Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Robbery followed by shots fired in north Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police were trying to find out who robbed a man in a north Champaign neighborhood Saturday, then fired shots.

Sgt. Ben Newell confirmed that at about 1:30 p.m., a man was robbed near the corner of Redwood Drive and Northwood Drive South, which is just a block north of Bradley Avenue.

Police call leads to arrest over gun, drugs

URBANA — An early morning call for help with a domestic dispute led to the arrest of a man for allegedly possessing a loaded gun and suspected cocaine.

A Champaign police report said officers were called to an apartment in the 1500 block of Kiler Drive in Champaign about 4:30 a.m. Friday for a domestic issue.

Brendt Christensen defense team's motion to exclude cadaver dog evidence denied

PEORIA — U.S. District Judge James Shadid ruled Friday that prosecutors can present evidence about a cadaver-sniffing dog at the trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen.

His attorneys tried to exclude the testimony, arguing at a hearing Monday that the dog wasn't properly trained and its alert was unreliable.

Gun conviction could net Bloomington man 60 years

URBANA — A 33-year-old Bloomington man convicted of possessing a gun in May 2016 could be sentenced to as many as 60 years in prison.

UPDATE: Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police officers in Aurora

AURORA (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant in suburban Chicago on Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said.

India warns of 'crushing response' to Kashmir suicide attack

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India's prime minister warned Friday of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir which killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history.

Trump declares emergency to build border wall


WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Man charged with setting Ohio deputy on fire

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a man tossed a flammable liquid on an Ohio sheriff's deputy trying to arrest him and set him on fire, causing severe burns.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office says the deputy was injured Thursday evening in Rootstown Township, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of Cleveland.

Ford County man pleads not guilty in Minnesota mosque bombing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty.

Veteran U.S. investment manager detained in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — A veteran U.S. investment fund manager was detained in Moscow on Friday and faces fraud charges in a case that's likely to rattle the Russian business community.

Michael Calvey, founder and senior partner at Baring Vostok equity firm, was detained alongside two other fund managers in the morning, and a Moscow court is expected to rule on their arrest later Friday.