Mary Schenk

Mary Schenk

Urbana police set to roll out new body cameras

URBANA — The Urbana Police Department is about to become the fifth Champaign County agency to use body cameras.

Lt. Joel Sanders said Thursday that the department has purchased an integrated video recording system that, in addition to body cameras, includes squad-car and interview-room surveillance cameras.

Rantoul man accused of threatening woman with gun via social media

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly threatened a woman with a gun over social media remained in the Champaign County Jail on Thursday on harassment and weapons charges.

Champaign man accused of exposing himself near Illini Union Bookstore

URBANA — A Champaign man has been charged with public indecency for allegedly exposing himself early Thursday on campus.

A University of Illinois police report said about 4 a.m., a person saw a man on the walkway between Coble Hall and the Illini Union Bookstore in the 800 block of South Wright Street, C, with his pants around his knees, engaged in an act of self-gratification.

Would-be sale set up online leads to robbery, gunfire in Urbana

URBANA — A would-be sale of electronics and leather luxury goods set up through the internet went bad Wednesday night, resulting in gunfire that drew a heavy police response in southeast Urbana.

Champaign man gets 5 years for meth found in SWAT raid of house

URBANA — A Champaign man arrested 11 months ago inside a house where police reported finding methamphetamine and guns has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Champaign man gets probation for false threats about shooting up Illini Union

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he made false threats about shooting up the Illini Union after being kicked out of a campus bar last spring has been sentenced to two years of second-chance probation.

New judge assigned to review one-vote Macon County sheriff's race

DECATUR — A new Champaign County judge has been assigned to sort out the details of a request for a recount in the one-vote Macon County sheriff's race.

Judge denies release of man acquitted by reason of insanity

URBANA — An Urbana woman who thought she was going to die at the hands of a man who attacked her during a psychotic episode almost five years ago is greatly relieved that he won't be released into the community any time soon.

Champaign County CASA to begin training new advocates next week

URBANA — The Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates begin training classes for new advocates next week.

Volunteer advocates are the "eyes and ears of the court" for more than 380 abused and neglected children whose parents are the subject of court action in Champaign County.

Champaign County Crime Stoppers | Cash, cards stolen during country music concert

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help finding a burglar who entered cars at a concert and stole credit and debit cards, which were later used.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, a person burgled several vehicles parked at the State Farm Center during a Chris Young concert, police said.

Items stolen included cash, credit and debit cards, purses and wallets.