Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Man resentenced to 4 years prison for aggravated battery

URBANA — A Champaign man who failed to follow the rules of probation was resentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Noting Darius Robinson's violent past, Judge Tom Difanis declined to recommend the 22-year-old, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of West Bradley Avenue, for boot camp.

Man faces federal charges in Champaign, Kankakee robberies

URBANA — A federal trial is set to begin April 18 for a Kankakee man charged with committing robberies in Champaign and Kankakee last year.

Thomas James, 33, who listed an address in the 500 block of South Indiana Avenue, made his first appearance in federal court last week.

Student injured in Monticello bus accident

MONTICELLO — A crash involving a pickup truck and school bus resulted in one student being treated and released from a local hospital.

Around 7:40 a.m. today, Monticello police responded to a crash in the 1700 block of North Market Street that involved a Ford pickup and a school bus transporting 29 students to Monticello schools.

Life in prison for Hoopeston drug trafficker

URBANA — A 37-year-old Hoopeston man will spend the rest of his life in federal prison for trafficking crystal meth and cocaine in Champaign.

U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce handed down the life sentence Friday to Jose Jaime “JJ” Lopez of the 800 block of West Penn Street, according to Patrick D. Hansen, acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

Admitted burglar gets 4 years in prison

URBANA — A 19-year-old Champaign man who admitted breaking into a home in west Champaign earlier this month has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Judge Tom Difanis agreed to recommend Andre Runge, who listed an address in the 700 block of West Harvard Street, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program, in the wake of his plea to residential burglary.

Champaign man gets probation for having gun without ID card

URBANA — A 21-year-old Champaign man with no prior convictions was sentenced to two years of probation for having a gun without a firearm owner's identification card.

In return for Timmie L. Sanford's guilty plea Tuesday to that charge, a prosecutor dismissed a more serious charge of residential burglary against him, alleging he had broken into a Champaign home on Jan. 2.

Pilot, 4 U.S. tourists killed in Australian plane crash

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed into a suburban shopping mall and burst into flames Tuesday, shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm.

Austria OKs U.S. extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials.

Police: Newly freed gang member killed California officer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two suburban Los Angeles police officers thought they were helping a driver after a car crash.

Then, authorities say, he pulled a gun.

Whittier Officers Keith Lane Boyer and Patrick Hazell didn't know that the motorist allegedly had killed his cousin hours earlier in neighboring East Los Angeles and stolen his car.