Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Police: Woman seriously injured in shooting, suspect in custody

DANVILLE — A woman was injured and a man was arrested following a shooting Saturday night in Danville.

Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said officers were called to a report of shots fired in the 300 block of North Washington at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

UDPATE: Family safe after blaze on North Neil

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody was injured in a house fire Sunday night on Champaign’s north side.

Deputy Fire Marshall Randy Smith said firefighters were called to a two-story home at 1312 N. Neil St. at 7:35 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found flames coming out of the second floor.

Coroner IDs victim of flaming crash near Bismarck

BISMARCK — The coroner has identified the victim of Friday morning's head-on crash on Illinois 1 near Bismarck.

The Vermilion County Coroner Jane McFadden said the victim was James D. Callahan, 47, of Hoopeston.

The crash happened south of County Road 2820 N, about a mile north of Bismarck.

A Paxton mystery: What caused explosion-like noise Saturday night?

PAXTON — It remained unknown Sunday morning what caused a mysterious, explosion-like noise that rattled the win

The Law Q&A | When can a judge move a criminal trial?

In the headlines is the case of Brendt Christensen, a defendant in federal court charged with kidnapping and a death arising from the alleged kidnaping. His case was originally filed by federal prosecutors in the federal court located in Urbana.

Attorneys in Christensen case argue over federal vs. state jurisdiction

PEORIA — U.S. District Judge James Shadid didn't act on motions to dismiss the case against accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen, but did indicate Friday that he'd rule against at least one part of them.

Top of the Morning, Dec. 15, 2018

Next time you ignore one of those pesky phone calls from a professional solicitor, consider the folks at Round Barn Manor in Champaign, who enjoy a wonderful turkey dinner this time of year courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Police Illini Lodge 17.

The organization with about 220 members from at least eight area police departments served up the annual meal Thursday night.

Coroner identifies man found dead in car on Illinois 1 near Rossville

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County coroner has released the name of a man found dead behind the wheel of his car last week on Illinois 1 south Rossville but said a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Coroner Jane McFadden said Danville attorney Steven L. Blakely, 53, was found dead in his vehicle at 1:47 a.m. Dec. 4 with no apparent injuries.

Woman acquitted of not having insurance in 2017 fatal car-pedestrian accident

URBANA — Saying circumstantial evidence alone was not enough, a Champaign County judge Friday acquitted a Champaign woman charged with not having insurance when she struck a pedestrian in October 2017, killing him.

UPDATE: 1 dead, 1 injured in head-on crash on Illinois 1 near Bismarck

BISMARCK — One person was killed and a second injured in a fiery head-on collision Friday morning in Vermilion County.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said the crash happened at 7:45 a.m. on Illinois 1 just south of Vermilion County Road 2820 N, which is about a mile northwest of Bismark.