Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Burning candle believed to have started house fire

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign firefighters believe a burning candle led to a house fire Sunday morning in the city.

According to a Champaign Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a single-story ranch house at 2003 Cypress Drive at 10:31 a.m.

When they arrived, they saw smoke coming from the front door and eaves.

Man arrested after shots were fired in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — An 18-year-old Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail following an incident in which shots were fired early Saturday morning.

According to a police report, officers were called to the 0-100 block of Main Street after receiving a report of shots being fired there at 2:10 a.m. Saturday.

John Roska: State law governs personnel files

Q: Can I look at my personnel file with my employer? I asked, but they won't let me see it.

A: If there's a personnel file, you employer must let you see it. If the employer won't, you can complain to the Illinois Department of Labor.

The Personnel Record Review Act applies. It was originally passed in 1984, and has been tweaked since then.

Mahomet man accused of sex with two minors

MAHOMET — A 47-year-old Mahomet man faces two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with two minors last month.

Campustown beatings put UI students on guard

CHAMPAIGN — It's 2 a.m., closing time at the bar, but the diner is open on the other side of campus where some friends have gathered.

It's a nice night (or morning), and you figure you'll walk over there by yourself, sending a few texts and checking Facebook for updates along the way.

Not a good idea.

Cocaine charge for man who was allegedly stealing from Walmart in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A Champaign man faces a felony drug charge after being caught in Rantoul with nine small bags of cocaine.

Ex-hospital official denies embezzling $700,000

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former children's hospital official in central Illinois has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from the institution over six years.

Judge strikes down Arizona’s ban on gay marriage

PHOENIX (AP) — Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said Friday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state.

The announcement prompted gay couples to line up at the courthouse in downtown Phoenix, where they began to marry immediately.

Surviving family members file federal lawsuit over fatal crash

The trip to New England had been in the works for months.

It was a long-awaited vacation meant to reunite an Urbana family of three with a daughter on the West Coast and parents and siblings in the East.

Police seek man who robbed Rantoul hotel

RANTOUL — Police are looking for a man who robbed a hotel in Rantoul.

Rantoul police said a man entered the Super 8 Hotel, 207 S. Murray Road, at 12:24 p.m. Wednesday, walked into the lobby and approached the counter.