Courts Police and Fire

Fisher teen killed in accident

Mahomet police are investigating the death of a Fisher teen killed in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday.

Police Chief Mike Metzler said the accident happened at 4:30 a.m. on Illinois 47 on the north edge of town near the entrance to the Lake of the Woods Grand Prairie Museum.


Hunt for shooter shifts away from Mahomet

The hunt for the man charged with shooting a village police officer has shifted away from Mahomet, but the incident is still on the minds of residents—some of whom found a practical way to show their support for local law enforcement Monday.


Manhunt follows shooting of police officer

The search continued Sunday morning for a suspect whom authorities say shot a Mahomet police officer following a routine traffic stop on Saturday night.

In a statement early Sunday, Police Chief Mike Metzler said that officers from Mahomet and across the area are looking for Dracy "Clint" Pendleton, 34, of Bellflower.


First look at new Cornbelt facility

By the end of the summer, Franklin Street will have a much different look.

Above is an architect’s rendering of the 7-bay, 10,200-square-foot new facility that Cornbelt Fire Protection District is building in the 500 block of Franklin Street.


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.


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