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TSPR's Emily Boyer

UPDATE: The Macomb Police Department has made two arrests following a report of gun shots fired over the weekend near the campus of Western Illinois University.

TSPR Emily Boyer

The Macomb Police Department said more people are getting hurt in car crashes despite a decline in the overall number of vehicular accidents. So the department is stepping up traffic enforcement in an effort to make the city's roads safer.

Rich Egger

Bonnie Skripps, President of the Humane Society of McDonough County, said the group does fundraising "all the time." The organization decided to use some of the cash it raised to buy infrared thermometers for law enforcement agencies in the county.

Rich Egger

Macomb police said they arrested three people who were operating a meth lab from an apartment on the courthouse square. 

Rich Egger

The Macomb Police Department held a wreath-laying ceremony to remember its four officers felled by injuries suffered while on the job.  The ceremony coincided with the 85th anniversary of three of those deaths.

The Forensic Tool That Put Zetterlund Behind Bars

Jun 11, 2015
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The Aaron Zetterlund trial came to a close in early June when the 24 year old Keokuk man received a six-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman during a house party in Macomb. The evidence against Zetterlund included photos and videos of the assault taking place.

Ken Thermon

Residents of the 500 block of North Johnson Street awoke to the sound and sight of numerous law enforcement agencies busting a meth making operation.

Rich Egger

Former Macomb Police Officer Bill Kennedy of Blandinsville has been sentenced to 180 days in the McDonough County Jail. He also had to pay about $20,000 in restitution and court fees.

Kennedy, age 35, pleaded guilty to a Class 3 Felony charge of theft under $300.

Rich Egger

After a nine month investigation, prosecutors decided against pursuing charges in the death of Ramone Doyle.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb police said they pulled over the driver of a car who seemed to be having trouble finding her way around the downtown area early Wednesday.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Macomb police said Trae Kirk, 21, of Aurora and Brandyn Gray, 21, of Prospect Heights had drugs mailed to them from the west coast through the U.S. Postal Service.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Bill Kennedy's court hearing Monday was pushed back until October 22 . He's  charged with forgery and state benefits fraud.

UPDATE: Protesting Sexist Signs at WIU

Aug 19, 2014
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Some members of the Macomb community plan to protest if "disgusting" signs show up as students return to Western Illinois University this week.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb Patrol Officer Bill Kennedy is charged with Forgery and State Benefit Fraud.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Macomb police said three more people face charges for making methamphetamine in the Macomb area.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

Six more people are in custody as part of an investigation into the sale of heroin in western Illinois.

McDonough County Sheriff's Department

The man charged in Macomb for a hoax 911 phone call last year has been arrested again.

courtesy of Macomb Police Department

Police spent the past couple days searching a landfill north of Macomb and several dumpsters along the right-of-way to the Flanagan South pipeline project, but to no avail.

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Macomb police said one of the pipeline workers missing since Thursday was captured in Aurora, Colorado, then hanged himself after telling police where his co-worker’s body might be found.

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Two men who were living in Macomb while working on construction of the Flanagan South oil pipeline have been reported missing.

Rich Egger

The preliminary opinion from a forensic autopsy conducted on a Macomb man found his injuries are “…consistent with a cause of death of strangulation.”

Rich Egger

A Macomb man died shortly after getting into a fight but police say the cause of death remains undetermined.

After Theft Macomb Police Say: Lock Your Doors

Aug 19, 2013
Rich Egger

The Macomb Police Department said there has been a rise in thefts in the past few months. It's recommending residents take precautions after another theft was reported over weekend.

Rich Egger

Macomb police surrounded a home for five hours Wednesday evening, believing someone might be barricaded inside. But it turned out they were sent to the home on a prank call.

The 911 center received the call from 509 West Murray around 6:00 pm. Police Chief Curt Barker said the caller was a woman.

“She said there was an individual at the house and she gave the address and said that he had a firearm. And then in the background you could hear the male subject saying, ‘Are you calling the police? Are you calling the police?’ And then the phone went dead,” Barker said.

Rich Egger

Rich Egger's guest is Macomb Police Lieutenant Jeff Hamer. They talk about the on-site assessment that will take place at the police department August 13 - 15.

Two trained assessors from the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association will examine the department to determine whether it should be accredited through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP). The department will be graded on 71 professional standards.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Police Department hopes an arresting graphic design will shoot down the competition.

The department entered photos of its new squad cars in an on-line contest by Law and Order Magazine. The winners will be published in the August issue.

Deputy Chief Eric Lenardt said Macomb's car pay tribute to the department's heritage. He said the badges painted on the cars look just like a Macomb police badge and the yellow on the cars matches the yellow in the department's patch.