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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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
KYLE HIGHTOWER, Associated Press
MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press
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.