Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

No charges in Vermilion County day care drowning

The Vermilion County State's Attorney is not pursuing any charges in connection to the drowning death of a four year-old girl last month.

A spokesperson for Randy Brinegar said Thursday that Brinegar reviewed the reports this week from the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department and found no basis for charges in the death of Ryleigh Arnett.

Felon who ran from police facing gun charges

URBANA — An Urbana man who ran from police, allegedly with a loaded, ready-to-fire gun on him, has been charged with weapons offenses.

On Wednesday, Judge Brett Olmstead arraigned Pierre Renfro, 29, of the 1100 block of South Lanore Drive on two counts of unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

Ex-funeral director's forgery plea yields jail, probation

TUSCOLA — The former director of a Newman funeral home has been sentenced to 30 months of probation and a month in jail after admitting he electronically forged his grandfather's name to death certificates.

Rantoul teen arrested for alleged threat

RANTOUL — Police in Rantoul arrested a teen in a home there early today for allegedly making a bomb threat directed at Rantoul Township High School on social media Wednesday.

“It was posted on Facebook,” said Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse.

UPDATED: 'No threats made' by BB-gun-carrying students at Rantoul junior high

RANTOUL — JW Eater Junior High went on lockdown for 25 minutes Wednesday morning after a student and two of his friends brought two BB guns to the school.

24 years for man who admitted repeated sexual assault of boy in his care

URBANA — A rural Thomasboro man who admitted committing repeated sex acts on a boy in locations that included a church, school and a vehicle has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

The sentence for Deon Ramm, 46, was the result of a negotiated plea agreement between Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach and Ramm's attorney, Tom Bruno of Urbana.

Judge rejects new trial over MTD lawsuit

URBANA — A Champaign County judge has turned down a request from an insurance company covering the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to set aside a nearly $10 million verdict awarded to a Mahomet couple and grant a new trial.

The insurer, which wasn’t identified, has 30 days to file an appeal. Its Chicago attorney, John Lynch, said a decision has not been made on that next step.

Hulten raps zigzagging by courts on voter registration

URBANA — Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten says he's tired of being yanked around by the federal courts over whether he'll be allowed to have full Election Day voter registration.

"This is literally creating chaos," Hulten said Wednesday.

Suspected fraudulent bills lead to charge

URBANA — A Champaign man is due back in court Nov. 8 after police found him with suspected fraudulent bills.

Pedro Alvarado, 60, who listed an address in the 1600 block of East University Avenue, was charged Tuesday with felony forgery.

Urbana man admits drug charge, gets probation

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he had cannabis to sell when he was arrested earlier this year in Champaign has been sentenced to two years of probation.