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Mahomet woman killed in collision with semi truck

INDIANA – A Mahomet woman was killed early Wednesday morning in a head-on collision with a semi truck on U.S. 136, according to a release from the Vermillion County, Ind., Sheriff's office.

The accident entrapped Sheryl Tooker-Nielsen, 45, in the 1992 Ford Explorer she was driving at about 5 a.m. Wednesday when, according to witness reports, her vehicle swerved over the center line and into the path of the semi. The truck was not pulling a trailer.


Champaign man hurt in shooting Thursday night

CHAMPAIGN – For the second straight night, Champaign police were dispatched to investigate a shooting.

Officers were sent to the 400 block of West Eureka Street about 9:40 p.m. Thursday, according to Champaign police Sgt. David Griffet. A gunshot victim was found, taken to a hospital and treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries, he said.


Police have a plan for keeping offenders away from children

Do you live near a school, playground or day care center?

If you do, there are laws that are intended to prevent child sex criminals from living nearby.

But the laws are not always clear on some terms – such as what constitutes a park or day care center. Different jurisdictions handle such enforcement differently and, so far, locally, it's been rare for prosecutors to file charges.


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.