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Urbana man facing another drug case

URBANA — An Urbana man on probation in one drug case and who has another pending has been charged with another drug-related offense.

Jonte A. Powell, 19, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Dodson Drive, was charged Wednesday with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in the wake of his arrest Tuesday.


Pesotum state police dispatchers complete move to Pontiac

Radio dispatchers who worked at the Illinois State Police headquarters in Pesotum have moved to Pontiac.


Update: Woman in critical condition after shooting in Urbana

URBANA  - A 22-year-old homeless woman who was shot early Wednesday in Urbana is undergoing surgery and in critical condition, police say.

Lt Bryant Seraphin said the woman, who formerly lived in Urbana, was shot at about 4:30 a.m. on the sidewalk in front of Hamilton on the Park, located at the northeast corner of Wright and Eads streets on the western edge of Urbana.


Three charged with intimidating witness in Champaign murder case

URBANA — Three people have been criminally charged with threatening a witness in a Champaign murder case, two of them while in custody at the county jail.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said her office obtained warrants Tuesday charging brothers Paul Craig, 39, and Devon Craig, 37, of Champaign, as well as Markeeta McFarland, 38, with aggravated intimidation of a witness.


Charges dropped when shooting victim can't be found

URBANA — Felony charges lodged against a Rantoul man more than a year ago have been dismissed because the alleged victim couldn't be found.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said he dismissed armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm charges against Deandre D. Thomas, 30, who last lived in the 1100 block of Falcon Way, on Monday.


Rantoul man charged in break-in

URBANA — A Rantoul man is due back in court in September after being charged Monday with breaking into a home in Rantoul over the weekend.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said a person checking on a relative's home in the 1000 block of Bel Air Drive discovered Sunday evening that a back window had been broken and entry made.


Update: Police arrest 3 in Danville armed robbery

DANVILLE — Police have arrested three people in connection with an armed robbery of a downtown Danville jewelry store Tuesday morning and arrested another individual in an unrelated purse-snatching that happened about the same time.


Couple plead in drug case

URBANA — A Champaign couple arrested when police found cannabis and loaded handguns in their home in the spring have each entered guilty pleas.

Rickey Streeter, 20, and Shauna Porter, 19, who were living in the 1000 block of North Hickory Street, entered guilty pleas this week to a charge of possession with intent to deliver cannabis.


Ex-Urbana High star ordered to repay $16,578

URBANA — A former Urbana High School sports star who admitted stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly client was sentenced Monday to probation and ordered to repay the woman.


Mansfield man charged with molestation

MONTICELLO - A Mansfield man accused of having sexual contact with teen-age girls has been formally charged.

Piatt County State's Attorney Dana Rhoades filed charges Friday against Paul Reynolds, 47, for contact that allegedly happened years ago.


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