Courts Police and Fire

Courts Police and Fire

Man gets 4 years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse

URBANA — An Urbana man who attacked a woman on a city street has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Michael E. Finley, 23, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of East Colorado Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

19-year-old pleads guilty in attempted armed robbery

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted taking part in the attempted robbery of an Urbana man last summer has been sentenced to four years of probation.

Six guns stolen in burglary

THOMASBORO — Burglars took six guns from a rural Thomasboro home Tuesday or Wednesday.

Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said the son of the homeowner at County Road 2600 N, north and east of Thomasboro, arrived home about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and discovered the theft of guns from an unattached garage.

Firefighters extinguish two 'suspicious' blazes in Danville

DANVILLE — Danville arson investigators today are looking into two suspicious fires that broke out within about 45 minutes of each other at vacant houses early this morning.

Man charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child

URBANA — A Thomasboro man who allegedly molested children in his girlfriend's in-home day care center is in the Champaign County Jail.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said Lyn Y. Niemann, 37, was arrested Wednesday for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony.

Danville residents warned about phone scams

DANVILLE — Police are reminding local residents to be aware of suspicious telephone callers soliciting money.

Urbana police arrest Champaign man for selling suspected heroin

URBANA — A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail after police observed him selling suspected heroin to a police informant in Urbana.

Lawrence P. Lewis, 20, who listed an address in the 300 block of Stoneway Court, pleaded innocent on Wednesday to unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Rescued UI student recounts I-57 accident

CHAMPAIGN — Ethan Asofsky's mother raised him right.

Meeting the state trooper who helped lift a car off his upper body alongside a snowy interstate, the aspiring journalist told his rescuer, "I owe you a thank you note."

"I was on morphine," the 21-year-old University of Illinois student confessed, somewhat sheepishly.

East Green Street in Champaign reopens after water main break

Updated 4:05 p.m. Wednesday

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic has reopened in the 100 block of East Green Street in Champaign following a water main break.

Illinois American Water worked with the city of Champaign and Broeren Russo to reopen one lane of traffic in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. The street had been closed earlier on Wednesday.

Two teens injured in crash in rural Douglas County

UPDATED 5:45 p.m. Wednesday

CAMARGO — Two teenagers were reported injured in a single-vehicle accident in rural Douglas County late Tuesday afternoon.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Peter Buckley said that a 16-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl were in a vehicle that crashed into a tree at 675 N County Road 1760 E, south of Camargo, at about 5:24 p.m. Tuesday.