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Ford County correctional officer arrested

PAXTON — Ford County Sheriff Mark Doran confirmed Thursday that one of his correctional officers was arrested recently following an investigation by state police.

Doran declined to identify the correctional officer or provide any details of the criminal allegations.

Doran referred all questions to state police and Ford County State's Attorney Randy Yedinak.

Man with meth precursors headed to prison

URBANA — An Argenta man who failed to take care of his drug problem while on probation has been resentenced to prison.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd Thursday resentenced Shawn Coventry, 33, to three years in prison with a recommendation that he receive drug treatment while incarcerated.

3 Normal police officers sue, claim arrest quotas

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Three patrol officers are suing the Normal Police Department, saying the central Illinois town improperly disciplined them for failing to meet arrest quotas.

Mugging spree appears to have subsided of late

CHAMPAIGN — There are days when police administrators feel like the carnival guys who run the "Whac-A-Mole" contest. Crimes pop up in one area, and they step up manpower to address them, only to have the crimes reappear in another area.

The latest spree — several muggings in October in the Campustown area — seems to have subsided a bit.

Day care operator charged with aggravated battery to a child

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman who has cared for children in her home for more than three decades was arrested Wednesday on a charge alleging that she gravely injured an infant in her care.

Champaign police detectives arrested Debbie L. May, 54, of the 2500 block of Maplewood Drive, at her home on a charge of aggravated battery to a child, a Class X felony.

Champaign man sentenced in cocaine case

URBANA — A Champaign man who had cocaine intended for sale in Champaign more than a year ago has been sentenced to four years of probation.

UPDATED: Rural Villa Grove home destroyed by fire

VILLA GROVE —  A rural Villa Grove family has been displaced by a fire that consumed their home Wednesday morning.

An Illinois State Fire Marshal investigator was trying to find a cause but a fire official with the Broadlands-Longview Fire Protection District said there was a space heater and a water heater in the area where the resident reported the fire had started.

Couple who left drunk friend alone plead guilty

URBANA — Two teens who left their drunk friend in a locked dorm room on the University of Illinois campus at the beginning of the fall semester have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless conduct.

Man hit by snow shovel and wooden shelves

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an attempted aggravated robbery Sunday evening in Champaign.

According to a police report, a 25-year-old Champaign man was in the 2400 block of North Neil Street at 8:48 p.m. when three people — two men and one woman— began to hit him with a snow shovel and some wooden shelves.

Police investigate armed robbery

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an armed robbery Sunday evening in Champaign.

According to a police report, a 20-year-old Champaign woman said she was in the 3100 block of West William Street at 5:40 p.m. when she was approached by a man who pepper-sprayed her in the face and then robbed her of her purse, cellphone, credit card and cash.