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DANVILLE – The murder trial of a Newtown man accused of shooting his wife has been pushed back until later this month.
The Vermilion County state's attorney's office asked Monday to continue the trial of Kenneth Gray, 35, of Newtown. The case was rescheduled for June 26.
WESTVILLE – Four members of a local bomb squad are returning to a home in Westville to finish disposing of explosives and chemicals found in a garage.
The University of Illinois-Champaign Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called Saturday afternoon by the Vermilion County Sheriff's Office after deputies responding to a domestic incident in Westville found chemicals and suspected explosive materials in the garage, according to UI police Lt. Skip Frost, leader of the bomb squad.
URBANA – An Urbana man with a history of mental health problems and violent crimes was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for his latest.
Victor Smith, 37, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of East Washington Street, pleaded guilty in May to robbery, admitting that he took cash from a register at the McDonald's, 1705 Philo Road, U, on Nov. 21.
URBANA – A Champaign man who pleaded guilty Friday to two violent sexual assaults on women in their homes told a Champaign County judge through a translator that he "just wanted to sign the papers" and get on with his sentence.
Jesus Cervantes Martinez, 26, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of Kiler Drive, also asked Judge Tom Difanis, through the translator, if he would have to serve 85 percent of his sentence, which Difanis assured him he would.
CHAMPAIGN – Local officials displayed a new, state-of-the-art communications tool Friday as fire departments from throughout the state gathered in Champaign.
The Champaign Fire Department will be the host for the new mobile center to allow radio, phone, satellite and Internet communications for police, fire and public works departments, along with utility companies and other organizations responding to disaster scenes.
ST. JOSEPH – More than 23 families have already signed up for St. Joseph's first neighborhood watch program in many years, according to Champaign County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Oliger.
Oliger regularly patrols the village as part of a contract with the county, and he decided to pursue a neighborhood watch program last month as a way to protect the community when he isn't on duty.
URBANA – Sixty-three years of institutional memory is exiting the Champaign County Sheriff's Office.
Hired with money from a federal grant designed to boost patrols in the county, Walter Wolfe of rural St. Joseph and Richard Quick of rural Urbana, formerly Rantoul, both started Jan. 6, 1975. The two are ending their law enforcement careers this month.
URBANA – C.J. Tucker nodded and occasionally said that he understood what he was doing Thursday morning as he admitted his role in the brutal killing of a Parkland College police officer last summer.
Tucker, 16, is the youngest of the trio accused of the bludgeoning and stabbing death of Peter McLaughlin, 45, at his Urbana home on Aug. 4, 2005,
URBANA – A Champaign man who participated in robbing and clubbing two men at a Champaign business last summer was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.
Because both the victims sustained great bodily harm, Quentin S. Robinson will have to serve at least 17 years of his sentence. He was given credit for 273 days already served.
URBANA – A Champaign man who fatally stabbed another man apologized to the victim's family and his own moments before being handed a 40-year prison sentence.
"Drugs have taken over my life. It's hard knowing I've taken someone's life," said Steven Evans Jr., 30, as his mother quietly cried.