DANVILLE – Vermilion County authorities are still investigating a motorcycle-vehicle accident that killed a 21-year-old South Danville man on Wednesday night.
Brandon Nixon was pronounced dead shortly after 9:30 p.m. at the scene of the crash near the intersection of Arlington and Alpha drives in Hegeler, Coroner Peggy Johnson said.
HEBER CITY, Utah – Authorities in north central Utah were searching for a former White Heath woman and her husband, missing in a reservoir since midday Wednesday, when their fishing boat capsized. Two other men with them swam to safety.
"They're calling it a retrieval, not a rescue," Andrew Springer of White Heath said Thursday morning of the massive effort in Wasatch County, Utah, to locate his daughter, Cathryn Springer Roundy, 23, and her husband, Steven Roundy, 29.
PESOTUM – Champaign County sheriff's deputies have learned that a 9-year-old Pesotum boy is responsible for vandalizing headstones at a Pesotum cemetery twice in three days.
On Wednesday afternoon, 38 headstones in the St. Mary's Cemetery at 1245 County Road 200 N were overturned, about 24 hours after workers had replaced them from a similar vandalism that occurred Sunday night or Monday morning.
URBANA – A Champaign County jury Tuesday found a Homer woman guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for having sex with a teenage boy.
Kristen Buffington, 20, faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison when she is sentenced by Judge Jeff Ford on Jan. 5. The mother of a 4-year-old child, Buffington will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
PESOTUM – Vandals tipped over and broke more than 20 headstones at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Pesotum over the weekend, said Dick Baxley, cemetery trustee.
Damage was estimated at $4,000, according to a Champaign County Sheriff's report. The vandalism occurred between 4 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday, the report said.
URBANA – A Gibson City man faces federal bank robbery charges in connection with a crime in northern Champaign County.
A federal grand jury indicted Matthew W. Borden, 30, for armed bank robbery of the Dewey State Bank, 204 Second St., that occurred Oct. 7. He faces a sentence of 20 years in prison, if he is convicted.
PIPER CITY – Piper City firefighters are hoping to do better on their next pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser. Sunday's was interrupted by a major fire at a fertilizer plant east of town that destroyed a shed filled with equipment and chemicals.
"We got the call about 5 a.m.," said Assistant Piper City Fire Chief Don Hitchens, adding that several firefighters were already at the firehouse preparing for the 6 a.m. breakfast, so they were out the door quickly.
URBANA – It's been almost four years since Otha Lee Harmon died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a freezing night because of a faulty furnace in a north Champaign rental home.
On Friday, a Champaign County judge held his landlord, a prominent Champaign businessman, criminally responsible for neglecting that furnace in the basement of 613 E. Grove St.
DANVILLE – A Georgetown man who was pronounced dead Wednesday night after local police chased him on foot died from blunt force trauma to the chest, according to preliminary autopsy results.
During a press conference Thursday night, Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn and Coroner Peggy Johnson said that the initial autopsy showed that Curtis M. Sloan, 47, died of blunt force trauma after the police officer chasing him fell on top of Mr. Sloan.
URBANA – Tool thieves are hitting hard in Urbana, breaking in construction trailers and vehicles.
Lt. Mike Metzler said thieves were productive over the weekend, breaking into two construction trailers on Rutherford in the Beringer Commons subdivision.