Press release: BPD investigates Wednesday night shooting as homicide

City of Bloomington police detectives are trying to locate possible witnesses to a late Wednesday night shooting that left a 28-year-old man lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the south side of town, according to a press release.

According to the BPD press release, at about 11:25 p.m. on Wednesday (July 22), officers responded to an apartment complex in the 3200 block of S. Walnut Springs Drive. They had received a call about a man shot in a parking lot. Continue reading “Press release: BPD investigates Wednesday night shooting as homicide”

Bloomington Police: Murder suspect arrested

According to a press release issued by Bloomington’s police department, a suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a stabbing death in the south part of the city.

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The red circle indicates the general neighborhood where the victim’s body was discovered.

The press release notes that criminal charges are just accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Arrested and charged was John F. Bryant, 59, of Bloomington, according to the press release.

The release describes how an investigation began on Saturday, May 16, into a missing person report. The report came from a 20-year-old man who said he had not heard from his mother since the first week of May.
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Press Release: 125 downtown parking meters vandalized, causing $5,000 worth of damage

In a press release issued around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Bloomington’s police department provided some details on the vandalism to parking meters in the downtown area, which was discovered in the morning and widely documented on social media outlets.

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The head from a vandalized meter had been removed from its post by parking services staff on Wednesday morning. (Dave Askins/Beacon)

The vandals spray-painted parking meter heads green and pink and injected meter slots  with expanding foam.

The press release puts the number of meters that were vandalized at 125—the area of damaged meters included more than just some around the courthouse square.

Damage is estimated at $5,000. It’s still possible to park at spots with damaged meter using the ParkMobile phone app, according to the BPD release. [Update: After the initial press release was sent out, a followup was sent, clarifying that people who park at damaged meters will not be ticketed if they do not use the ParkMobile phone app.]

According to the release, replacement parts are being overnighted to Bloomington, so that repairs can be made as soon as possible.

The release says that investigators are now reviewing footage from video cameras at downtown businesses to try to identify the vandals.

The release says that any with information about the parking meter vandalism should contact Detective Jon Muscato at (812) 349-3326.