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Courts Police Fire

Rest-stop killer may not be at his sentencing

DIXON — The Rockford man who killed a Monticello mother of two at an interstate rest stop last year faces up to life in prison at his sentencing this morning in Lee County.

But "it remains to be seen if he in fact appears," Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller told The News-Gazette.

A crime that doesn't pay

Thirteen years later, Kevin Rogers still remembers the chilling 911 call.

"We believe you are going to be robbed," the 911 dispatcher told him.

John Roska: Child support, visitation not legally linked

Q: I got served with a paternity suit. I agree I'm the father, but haven't seen the child for years, mainly because the mother won't let me. Do I have to pay child support if I can't see the child? If I give up visitation, do I still have to pay child support? Could I just sign over my rights as a father?

At UI, outside help is in

A football player makes explosive allegations on social media about his treatment by team coaches and medical staff.

A week later, women's basketball players lodge similar accusations about racism, emotional abuse and mistreatment of injuries.

Bring on the lawyers.

Firm hopes police will Quicket for tickets

CHAMPAIGN — A young company that hopes to enlist police departments as clients plans to move this week to EnterpriseWorks in the University of Illinois Research Park.

Chemical warmer mishap in UI lab quickly resolved

URBANA - What sounded scary in an IlliniAlert text message about an incident at a University of Illinois lab Saturday afternoon was quickly handled by building safety personnel and Urbana firefighters.

Judge: Heroin bill is flawed

A first-of-its-kind heroin bill is now in passage stage in the state Senate after being unanimously approved by the House this week.

But a local judge who heads Champaign County's drug court thinks the legislation is misguided.

Suspect sought after stabbing, theft

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for a man who stabbed another during an apparent robbery Friday morning a few blocks north of the police station.

Lt. Tom Walker said a 30-year-old man from Minnesota who had been in town only four days was walking alone in the 100 block of East Washington Street at 10:15 a.m. when he said a car pulled up and a man got out and confronted him.

Last of those in fake kidnapping sentenced to time served

URBANA — A Guatemala man who participated in the fake kidnapping of an Urbana woman from a Champaign shopping mall last almost a year ago has been sentenced to time served.

18-year-old sentenced to two years for plea in weapon case

URBANA — A teen-ager who was carrying a loaded gun on a city street in Champaign about a month ago has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Taiviontae Gatson, 18, who listed an address in the 1900 block of Melinda Lane, Champaign, pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated unlawful use of weapons.