Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Man arraigned in SIU student's 2014 death

CHICAGO (AP) — A man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student has entered a not guilty plea on the charges.

Gaege Bethune of Eldorado was arraigned Tuesday in Jackson County Court on first-degree murder charges in the death of Pravin Varughese.

Florida man accused of stalking judges

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A convicted drug trafficker is accused of stalking nearly a dozen judges in one Florida county by making obscene phone calls and sending letters in which he threatened to be their "biggest nightmare."

California blaze destroys 8 structures near Yosemite

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As wildfires rage throughout the western U.S., one California blaze in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park destroyed eight structures and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee their homes.

Sheriff's recruits, trainees laid off due to soda tax delay

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County sheriff has laid off more than 110 recruits and trainees, saying the move was made because a proposed countywide tax on soda was put on hold.

The layoffs are in addition to 300 layoffs announced last week by county board President Toni Preckwinkle. Cara Smith of the sheriff's office said Tuesday security remains the department's first priority.

Feds reviewing Ohio police shooting of unarmed black man

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two years after a white Ohio police officer fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in the head, the case is in the hands of federal authorities.

Rantoul parolee gets 10 years for having gun

URBANA — A Rantoul man who was on parole when arrested earlier this year for illegally having a gun has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Judge Roger Webber imposed the sentence Monday on William Ayres Jr., 25, of the 600 block of Perimeter Road.

Because of prior convictions, including aggravated robbery in 2014, Ayres is not allowed to possess a gun.

Champaign woman faces DUI, drug charges after pedestrians hit by car

URBANA — A Champaign woman is due back in court Aug. 4 after being charged Monday in connection with a weekend car crash that injured two other women.

Madison M. Walk, 24, who listed an address in the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing bodily harm and possession of a controlled substance.

Police say trio attacked Rantoul man over his behavior with children

RANTOUL — Three people who allegedy confronted a Rantoul man about behavior they felt was inappropriate with neighborhood children have been arrested and charged with serious felonies.

The arrests happened Monday afternoon in the neighborhood where the man was attacked in his own apartment, according to Rantoul police detective Sgt. Justin Bouse.

UPDATE: Tolono woman located

UPDATE: 11:10 a.m. Wednesday

The Champaign County Sheriff's Office says the missing woman from Tolono has been found safe and sound.

Chief Deputy Allen Jones says Misty Henderson's absence was by her own design and actions.

Jones says Henderson, 19, returned to the Homer residence Wednesday a.m. that she had been staying at and called her family.

ACLU: Juvenile center unfairly seeks charges

CHICAGO (AP) — The ACLU accuses a juvenile detention facility in southern Illinois of improperly and unnecessarily seeking prosecutions of several dozen detainees.