Courts Police Fire

Thomasboro OKs Taser purchase

THOMASBORO — The board approved Village Police Chief Keith Willis' request to purchase of one Taser for the department. The cost: $1,900.

Village President Brad Morris noted Tasers are at times "a politically charged tool."


Warrants issued for two in Paxton

PAXTON — Arrest warrants have been issued for two men who allegedly stole a car at a Paxton gas station just hours after one of them was released from the Ford County Jail.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said Frank A. Zamiar Jr., 19, of Paxton and Nicholas S. Klein, 25, of Paxton, formerly of Rantoul, had not been located as of Thursday.


Danville man charged in Urbana break-in

URBANA — A Danville man has been charged with residential burglary and aggravated battery as a result of an incident at an Urbana home Wednesday morning.


Man charged with aggravated DUI in crash that badly injured woman

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of gravely injuring a woman in a drunken driving crash in front of the police station is in the Champaign County Jail.


Woman, 60, pleads to aggravated DUI, sent to prison for second time

URBANA — A 60-year-old Champaign woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for her fourth driving under the influence conviction.

Barbara Cressman, who listed an address in the 500 block of Yalow Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Rich Klaus to aggravated DUI, admitting that on Oct. 18. she drove on Interstate 74 when she was under the influence.


19-year-old pleads guilty in Christmas Eve burglary

URBANA — A Champaign teen who planned to help himself to thousands of dollars worth of electronics from a Champaign store on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.


Man must pay cabbie $7,000 as part of DUI plea

URBANA — An Elmhurst man will have to repay a local cabbie $7,000 for the van he wrecked last summer while driving drunk.

Thomas Hart, 22, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus to misdemeanor driving under the influence. He admitted he had been drinking on Sept. 14 before he wrecked John Scott's van east of Urbana.


Ex-employee sues Monticello official over defamation

MONTICELLO — A former city of Monticello employee has filed a defamation lawsuit against City Superintendent Floyd Allsop for what he says were comments made to the Environmental Protection Agency in the midst of debate over the city's demolition of a home in 2011.


Vermilion CASA event scheduled

DANVILLE — Vermilion Chevrolet-Buick-GMC will present CASA's third annual Night at the Races & Hometown Celebrity Auction later this month.

The event will be held on April 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 310 Bryan St., Danville. It is open to the public, and admission is $10 per person.

Happy hour will being at 6 p.m., and the first race will begin at 7 p.m.


Officers renewing request for Tasers

URBANA — Police Chief Patrick Connolly thinks it's time to let Urbana officers carry Tasers, and city officials are anticipating that not everybody in the community will be on the same page.


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