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Former UI student charged with sexual assault of third, fourth victims

URBANA — A former University of Illinois student from Schaumburg already charged in connection with two sexual assault and abuse incidents at a Campustown apartment building last fall was arrested Tuesday for two more.

Paul A. Rouse, 25, was expected to appear in court Wednesday on the newly filed criminal sexual assault charges.

Champaign man faces weapon charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who was allegedly firing a gun in a northwest Champaign neighborhood last summer where a man was murdered has been criminally charged.

Burglary plea brings six-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he broke into a restaurant in that city last month and stole cash has been sentenced to six years in prison,

William Waller, 43, who listed an address in the 600 block of Birdie Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to burglary, admitting that on April 14 he broke in to the Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant, 405 S. Century Blvd..

Man sentenced to probation in meth case

URBANA — A Fairbury man arrested last month after police found methamphetamine in a Penfield home where he was has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Dane Frickey, 23, pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd to unlawful possession of methamphetamine.

Reginald Scott pleads guilty to Vicente Mundo murder

Reginald Scott pleads guilty to the shooting death of Vicente Mundo this past January. Scott's guilty plea was entered at the Champaign County Courthouse in Urbana on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. 

St. Joseph area firefighters tackle blaze on same street as Sunday's fire

ST. JOSEPH - A furnace fire brought firefighters to a home in St. Joseph Tuesday morning that's across the street from a duplex that burned Sunday night.

But St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Chief Brian Buss said there is nothing suspicious about the furnace fire at 2202 Chateau Drive.

Champaign man pleads guilty in Mundo murder

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he murdered a drug dealer for his cannabis then smoked it with friends after dumping the slain man's body will be going to prison for a long time.

Report of shots fired in Bement found to be Legion member testing ceremonial rifle with blanks

BEMENT — Piatt County Sheriff's Police responded to shots being fired in Bement this morning, but upon investigation determined it was a local American Legion member test firing a ceremonial rifle at the Legion building on West Wilson Street.

"They had been having a problem with one of their rifles and were test firing it," said Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt.

Lawyer: Man in Zimmerman shooting acted in self-defense

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19-year-old gets probation in Savoy New Year's Day shooting

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted having a weapon that he fired at a New Year's party in Savoy was sentenced to probation on Monday.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis gave Wayne Colson the second chance he asked for in sentencing the 19-year-old to 30 months' probation.