Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Plea in cannabis case brings probation, jail time, fines

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having a large amount of cannabis intended for sale has been sentenced to two years of probation and two months in the county jail.

Kishon McCormick, 21, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Chalmers Street, was also ordered to pay fines, fees and costs in excess of $6,700 as part of his negotiated plea agreement.

Man sentenced to 30 years for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Thursday called a Mahomet man convicted of sexually molesting a young girl an "extreme danger" to his community and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Hearing in animal cruelty case rescheduled; county's costs rising

DANVILLE — For two more months, maybe longer, Vermilion County taxpayers will be covering the bill to feed and board several horses that animal control seized in May on grounds of neglect.

Lighting water heater pilot light leads to mobile home fire

URBANA — Five people escaped unharmed from a mobile home fire Wednesday night outside the Urbana city limits.

Crews from the Carroll, Edge-Scott, Eastern Prairie and Savoy fire departments were called to a blaze at 7 Cedric Drive at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday.

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Ex-student manager for UI women's team pleads to public indecency

URBANA — The former student manager for the University of Illinois women's basketball team has been sentenced to court supervision after pleading guilty to public indecency.

Warrant issued for robbery suspect

DANVILLE — Danville police issued a warrant for the arrest of a Decatur man for the armed robbery of an Old National Bank facility on Oct. 31.

The warrant was issued Tuesday for James R. Castleman, 54, for armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated robbery. The judge set his bail at $150,000.

Police looking for Rantoul bank robber

RANTOUL — Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Rantoul bank Tuesday morning.

Rantoul police Detective Justin Bouse said officers were called to the Rantoul First Bank, 1500 E. Grove Ave., at 10:50 a.m. to respond to a report of a robbery.

Man pleads to drug charge in arrest near site of July shooting

URBANA — A Rantoul man arrested near the scene of a downtown Champaign shooting with drugs in his pocket has been sentenced to probation.

Reuben Hassan Jr., 23, who listed an address in the 1700 block of Pheasant Ridge, pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, admitting that on July 25, he had about 15 grams of Ecstasy on him.

Sidney teen pleads to reduced charge in sex case

URBANA — A Sidney teen who admitted sexual conduct with another teen in that village has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Austin Griffet, 19, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Harry Clem to misdemeanor sexual exploitation of a child, admitting that on Dec. 20, 2014, he exposed his sex organ to a teen-age girl he knew.