Champaign Criminal Defense Blog

September 30th, 2009

Man charged in sexual assault case

A man from Arizona was charged Sept. 16 with sexual molestation of a young girl a few years ago. The charges allege that Robert T. Jones had sex with a girl younger than 13 between January 1998 and December 2005. When the charges were filed, Jones was in Arizona and was arrested there. He was...

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September 24th, 2009

Mugger arrested, property recovered

A man was mugged Tuesday morning while walking near Crescent Driver and John Street. The assailant took some of the victim's cash and fled.

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September 16th, 2009

Champaign police chief lays out new crime-fighting strategy

Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney discussed his force’s new problem-solving strategy in front of the Champaign City Council Tuesday. The details of the strategy include dividing the city into separate districts and appointing lieutenants to be in charge of solving problems in each district. Finney said the strategy was implemented a year ago to address...

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September 10th, 2009

Champaign-Urbana maintains number one spot in FBI index

Carbondale is inching its way up to become the number one crime district in terms of the FBI Uniform Crime Index. Although that dubious honor does not bode well for Carbondale, it is a good sign for Champaign-Urbana, which currently occupies the number one spot.

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August 31st, 2009

Man receives 11-year sentence in drunk driving accident

A man who killed a couple in a drunken driving accident received 11 years in prison Aug. 21. David Black's van hit the back of the motorcycle that Bill and Julie Orndorff of the Broadlands were riding.

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August 31st, 2009

Man arrested for fatal hit-and-run accident

A man who was arrested for a hit-and-run that killed a Batavia man and his dog July 29 was charged with aggravated drunken driving and reckless homicide last week.

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August 24th, 2009

Police arrest 2 suspects in McDonald’s attack and robbery

Two men were arrested Monday for allegedly using a handgun to hit a woman on the head in a McDonald’s at 501 N. Mattis Ave. Kevin Hemingway and Charlie Vogel of Urbana are being held in custody for the attack. Police believe that one of the men hit the woman, who was an employee leaving...

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August 17th, 2009

Campus install new security measures

In the aftermath of campus shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois  in 2008, colleges in Illinois  and Michigan are retooling their safety procedures to improve  the university’s response to  crime. In Michigan, public  universities are installing high-resolution surveillance cameras, while colleges in Illinois are implementing measures that facilitate communication between students and...

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