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Arcola man sentenced to 5 years in prison for DUI

Heath Baumann, 39, of Arcola, Charleston, and Matoon, was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence.

Baumann was arrested and charged on March 8, 2011 when he crossed the middle line on Prospect Avenue before making an extremely wide turn onto Marketview Drive and drove onto the curb.  When he was pulled over, an officer performed sobriety tests, and found that his blood-alcohol level was 0.182 percent–more than twice the legal limit.

This is his fourth DUI conviction.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact Champaign DUI defense lawyers of Thomas A Bruno & Associates by calling 217-328-6000.


Comedy this weekend

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are excited to announce a variety of comedy shows happening this weekend in Illinois…

Greg Behrendt, the writer of the book “He’s Just Not That Into You,” will be doing standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg Friday through Sunday. 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. Tickets are $22. For more information, visit improv.com

The controversial, but oh-so-funny comedienne, Kathy Griffin, will be doing her standup comedy show this weekend at the Chicago Theatre. Come hear the Emmy award winning woman rant on the latest celebrity gossip. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thechicagotheatre.com


Vermilion County sheriff’s deputy arrested for DUI in Urbana

James “Nick” Beddow, 45, of the Vermilion County sheriff’s department was arrested on Sunday morning for driving under the influence and running a red light.

According to police, Beddow was driving and pulled over on the 1500 block of East University Avenue in Urbana after running a red light. He was taken to Champaign County jail, and paid 10 percent of his $1,000 bond to be released.

The case will proceed like any other citizen, and once concluded, a separate investigation as to what action will be taken in his sheriff’s department.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, contact Champaign DUI defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.


Man charged in shooting on Wednesday

Sean Dale, 24, of Millerstown, was charged with felonious assault, having weapons while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana after shooting his friend on Wednesday morning over a dispute during an early morning card game.

Jason Lockwood, 31, suffered gunshot wound to the left thigh and right hip and is being treated at Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana. According to authorities, Dale asked Lockwood to leave his home, but he refused and Dale shot him.

Lockwood moved to a nearby family member’s home before police found him.

If you have been charged with assault and battery, it is important to have experienced representation on your side. Contact Champaign assault and battery lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling (217) 328-6000.


Man sentenced to five years in prison for arson

Tristain Jackson, 19, of Urbana, was sentenced to five years in prison for setting fire to an apartment building in Urbana.

According to Champaign County prosecutor, Nick Selvaggio, there was no excuse for the crime, and Jackson had a long criminal history including hard drug use.  Selvaggio states, “What’s problematic for Mr. Jackson is his conduct seems senseless…there doesn’t seem to be any real reason why he did it.”  On Sept 5, Jackson set fire to a trash can in the laundry room of Stoney Ridge apartment complex on Mosgrove Street.

If you have been charged with arson, it is important to have experienced representation.  Contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.


Holiday light display covers a Rossville home

Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices are thrilled to announce a fantastic holiday light display for the whole family to see.

Gary and Debbie Kinnett of Rossville create a spectacular holiday light display outside their home each Christmas season. The family strings 33,000 lights over anything and everything on their property. Gary purchases new lights every year to replace burnt ones, and counts every light and offers a cash prize to family members who guess the correct number.

A new element of their light display this year is Santa Claus, who sits at the end of their property to hand out candy canes. For more information, visit the Commercial News website.


Champaign woman sentenced to probation for sex crime

Lynnette McIntyre, 45, of Champaign, was conditionally sentenced to two years probation for having sex with a teenage boy she was tutoring.

McIntyre pleaded guilty to committing a sex act with a 17 year old boy in her apartment at the 2400 block of North Neil Street. The boys parents found sexually explicit text messages on his phone and revealed the incident.

McIntyre will register as a sex offender and undergo a sex offender evaluation. If the judge rejects the plea agreement set by her attorneys on Feb 6, then McIntyre could be sentenced to a felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact Champaign sex crimes lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000.


Illinois law professor slashed in Champaign train station

Joshua Scaggs, 23, of Fithian, was arrested and charged on Wednesday for attempted murder and aggravated battery charges after he cut the throat of Dhammika Dharmapala, a University of Illinois law professor.

The incident occurred at a Champaign train station, and according to a witness, Dharmapala was standing in a waiting area when Scaggs jumped from a seat and shouted about this being his country and attacked. Dharmapala was rushed to a local hospital with a cut about 6 inches long on his throat.

Scaggs is in jail on $500,000 bond. No report has been made on Dharmapala’s condition.

If you have been charged with attempted murder, contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.


Decatur man sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual assualt

Steven E. Williams, 49, of Decatur, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually molesting a 13 year old girl.

The girl was in his care between March and May 2011 while Williams was living in Sidney.  He admitted to engaging in sex acts with the girl, and pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Williams had had no previous criminal history, served 12 years in the Navy, and held a steady job.  He will register as a sex offender for life, and stated, “I’m sorry for what I did. I don’t know why I did it.”

If you have been charged with sexual assault, contact Champaign sex crimes attorneys at Bruno Law Offices today by calling 217-328-6000.


Champaign man arrested for murder

George Harold Chapman, 41, of Champaign was arrested in South Carolina and charged with murder.

Chapman was charged with the murder of Angelica M. Vasquez, 43, of Danville, whose body was dumped in west Champaign on Sept 27. Authorities found the body on Rising Road just north of Bradley Avenue.

According to Lt. Ed Ogle of the Champaign County Sheriff’s department, the body was burned after the death and her hands were tied up.  Ogle stated, “It looked like she had been beaten, and an autopsy confirmed she had been suffocated.”

Chapman was found and arrested at a home in Pomaria, SC after police received information from the crime lab linking DNA found on Vasquez’s body as Chapman.

If you have been charged with murder, contact Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at 217-328-6000.

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