Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

UPDATED: Police arrest two boys for arson

UPDATED 11:40 A.M.

URBANA — Two boys are in custody on preliminary charges of arson and burglary, after the pair was seen running from a smoldering house just before 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Danville police seek tips on armed holdup of gas station

DANVILLE — Danville police are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station on North Vermilion Street early Monday.

Circuit clerk plans workshop to help people clean up records

URBANA — As Champaign County's elected keeper of court records, Katie Blakeman says people ask her how to cover the tracks of their past mistakes almost daily.

"Either they are unemployed or underemployed and their criminal record is a barrier to them for employment," the circuit clerk said of the primary reason people ask to have records wiped out or sealed.

Pawnshops a risky business

A customer pops into the Gold Rush II pawnshop just after the lunch hour, whooshing by a large assortment of power tools on the floor and bypassing a long glass case stuffed with all sorts of jewelry.

"It used to be yellow gold. Now, everybody wants white gold," shop owner Don Crowder said.

Tom Kacich: Candidate wants records sealed

James Tinsley, a candidate for the Champaign County Board in the Nov. 8 election, has filed a request asking that all records related to his 2009 arrest and his subsequent guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of firearms be sealed from public view.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Oct. 2, 2016

Picking up where we left off last Sunday: We asked 10 experts on a variety of topics what one question they'd like to ask Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at one of the two remaining presidential debates, set for Oct. 9 and 19.

John Roska: Charge-offs don't change legal liability to repay debt

Q: A collection agency started dunning me for an old credit card debt. Several years ago, the credit card company told me they had written off the debt, and on my credit report it says it was "charged off." How can I still be liable on that debt?

60-year sentence for July 2015 shooting death

URBANA — For the second time in as many days, a Champaign County judge sentenced a young man to the rest of his life in prison for a gun-related murder.

Judge Tom Difanis handed a 60-year prison sentence to Brandon Collier, 22, of the 300 block of East Hill Street for the July 13, 2015, shooting death of Terron Jackson.

Tom's #Mailbag, Sept. 30, 2016

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MTD asks judge to set aside $10 million verdict

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is asking a judge to set aside the verdict that awarded nearly $10 million to a woman hit by a bus last year and grant a new trial.

A hearing is set for Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Michael Jones.