Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Urbana man gets 30 months after guilty plea in sex case

URBANA — An Urbana man who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Judge Roger Webber on Friday imposed the sentence on Kenneth Laroe, 60, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Barnes Street.

Man arrested over video taken in restaurant bathroom

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly videotaped a teen while in a bathroom at a fast-food restaurant Friday is due in court Monday.

Champaign man gets 4 years for having crack cocaine

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having crack cocaine in his home more than a year ago has been sentenced to prison for that.

Kalvin White, 43, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of North Hickory Street, was sentenced to four years in prison and fined more than $1,275 for possession of about 7 grams of cocaine.

Champaign woman charged in Beardsley Park robbery

URBANA — A Champaign woman who allegedly robbed a man in a city park was criminally charged Friday.

Cynthia Pettigrew, 38, who listed an address in the 1000 block of North Neil Street, was charged with robbery and theft after she allegedly took a wallet from a man who was walking in Beardsley Park near Eureka and Walnut streets at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday.

Champaign man gets 8 years for having more than 2 ounces of cocaine

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having more than 2 ounces of cocaine in his home last year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Judge Roger Webber allowed Gaylend Allen-Davis, 32, of the 1400 block of Dobbins Drive to remain free until Aug. 24, and agreed to recommend him for the Department of Corrections' boot-camp program.

Urbana attorney on judge's emails: 'That's not something that would be done during the trial'

URBANA — An Urbana attorney who has practiced in both state and federal courts locally for 45 years said he's "shocked" by the temporary removal of U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce from hearing criminal cases.

But Steve Beckett, who appears regularly before Bruce, said he understands that judges are human beings.

Judge in accused kidnapper's trial removed from all criminal cases

URBANA — A federal judge involved in one of the area's highest-profile criminal cases has been removed from hearing it, as well as other criminal cases involving the U.S. Attorney's Office.

UPDATED: Danville district informed police of allegation against teacher

DANVILLE — A 28-year-old Danville special-education teacher has been arrested and charged with criminal sexual assault for an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old male student. 

Man sentenced to 12 years for officer's crash death

CHESTER (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in the death of a southern Illinois police officer who crashed during a 2016 high-speed chase has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Getting personal: U.S., Turkish leaders feud over arrest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties.