 2009 @ 10:21 PM
A Peoria man and his friend were held up at gunpoint early Saturday in South Peoria.
Theft of compact discs, pork loins thwarted
Posted May 20, 2009 @ 08:32 PM
After stealing a bag filled with compact discs and four pork loins Saturday during separate burglaries, a thief abandoned his booty and fled when confronted.
Police: Woman strikes officer escorting her from burning home
Posted May 20, 2009 @ 03:26 PM
A house fire Tuesday night on Prospect Road left one resident jailed for allegedly striking police officers, and the State Fire Marshal's Office investigating a possible arson.
Woman shot in head expected to survive
Posted May 20, 2009 @ 03:13 PM
The Peoria woman who was shot in the head during an apparent domestic dispute early Tuesday morning was in considerably better condition by Wednesday, according to Peoria police.
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13-year-old indicted in South Side Bank robbery
Posted May 19, 2009 @ 10:10 PM
A 13-year-old boy was indicted Tuesday by a Peoria County grand jury for allegedly robbing a South Side Bank branch last month at gunpoint.
Teen robbery suspect has another case moved to adult court
Posted May 19, 2009 @ 01:37 PM
A teen already charged as an adult for armed robbery now has more legal woes, as a juvenile court judge Tuesday ordered he be tried as an adult for allegedly attacking a counselor at the county’s juvenile detention center.
Police: Peoria woman shot in head in domestic fight
Posted May 19, 2009 @ 12:15 PM
A South Peoria woman was shot in the head during an apparent domestic fight early Tuesday in which a man was shot in the arm.
Property damaged by South Peoria gunfire
Posted May 18, 2009 @ 11:06 PM
Shots fired Sunday morning in South Peoria damaged two people's property.
Gunplay near Shop Rite leaves cars full of bullets
Posted May 18, 2009 @ 06:08 PM
Gunplay involving five men left the shoppers' cars with bullet holes shortly after 3 p.m. in the Shop Rite parking lot, 1823 W. Lincoln Ave.
Teen parents plead guilty to abusing infant son
Posted May 18, 2009 @ 01:14 PM
Two teenage parents pleaded guilty Monday to abusing their 5-month-old son, causing several rib fractures, fractures to the infant's leg and bruising.
Peorian indicted in double shooting
Posted May 17, 2009 @ 10:48 PM
A South Peoria man faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly shooting two people in late March.
JS columnist arrested after alleged bar altercation
Posted May 17, 2009 @ 09:38 PM
Phil Luciano, Journal Star columnist and WMBD-AM radio personality, was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly striking two people at a West Peoria tavern.
Gunmen steal electronics, shoes from Peoria house
Posted May 16, 2009 @ 10:49 PM
Gunmen wearing white shirts over their faces broke into a South Peoria home early Saturday and demanded money from the resident's girlfriend. But apparently, they only made off with electronics and shoes.
Peoria police recover handgun after street fight
Posted May 16, 2009 @ 10:48 PM
Police recovered a handgun from a large street fight Thursday night but made no arrests.
Shipment of cigarettes stolen from gas station
Posted May 16, 2009 @ 10:48 PM
A burglar made off with more than $1,300 worth of cigarettes early Saturday from a North Peoria gasoline station.
Teen could get 21 years in robbery
Posted May 15, 2009 @ 09:58 PM
A 14-year-old North Valley boy faces at least 21 years in prison for his part in the armed robbery of the Downtown 66 gas station last fall.
Four people arrested in alcohol-sale stings
Posted May 14, 2009 @ 08:29 PM
Four employees were arrested Wednesday night for allegedly selling alcohol to minors during alcohol countermeasure enforcement by Illinois State Police throughout the area.
$25,900 in equipment stolen from repair shop
Posted May 14, 2009 @ 12:03 AM
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment were stolen from a car repair garage late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Fast Break store on Galena Road robbed
Posted May 13, 2009 @ 09:33 PM
The Fast Break convenience store at 9327 N. Galena Road was robbed late Tuesday night.
Online tool maps city crime
Posted May 13, 2009 @ 04:03 PM
One of the latest innovations in law enforcement will enable Web users to check out crime trends in Peoria County.
Easily deterred gunman takes no for an answer
Posted May 13, 2009 @ 01:56 PM
A not-so-persistent robber was turned away from an attempted holdup Tuesday night. According to Peoria police, a male believed to be in his teens entered JJ's Fish and Chicken, 841 W. Main St., about 9:15 p.m.
Two Peorians face charges in shooting and carjacking
Posted May 12, 2009 @ 08:26 PM
Two people implicated in a shooting and carjacking last month were indicted Tuesday by a Peoria County grand jury.
Teen pleads guilty to firing shots during altercation
Posted May 12, 2009 @ 07:32 PM
A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty Monday to charges he fired several shots at another boy during an apparent gang fight earlier this month.
No one injured in North Peoria apartment fire
Posted May 11, 2009 @ 06:39 PM
Fire did an estimated $550,000 in damage to a North Peoria apartment building Sunday night.
West Peoria man hit in head with gun outside bar
Posted May 11, 2009 @ 06:37 PM
A 23-year-old West Peoria man told a Peoria County sheriff's deputy he was struck in the head with a gun during an attempted armed robbery Friday night at Cams, 2510 W. Farmington Road.
Arson, robbery cases occupy grand jury
Posted May 10, 2009 @ 11:27 PM
A South Peoria man faces up to 30 years in prison after being indicted recently by a Peoria County grand jury for allegedly setting fire to his girlfriend's house.
12 apartments evacuated after North Peoria blaze
Posted May 10, 2009 @ 10:36 PM
Residents of 12 apartment units were evacuated late Sunday after a fire at a North Peoria apartment complex. No one was hurt.
Woman robbed in parking lot of Peoria apartment building
Posted May 09, 2009 @ 11:43 PM
A woman was robbed in the parking lot of her apartment building Friday. The victim told police she was getting out of her car to enter the building in the 4700 block of Knoxville Avenue at about 11:50 p.m. when a man approached her.
Peoria woman hit in head, robbed at residence
Posted May 09, 2009 @ 11:41 PM
A woman was robbed early Saturday at her residence in the 1600 block of Indiana Avenue.
Teen admits to planning to rob pizza delivery driver
Posted May 09, 2009 @ 12:20 AM
A Peoria teenager admitted Friday to conspiring with another teen to rob a pizza delivery driver but will avoid prison time as part of a plea agreement.
Pair rob Katie McButts bar and patrons Friday
Posted May 08, 2009 @ 08:02 PM
One shot was fired at the ceiling of a bar during a robbery early Friday morning.
Peoria already fully familiar with arson
Posted May 08, 2009 @ 07:51 PM
… Peoria firefighters are concerned about a rash of intentionally set fires.
Printing machine among damage at local business
Posted May 06, 2009 @ 08:03 AM
A fabric-printing machine belonging to a North Valley business sustained about $25,000 in damages between 6 p.m. Monday and 7:40 a.m. Tuesday.
South Peorian indicted in robbery-shooting
Posted May 05, 2009 @ 08:51 PM
A Peoria County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a South Peoria man on charges he shot a relative while trying to rob him last month.
Prosecutor drops shooting charges as 'charade'
Posted May 05, 2009 @ 08:48 PM
Saying she wanted to "end the charade," a Peoria County prosecutor dismissed charges against a man accused of shooting at his girlfriend after the victim refused to testify Tuesday.
Two indicted for alleged 'gas money' holdup
Posted May 05, 2009 @ 08:26 PM
Two area men were indicted Tuesday for allegedly holding up a man in Peoria's North Valley last month for "gas money."
Bond set at $300,000 for alleged teen bank robber
Posted May 05, 2009 @ 08:25 PM
Bond was set at $300,000 Tuesday for a 13-year-old boy to be tried as an adult for allegedly robbing a South Side Bank branch last month at gunpoint.
Robbery case could be transferred to adult court
Posted May 05, 2009 @ 08:14 PM
Prosecutors have filed a motion to transfer to adult court the case of a 15-year-old boy accused of robbing a hardware store last month.
Robbers get $1,500 from man hit with rifle butt
Posted May 05, 2009 @ 08:21 AM
Two men armed with rifles broke into a residence in the 900 block of West Howett Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and took a reported $1,500 in cash from one of the occupants.
Sheriff's deputies agree to new contract
Posted May 04, 2009 @ 10:02 PM
Peoria County sheriff's deputies have a tentative four-year agreement that will give them pay increases each year.
Judge rules 13-year-old is an adult
Posted May 04, 2009 @ 08:18 PM
Calling the actions of a 13-year-old boy accused of robbing a South Side bank branch last month "very aggressive" and "menacing," a Peoria County judge ruled Monday the teen should be tried as an adult.
Candles left burning may have started trailer fire
Posted May 04, 2009 @ 07:00 PM
Candles left burning overnight may have been the cause of a fire early Monday at Kingspark Estates in Peoria County.
South Peoria man hit with rifle in home invasion
Posted May 04, 2009 @ 09:08 AM
A South Peoria man received a cut to his forehead from the butt of a rifle after two men stormed his home, police said.
Nobody injured in birthday-party gunfire
Posted May 03, 2009 @ 10:47 PM
No one was injured when at least two gunshots were fired at a group of people that had gathered for a birthday party.
Drug task force arrest leads to indictment
Posted May 03, 2009 @ 07:31 PM
A Peoria County grand jury indicted a North Peoria man on drug dealing charges that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.
