The Peoria County Coroner Tuesday confirmed the death of 16-year-old Dale Nelson, who died overnight at a Peoria hospital. Nelson was the youth who was struck while riding his bicycle by 32-year-old Steven McCuen of Bloomington who was driving a van on 6 Points Road on August 14th at about 8:30 pm. McCuen was arrested on August 15th and charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, two felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence and a misdemeanor DUI charge. This is McCuen's 3rd DUI.
The other half of the central Illinois twin cities is looking to create its own police review commission. Leaders in the town of Normal last night got the first chance to hear about a planned review commission that will take a "holistic view" of the town's police department and race relations. Normal City Manager Mark Peterson said it's a "fact" that there is racial bias in the police department, the only question is what the town will do about it. Bloomington, which is right next door, created its police review commission last month.
The Bloomington Fire Department is continuing to work to reduce emergency response times. Fire Chief Brian Mohr told the cit council in a work session Monday night, that the department has made improvements over the last year. EMS response times have gone down. Mohr says that's because the department hired new personnel, made equipment improvements and redistributed its resources to districts in need. Mohr says there's more work that needs to be done. Bloomington hit the national bench mark of a six minute response time only 66 percent of the time. National standards dictate departments should be hitting that mark 90 percent of the time. In the past, Mohr has spoken about needing to put more resources in Bloomington's outlying areas, where service can suffer. On Monday, he told the council that the department sees the highest number of calls in the fire headquarters' districts. He says he would like to staff another ambulance in that area to help bring down response times. Mohr says Bloomington Fire will also continue to try and collaborate with Normal's fire department to better serve the Twin Cities. The council is also considering ways to fund much needed street and sewer improvements.