Courts Police and Fire

Ameren crew on site of gas leak in Champaign

Updated 10:45 a.m.

CHAMPAIGN — An Ameren Illinois crew is on the scene of a gas leak Monday morning in the 200 block of West Columbia Avenue in Champaign.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said the leak was caused by a contractor, and the damaged main serves 15 buildings.


3 sought in theft of laptop, textbook at UI Undergraduate Library

URBANA — The University of Illinois Police Department needs help identifying three men involved in the theft of a laptop and textbook from the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library.


Man gets two years conditional discharge for plea to public indecency

URBANA — A Champaign man arrested last fall for allegedly molesting a teenage boy has been sentenced to two years of conditional discharge.

Steven Cowger, 34, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Moreland Boulevard, pleaded guilty last month in Champaign County Circuit Court to public indecency, a misdemeanor.


UI police investigating campus robbery; similar incidents occur in C-U

URBANA — University of Illinois police are asking for the public's help in identifying four men who battered and stole a victim's phone outside of Hopkins and Forbes halls early Saturday morning.


Mulch fire extends slightly into Macy's store

CHAMPAIGN — A fire in mulch near the Macy’s store at the Market Place Mall extended into a wall of the department store Saturday afternoon.

Champaign Fire Lt. Michael King said shortly after 4 p.m. there was a mulch fire on the southwest side of Macy’s, the side near the entrance to the mall off Neil Street.


Sadorus man cited for DUI after ATV accident

SADORUS — A Sadorus man was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol after wrecking an all-terrain vehicle near his home Friday night.

Robert Deedrick, 39, was listed in fair condition Saturday at Carle Foundation Hospital.


Police looking for robbers who mugged man on campus

URBANA — University of Illinois police are looking for two men who robbed a man of cash on campus early Friday.

A UI police report said the man was walking in the 100 block of South Mathews Avenue in Urbana about 3:10 a.m. when a car stopped in the road and two men got out to ask for directions.


35 citations issued during bar checks

The most recent bar checks on the University of Illinois campus resulted in 35 citations being issued.


Champaign man facing crack cocaine charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly had crack cocaine intended for sale at a northeast Champaign home has been charged with a Class X felony.

Randy Willis, 40, who listed an address in the 800 block of North State Street, was charged Friday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of Bristol Park.


Champaign man gets prison time for gun possession

URBANA — A 25-year-old Champaign man with a prior gun-related conviction has been sentenced to prison for another.

Joseph Carter, who listed an address in the 600 block of Crescent Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd earlier this week to aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon and was sentenced to 41/2 years in prison.


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