Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Top of the Morning, July 14, 2018

ALLAN MACKIEWICZ has an entire community doing whatever it can to help him in his battle against cancer.

Since being diagnosed, the Westville police officer, youth sports leader and father of two daughters has been on the mind of what seems to be all of Vermilion County.

UPDATE: Single-engine plane crashes in Vermilion County; pilot hurt

BISMARCK — A pilot was injured in a small plane crash Friday evening north of the Vermilion Regional Airport.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn said the crash occurred around 6:30 p.m., about 2 miles north of the Vermilion Regional Airport and 2 miles east of Bowman Avenue, near Bismarck.

Champaign police chief: Property Crimes Unit helping reports level off

CHAMPAIGN — Police Chief Anthony Cobb said this week that property crimes are starting to level off in Champaign, almost a year after his department created a unit to focus on them.

Attorney general seeks to convert restraining order against Suburban Express to preliminary injunction

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois Attorney General's Office is seeking to convert its temporary restraining order against Suburban Express into a preliminary injunction while the two sides continue to discuss a settlement.

Champaign man with felony conviction gets 3 years for having gun

URBANA — A Champaign man with a felony conviction who admitted having a gun more than a year ago in a north Champaign neighborhood has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Jerrion Gipson, 22, whose last known address was in the 3700 block of Summer Sage Court, pleaded guilty Friday to unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. He was given credit for 130 days already served.

UI student shot by police had pellet gun

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student shot in the leg by police Thursday night was repeatedly ordered to put down the gun police saw in his hands.

Savoy sex offender accused of sex acts with preteen girl

URBANA — A Savoy man with a sex conviction in his past is in police custody for allegedly molesting a child.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Curt Apperson said George Henderson III, 66, who listed an address in the 300 block of Ellen Avenue, was arrested Thursday at his home.

Shouting, insults as FBI agent faces angry Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias vigorously defended himself at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into shouting matches, finger-pointing and veiled references to personal transgressions.

Thai boys meant to stay an hour in cave

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) — The boys meant to explore the cave for just an hour, a casual jaunt to relax after soccer practice, but the waters rose. The teammates climbed higher, using their hands to feel the walls for a crawl space that would lead to safer, higher ground.

69 die in Pakistan election violence

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The deadliest attack in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed 65 people at a rally in southwester Baluchistan on Friday ahead of the return to Pakistan of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.