Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

$40,000 in synthetic cannabis seized at Danville gas station

DANVILLE — A Vermilion County drug task force seized $40,000 worth of synthetic cannabis being sold out of a gas station in Danville, according to Illinois State Police.

The Vermilion County Metropolitan Enforcement Group received information that the Citgo, at 1207 N. Bowman Ave. on Danville's east side, was selling the drugs.

Rietz requests defendant's release, not retrial

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man convicted of a 1997 murder was freed Friday from the state prison in Danville after State's Attorney Julia Rietz asked for his release.

Teshome Campbell was convicted of the Christmas Day murder of 44-year-old James Shepherd and sentenced to 55 years in prison. But U.S. Judge Harold Baker recently overturned Campbell's conviction and ordered a new trial.

Lawyer files for speedy trial for accused in prescription case

DANVILLE — Two years ago, local and federal drug enforcement officers arrested a Danville family nurse practitioner for fraudulently prescribing medication, but the case still has not gone to trial.

UPDATED: Champaign officer behind lawsuits on paid leave

CHAMPAIGN — On the day Champaign announced the city had reached a settlement in a third excessive force lawsuit involving Officer Matt Rush, the once-fired Champaign police officer was off on paid leave.

Prosecutors use refuge occupiers' own words against them

TERRENCE PETTY, Associated Press
STEVEN DuBOIS, Associated Press

Authorities: 1 of 3 fugitive inmates arrested in California

GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
AMY TAXIN, Associated Press

Champaign man jailed after Rantoul traffic stop yields drugs

URBANA — A Champaign man remained in the county jail Friday evening after his erratic driving earlier in the day resulted in police finding drugs in the car.

Updated: cause undetermined in Urbana house fire

NEW 4:25 p.m. Friday:

The cause of a blaze that damaged an Urbana home on Thursday will remain undetermined.

UI official pleads to misdemeanor DUI

URBANA — A Mahomet man arrested earlier this month for driving under the influence after he was found passed out in his van has pleaded guilty.

Michael Hites, 48, the chief information officer for the University of Illinois, is set to be sentenced on the Class A misdemeanor March 16.

Ohio man gets 12 years for 2014 holdup

URBANA — A 20-year-old Ohio man who admitted taking part in the robbery of University of Illinois students on campus about a year ago has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Jason Duckworth of Defiance, Ohio, was the last of four men involved in a one-night spree on Dec. 20, 2014, to plead guilty to aggravated robbery.