Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show.

'Pharma Bro' heads to New Jersey for federal prison stay

ORT DIX, N.J. (AP) — The pharmaceutical-industry entrepreneur vilified for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug was moved Tuesday to a low-security federal prison in New Jersey.

Martin Shkreli was sent from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York to the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix.

Fate of U.S. citizen with ties to IS in hands of judge

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday is weighing the fate of a U.S. citizen who has been accused of working with Islamic State militants in Syria, but never charged.

Ex-coach pleads not guilty in sex assault case

VERNON HILLS (AP) — A former suburban Chicago high school soccer coach has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing her of sexually assaulting two male students.

Suit challenges ban of handguns in home day care

CHICAGO (AP) — Several gun rights groups have joined a central Illinois couple in a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on handguns in home day cares.

The lawsuit filed against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services contends the prohibition violates the rights of home day care operators.

California reaches deal on National Guard border mission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has reached an agreement with the federal government that the state's National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers, Gov. Jerry Brown said.

Jim Dey | Judges armed with tough questions in Schock appeal

If prosecutors and defense lawyers were looking for a hint about a federal appeals court's view of the criminal indictment against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, they came away from Wednesday's oral arguments disappointed.

Danville man convicted of repeated sexual assault of child

DANVILLE — A 39-year-old Danville man faces prison for sexually assaulting a young girl over a three-year period.

A Vermilion County jury on Wednesday convicted Richard V. Ashley of three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, Class X felonies, according to State's Attorney Jacqueline Lacy.

Ashley's sentencing is scheduled for June 7.

Shredding, drug-collection event set Saturday at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Crime Stoppers of Champaign County and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are hosting a onestop opportunity Saturday for residents to protect themselves from identity theft and to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs.

Last-minute plea deal heads off 2nd mistrial in 2016 fatal shooting

URBANA — Heading off the possibility of another mistrial, the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office made an offer to an Urbana man accused of first-degree murder to plead guilty to a lesser offense that allows him to be released from prison in about 15 years.