Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Are emergency vehicles' practices cause for alarm?

Leo Wilson still remembers the last day he spent with his youngest daughter, Kelly.

It was May 7, 2016, the day before Mother's Day, and the 26-year-old Decatur woman and her two young daughters — Ella Stolz and Addy Crowder — were over for dinner.

Wilson said his daughter was disappointed she had been called in to work at Panera Bread the next day.

Full Illinois State Police reports shed little light on death of Dracy Pendleton

CHAMPAIGN — After losing an open-records request appeal, the Illinois State Police removed redactions from reports about techniques used during a 2016 shootout between SWAT teams and Dracy Pendleton.

But the additional details didn't reveal much more about the manhunt for Mr. Pendleton, who shot a Mahomet police officer May 7, 2016, after a traffic stop.

The Law Q&A | The balancing act when rights collide

What happens when your constitutionally protected right clashes with another person's protected right? The unending dialectic of conflicting rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment was on display yet again in a recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion involving freedom of religious expression.

Jim Dey | Michigan speech-code suit has Illinois angle

Those paying attention know that the nation's colleges campuses have become ground zero for battles over free speech in this country.

Section of Sidney under boil order

SIDNEY — Those who live north of the railroad tracks that run through Sidney are now under a boil order that could last for several days.

Village of Sidney Trustee Leroy Schluter said a truck hit a hydrant at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Main and David streets. Damage to the water system necessitates a boil order as a precaution.

Police probing late-night shootings in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — For the second weekend in a row, Champaign police are dealing with shootings in two different areas that may or may not be related.

Deputy Chief Dave Shaffer said at 11:03 p.m. Friday there was gunfire in the 1100 block of Joanne Lane.

Rantoul man's bond set at $1 million in drug-induced death

BLOOMINGTON — A McLean County judge Friday left bond at $1 million for a Rantoul man charged with drug-induced homicide.

Troy McBride, 24, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Juniper Drive, was arraigned on an indictment returned June 8 by a statewide grand jury in connection with the March 23 death of a Bloomington man.

Danville man accused of killing girlfriend gets 5 years in weapons case

DANVILLE — A 27-year-old Danville man who is accused of killing his girlfriend and hiding her body was sentenced to prison in a separate weapons case.

State police reject FOIA request for dash-cam video in Danville shooting

DANVILLE — State police have denied a request to release dash-cam video from a Danville police car at the scene of an officer-involved fatal shooting earlier this month.

Hoopeston man gets 20 years in 2016 fatal shooting in Danville

DANVILLE — A 33-year-old Hoopeston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a former Danville woman in the Fair Oaks public housing complex nearly two years ago.