Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

UPDATE: Cop finds five children in vehicle driven by registered child sex offender

URBANA — The mothers of the five children found with a registered child sex offender Sunday afternoon in a vehicle in Crystal Lake Park told police that Duane Eric Edwards was baby-sitting the kids.

And the two women said they had no idea that Edwards was a convicted child sex offender.

Man sentenced to 7 years for robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted robbing a man in an apartment near the University of Illinois campus while under the influence of drugs has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Judge Harry Clem agreed to recommend Brandon C. Harmon, 24, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of Harrington Drive, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Woman not fit to stand trial for murder

URBANA — A 34-year-old Rantoul woman with a history of mental illness has been found unfit to stand trial on charges that she murdered her boyfriend almost two months ago in the Rantoul home they shared.

Updated: Firefighters respond to sprinkler activation at Covenant

URBANA — A fire sprinkler activation on the ninth floor at Presence Covenant Medical Center Tuesday morning forced the hospital to move about two dozen patients to other areas of the hospital.

Decatur police, NAACP form response team

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Decatur Police Department and the local branch of the NAACP say they've put together a response team to help deal with critical situations involving police and the black community in the central Illinois city.

Armed robbery reported Monday evening in Champaign

URBANA — University of Illinois police are investigating an armed robbery Monday evening in Champaign.

According to a police report, a man was walking west on Stadium Drive near the Canadian National railroad tracks at 6:45 p.m. when a second man approached him, displayed a handgun and demanded his belongings.

Police find handgun, suspected cocaine in home on Champaign's north side

URBANA — Two Champaign men are due back in court on Aug. 18 after police say they were found with a handgun and $1,200 of suspected cocaine in a home on Champaign’s north side that had been the target of a drive-by shooting two months earlier.

Updated: Police investigate shooting near apartments in Champaign

New 4:15 p.m. Monday:

Champaign police are investigating a shooting at an apartment complex on the city's north side on Monday afternoon.

Driver 'pretty lucky' after vehicle hit by train

RANTOUL — The driver of an SUV was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, after his vehicle was struck by a eastbound Amtrak train.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Brian Mennenga said Darren Parker of Urbana was coming from work when he drove around the cross arms of the railroad tracks that parallel U.S. 45 south of Rantoul at Chandler Road.

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press