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Speeding accident leaves none injured

According to police, an 18-year-old woman driver of an SUV was uninjured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred on Mattis Avenue.

The accident occurred just after 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Mattis and West Union Street. Police determined that the driver had been speeding recklessly, which caused her vehicle to roll over as she attempted to turn left.

The driver was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions, driving an uninsured vehicle and having no valid driver’s license.


Urbana couple indicted for stealing from youth sports group

A Champaign County Grand Jury indicted an Urbana couple today on felony charges of stealing from a local youth sports organization.

The husband was indicted on one count of unauthorized use of property, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of greand theft. The wife was indicted on one charge of receiving stolen property.

The couple is accused of stealing funds from the Urbana Girls Fastpitch traveling softball program.

Once police were made aware of suspicious purchases on the program’s account, its financial records were subpoenaed. This revealed over $11,000 in purchases and transfers of money from the last two years, made by the husband, who was the executive director of the organization at the time.

It took officers around four months to determine what purchases where legitimate and which were not.

A Champaign County Grand Jury indicted an Urbana couple today on felony charges of stealing from a local youth sports organization.

The husband was indicted on one count of unauthorized use of property, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of greand theft. The wife was indicted on one charge of receiving stolen property.

The couple is accused of stealing funds from the Urbana Girls Fastpitch traveling softball program.

Once police were made aware of suspicious purchases on the program’s account, its financial records were subpoenaed. This revealed over $11,000 in purchases and transfers of money from the last two years, made by the husband, who was the executive director of the organization at the time.

It took officers around four months to determine what purchases where legitimate and which were not.


Suspected mugger caught using Facebook

A 21-year-old man accused of robbing a University of Illinois student 2 months ago appeared before a Champaign County Judge Tuesday in answer to charges filed a week ago in connection with the mugging.

The man is accused of stealing the student’s cell phone as well as cash. According to the student, this happened in a parking lot at the corner of Third Street and Gregory Drive.

Police were able to find the suspect after he took a photo of himself with the stolen cellphone, which was set to automatically upload photos to Facebook. The student noticed the picture and gave it to authorities, who circulated it to obtain an identification.

The man is being held on $50,000 bond and is expected to return to court in June. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

If you have been accused of a theft or robbery, contact the Champaign theft defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at 217-328-6000 today.


Urbana man sentenced to seven years for unsuccessful shoplifting

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis sentenced an Urbana man to seven years in prison for attempting to shoplift from a Meijer store on 2401 N. Prospect Ave. December 17, 2009.

The prosecution alleged that the Urbana man was in the store for close to an hour before entering the woman’s bathroom with merchandise he had not paid for. When store security followed him and found the items on his person, they called the police.

The man has a prior record of convictions for burglary and possession of a stolen car.

The sentence imposed on this man is excessive, especially given that he shows no predilection towards violent crimes. If you need legal counsel or representation in a criminal defense case, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at (217) 328-6000 today.


Man charged for alleged attack on parking officer

A 50-year-old Champaign man has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery for allegedly attacking a 40-year-old Champaign parking enforcement officer last Thursday.

The parking officer was attempting to put a boot on the 50-year-old man’s car because records showed a large number of unpaid parking tickets. While he was doing this the 50-year-old man returned to his car, parked near the 300 block of West Maple Street. The officer has accused the man of using the car door to hit him before getting into the car and backing it up, hitting the officer’s shins.

The driver then fled the scene but was apprehended by police shortly after. If convicted of this Class 3 felony he faces punishment ranging from probation to five years in prison.

If you have been accused of a violent crime or need legal counsel in the area of what qualifies as assault, contact the Champaign assault & battery defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at (217) 328-6000 today.


Savoy man linked to burglary by DNA evidence

DNA evidence has been used to link a suspect to the Dec. 28 burglary of the Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, 706 W. Ohio St., Urbana. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Kanis, a fraternity member who lives locally reported the burglary after finding a broken window leading to the house’s common area. An Xbox console and several games were missing.

The fraternity member noticed a soda can that did not belong to any members and gave it to police. Now, three months later, police have linked DNA found on the can to a 25-year-old who has a previous conviction for a burglary in Missouri. If found guilty in this burglary he faces four to fifteen years in prison.

Have you been charged with a burglary or need legal advice regarding your options if you have been accused of a burglary? Contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at 217-328-6000 today.


Woman’s death being investigated as murder

Last Friday, police investigated a northeast Champaign house following a reports of a fight. Neighbors had called police to report sounds of a fight from the house. When police arrived, they found a dead woman.

Police have detained a suspect but have not arrested him. According to a police spokesperson, the death is now being investigated as a murder. Police are currently searching for the woman’s brother, who neighbors say might have been living with her. Neighbors describe the woman as friendly and as having no particular arguments or problems with others.

If you have been accused of a serious crime or are seeking legal counsel in regards to a violent crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at 217-328-6000 today.


Campus violent crimes decreased about 50 percent in last 15 years

The Champaign Police Department announced this week that violent crime has decreased 50.6 percent in the past 15 years. According to the report, violent crime includes homicide, sexual assault, robbery and assault and battery.

The decrease in crime on the Illinois campus may have been due to a crime alerts system. In 2009, campus police reported 217 violent crimes.

If you or anyone you know has been charged with a violent crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Champaign police looking for assault suspect

University and Champaign police have called for public information regarding a series of attacks on women in the area surrounding the university. The assaults took place last week on Healey Street, Goodwin Avenue, and inside the music building. The Illinois police are looking for help identifying the suspect in the attacks.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a serious crime like assault, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Thomas A. Bruno and Associates at 217-328-6000 today.


Police arrest Urbana man for stealing fuel from local farm

A 39-year old Urbana man was arrested for stealing fuel by deputies in Monument Square on Wednesday. The man allegedly stole approximately 130 gallons of fuel from a farm near Urbana-Moorefield road. Authorities have charged the man with criminal trespassing, theft, and possession of criminal tools.

The Champaign criminal defense lawyer Thomas A. Bruno is here to help you if you have been charged with a serious crime like theft. Contact him at 217-328-6000 to discuss your legal options.

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