Mary Schenk

Mary Schenk

Obama on UI award: 'What an extraordinary honor this is'

URBANA — Former President Barack Obama said that the late Sen. Paul Douglas served as a "North Star" to him, an example of what a public servant should be.

Ohio 18-year-old gets probation in theft of car at Urbana day care

URBANA — An Ohio man who admitted he stole a car in Urbana has been sentenced to two years of conditional discharge.

Treyton Wilson, 18, of Columbus was also ordered to spend 52 days in jail with credit for time served and perform 50 hours of public service.

Rantoul man gets 10 years for robbing credit union

URBANA — A Rantoul man who blamed his decision to rob a credit union on his use of drugs was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

"I am truly sorry. Not a day goes by that I do not regret what I did," Matthew Olivero told Judge Tom Difanis. "I ask for the maximum probation or a very, very short prison sentence."

Champaign man faces robbery charges in hotel holdup

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly made off with cash from a Champaign hotel Wednesday has been charged with aggravated robbery.

A Champaign police report said Denzel Jordan, 24, of the 1400 block of Holly Hill Drive was arrested about four hours after a holdup at the Microtel Inn, 1615 Rion Drive, C.

Savoy man gets 20 years for molesting fellow church member's daughter

URBANA — A Savoy man assisting a fellow church member experiencing hard times is headed to prison for 20 years for molesting that person's daughter.

Man who hit woman at bus stop just after release from jail headed back

URBANA — A homeless man from the Chicago area who had been out of prison about nine hours when he hit a woman at a bus stop in Urbana in June will be spending more time behind bars.

Homeless man who molested girl: 'I feel like a monster'

URBANA — A homeless man who repaid the kindness of an Urbana family who sheltered him by sexually molesting their young daughter is headed to prison for 21 years.

Judge Heidi Ladd said there was much to despise about the actions of Josh A. Roberts, 29, who pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Champaign man accused of repeatedly molesting young girl

URBANA — A Champaign man remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bond after being charged with repeatedly sexually molesting a young girl.

Toti Tatu-Commis, 38, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Bradley Avenue, was arraigned Tuesday on four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and two less-serious counts of criminal sexual assault.

Champaign man gets 5 years after violating probation for having stolen car

URBANA — A Champaign man convicted in 2015 of possessing a stolen vehicle has been resentenced to five years in prison.

But Douglass Driver, 25, who last lived on West Vine Street, was not present Friday to hear Judge Heidi Ladd impose the sentence.

Urbana parolee gets eight years after gun found in dresser drawer

URBANA — An Urbana man was sentenced to eight years in prison last week for having a gun in his home when he was on parole.

Eighteen months earlier, Corrion Brown, 23, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Austin Drive, had also been sentenced to prison for having a gun in a car in Champaign.