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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.

According to police reports, after the man was taken to the hospital, police were able to track down the mugger, recover the victim’s possessions, and arrest the mugger.

If you have been charged with a crime related to mugging, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Tom Bruno at 217-328-6000.


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 two issues. One, it allowed the Champaign police department to cut costs while not weakening its fight against crime. And two, it gave liutenants the opportunity to focus on individual districts and gain district-specific knowledge in fighting crime.

If you have been charged with a crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


Two men robbed in Urbana parking lot

Two men were robbed in an Urbana parking lost Saturday. According to police reports, the two men were standing in the parking lot of a Shell gas station in the 1800 block of North Cunningham Avenue when the two robbers approached them.

One of the robbers flashed a gun while the other took a cell phone from one man and cash from the other. The two robbers then left the scene in a Buick sedan.

If you have been charged with theft and need criminal defense attorney, contact the Champaign theft defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


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.

The increase in Carbondale’s crime index is largely attributed to an spike in armed robbery and residential burglary attempts. Those two figures make up only part of the index, which also accounts for battery, burglary and sexual assault.

If you have been accused of a crime in either of these areas, contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


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.

For the accident, Ladd pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence. Under the terms of the plea deal, he will serve at least 11 years of the 13-year sentence.

If you have been charged with a crime related to drunk driving, contact the Champaign drunk driving lawyers of Bruno & Associates at 217-328-6000.


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.

After Eward O. Cook was arrested for murdering David Long, police investigators discovered that Cook was driving drunk and had marijuana in his system. At the time of the accident, Long was walking his dog through the neighborhood.

Some advocates for the defense are arguing that murder charges in drunken driving accidents are excessive. However, groups critical of drunken driving like Mothers Against Drunk Driving believe the charges are just punishments for the crimes.

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a drunk driving accident, contact the Champaign drunk driving defense lawyers of Bruno & Associates at (217) 328-6000.


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 the restaurant when the attack took place.

When she was attacked, the employee was carrying a bank deposit bag, which the other suspect grabbed from the woman.

If you or anyone you know has been involved in a crime, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.


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 campus security officials.

If you or anyone you know has been the victim of a crime on campus, contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.

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