Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Man accused in 2016 neighborhood shoot-up claims police have wrong guy

URBANA — A Bloomington man accused of possessing a gun almost three years ago that prosecutors maintain was used to shoot up a Champaign neighborhood said authorities have the wrong man.

"I know nothing about that incident," Kenneth Williams told the jury hearing about his armed habitual criminal charges.

Seven years in juvenile prison for 14-year-old who stole guns from Rural King

URBANA — A third young man from Rantoul who admitted he stole guns from a Rantoul store has been sentenced to seven years in juvenile prison.

Despite the 14-year-old's declaration that he was ready to change, Judge Heidi Ladd said he hadn't done enough in the last few months to prove that.

Kinzinger deployed to U.S.-Mexico border with guard unit

CHANNAHON (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit.

Man gets 14 years for drug-induced homicide

WHEATON (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who admitted to supplying a fatal dose of heroin to an acquaintance has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

UPDATE: Philo trustee killed in Indiana crash

A longtime Philo village trustee was among three people killed this week in a fiery, five-vehicle crash in southern Indiana.

John W. Mumma, 67, had served on the board of the Champaign County village of 1,442 for at least 30 years, said Village President Larry Franks.

“During my time as mayor, I have considered him to be my right-hand man,” Franks said.

Heavy rain triggers California mudslides, evacuations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, filling normally dry creeks and rivers with muddy torrents, flooding roadways and forcing residents to flee their homes in communities scorched by wildfires.

Senate confirms Barr as attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 election.

UPDATE: Vehicle and building hit by gunshots in west Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police say no person was apparently hit by gunfire Wednesday night that did damage a vehicle and an apartment balcony.

Police went to the 800 block of South Mattis Avenue about 7:25 p.m. for a call of a vehicle burglary in progress. While there, they received reports of shots being fired in the area.

Wife says Chicago officer was assaulted in prison

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald was assaulted by inmates in his cell at a Connecticut prison, the officer's wife said Wednesday.

Judge: Jailhouse informants can testify in murder trial

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ruled three men who say a fellow detainee confessed to fatally shooting a Chicago police officer in 2010 can testify at the man's trial.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cook County Circuit Judge Stanley Sacks ruled in January the three inmates who said Anton Carter confessed to the shooting death of Officer Michael Bailey were credible witnesses.