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Bement man charged in stabbings

BEMENT — A 55-year-old Bement man has been officially charged with two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the stabbing of two men at his home on Feb. 7.

John D. Fair was also charged in Piatt County Circuit Court with felony possession of a weapon and patronizing a prostitute.

Salaita lawyers: 'No doubt' that UI, prof had agreement for employment

Lawyers for embattled Professor Steven Salaita have fired the latest round in his employment lawsuit against the University of Illinois, rebutting the UI's motion to dismiss the case.

Fingerprint leads to robbery suspect

URBANA — A fingerprint left in a victim's car last summer led authorities to a man wanted for robbery.

Mario Motley, 31, who listed an address in the 500 block of Alabama Avenue, Champaign, was arrested Monday on a warrant that had been issued by a judge Friday charging him with aggravated robbery of a Champaign brother and sister.

Man sentenced to 10 years for burglary

URBANA — An Urbana man with a history of breaking into homes was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for doing it again.

Marquis Huff, 27, whose name has also been spelled as Markeece in court documents, pleaded guilty in February to residential burglary before Judge Harry Clem.

Man on parole for aggravated robbery charged with burglary

URBANA — An Urbana man on parole for aggravated robbery faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted of stealing from a home in that city.

Woman sentenced to probation in burglary

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted her role in the burglary of a south Champaign home last summer was sentenced in March to three years of probation under a drug treatment program.

Illinois AG to announce statewide effort against sexual assault

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is starting an effort to fight sexual assault in the state and increase prosecutions of the crime.

Documents describe moments, aftermath of bus hitting pedestrian

CHAMPAIGN — Moments before a bus struck a pedestrian at Logan and Walnut streets in downtown Champaign last month, Betty Elliott was looking out the window from inside her coffee and tea shop at the same corner.

Police arrest man allegedly found with stun gun

URBANA — An Urbana man is due back in court May 5 after police allegedly found him with a stun gun.

Juan Jose Ramirez, 21, who listed an address in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, was charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and felony resisting a peace officer.

Former correctional officer charged with not registering vehicle with sheriff

WATSEKA — A former Ford County correctional officer convicted of having sexual contact with a female inmate in 2009 was charged with a felony last week for failing to register his vehicles with the Iroquois County sheriff.