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Aaron Ferguson

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Peoria, IL, United States

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Past articles by Aaron:

LISTEN: Our weekly analysis and preview of the high school football season

We're heading in to Week 3 of the high school football season. Upsets, surprises, great plays — beat writers Aaron Ferguson and Stan Morris share their thoughts and analysis on the big games of Week 2, and what to keep an eye on in Week 3. → Read More

DraftKings MLB featured lineups and picks: Friday, May 4

After an awkward Thursday of small slates, Friday's DraftKings MLB slate is a 15-game mega-contest. There's plenty to unpack and it's time to dive in. → Read More

Game On brings community together through video game trailer

A local couple is combining the popularity of video games with an all-inclusive video game trailer.Game On features three Xbox One and three PlayStation 4 → Read More

Eddie Mathews, family grateful for community support after house fire

BARTONVILLE — Eddie Mathews is thankful to be safe and for his community's support after he made a "dumb" decision when his house was on fire Friday night.The Limestone boys basketball coach was hospitalized after he decided to walk into the master bedroom, which is where the fire started, to try and save some valuables.“I know it was dumb now, but I went to get some valuables, grabbed a pan of… → Read More

Limestone coach Eddie Mathews released from hospital after Friday house fire

Limestone basketball coach Eddie Mathews was hospitalized with smoke inhalation after a house fire late Friday night, according to Rockets baseball coach Derek Renz.Mathews and his wife, Stephanie, have six sons — Wilson, 26, Jake, 25, Hank, 23, Luke, 19, Judd, 14, and Charlie, 9. The Mathewses did not have renters insurance, according to Renz, and will stay at their third hotel in four… → Read More

2018 Journal Star Small-School Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Levi Scheuermann, Deer Creek-Mackinaw

Levi Scheuermann is a competitor and his favorite part about sports is winning and the celebrations that come with it. Without him, Deer Creek-Mackinaw → Read More

Angels bring joy and love to families near and far

Editor's note: Aaron Ferguson is a Journal Star sportswriter. He is writing about his brother Caleb in observance of International Angelman Day.Caleb Ferguson will never be able to tell you his story, not because of any fault of his own but because he has Angelman syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that results from a partial deletion of the 15th chromosome.He has all the symptoms that are… → Read More

Big Daddy Cab driver robbed at gunpoint in Peoria

PEORIA — A Big Daddy Cab driver was robbed at gunpoint around 4:40 a.m. Saturday in Peoria, according to a police report.Three men were picked up in the 1800 block of North Sheridan Road about 4:15 a.m. and asked to be dropped off in the 2400 block of Monroe Street. When they arrived at their destination, the man sitting in the rear, middle seat pulled out what the driver believed to be a silver… → Read More

Peoria woman lost $100,000 in phone scam, police say

PEORIA — A phone scam cost a Peoria woman an estimated $75,000 to $100,000 over the past three months, according to a Peoria police report.A man using the name David Johnson called the woman in October and notified her she had won the Mega Millions and a new car, but in order to claim her prizes she needed to mail money in for tax purposes, according to a police report. The woman claimed to hear… → Read More

Peoria woman lost $100,000 in phone scam, police say

PEORIA — A phone scam cost a Peoria woman an estimated $75,000 to $100,000 over the past three months, according to a Peoria police report.A man using the name David Johnson called the woman in October and notified her she had won the Mega Millions and a new car, but in order to claim her prizes she needed to mail money in for tax purposes, according to a police report. The woman claimed to hear… → Read More

Peoria airport runways freeze over, delay flights

PEORIA — Both runways at Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport are frozen over, director Gene Olson said Sunday night..At about 4:30 p. → Read More

Giraffe born Sunday morning at Peoria Zoo

PEORIA — The Peoria Zoo welcomed a newborn giraffe at 2:38 a.m. on Sunday.Vivian gave birth to her second child, a daughter that weighs 122 pounds and is 5-foot-10.Giraffes are the tallest animal in the world and mothers give birth standing up. The gestation period is anywhere from 400-to-460 days so the baby is big enough to brace for a long fall.Mom and the baby are doing well, zoo director… → Read More

Christmas Fund: East Peoria couple helping neighbors in need

EAST PEORIA — An East Peoria couple has dedicated their lives to helping out their neighbors.Robert and Janet Hiatt manage the Hiatt Hideaway mobile home park in East Peoria and for the past 40 years have been helping their neighbors enjoy holidays, birthdays and simple things in life that many don’t appreciate.“People take for granted a lot of stuff, and they don’t realize how nice it is to… → Read More

Two vehicles stolen from driveways in Central Peoria

PEORIA — Two vehicles were stolen early Saturday from driveways at Central Peoria residences, according to a police report.A 2015 Toyota Camry was taken about 5 a.m. Saturday from the 3000 block of West Flint Street, and a 2009 Chevy Equinox was stolen between midnight Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday from the 1900 block of Northcrest Drive. The report said the residences are not far apart, but did… → Read More

Cue sticks valued about $3,000 stolen from Peoria bar

PEORIA — A black bag continuing four cue sticks valued about $3,000 was stolen from Jimmie C's Sports Bar and Grill at 2509 N. Sheridan Road about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a police report.A man set the bag down on the bar and walked friends out to their vehicle. When he came back the bar was locked and he could see the bag was not where he left it, the report said.The bartender let the man… → Read More

Man shot in Peoria on Saturday morning

PEORIA — A 37-year-old man was shot in the 2500 block of West Garden Street in Peoria around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the report.Officers responding to the scene noticed a laceration on the right side of the victim's skull. The victim was in stable condition according to a police report that did not say if his injuries were life-threatening.The police report had little information about the… → Read More

Eyewitnesses detail Round1 fight Saturday at Northwoods Mall

PEORIA — Three eyewitnesses said that Saturday’s fight at Northwoods Mall involved five teenagers beating on one another.Police responded to “a large fight” that began in Round1, a new arcade and bowling facility, and then spilled into the center court of the mall. The commotion caused customers and bystanders to flee, but initial reports of shots being fired at the scene proved to be… → Read More

Two people shot early Sunday outside Peoria nightclub

PEORIA — Two people were taken to the hospital after a shooting early Sunday morning in Downtown Peoria. The shooting happened at 3:35 a.m. Sunday near Berlin, a nightclub at 627 Main St., according to Peoria police patrol Lt. Scott Cook. He said the injuries were believed to be non-life threatening. Cook said that they don't know if the shooting occurred inside the business or outside, but the… → Read More

Two people suffer non-life threatening injuries outside of Downtown nightclub

PEORIA — Two people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries in a shooting that happened around Berlin nightclub, 627 Main Street, at 3:35 a.m. Sunday, according to Peoria Police Patrol Lieutenant Scott Cook.Cook said that they don't know if the shooting occurred inside the business or outside, but the victims were located "on the other side of Main Street" from the night… → Read More

LISTEN: Journal Star Sportswriters recap and preview of the state football playoffs

Journal Star high school football beat writers Aaron Ferguson and Stan Morris recap last week's state football playoff games and share their insights heading into the quarterfinals this weekend. More Journal Star podcasts → Read More