Courts Police Fire

Owner of suitcase found; no charges likely

DANVILLE — Police tracked down the owner of a suitcase that was discovered Wednesday morning outside The News-Gazette's downtown Danville office and caused the evacuation of several businesses while the University of Illinois bomb squad investigated.


2 dogs euthanized after Urbana apartment fire

URBANA — Two dogs had to be euthanized following a Thursday afternoon apartment fire in Urbana.

According to an Urbana Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a fire in the 1900 block of North Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, at 3:30 p.m.

When they arrived, they found light smoke coming from a two-story apartment.


More than 30 vehicles burglarized in Farmer City

FARMER CITY — Farmer City police and the DeWitt County sheriff's office are hoping that someone will contact them with information on a number of vehicle burglaries that happened in Farmer City early Thursday.

Between midnight Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday,about 34 vehicles all over town  were entered.


Shooting victim's mother: 'I broke down'

URBANA — Jenyra Reeves marked her 23rd birthday on Tuesday, in an Urbana hospital. She couldn't see the balloons her mother brought to celebrate.

"Her eyes won't open," said Diedra Reeves, 37, of Urbana.


Police seek help in solving shooting

URBANA — Urbana Police Detective Dave Roesch is hoping that someone may have seen or heard something that could help authorities figure out who shot Jenyra Reeves in northwest Urbana late last month and why.


Saving life of child results in recognition

URBANA — When Jason Norton was a boy, he mastered life-saving skills in pursuit of a Boy Scout merit badge.

Years later, Urbana police Sgt. Norton used the skills learned back then to save the life of a 3-year-old girl.


Jury convicts man in aggravated battery, weapon case

URBANA — A Champaign man who brought a gun to a home to retrieve a box fan is looking at up to 30 years in prison.

A Champaign County jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before convicting Lynntez Holt, 36, of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.


Danville N-G office open, suspicious package cleared

DANVILLE - The News-Gazette's office on Walnut Street in Danville is open again this afternoon after a suspicious package was safely removed by law enforcement officials.


Employee sentenced to probation in theft from store

URBANA — A department store employee who admitted stealing from her employer has been sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Jasmine L. Mosby, 21, who listed an address in the 1600 block of East Florida Avenue,, pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft.


Two more who pled in drug case sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted possessing cocaine in the home he was sharing with several other men in May has been sentenced to first offender's probation.


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