Mary Schenk

Mary Schenk

2 Urbana men face burglary charges after cars entered

URBANA — Two Urbana men who allegedly entered a parked car while its owner was inside a nearby business were arrested late Thursday night.

A Champaign police report said the car's owner was inside Picadilly Liquors, 601 S. First St., with friends and returned to her vehicle to see one man — identified as Tevontae Ross, 19 — inside it.

Rantoul man ordered to write apology to police dog, officer he threatened

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he threatened to hurt a police dog has been ordered to write the dog and his handler a letter of apology.

Benjamin Mason, 21, of the 1500 block of Hobson Drive also has to pay a $500 fine and perform 120 hours of public service during his two years of probation.

UI football players charged with theft for allegedly stealing park statue

URBANA — Two University of Illinois football-player roommates who admitted they relocated a steel sculpture from a Champaign park to their rooftop have been charged with theft.

James Marchese, 21, and Drew Murtaugh, 20, both of the 500 block of South Second Street, appeared Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court after having earlier been given notices to appear.

Rantoul man gets 8 years in attempted holdup of man in car

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted taking part in the attempted holdup of a man in his car a year ago in Champaign was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.

Daveon Hart, 22, of the 600 block of Autumn Fields pleaded guilty in April to attempted aggravated robbery for a holdup try that happened on May 7, 2017.

Ford County militia members' trial pushed back to Aug. 21

URBANA — The trial for four Ford County men accused of crimes related to their membership in a homegrown militia group bent on violence has been continued to late summer.

Man on lam for 4 years gets 3 years for violating bail agreement

URBANA — A Rantoul man who was on the lam for almost four years was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for violating his bail-bond agreement.

In return for Lance Buford's plea to that offense, the state agreed to dismiss other pending charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and burglary from 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Street crimes task force intercepts 40 pounds of pot in mail

URBANA — Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force detectives feel like they made some real headway in the past week, intercepting more than 40 pounds of high-grade cannabis intended for recipients in Champaign County.

Although they have the valuable product in hand, what they don't always have is the sender or the addressee.

Champaign man faces weapons, drug charges in May 14 shooting

URBANA — A Champaign man has been charged with shooting a person in a north Champaign neighborhood earlier this month.

Mahomet shed 'a complete loss' after fire; no one injured

MAHOMET — A fast-moving, hot, smoky shed fire Wednesday south of Mahomet is under investigation by Cornbelt firefighters.

“We arrived at 5:40 p.m. and the roof had already collapsed into the building,” said Cornbelt Fire Protection District Chief John Koller.

Nominations for Crime Stoppers award being accepted until June 1

Nominations are being accepted until June 1 for Champaign County Crime Stoppers' "Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award."

The award is named for the late WCIA-TV news broadcaster who served on the organization's board prior to his death from cancer in May 2015.