Courts Police and Fire

Courts Police and Fire

Rantoul man sentenced to probation for unlawful video recording

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been sentenced to 24 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to unlawful video recording.

Davien Emling, 24, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Falcon Drive, pleaded guilty last week to one count of unlawful video recording.

Man gets 12 years in three cases

URBANA — A Champaign man who pleaded guilty in three different Champaign County criminal cases Tuesday has been sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison.

Jordan U. Johnson, 22, who listed an address in the 1000 block of North James Street, pleaded guilty to attempted solicitation to commit bribery, aggravated unlawful use of weapons and indecent solicitation of a child.

Fenn sentenced to 30 years in shooting; murder charge awaits

URBANA — An Urbana man who shot another man twice last June during a robbery attempt was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum 30 years in prison.

The sentencing hearing for Ardis Fenn, 24, lasted fewer than 10 minutes and was the antithesis of the dramatic events last month surrounding Fenn's trial, including the murder of the man who was Fenn's victim in June.

Excerpts from gay-marriage case at high court

Excerpts from the arguments before the Supreme Court on Tuesday about California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, from a transcript released by the Supreme Court.

Trooper, others lift vehicle off I-57 crash victim

UPDATED 7:09 p.m. Tuesday.

RANTOUL — After more than eight hours on the snowy interstates helping drivers Monday, Illinois State Trooper Brian Scott was growing weary.

But thankfully for a University of Illinois student, the 35-year-old trooper wasn't so tired that he couldn't help lift a 3,000-pound vehicle off the young man, undoubtedly saving his life.

Man faces weapons charges

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. Tuesday

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a gun and later fired it in the air was arrested Monday.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said about 6 p.m. Monday, deputies were called to the 2700 block of East High Street in Urbana.

Man accused of using gasoline to set friend on fire

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. Tuesday

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly threw gasoline in the face of a friend and set him afire over the weekend is in the Champaign County Jail.

Group sues Ford-Iroquois agency over public records

PARIS, Ill. — The head of a watchdog group investigating the finances of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has filed a lawsuit, contesting the agency's denial of a Freedom of Information Act request.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in Edgar County Circuit Court by John Kraft of Paris, Ill., who co-owns the nonprofit Edgar County Watchdogs' website with Kirk Allen of Kansas, Ill.

Charges expected in Assembly Hall incident

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man is expected to be formally charged after allegedly trying to bring weapons into the Assembly Hall.

University of Illinois police say 64-year-old Kenneth Bergman was arrested at around 9 p.m. Saturday.

UI police Capt. Roy Acree said Bergman was talking to people outside the arena and said some suspicious things that led those people to call police.

Danville police investigate shooting

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating a shooting that injured a 15-year-old Danville resident over the weekend.

Police were called to the 800 block of North Griffin Street shortly after midnight Friday to a call of shots fired, Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said.