Courts Police and Fire

Courts Police and Fire

Man sent to prison in heroin case

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having heroin intended for sale has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Joseph L. Reed, 26, whose last known address was in the 1500 block of Hunter Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Bill would allow prosecution for false complaints about animal shelters

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would allow the Department of Agriculture to refer for prosecution false complaints against an animal shelter was approved by an Illinois Senate committee Wednesday.

The bill (SB 1532), is sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet.

Five injured in west Champaign crash

CHAMPAIGN — Five people were taken to an area hospital Tuesday afternoon following an intersection collision in west Champaign.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said at 2 p.m. officers were sent to the intersection of University Avenue and Country Fair Drive, where they found two vehicles crashed in the middle of the intersection.

Prison sentence for admitted house burglar

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted breaking into a home in that city last summer and stealing electronics was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison.

Man robbed at Champaign gas station

CHAMPAIGN — A cab driver outside his car at a north Champaign gas station early Monday was robbed at gunpoint, according to Champaign police.

Alleged drug dealer accused of using drug money to get out of jail

URBANA — A suburban Chicago man accused of using drug money to post bond to get out of jail on drug charges last month is back in jail.

Marshall F. Giorango, 19, of Orland Park, was arrested Tuesday at the Champaign County courthouse on a warrant charging him with money laundering.

Urbana man injured in crash on Interstate 57

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RURAL TOLONO — An Urbana man was injured Tuesday after he allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle in rural Tolono.

According to a state police report, Ryan D. Rush, 28, who listed an address in Urbana, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt north on Interstate 57 when he fell asleep near mile marker 226 west of Tolono at 6:02 p.m.

Mattoon man dies from gunshot wound

MATTOON — The Coles County coroner's office says a preliminary autopsy report shows that a Mattoon man died of a single gunshot wound to the head Monday night at a local bar.

Coroner Ed Schniers says 33-year-old Benjamin Newton was shot around the bridge of the nose.

Police say Newton was found unresponsive at Toasters Pub at 1408 Broadway Avenue around 7:40 p.m. Monday.

Cocaine plea brings 12-year prison term

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted she had cocaine for sale in her home last summer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Mykeshia Lipscomb, 32, whose last known address was in the 900 block of Pomona Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Chicago man charged with Champaign thefts

URBANA — A Chicago man who was allegedly cutting parts off U-Haul trucks early Monday has been criminally charged in Champaign County.

A Champaign police report said Christopher Balls, 38, was seen at the U-Haul Moving and Storage business at 306 E. University Ave. shortly after 2 a.m. allegedly cutting catalytic converters off an undisclosed number of trucks.