Mary Schenk

Mary Schenk

Champaign man convicted of sex assault for act on then-roommate

URBANA — A Champaign man found guilty of committing sex acts on a former roommate faces four to 15 years in prison.

A Champaign County jury of nine women and three men deliberated three hours Thursday before convicting Scott Foss, 29, of the 1000 block of West Beardsley Avenue of criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual abuse.

Cassano case: Judge finds probable cause

URBANA — A Champaign County judge found there was ample evidence for a Mahomet man to be tried for the murder of his former high school classmate nine years ago.

Champaign parolee charged with having heroin for sale

URBANA — A Champaign man currently on parole was charged Wednesday with allegedly possessing heroin he intended to sell.

Judge John Kennedy told Demerio Hilson, 32, of the 1400 block of Queens Way that he could face up to six to 30 years in prison if convicted of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

UPDATE: Former UI student shot by police gets second-chance probation

URBANA — A former University of Illinois student who was suicidal and wanted police to shoot him — which they did — has been sentenced to two years of second-chance probation.

Samuel Applebaum, 24, pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct before Judge Roger Webber.

Champaign man accused of having gun, ammunition, drugs in car

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly possessed a weapon, ammunition and drugs has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal.

Kewon Bonner, 23, of the 4800 block of West Windsor Road was also charged Tuesday with unlawful use of weapons by a felon and possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from his arrest Monday night by Champaign police.

Contractor accused of selling ejection seats from plane he was dismantling

URBANA — A contractor who had the job of dismantling vintage aircraft on the former Chanute Air Force Base has been charged with money laundering and theft after he allegedly sold two ejection seats out of a jet he was taking apart.

Kenneth "Ken" Morrison, 68, of Whiting, Ind., made his first court appearance on the Class 2 felony charges Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Chicago man charged in connection with pair of Champaign muggings

URBANA — A Chicago man linked to two recent street robberies in Champaign earlier this month remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Othar Taylor, 19, was charged Monday with aggravated robbery and robbery in a Sept. 2 mugging, as well as attempted aggravated robbery in connection with a Saturday incident.

Champaign police, firefighters set 9/11 memorial Tuesday morning

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police and firefighters will mark the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States with a ceremony Tuesday.

Crime Stoppers | Man sought in robbery of student

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help finding a man who robbed a University of Illinois student last week.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, at about 7 p.m., the student was walking on the sidewalk on Green Street between Neil and Locust streets when he was approached by a man who forcibly took his wallet.

Lots of work goes into protecting a president

URBANA — Tom Geis could be forgiven for yawning at 5 p.m. Friday.

The University of Illinois police lieutenant charged with protecting a former leader of the free world and the hundreds of people who wanted to hear him had been running on adrenaline for more than 12 hours.