Courts Police and Fire

Charges filed in fatal stabbing

A Seymour woman has been charged with second-degree murder following the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend late last week.

Sarah Kijanowski, 25, was arrested at the Champaign home of relatives on Monday afternoon, only hours after a judge ruled that her three children will remain in the temporary custody of the Department and Children and Family Services.


Cornbelt razes Franklin Street homes

The new year is bringing a new look to Franklin Street in downtown Mahomet, as Cornbelt Fire Protection District gears up for a major building project.

Late last week, demolition began on three houses located behind the current fire station, site of a planned 10,200-square-foot storage facility for the department’s emergency apparatus.


Another arson at Mahomet apartments

Champaign County sheriff’s investigators are asking the public for help in solving a string of vandalism and fires at a Mahomet apartment complex.

The latest incident was early Tuesday morning, when the fourth in a series of recent fires was set in a stairwell leading to the second floor of the building at 2004 Middletown Drive.


Information sought on arson, vandalism

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Department is investigating three suspicious fires and an outbreak of vandalism at the Meadowview Apartments off Prairieview Road in Mahomet.

Cornbelt Fire Protection District was called to two different buildings in the complex on Saturday and Sunday night.


Foosland man arrested for soliciting murder for hire

Mahomet police have arrested a local man on charges of soliciting a murder for hire.

Foosland resident Jeffery S. Perry, 53, was already in the Champaign County jail when he was arrested on Sunday night for solicitation of murder for hire, which is a Class X felony, in addition to other charges.


One injury reported in day of I-74 crashes

The only driver not wearing a seat belt during a seven-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near Mahomet was also the only driver injured.

State police said no tickets had yet been issued as of Tuesday night.


Police seek tips on credit card fraud

Mahomet police are seeking information on a man whom they say used fraudulent credit cards at a local business.

On Aug. 31, a man tried to purchase Visa gift cards at Walgreens on North Lombard using multiple fraudulent credit cards.


Sept. 19 set aside to honor law enforcement

Last week Acting Village President Sean Widener signed a proclamation naming Saturday, Sept. 19, "Paint Illinois Blue Day" in Mahomet.

It's part of an effort to honor law enforcement across the state by displaying blue decorations in a gesture of solidarity.


Cornbelt hires new chief

The search has ended for Cornbelt Fire Protection District’s new fire chief—and the new hire is already familiar with the community.

Last Wednesday, the Cornbelt Board of Trustees voted to accept the application of Mahomet resident John Koller.


Last day on the job for fire chief

Friday was Cornbelt Fire Protection District Chief Lloyd Galey's last day at work—and it came a little earlier than previously expected.


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