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Courts Police Fire

PBL bomb threat traced to teens

PAXTON — Paxton police said they have determined that a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were the persons responsible for writing a bomb threat that was found at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School on Monday night.

The police department said in a news release they made the determination Wednesday following "extensive interviews" they conducted with PBL High School administration.

Two Hoopeston teens arrested in separate incidents

HOOPESTON — Two Hoopeston teens are in custody following separate incidents in this northern Vermilion County community.

Champaign man accused of molesting preteen girl

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly molested a child in her own home is due back in court next month after being charged with a number of serious felony offenses.

Roberto Pedro-Francisco, 23, of the 500 block of South Lynn Street, was arraigned earlier this month of charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

'I just want a life that is peaceful'

URBANA — What Todd Milner knew all along was confirmed Wednesday morning when Champaign County's sheriff called personally with an update on his case.

There was no case, Dan Walsh told him, clearing the 51-year-old Urbana man whose booking mug was viewed by thousands after he was accused of attempting to abduct two 12-year-old children out riding their bikes on Saturday night.

Rantoul roommates charged in apartment break-in

URBANA — Rantoul roommates have been charged with residential burglary for allegedly breaking into an apartment in that village and stealing electronics.

Champaign man convicted of aggravated robbery in parking-lot holdup

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Wednesday rejected the argument that a man willingly gave his debit card to another man in payment for a gambling debt.

Tennessee man facing felony drug offenses

URBANA — A Tennessee man who allegedly had drugs intended for sale Tuesday in Champaign has been charged with two serious felony drug offenses.

A Champaign police report said officers were called to a domestic dispute on Edgebrook Drive about 10 a.m. Headed to the call, an officer saw a man, later identified as James Borden, 29, of Murfreesboro, carrying two large full white bags.

'A violent and out-of-control individual'

URBANA — Calling his behavior "outrageous" a Champaign County judge Wednesday sentenced an Urbana man who beat a 4-year-old with a belt to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Recounting the facts that Chad Gillespie, 37, opted to discipline his stepdaughter with a belt because she had her shoes on the wrong feet, Difanis said the man's actions were "uncalled for and outrageous."

Man charged in $10 million mortgage scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged in connection with the theft of $10 million of equity in the homes of elderly people on the city's West Side.The FBI says 60-year-old Mark Steven Diamond appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court on charges of wire fraud and engaging in a financial scheme.

Probation for former sheriff's employee charged with stealing government funds

URBANA — A former employee of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office who admitted stealing thousands of dollars in public funds has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Julie A. Martin, 48, who listed an address in Mansfield, was ordered to pay $4,108 in restitution and another approximately $1,285 in fines, fees and costs.