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PEORIA: 24 SHOT IN 2 WEEKS AS BLACK GANGS TERRORIZE THE CITY

 

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A pair of shootings overnight Wednesday brought to two dozen the number of victims in the city in the last two weeks – a figure that elevates the amount of recent gun violence to a possibly unprecedented level.

The tally, compiled by the Journal Star and confirmed by the Peoria Police Department, includes the public suicide of Bernell Alexander last week in South Peoria, but not the slaying of his ex-wife in Creve Coeur just minutes before he took his own life.

The most recent victims included a man who was shot in the shoulder at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 3400 block of Sunburst Lane in the Lexington Hills apartments and a man with a gunshot wound to the neck who was taken by private vehicle to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center at 3:13 a.m. Thursday. The second victim told police he was shot while he was a passenger in a vehicle driving through Harrison Homes.

The second shooting marked the 24th victim of gunfire since June 16, when a pair of afternoon shootings kicked off a 12-hour spree of violence that resulted in one fatality and five other people being wounded, including two children who were sleeping on the floor of their North Valley home.

Just a few days later, six people – all teens between the ages of 16 and 19 – were shot during two incidents less than a couple of hours apart.

Several days with multiple shootings and the city’s 15th and most recent homicide have since transpired, leading Lt. Vince Wieland of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division to label the period the worst in terms of local gun violence in decades.

“I haven’t seen two weeks like this in my 23 years,” Wieland said Thursday. “I can’t remember two weeks that have been this packed with such a number of violent acts.”

Compared to last year, however, the number of shootings so far this year does not appear to be abnormally high. Through June 22, the city had recorded 58 shootings, compared to 45 over the same time period last year.

“When we’re looking back to June 22, there isn’t that much of an increase, it’s just how it’s coming – it’s coming in bunches,” Wieland said. “It’s getting everyone’s attention because there’s been so many so quickly.”

Several of the shootings appear to be connected and gang-related, and the police have responded in part by temporarily reassigning an officer to a gang intelligence position that was cut at the beginning of the year to ease a $14.5 million citywide deficit.

Wieland called that position critical for investigations of shootings and a better way for the police to keep tabs on what’s happening on the streets. So far, the gang violence appears to have been generated by people and groups familiar to investigators, though some ground was lost when the gang intelligence position was vacant.

“We did lose some vital information that we were tracking,” Wieland said.

Though the recent spike in gun violence has caught the attention of authorities and onlookers for its unusual frequency, it remains, to a certain extent, part of a pattern that repeats every year.

Elaine Frye, executive director of emergency medical services at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, acknowledges the unusually large cluster of shootings in the last two weeks but also notes that more victims of violence tend to visit the level-one trauma center as temperatures rise.

“There is a seasonality to it – when the weather is nicer, more people are outside and roaming,” she said. “We see it every year. When the weather breaks, we see more stabbings, shootings and violence.”

The recent level of violence, she said, has not affected emergency operations at the hospital

13-year-old Negro indicted in South Side Bank robbery

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PEORIA —

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.

Deonte Moore of 2815 W. Starr St. faces a single count of armed robbery for the April 13 heist at the bank’s 2119 SW Adams St. branch. Within 30 minutes, the boy was found in a garage behind a house in the 900 block of South Louisa Street and arrested.

His clothes had been splattered with ink from a dye pack placed in a bag of money taken from the bank.

He remained in the Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center on $300,000 bond.

State law allows a juvenile to be tried as an adult if he or she is older than 13 and a judge finds “it is not in the best interest of the public” for the youth to remain in the juvenile courts.

This means a sentence of at least 21 years and possibly up to 45 years in prison, given that a handgun was used, if the youth is convicted. Staying in the juvenile system would have sealed the case to the public, and any imprisonment would have ended at Moore’s 21st birthday.

His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

Two Niggers attempt to rob South Peoria grocery store

January 26, 2009 Leave a comment

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PEORIA —

Two men attempted to rob a South Peoria grocery store at gunpoint Saturday evening.

The robbers, both wearing scarves over their faces, entered North Spring Meat Market, Inc., 511 Spring St., about 7:50 p.m. and demanded money from two employees behind the counter, according to police reports.

One robber shoved one of the employees and repeatedly punched him in the face while demanding he open the register. The other robber pointed a handgun at the two employees and ordered them to get down on the ground.

The clerk who had been hit then pushed the two robbers into each other before they ran off in an unknown direction without money.

The clerk who was beat up refused medical attention, though police noted he suffered visible injuries to both his left eye and forehead.

Peoria Nigger Arrested For Calling Police to Report Stolen Pot

January 9, 2009 1 comment

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PEORIA —

A Peoria man found himself arrested along with the three men who robbed him Tuesday night after he allegedly told police the trio stole the marijuana he had just bought.

Jermaine D. Mitchell, 21, of 4417 W. Rockwell Drive called police about 9:40 p.m. to report he had been robbed at gunpoint in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, located in the 200 block of South MacArthur Highway.

Mitchell told officers the robbers stole his money, $48, and the nearly 40 grams of marijuana he just bought, police reports stated.

Police located three men matching the description of the suspects in the 1500 block of West Kettelle Street. Mitchell later identified all of them as the men who robbed him.

Arrested on charges of armed robbery were Patrick J. Duncan, 21, of 804 W. Meadows Place; Ryan S. Roberts, 19, of 311 Saratoga St.; and Tavier L. Williams, 19, of 2412 W. Wiswall St. Duncan also faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, not having a valid firearm owner’s ID card and possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana. Williams also faces a charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Police also arrested Mitchell on a charge of possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana for admitting to having the drug.

Kill Whitey: Pekin man attacked by blacks while walking in South Peoria

December 23, 2008 Leave a comment

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PEORIA —

A Pekin man walking in a South Peoria neighborhood Thursday evening was robbed of his coat and $5 in cash at gunpoint.

The 35-year-old victim was walking in the 2900 block of West Nevada Street at about 5:40 p.m. when two men reportedly approached him and asked him if he wanted to buy drugs.

He refused the drugs, and the men demanded he give them his coat, according to police reports. When he told them no, one reportedly pulled a gun and again demanded the victim’s coat and money.

He gave the men $5 in cash and his coat before they each punched him seven or eight times and discussed which one was going to kill him, he told police. The man eventually broke free and ran. He was later treated for minor injuries at Pekin Hospital.

Peoria Nigger Robs School Janitor at Gunpoint

December 4, 2008 Leave a comment

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PEORIA —

A janitor at Kingman Primary School was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night while taking out the garbage.

The 44-year-old employee at the school, 3129 NE Madison Ave., told police he was walking to the trash container in the alley on the south side of the school about 8:30 p.m., when a man wearing a ski mask approached him and asked for 50 cents.

The victim told the man he didn’t have any money and returned to his work, but the robber didn’t give up. Instead, he stepped closer, pointed a small, black handgun at him and told the victim to hand over his wallet, according to a Peoria police report. The janitor threw his wallet at the gunman, who caught it and ran north on Madison, the report stated.

The gunman was described as a black man, about 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 150 pounds, wearing a black parka and black sweat pants, according to the report.

No arrests had been made as of Wednesday.