Mary Schenk

Mary Schenk

Streets near Memorial Stadium shutting down early Friday for Illini game

CHAMPAIGN — An unusual Friday night game for the Fighting Illini means that some streets around Memorial Stadium will be closed early in the day.

— Kirby Avenue between First and Fourth streets will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. It will remain closed through all of Saturday to accommodate high school games taking place at Memorial Stadium.

Charges for 1 of 3 in Campustown drug case dismissed over right to speedy trial

URBANA — A Champaign County judge on Thursday dismissed felony drug charges against an Arizona man, finding that the prosecutor violated his right to a speedy trial.

Rantoul man admits shooting at Foosland house in drug-payment dispute

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he fired shots at a home in Foosland in February faces 12 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

Sheldon Gross, 24, whose last known address was in the 700 block of St. Andrews Circle, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated discharge of a firearm.

Champaign woman gets second-chance probation for theft from employer

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted that her addiction to opioids caused her to steal from her employer has been sentenced to 30 months of second-chance probation.

Shannon Riggin, 30, will also have to serve a month of electronic home confinement as part of her sentence and make restitution to Busey Bank in Rantoul of $18,000.

Man accused of raping woman after she refused to prostitute herself

URRBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly raped a woman after she refused his order to prostitute herself is in the Champaign County Jail on a parole hold.

Death of witness spurs dismissal of drug charges

URBANA — Charges against a Champaign man accused of selling heroin to a police informant have been dismissed because that person died.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said the witness was crucial to the prosecution of Elmore Leshoure, 43, whose last known address was on West Eureka Street, so he was forced to dismiss the charges on Tuesday.

Legally Speaking: Melby Huddleston

At 18, MELBY HUDDLESTON was a successful communications and advertising entrepreneur in Venezuela when she decided to follow her parents to Champaign County.

Champaign cop's idea for 'safe zone' for web-sale exchanges now a reality

CHAMPAIGN — After seeing people ripped off a few times during the exchange of property from online sales, Champaign police Officer Brian Ahsell thought there had to be a better way.

Conditional discharge for man who hit cop while taking dying friend to ER

URBANA — A Champaign man whose emotion over his dying friend apparently prompted him to punch a police officer has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge.

The sentence for Dejermaine Pettis, 23, of the 1100 block of West Beardsley Avenue, means he won’t have to report to a probation officer for his misdemeanor conviction.

Probe underway after bullet holes found on front of Urbana Middle School

URBANA — An employee found damage at Urbana Middle School on Sunday, apparently from gunfire.

An Urbana police report said police were sent to the 1200 block of South Vine Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of shots that had been heard by several people.

Police could find no one responsible and no damage at the time of the call.