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Man shot by officer files lawsuit

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.

Rural Oakland youth dies in hunting accident

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.

Family saved by carbon monoxide detector

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,

Man gets 30 years for violent holdup of Dollar General store

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.

Father sentenced to probation for abduction of daughters

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.

Cancer claims life of retired Urbana officer

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 plans to upgrade radio system

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.

Single-car accident leaves Georgia man dead

SADORUS – A Georgia man died in an accident early Sunday morning in rural Champaign County.

Matthew Thomas Parvin, 21, of Rincon, Ga., was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. at the scene of the accident, according to the Champaign County coroner's office.

Gray's lawyer again seeking new trial

DANVILLE – A Chicago attorney once again is asking for a new trial for a 35-year-old Newtown man who was convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife.

Stanley Hill plans to file a motion in Vermilion County Circuit Court today that says his client, Kenneth Gray, was denied a fair trial in October because the jury was not given proper instructions regarding the lesser charge of second-degree murder, which was offered as another option.

Crews search lake for couple

HEBER CITY, Utah – Recovery crews, including helicopters, continued a massive search Friday for a former White Heath woman and her husband who disappeared after their fishing boat capsized Wednesday.

Weather had improved and allowed searchers to get their best opportunities so far this week, according to Chris Epperson, spokesman for the Wasatch County Search and Rescue crew.