URBANA – Former University of Illinois football player and accused residential burglar Derrick McPhearson fired his attorney this morning and had his case set for Monday.
Champaign attorney Mark Lipton asked Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis this morning to allow him to withdraw from representing McPhearson on charges of residential burglary alleging he entered four apartments on campus intending to steal in early March.
PAXTON – Paxton police have arrested Austin T. Lemley, 17, of rural Ludlow on a charge of disorderly conduct, a class "C" misdmeanor, following an incident that occurred during Tuesday's lockdown at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School.
Staff found a threat of violence against the students written on a wall in a high school bathroom Tuesday afternoon, and school officials immediately put the school in a code red lockdown and called police.
KANKAKEE – A Kankakee man who killed two young women from Ogden 10 years ago in a drunken driving crash near Chebanse is likely headed back to prison for another driving under the influence conviction.
A Kankakee County jury, after having four questions within five minutes of starting their deliberations, took an hour to convict Terry Ray Clark, 45, of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under revocation.
DANVILLE – Parents will get letters today from school officials regarding a threatening message at Oakwood Grade School that was found Wednesday in a bathroom stall.
A student has been disciplined over the threat.
URBANA – Authorities have identified the woman whose body was discovered Wednesday morning in Boneyard Creek in Urbana.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said the body was identified as that of Heather Muntean, 30, of Urbana. Northrup said he confirmed the identity with the woman's mother.
MAHOMET – A 24-year-old Bondville man was arrested for drunken driving Tuesday after crashing his car, then taking off.
Champaign County sheriff's Sgt. Will Davis said Travis Shoudel was southbound on County Road 525 E north of 1900 N about 11:30 p.m. when he left the road to the left. He overcorrected, skidded and hit the ditch on the other side. Shoudel, who was not injured, then drove off on three flat tires, Davis said.
PAXTON – The waning days of school in the Paxton-Buckley-Loda high school and junior high are being spent under heightened police security after a threat put the schools into a lockdown Tuesday afternoon.
Plainclothes officers – from Paxton, state police and the Ford County sheriff's office – staffed three stations outside the school this morning to check students' belongings before they entered.
WATSEKA – A Thawville man is in the Iroquois County Jail after being arrested for attempted kidnapping.
Iroquois County Sheriff Eldon Sprau said a deputy arrested John Mueller, 37, who listed an address in Thawville, on Friday after police were tipped off about an attempted abduction.
URBANA – Two additional charges were filed Monday against a Champaign man accused in a shooting across from King School in Urbana.
Tony Deshawn Mann, 30, was arraigned and pleaded innocent to two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one of aggravated discharge of a weapon, all stemming from a May 9 shooting in the 1200 block of West Beslin Street, which is across Goodwin Avenue from King School, 1108 W. Fairview Ave.
URBANA – A hearing for a former University of Illinois football player accused of residential burglary has been pushed back.
Judge Thomas Difanis granted a motion to continue the hearing for Derrick McPherson, 21, a wide receiver who was dismissed from the team, along with Joseph "Jody" Ellis, 20. McPherson is scheduled for trial on residential burglary and theft charges.