Hit-and-run victim in critical condition
Posted May 02, 2009 @ 03:00 PM
The victim of an apparent hit-and-run was reported in critical condition Friday night at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Peoria man, girlfriend face child porn charge
Posted May 01, 2009 @ 10:10 PM
A South Peoria man appeared in Peoria's federal court on Friday accused of making sexually explicit videos with an 8-year-old child.
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Peoria man pleads guilty to sending illicit photos
Posted May 01, 2009 @ 09:46 PM
A Peoria man faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Friday to sending obscene material to a Washington police officer who was posing as a 13-year-old girl.
District 150 bus monitor arrested
Posted May 01, 2009 @ 09:15 AM
District 150 campus police arrested a bus monitor Thursday morning for allegedly placing masking tape over the mouth of one student and on the neck of another last week.
23-year-old robbed of $500 in South Peoria
Posted Apr 30, 2009 @ 10:03 PM
A wallet containing $500 in cash was taken during a robbery Tuesday night in South Peoria.
Apartment fire leaves six people without homes
Posted Apr 30, 2009 @ 09:06 PM
Six people are without a home after a fire late Wednesday night in South Peoria.
Two more South Peoria fires likely arson cases
Posted Apr 29, 2009 @ 09:32 PM
Arson cases continue to pile up after two more fires that appear to have been intentionally set in South Peoria.
One business out of 15 caught selling to minor
Posted Apr 29, 2009 @ 09:23 PM
Alcohol countermeasure enforcement checks of 15 businesses in Marshall and Stark counties yielded one citation Tuesday night.
15-year-old captured after Ace Hardware robbery
Posted Apr 29, 2009 @ 08:38 PM
Police said they quickly captured a 15-year-old male after the Ace Hardware store at 120 W. McClure Ave. was robbed apparently at gunpoint on Wednesday morning.
Man accused of selling $155,000 in employer's tools, parts on eBay
Posted Apr 28, 2009 @ 09:46 PM
A Canton man faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly taking tools and parts from his employer and selling them on eBay.
Thieves move cookware to silence their entry
Posted Apr 28, 2009 @ 09:15 PM
Thieves avoided detection while breaking into a Central Peoria house overnight Sunday by removing cookware hanging next to an open window.
Man at center of brutality case faces new charges
Posted Apr 28, 2009 @ 08:10 PM
Already at the center of an investigation of alleged police brutality, Bryce R. Scott now faces legal troubles in federal court that could mean he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.
Arson investigate in case of South Peoria house fire
Posted Apr 28, 2009 @ 08:04 PM
A fire Monday night at a vacant South Peoria home is being investigated as arson.
Three businesses report weekend break-ins
Posted Apr 28, 2009 @ 07:56 PM
Police are investigating three break-ins at businesses where burglars netted money, a laptop computer and liquor.
Arson suspected at Monday night house fire
Posted Apr 28, 2009 @ 08:35 AM
A fire Monday night at a vacant South Peoria home is being investigated as arson.
Lawyer: Baby was denied basic care
Last update Apr 28, 2009 @ 07:32 PM
Two friends of James Sargent implored him for weeks to get help taking care of his infant son. Every time, the answer was the same. "He always said that he would," said James Burge of his friend. "But it just never happened."
Trio indicted in Family Dollar robbery
Posted Apr 26, 2009 @ 11:18 PM
Three people face charges after being indicted for allegedly participating in the holdup of the Family Dollar store on Harman Highway last month.
Fire at vacant house considered suspicious
Posted Apr 26, 2009 @ 11:16 PM
The cause of a Saturday night South Peoria house fire is considered suspicious and remains under investigation.
Peoria man stabbed twice in the back
Posted Apr 26, 2009 @ 11:13 PM
Peoria man was stabbed twice in the back early Sunday morning. The man was drinking with a woman somewhere in the 700 block of Western Avenue just after midnight when they got into an argument, according to police reports.
Man shot during argument in South Peoria
Posted Apr 25, 2009 @ 11:24 PM
A man was shot Friday night in South Peoria. About midnight, a group of people was arguing when shots were fired from an unknown direction.
South Peoria fire causes $25,000 in damage
Posted Apr 25, 2009 @ 11:23 PM
A South Peoria fire caused about $25,000 in damage Saturday night but injured nobody.
Second suspect in carjacking, shootout arrested
Posted Apr 25, 2009 @ 11:22 PM
The second suspect in a shooting and carjacking Wednesday night has been arrested.
Details of police shootout emerge
Posted Apr 24, 2009 @ 09:53 PM
It started out with a fistfight and wound up with a person shot and another person trading fire with the police.
Sports utility vehicle pulled over after gun play
Posted Apr 24, 2009 @ 08:35 PM
Three gunshots struck a Jeep Cherokee on Wednesday night as it was speeding away from the scene of a fight in South Peoria, but both occupants escaped injury.