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Peoria police make arrest in connection with bomb threats

Peoria police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with false bomb threats at the Hotel Pere Marquette hotel downtown.

According to a police department news release, 30-year-old Val Burks was taken into custody without incident on Wednesday.

Following an interview with the Special Investigations Division, Burks was arrested on three counts of falsely making a terrorist threat. He is being held at the Peoria County Jail.

The latest bomb threat at the hotel happened early Saturday morning, after an earlier incident was reported on Jan. 19. Guests were evacuated safely, and no explosive devices were located.

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Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.