Courts Police and Fire

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.

UPDATED: Cornbelt seeking new fire chief

As they begin the search for a new fire chief, members of the Cornbelt Fire Protection District board of trustees say they’re looking to build on their strengths.

“Chief Galey has really taken us to a new level,” Trustee Lee Jessup said, noting Cornbelt’s strides in the areas of training, equipment and personnel retention.

Cornbelt looking to expand

After several years of discussion and planning, Cornbelt Fire Protection District is moving forward with plans to expand their facility on Main Street.

The plan approved last week by the board of trustees calls for construction of a new building north of the current station on Franklin Street.

How you can help

As news of the fire at Lake of the Woods Apartments spread on Friday, Mahomet residents began asking what they could do to help.

"Everybody wants to do something, and there's nothing more frustrating in a situation like this than just waiting," said Kelly Formoso, branch manager of the Champaign office of the American Red Cross.


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