URBANA – A Rantoul man who admitted raping an 81-year-old woman was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.
Anthony Craig Young, 20, whose last known address was in the 300 block of North Drive, pleaded guilty in Champaign County Circuit Court to a single count of criminal sexual assault for an attack on a woman in her home on Briarcliff Drive in Rantoul on July 18.
URBANA – Two rural Urbana men are accused of setting fire to the mobile home where they had been living.
Christopher Miller, 21, and Chuckie D. Duckworth both face charges of residential arson and arson, stemming from a fire in the 1600 block of Olympian Road that occurred Aug. 22.
URBANA – A Champaign man is accused of robbing a University of Illinois student with a BB gun.
Ahmed. A. Yusuf, 21, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Locust Street, Champaign, was arraigned Monday on a Class X felony charge of armed robbery.
URBANA – A man who was shot by a Champaign police officer on his own property almost three months ago is suing the city and the officer.
Larry Martin and his wife Barbara Martin filed suit Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court against the city and Mark Briggs, a five-year veteran of the Champaign police force, in connection with Briggs' shooting of Larry Martin on Aug. 27.
OAKLAND – A 15-year-old Oakland boy died Saturday morning in a hunting accident when his rifle accidentally discharged.
Sgt. Scott Siddens with the Illinois Conservation Police said the accident occurred between 8 and 9 a.m. when Keith Voh Behrens was deer hunting with his father, Gregory Von Behrens, about 1< 1/2> miles southeast of Oakland in Coles County.
CHAMPAIGN – A family of five escaped serious injury early Thursday when a carbon monoxide detector sounded in their apartment in northwest Champaign.
Champaign fire officials said they found dangerously high readings of carbon monoxide in an apartment at the Garden Village Apartments, 2010 N. Mattis Ave., C,
URBANA – Noting the "gratuitous violence" that Lenard Lawrence used in robbing a manager at a Champaign business, a Champaign County judge sentenced him Wednesday to the maximum.
Because Judge Tom Difanis found that Lawrence inflicted "great bodily harm" on his victim, Difanis ordered that Lawrence must serve at least 85 percent of his 30-year sentence – or 25< 1/2> years.
PAXTON – Michael J. Hari was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months probation. A Ford County jury found him guilty in mid-October of abducting his two daughters, a case that received national attention on "The Dr. Phil Show."
During the sentencing hearing, Ford County State's Attorney Tony Lee argued that Hari, 35, also should serve a six-month sentence at the Ford County Correctional Center in Paxton.
URBANA – A longtime Urbana police officer is being remembered as a man of integrity who set the standard for professionalism in police work.
Timothy Fitzpatrick, 56, of rural Champaign, died about 10:45 a.m. Monday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, where he was struggling to recover from major cancer surgery that he underwent Oct. 24.
RANTOUL – The Rantoul Police Department is about to take the first step toward upgrading its communication system.
The Rantoul Village Board will consider spending $122,373 on new police radio consoles at its meeting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Rantoul Municipal Building, 333 S. Tanner St.