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Grant to hire police accepted by Danville City Council

DANVILLE – Two months after winning more than $730,000 in federal grant money, the Danville city council approved Tuesday night allowing city officials to accept the grant to hire three new police officers.

Vehicle slams into house; driver arrested for DUI

CHAMPAIGN – Heath and Amy Lamb were sleeping in their brick home in Champaign's Garden Park neighborhood at 3 a.m. Saturday when they were awakened by a loud bang that shook the house.

A car had roared past the Lamb's bedroom window and crashed into their front porch in the 200 block of Brockwood Drive, knocking a concrete slab into the house.

Federal grant will be used to battle child exploitation

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Police Department is one of eight Illinois police agencies to benefit from a federal grant intended to prosecute child sexual predators.

The $496,732 grant comes from the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, and will be shared equally by the Champaign, Bloomington, Decatur, Mattoon, Moline, Peoria and Quincy police departments and the Peoria County sheriff's office.

Pesotum man pleads guilty to misdemeanor DUI

GOLCONDA – A Pesotum man whose girlfriend was killed when he crashed an all-terrain-vehicle in far southern Illinois after drinking alcohol has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for court supervision.

Pope County State's Attorney Janet Proctor said Matthew Paeth, 20, was sentenced Monday in Pope County Circuit Court to a year of court supervision after pleading guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence. Proctor said Paeth's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.081 percent.

83 alcohol-related citations handed out in 2 weekends

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois State Police and Champaign police handed out 83 alcohol-related citations over the last two weekends in the University of Illinois Campustown area.

Operation Campus/Tap details on Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 resulted in 80 citations for possession or purchase of alcohol by minors, one for unlawful use of identification and two for possession of alcohol on public property.

Man receives year of court supervision in death of girlfriend

GOLCONDA – A Pesotum man whose girlfriend was killed when he crashed an all-terrain-vehicle in far southern Illinois after drinking alcohol has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for court supervision.

Pope County State's Attorney Janet Proctor said Matthew Paeth, 20, was sentenced Monday in Pope County Circuit Court to a year of court supervision after pleading guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence. Proctor said Paeth's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.081 percent.

I-74 lane closures north of Champaign Wednesday morning

CHAMPAIGN  - All traffic will be stopped on Interstate 74 at Mattis Avenue briefly early Wednesday so an overhead wire crossing can be done.

The work is supposed to begin at 4:30 a.m. and last for 10 minutes, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Eastbound and westbound traffic will be stopped.

Champaign police getting funds to fight sexual predators

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Police Department is one of eight Illinois police agencies to benefit from a federal grant intended to prosecute child sexual predators.

The $496,732 grant comes the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, and will be shared equally by the Champaign, Bloomington, Decatur, Mattoon, Moline, Peoria and Quincy police departments and the Peoria County sheriff's office.

Police issue 83 alcohol-related citations

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois State Police and Champaign police handed out 83 alcohol-related citations over the last two weekends in the University of Illinois Campustown area.

"Operation Campus/Tap" details on Sept. 26 and Oct. 2 resulted in 80 citations for possession or purchase of alcohol by minors, one for unlawful use of identification and two for possession of alcohol on public property.

Speeding program in Danville nets 1,967 citations

DANVILLE – The Danville Police Department recently completed its Speed Enforcement Program funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The program consisted of six one-month campaigns by off-duty officers working on overtime and was aimed at reducing the number of serious-injury and fatal accidents through strict enforcement of speed limits in target areas.