Tim Ditman

Tim Ditman

Champaign legal staff: Leave mayoral, council candidates on ballot

CHAMPAIGN — Three candidates for seats in Champaign government are primed to stay on the April 2 ballot based on a recommendation from city legal staff.

Man who fired gun in air outside downtown Champaign restaurant gets probation

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man who fired a gun in the air outside a downtown Champaign restaurant in June 2017 has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Malcolm Comer, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Roger Webber to reckless discharge of a firearm. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed five other weapons-related charges.

Danville man gets 5 years for forcing ex-girlfriend into car at Rantoul gas station

CHAMPAIGN — A Danville man who admitted forcing his ex-girlfriend into a vehicle at a Rantoul gas station and taking off toward his hometown has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Ronald Poke, 36, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Judge Tom Difanis to kidnapping and stalking charges. Difanis sentenced him to two five-year terms to be served concurrently.

Westville woman gets probation for DUI in 2017 crash with state trooper

DANVILLE — A Westville woman who admitted being under the influence of alcohol when her SUV got into an accident with a Illinois State Police squad car in November 2017 has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Erika Langford, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence. As part of her sentence, she was also ordered to get substance-abuse and mental-health treatment.

La Due to stay on ballot in bid for Champaign council seat

CHAMPAIGN — Former longtime Champaign City Council member Michael La Due will stay on the ballot in his bid to return to the council.

The city's electoral board met Tuesday to hear evidence on candidate objections, and Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Bannon said Philip Fiscella dropped his objection to La Due's nominating petitions for an at-large council seat.

Danville man charged with attempted murder in girlfriend's shooting

DANVILLE — A Danville man is facing charges of attempted murder after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the head Saturday night over suspicions of infidelity.

Christensen's attorneys want to see results of FBI's search of jail cell

PEORIA — Brendt Christensen's attorneys say the FBI searched the accused kidnapper's jail cell when he was in court Friday in Peoria.

Now, they're asking a judge to force the feds to divulge what they found.

Defense attorneys filed a court document late Sunday afternoon asking U.S. District Court Judge James Shadid for a hearing on the matter.

Woman acquitted of not having insurance in 2017 fatal car-pedestrian accident

URBANA — Saying circumstantial evidence alone was not enough, a Champaign County judge Friday acquitted a Champaign woman charged with not having insurance when she struck a pedestrian in October 2017, killing him.

Business, city officials in C-U among targets of nationwide bomb hoax

Champaign and Urbana police say the cities were targeted during a wave of bomb threats Thursday across the U.S. that turned out to be one big hoax.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said the city received two "poorly written" emails Thursday afternoon stating that a bomb had been placed at an unspecified location and demanding payment in Bitcoin.

Dense fog advisory issued for Thursday night

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for Champaign, Vermilion, Piatt and DeWitt counties until 8 p.m. Thursday.

Visibility could drop to less than one-quarter mile. So be careful on the roads. Slow down and leave extra space between you and the vehicle ahead of you.