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Judge John Kennedy on Friday set bond for Tommie Valentine, 50, who was staying at the America’s Best Inn, 409 W. University Ave., at $750,000 after he was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a stolen weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Sgt. Dave Smysor said Friday that James E. Brown, 24, ultimately admitted that he lied to police and was given a notice to appear in court next month for reckless discharge of a gun.
Gregory Reed, 42, is also facing charges of predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse alleging that between 2006 and 2011, he committed repeated sex acts with a girl under 13 in Mahomet.
Keith A. Cooper, 28, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Brett Olmstead to driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound.
Lavonte McWilliams, 27, was arraigned Wednesday for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.
Charnell Brown, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday to identity theft with a prior theft conviction.
Jewlicus Taylor, 23, can escape a conviction if he successfully completes his probation, which includes performing 30 hours of public service, paying his fines, fees and costs, and forfeiting the fake cash seized from him.
Jerry Webb, 66, who is listed as homeless, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery Wednesday. He was also sentenced to 62 days in jail with credit for time served.
Antonio Brown, 27, is eligible for day-for-day good time and with credit for 161 days already served, should be released in about 14 years.
In the four minutes between when a Champaign police officer saw something kicking up debris close to the ground in west Champaign and the National Weather Service said it was not a tornado, schools and other agencies took steps to keep their charges safe.