A Champaign man twice convicted of killing an innocent bystander in northwest Champaign four years ago has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for murder. The sentence that Judge Tom Difanis handed Anthony Meads on Friday for the July 4, 2012, murder of Desirae Austin is five years less than what he gave Meads three years ago.
Heidi Schwarz, owner of Missy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, attempts to get Missy to bark during the Hindsley Symphonic Band's rendition of "Playfellow," a piece that was written by composer/conductor Henry Fillmore and performed by band and his dog "Mike" in the 1920s. At the Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
This video, supplied by the Mahomet Police Deptartment and edited by The News-Gazette for time and language, shows Mahomet officer Ryan Rich's traffic stop of Dracy Clint Pendleton on May 7, 2016. After receiving a written warning, Pendleton drives off while yelling at the officer. It triggered a weeklong incident that ended with Pendleton's death in southern Illinois.