Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Champaign circuit clerk among those working on potential issues with legal pot

URBANA — Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is working behind the scenes to prepare for what's coming when and if recreational cannabis for adults is legalized in Illinois.

That legislation could be introduced as soon as next week.

UPDATE: Urbana man charged with murder in 2017 Danville shootings

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m.:

DANVILLE — A year and seven months after two Danville men were gunned down at one of the men's home, an Urbana man has been charged with their murders.

Nicholas D. Trimble, 38, was charged Tuesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court with six counts of first-degree murder in the Sept. 4, 2017, deaths of Rafael Arevalo and Omar Roman, both 26.

Savoy man told police he 'panicked' after hitting bicyclist in Urbana

URBANA — A Savoy man told police he knew he had hit a bicyclist in southeast Urbana on Monday but “panicked” and took off.

Mitchell J. Snodgrass, 22, faces penalties ranging from probation to 12 years in prison if convicted of hitting a bicyclist while allegedly driving drunk and failing to stop to help the man.

Migrants fearful after hundreds arrested in Mexico raid

TONALA, Mexico (AP) — Central American migrants traveling through southern Mexico toward the U.S. on Tuesday fearfully recalled their frantic escape from police the previous day, scuttling under barbed wire fences into pastures and then spending the night in the woods after hundreds were detained in a raid.

Militants blamed in Sri Lanka attacks had incendiary leader

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The purported leader of an Islamic extremist group blamed for an Easter attack in Sri Lanka that killed over 320 people began posting videos online three years ago calling for non-Muslims to be "eliminated," faith leaders said Tuesday.

U.S. expands probe into air bag failures

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. The problem could be responsible for as many as eight deaths.

Search on for husband of woman burned to death

O'FALLON (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois say they are searching for the husband of a woman whose body was found set afire inside a vehicle.

St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr. identified the victim as 35-year-old Sherry Billups of O'Fallon. Billups was pronounced dead Monday at the scene.

Father of accused Waffle House shooter sued twice

PEORIA (AP) — Two lawsuits have been filed against an Illinois man whose son is accused of killing four people and injuring three others in a shooting at a Nashville Waffle House.

The lawsuits were filed in Tazewell County on Monday — the anniversary of the shooting — against Jeffrey Reinking on behalf of a woman who was injured and another whose daughter was killed.

Bill Cosby fighting legal bill in arbitration

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fee dispute between actor Bill Cosby and one in a string of law firms hired to address his legal problems shows the firm was billing Cosby $1 million a month in the run-up to his first sex assault trial.

The imprisoned Cosby is challenging a California arbitration award that trims the $9 million bill from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to below $7 million.

2020 Dems clash over impeachment, felons' right to vote

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris joined the call for President Donald Trump's impeachment as five leading Democratic presidential contenders clashed in a series of prime-time town hall meetings that exposed deep divisions in a party desperate to end the Trump presidency.