Biggest local crime stories of 2017

As 2017 gets closer to an end we’re remembering crimes across central Illinois that shook communities to the core. (WICS)

As 2017 gets closer to an end we’re remembering crimes across central Illinois that shook communities to the core.

Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar from China, was studying at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign when she disappeared June 9.

Police arrested Brendt Christensen several weeks later.

He's charged with kidnapping resulting in death, Christensen pleaded not guilty.

Police continue looking for Zhang's body.

In September, Mattoon police responded to an active shooter at the high school.

A student was shot and injured before a teacher disarmed the shooter who was also a student at the school.

In March, Springfield Police Officer Samuel Rosario was charged with official misconduct after a fight between him and a 17-year-old was caught on camera.

Rosario is due back in court again next month.

The former officer has since filed a complaint against the city, claiming discrimination.

In August, a bomb threat set off shock waves through Springfield High Schools.

Eight bomb threats followed at several schools throughout District 186.

In July, the State Capitol locked down for a white powder scare during one of the most critical budget votes in years.

Police questioned one woman and determined the substance to be table salt.

No one was injured.

On the Springfield crime beat, police worked overtime to solve the city's most homicides in the last 17 years.

13 people were killed in Springfield during 2017. That number includes a pregnant woman who was shot and killed standing outside a house in May.

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