Category Archives: Police and Fire

BPD probing shots fired on city’s east side

BPD probing shots fired on city’s east side

By A.J. Harris BLOOMINGTON – Police are investigating a shots fired incident that happened Monday morning on Bloomington’s east side. At approximately 7:56 a.m., Bloomington Police Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orchard Road for a shots fired call. Upon arrival, officers found physical evidence that a shooting had occurred. The circumstances behind…MORE

Fire destroys several vehicles, including semi, in rural Carlock

Fire destroys several vehicles, including semi, in rural Carlock

By HOI ABC CARLOCK – Fire ripped through a large metal shed in rural Carlock Thursday afternoon destroying several vehicles inside. Several area departments were called to aid the Carlock Fire Protection District in fighting the blaze at 8540 U.S. Route 150, about 1 1/2-miles east of Carlock. The call came in about 12:55 p.m.…MORE

State’s annual police memorial ceremony

State’s annual police memorial ceremony

By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD – When the state held its annual police memorial ceremony Thursday, it was a constitutional officer with no connection to the deceased whose words moved the crowd to applause. “While I will say thank you, and God bless you and keep you safe,” said comptroller Susana Mendoza, “rather than words, I…MORE

Bloomington Police officer rescues man from burning home

Bloomington Police officer rescues man from burning home

By HOI ABC BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington Police officer rescued a man from a burning west side home Wednesday evening. The man is hospitalized with burns, but the officer is fine, according to Bloomington Police Lt. Clayton Arnold. Bloomington Fire Department Battalion Chief Gavin Pitcher said firefighters saw fire and smoke coming from the back…MORE

Chase of stolen ambulance shuts down I-55 near Dwight

Chase of stolen ambulance shuts down I-55 near Dwight

By HOI ABC DWIGHT – A section of Interstate 55 was closed Monday evening after police chased the driver of a stolen ambulance from Chicago to Dwight. Illinois State Police said the chase ended about 6:30 p.m. when the ambulance stopped and a suspect was taken into custody. Authorities said I-55 was closed in both…MORE

Bloomington Police respond to late-night fatal shooting

Bloomington Police respond to late-night fatal shooting

By HOI ABC BLOOMINGTON – Police say a man was shot and killed Friday night in what is being investigated as a homicide. Just after 11:30 p.m., Bloomington police responded to the 400 block of East Mill Street for a disturbance call. Police say just before arriving on scene, gunshots were heard in the area.…MORE

BPD: Arrest made in Tuesday night shooting

BPD: Arrest made in Tuesday night shooting

By Neil Doyle BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington man was arrested for a shooting that injured one person Tuesday night. Charles Bell, 33, was taken into custody without incident for the shooting, according to Bloomington police. During the investigation, officers learned that Bell and the victim had a personal dispute which led to the victim being…MORE

Man shot in the arm from gunfire in Bloomington

Man shot in the arm from gunfire in Bloomington

By HOI ABC BLOOMINGTON – Bloomington Police are investigating a shooting that injured a man Tuesday night. Police said they were called about 7:20 p.m., and discovered a man who had been shot in the arm. The wounded man was in the 300 block of East Mulberry Street, near Downtown Bloomington, but it was not…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…