Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Ex-FBI chief given sweeping power to lead Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, an acknowledgment of growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an outside investigator with bipartisan respect.

Jury acquits Tulsa officer in shooting of unarmed man

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who says she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head.

UPDATE: 1 dead, at least 2 hurt in chain-reaction wreck in Douglas County

TUSCOLA — One person is dead and at least two injured after a multi-vehicle crash at 4:57 p.m. Wednesday in Douglas County.

Douglas County Coroner Joe Victor said a semitrailer and several other vehicles were part of a chain-reaction crash on U.S. 36 about 2.5 miles east of Interstate 57.

Mahomet-Seymour student killed in Douglas County wreck

Mahomet Citizen editor Fred Kroner was at Wednesday's vigil. Listen to his report here

Man accused in April shooting in Urbana arrested in Danville

URBANA — A Danville man who had been wanted for shooting at people and a vehicle last month in southeast Urbana has been arrested.

Teen driver charged in car chase was in prison for same offense 18 days earlier

URBANA — A Champaign teen had been out of juvenile prison for possession of a stolen vehicle all of 18 days when he was arrested Tuesday for the same offense after a car chase from Rantoul to rural Ludlow.

Alleged teen stabber ordered held at detention center

URBANA — A Champaign teen accused of stabbing another teen during a fight Monday night is being held in the juvenile detention center until he can be tried.

Judge Tom Difanis arraigned the 15-year-old on a single count of aggravated battery alleging that he used a knife to stab a 17-year-old boy in the torso.

Man acquitted on armed habitual criminal charge

URBANA — A Riverdale man who was speeding in a car with a loaded gun near his thigh was acquitted Wednesday of being an armed habitual criminal.

A Champaign County jury apparently accepted Matthew Moreno's defense that he was unaware the gun was in the car because someone else had rented the vehicle.

Child welfare head vows reform in abuse probes

CHICAGO (AP) — Department of Children and Family Services Director George Sheldon says he's considering a major change in the way the agency conducts abuse and neglect investigations.

Sheldon told the Chicago Tribune ( ) investigators could benefit from access to records of past unproven allegations.

The latest: Oklahoma governor to tour tornado damage

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — The latest on the deadly storms in the central U.S. (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Gov. Mary Fallin plans to tour the damage to a western Oklahoma community that was struck by a tornado that killed a man.

Fallin's office says the governor will arrive in Elk City about noon Wednesday to meet with emergency responders and tour the damaged area.