All Courts, Police, and Fire Content

All Courts, Police, and Fire Content

Jail officer charged with using Taser on inmate

URBANA – A 13-year employee of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office has been charged with aggravated battery for inappropriately using a Taser device on an inmate.

Sgt. William Alan Myers, 36, of Pesotum, a correctional officer, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant that also charged him with obstructing justice for lying to his supervisor about the circumstances of the incident, which happened at the downtown jail about 8 p.m. Monday, Sheriff Dan Walsh said.

Urbana man acquitted in third murder trial

URBANA – Dondre Moore hung his head in relief. Franklin Crawford's mother cried as a judge read a jury verdict acquitting Moore of the first-degree murder of Mr. Crawford.

Moore, 26, who listed an address in the 1400 block of West Beech Street, Urbana, had been charged with fatally shooting Mr. Crawford, 22, of Urbana on the evening of April 6 as Mr. Crawford and a friend walked in the 1300 block of West Eads Street in Urbana about 10:25 p.m.

Law immediately repeals statute of limitations

SPRINGFIELD – Drivers from unsolved hit-and-run cases can still be prosecuted years after the accident occurred under legislation Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed on Wednesday.

The measure immediately repealed the three-year statute of limitations for prosecution of hit-and-run cases and the 18-month statute of limitations for failing to give information or aid following a car crash that results in death, personal injury or vehicle damage.

Three new police officers to be hired in Rantoul

RANTOUL – New Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber says he hopes to hire three new police officers by the first week of December.

The Rantoul Village Board voted 5-1 Tuesday to approve a compromise from Mayor Neal Williams to grant an exception to the village's hiring freeze to allow the addition of three police officers.

Separate juvenile justice system planned

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich intends to sign legislation establishing a separate corrections agency for juveniles, which would open in July.

The House approved the measure on Thursday, and the Senate followed suit Friday, sending it on to the governor's desk.

Five female students arrested after fight

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school administrators are taking a tough stance with students involved in a fight Friday morning at Central High School that resulted in five arrests and teachers being slugged.

"The superintendent has stated zero tolerance for this behavior. We had four teachers who were hit or shoved. We're not going to tolerate this for our staff," said Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd.

City wants food mart to hire armed security guard

URBANA – The city is demanding that the owners of the Home Run Food Mart in east Urbana hire an armed, licensed security guard to help quell recurring drug and violent crime problems at the store.

If the store at 1509 E. Washington St. doesn't have a guard on duty by Dec. 1 and working from 4 p.m. until after closing every night, the city intends to revoke the store's package liquor license, said Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing.

Doctor's assistance leads to mistrial

URBANA – In a reversal of an earlier decision, a Champaign County judge Wednesday granted a mistrial in a medical malpractice case in which a physician witness helped a juror having a medical emergency in the courtroom.

"I'm pretty aware of what I've just done and the impact it has on everybody. I'm sorry," said Judge Michael Jones, moments after taking the bench Wednesday morning.

Speed limit on campus won't change

CHAMPAIGN – Speed limits in the university district won't be going down.

Champaign City Council members voted 9-0 Tuesday night to reject a proposal put forward by the Campus Area Transportation Study Technical Advisory Committee to reduce the speed limit on most campus streets from the current 25 mph to 20 mph.

Husband charged in wife's death

GIBSON CITY – The husband of a missing Gibson City woman has been charged with first-degree murder after the woman's body was found in rural Ford County Monday morning.

Robert T. Osborne, 28, of Gibson City remained in custody Tuesday at the Ford County Jail for the murder of his wife, Danyelle M. Osborne, 26. Their address was 631 Nelson Ave.