Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Man who hit cat sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Fisher man who admitted hitting a cat in the head with a metal bar has been convicted of felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

Dwight Sweeney Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to that charge Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court before Judge Heidi Ladd.

Two arrested in Rantoul incident that brought evacuation

URBANA — A man who police said had a loaded gun prompted the evacuation of several Rantoul homes Wednesday night. Police eventually arrested that man and another after they refused to come out of a house for about an hour on the village's south side.

Man accused of beating daughter

URBANA — A Champaign man alleged to have beaten his teen-aged daughter because he was angry with her for becoming pregnant has been charged with two felony offenses.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she charged Paul Guy, 43, of the 1300 block of North Neil Street, with aggravated battery and domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction.

Alcohol may be factor in fatal collision

UPDATED 10 a.m. WHITE HEATH — Illinois State Police believe alcohol may have played a factor in the death of a motorcyclist from Bondville early Thursday.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Bill Emery said Gordon S. Newman, 50, was killed while the man driving a van who hit him was taken to a local hospital for a chemical test.

Arrest brings second 'armed habitual criminal' charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who police say had a loaded gun in a backpack in a city park has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


— 1600 block of Joanne Lane: Mini-stereo stolen from vehicle Monday or Tuesday.

— 1200 block of Gertrude Avenue: 1999 Pontiac stolen Tuesday but owner found it, minus jewelry, IDs and credit cards.

Police seek help finding accused murderer

URBANA — Urbana police are asking for help in locating a man charged with the first-degree murder of a Danville man that happened this past winter.

Police seek three men in two campus robberies

URBANA — University of Illinois and Urbana police are looking for three men believed responsible for two robberies close to each other on campus late Tuesday.

UI Sgt. Tom Geis said a 22-year-old man was walking south in the 400 block of South Mathews Avenue about 10:50 p.m. when three men blocked his path.

Teens arrested for burglary at Urbana school

URBANA — Urbana police arrested two teens for burglary who, police say, brought their own tote bags to carry loot from an Urbana school last week.

Some time after 9:30 p.m. July 26, the teens entered Thomas Paine School, 1801 James Cherry Drive, through an unlocked window, according to Investigator Shaun Cook.

Man sentenced to prison for shooting over woman

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he tried to kill a man in an argument over a woman has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison.