Mary Schenk

Mary Schenk

Ex-employee ordered to repay $37,000 stolen from Champaign Cycle

URBANA — A Rantoul woman who admitted stealing money from a former employer has been ordered to repay the business more than $35,000.

Ashley Broadnax, 30, who last lived in the 1400 block of Eater Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft by deception.

Police seeking men who beat, robbed man in north Champaign home

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for the men who beat and robbed a man in his north Champaign home last week.

A police report said a 25-year-old resident of Tulip Tree Drive was forced inside his home at gunpoint about 10:50 p.m. June 12 by four unknown men who then beat him with fists and guns, robbed him and fled.

Urbana woman gets probation for using fake cash at Target

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted she took part in stealing gift cards from the Target in Champaign by buying them with fake cash has been sentenced to two years of second-chance probation.

Assistant State's Attorney Kristin Alferink said Latavia Miller, 19, who listed an address in the 2400 block of Prairie Green, had no prior convictions.

Champaign man charged after police find two guns in home

URBANA — A Champaign man allegedly found to have two loaded guns in his home Friday is expected back in court in two weeks after being charged with a serious felony.

Devon Craig, 42, who listed an address in the 3300 block of Brentwood Drive, was charged Monday with being an armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a machine gun and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Shot fired from car at pedestrians in Urbana hits apartment; no one hurt

URBANA — Urbana police are looking for a person who fired shots Monday afternoon in east Urbana, one of which pierced an occupied apartment.

Sgt. Dave Smysor said at least two shots were fired from a passing car in the 1000 block of South Smith Road toward four young people who were walking on a sidewalk about 2:45 p.m.

Probation for woman who stole $15,000 from Fisher school group

URBANA — A rural Mahomet woman who admitted she had a "spending problem" was sentenced to four years of probation Tuesday after admitting to stealing thousands of dollars intended for Fisher Elementary School students.

Elizabeth Bidner, 47, who listed an address on County Road 350 E, pleaded guilty before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to theft over $10,000.

Crime Stoppers | Investigators searching for pair of shooters

URBANA — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help finding the people who fired shots in a residential neighborhood of Urbana earlier this month.

About 7:20 p.m. on June 8, two black males, about 18 to 25, allegedly approached the 800 block of North Romine Street through an alley and began firing guns.

Just Askin' | Closure date for Lil Porgy's in Urbana

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Q: What's next for Lil Porgy's in Urbana?

A: Lil Porgy's BBQ at 101 W. University Ave., U, will soon close, but exactly when is still up in the air, according to longtime owner Bill Van De Wyngaerde.

Teen accused of fatally shooting friend to be examined by psychiatrist

URBANA — The attorney for a Champaign teen accused of fatally shooting a friend last month has asked that a psychiatrist examine him.

Judge Heidi Ladd agreed Friday to the request by Assistant Public Defender Andrea Bergstrom on behalf of her 15-year-old client, charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm in connection with the death of Elijha Booker, 14.

3.5 years for Champaign woman accused of injuring infant in her care

URBANA — Almost five years after being accused of gravely injuring an infant in her care, a Champaign woman has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Veteran day-care provider Debbie May maintains she did not shake or hit Rowen Kaeding but pleaded guilty to doing so to avoid a lengthy prison sentence in the event a jury did not believe her.