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Woman formally charged with aggravated criminal sex abuse

BEMENT — A 43-year-old Bement woman has been charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Tamzin Wegrich, a former bus driver, assistant cheerleading sponsor and pool manager in Bement, had been arrested on Oct. 7.

A concerned citizen brought the possible abuse to the attention of Piatt County sheriff's police in July.

Police investigate armed robbery in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Sunday night in Champaign.

According to a police report, a 22-year-old Champaign man was in the 500 block of East Clark Street at 7 p.m. Sunday when another person approached him, pepper-sprayed him and took a wallet, credit cards, driver’s license, identification items, cash and a cellphone.

Man arrested after shots were fired has been released from jail

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man who was arrested over the weekend after shots were fired in downtown Champaign has been released from jail.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Reitz said on Monday that her office decided not to charge Troy D. Blakely, 18, who listed an address in the 100 block of West Bradley Avenue, following an investigation of the incident by Champaign police.

Police urge people to travel in pairs in wake of recent attacks

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign and University of Illinois police are urging people to travel in pairs in the wake of recent attacks on campus.

Champaign police Lt. Jim Clark said the two departments are “working closely to implement effective crime prevention strategies on campus.
“Over the past two weeks, 12 incidents of mob action and robbery have occurred in the UI campus area.”

Man arrested following traffic stop

URBANA — An Urbana man is being held at the Champaign County Jail after his arrest following a traffic stop.

Missouri judge to rule against Ameren in power line case

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge says he plans to rule against a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. in a legal fight over whether it needs state permission to build a high-voltage power line across northern Missouri.

Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

TOM COYNE, Associated Press
MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press

Bement woman formally charged with sex abuse

The former assistant cheerleading coach at Bement High School was formally charged Monday by the Piatt County State's Attorney with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

18-year-old charged with campus robbery

An 18-year-old from Urbana has been charged in connection with a robbery Sunday night on the University of Illinois campus.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Arrion Sivels was arraigned Monday afternoon on one count of robbery, a Class 2 felony.

UI police arrested Sivels on Monday.