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Co-workers say officer killed in crash dedicated to work, family

BONDVILLE – An Illinois State Police investigator killed in a two-vehicle crash south of Bondville Friday will be remembered as a dedicated officer, husband and father, according to a colleague.

Sgt. Rodney Miller, a 16-year veteran trooper, died as a result of a crash at 4:43 p.m. Friday at Windsor and Bondville roads, authorities said Saturday.

Autopsy confirms death was suicide

CHAMPAIGN – Autopsy results Friday confirmed that the death of a Champaign man was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Carl "Dennis" Stewart, 46, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital at 5 p.m. Thursday.

UI trustee's wife fined for incident at game

Leigh Anne Dorris is not willing to blow her horn about, well, blowing her horn.

The 36-year-old LeRoy woman, the wife of University of Illinois trustee David Dorris, was convicted in a Champaign County bench trial last month of improper use of a vehicle horn. Her exuberance after an Illini victory over Purdue at a Jan. 28 basketball game ended up costing her $163.

Standoff ends in tragedy

CHAMPAIGN – Police and the county coroner's office are continuing their investigation of a standoff that left one man dead.

The three-hour standoff in northwest Champaign between a distraught Champaign man and police ended Thursday evening when the man shot himself.

Council to consider lawsuit settlement

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council will consider Tuesday whether to pay $110,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought against the city by the family of Gregory Brown, who died in October 2000 after a struggle with several Champaign police officers.

Under the proposed settlement, the city would contribute $110,000 to the settlement of the case, and the city's insurance company would pay another $75,000.

Atwood police officer's gun fires during struggle

ATWOOD – An Atwood police officer's gun fired during a struggle with a motorist Tuesday morning, wounding the motorist, according to Atwood Police Chief Michael Keenan.

According to a police report and Piatt County State's Attorney Leonard Rumery, Officer Kevin Mante saw a pickup truck towing a two-wheeled trailer on Main Street in Atwood at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Extra patrols give towns sense of security

HENNING – Dennis Young, 33, guides his police car along quiet streets.

It's 6 p.m. on a Friday night, and Young has just started his shift, patrolling Henning as its police chief.

Eight men indicted in string of holdups

KANKAKEE – Federal prosecutors joined with police from Kankakee, Rantoul, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and several other agencies from the Kankakee area Friday in announcing the indictment of eight men believed responsible for five armed robberies in Illinois this year, including one in Rantoul last month.

A tip from a citizen who saw masked men entering the Community Plus Federal Credit Union in Rantoul on April 24 led to the arrest of the men. Police were at the credit union within seconds of receiving the woman's report. Six men were arrested that day. A seventh has since been indicted for the Rantoul holdup.

Police looking for woman who ran off with money

Champaign police are asking for the public's help in finding a woman who robbed the First Federal Savings Bank at 1912 W. Springfield Ave. on Friday afternoon.

The woman entered the bank at about 4:25 p.m., approached a bank teller and demanded money. The teller turned over an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled from the bank on foot, according to a news release.

Police obtain arrest warrant for suspect

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are looking for a Chicago area man believed to be responsible for the murder of a man in Champaign last month.

Champaign police Lt. Joe Gallo said police obtained an arrest warrant Thursday for Robert Dashawn McCollum, 21, believed to be from Dolton, charging him with the April 20 first-degree murder of Charles E. Woodson II, 28, also of Dolton.