Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Sides to argue: Did billionaire get off too easy?

CHICAGO (AP) — Did the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies get off too easy when a federal judge sentenced him earlier this year to community service but no prison time for hiding at least $25 million from U.S. tax authorities in Swiss bank accounts?

Police run down tips about ambush suspect

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police hunting for a suspect in the fatal ambush outside a rural barracks are checking out a tip from workers who say they saw an armed person wearing camouflage.

Driver charged with DUI after late-night crash

URBANA — A Colfax man who allegedly sideswiped a Villa Grove woman's car with his van while driving drunk was criminally charged Tuesday with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Braden Tuttle, 34, was also charged in Champaign County Circuit Court with leaving the scene of an accident and improper lane usage. He was told to appear in court for arraignment on Oct. 17.

Police seek man who robbed adult book store

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for a man who robbed an adult book store over the weekend.

Sgt. Dennis Baltzell said a man entered the Illini Arcade, 33 E. Springfield Ave., about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

He followed the female clerk, 23, behind the counter and then implied that he had a weapon and ordered her to open the cash drawer.

Belgium grants jailed rapist, murderer euthanasia

JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

Updated: Champaign police investigate bank robbery

New 5:25 p.m. Monday:

Champaign Police are investigating the robbery of a bank Monday afternoon in the central part of the city.

Police spokesperson Rene Dunn said officers were called to First Midwest Bank at 812 West Springfield Avenue around 3:20 p.m. for a report of a robbery at that location.  Dunn said a weapon was not used in the incident.

Former RTHS music teacher pleads to misdemeanor

URBANA — Former Rantoul Township High School music teacher and band director Bryan Reynolds will spend the next two years on probation and lose his teaching license.

Gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

Local law enforcment joins effort to reduce train deaths

The danger of railroad crossings has hit close to home again this year with two deaths in Champaign County so far.  A new statewide iniative called Rail Safety Week that started Sunday aims to help reduce fatalities on the tracks across the state. Scott Beatty reports.