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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.

Masseur pleads guilty to aggravated battery, sentenced to probation

URBANA — A masseur for a Champaign business has been sentenced to probation for putting his mouth on a customer's breast.

David Peters, 51, who listed an address in the 200 block of South Sixth Street in St. Joseph, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated battery for an April 13 incident at the LaVida Massage, 1812 Glenn Park Drive.

Brothers sentenced to probation in attack on UI student

URBANA — Two brothers from Danville who admitted their participation in a random attack on the University of Illinois campus earlier this year have been sentenced to probation and banned from campus.

"In an alcohol-fueled state, they decided to have fun by picking someone at random and battering them," said Judge Harry Clem. "We will give them their only chance to get this right."

Dead man identified; no signs of foul play from autopsy

CHAMPAIGN — An autopsy on a 42-year-old Champaign man whose body was found Sunday in Champaign showed no signs of trauma.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup identified the man late Tuesday morning as Flavio Roberto De Paz, 42.

Prosecutor: Rankin man likely to recover, will face criminal charges

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County state's attorney says it appears that the Rankin man who shot two others last week is going to recover from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and face charges.

Randy Brinegar said Monday the question isn't if charges are going to be filed against Vernon Scott Lee, 45, but when.

Champaign man facing sex charges

URBANA — A Champaign man is being held in the Champaign County Jail on $125,000 bond following his arrest for alleged sexual activity with a young girl in his care.

Updated: Body of 42-year-old Hispanic male found in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — An autopsy will be performed Monday on the body of a 42-year-old Hispanic male that was discovered Sunday a block away from the Champaign police station. 

Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said Sunday night that it was too early to determine the cause of death or how long the body had been there before it was found.

John Roska: Law sets interest rate on judgments

Q: A few years ago, somebody got a judgment against me in small claims court for about $5,000. Now, they say I owe more than $6,000. How can I owe more than the $5,000 judgment?