Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

UPDATE: 'We're OK. We just lost everything.' (w/video)

TOLONO — Corrine Woodcock, 84, was doing what she loves most — cooking in the kitchen — and her husband, Emmett, 86, was working in the garage like he had a thousand times before when a fire destroyed the Tolono home where they had raised their six children.

Man sentenced for gun crime in absentia arrested in burglary

URBANA — An Urbana man sentenced last week to prison for a gun offense even though he didn't show up was arrested late Wednesday after leading Champaign police on a bit of a pursuit.

Dancel Thatch, 32, who last lived in the 800 block of MacArthur Drive, was charged Thursday with residential burglary and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police.

Hoopeston teen gets 2.5 years for Facebook bomb threat

URBANA — A Hoopeston teen who admitted he posted on Facebook a threat to bomb Rantoul Township High School three months ago has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Dakota Degarmo, 18, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Roger Webber to a Class 3 felony count of disorderly conduct, admitting he made the threat, knowing it was false.

The latest: Fire official says 6 children presumed dead in fire

BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on a house fire that injured four and left six children missing (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

A fire official says six children are presumed dead after a fire tore through a northeast Baltimore home.

Baltimore police commit to sweeping changes in deal with U.S.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore police department committed to a sweeping overhaul of its practices Thursday under a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government.

Long search ends in key murder suspect's arrest (w/video)

URBANA — Local police couldn't help but be jubilant Wednesday when they nabbed Champaign's most wanted murder suspect in an Urbana apartment as well as a second man wanted for a different murder in Urbana.

Champaign man gets almost 10 years in federal bank-robbery case

URBANA — A Champaign man has been sentenced to more than 9.5 years in federal prison for a series of bank robberies in Champaign, Rantoul, Danville and northwestern Indiana and an attempted bank robbery in Paxton.

PODCAST: Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen 01-11-17

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Champaign Mayor Deb Feinen discusses the plans for the Bristol Place neighborhood, the latest ruling in the case of police officer Matt Rush and the proposal for citizen input on use of force by police.


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1 man arrested, 1 sought in Champaign break-ins

URBANA — Champaign police arrested one man and are looking for a second in connection with house break-ins in that city Tuesday night.

Champaign police reports indicate that within two hours, officers received reports of burglaries to three houses in the same neighborhood west of Prospect Avenue and north of University Avenue.

No-show sentenced to prison for drugs

URBANA — A Champaign man who failed to show up for his sentencing Wednesday for possessing cocaine was sentenced anyway to three years in prison.

Judge Roger Webber said he had difficulty finding anything in Mario Pettigrew’s past to mitigate his sentence.