Courts, Police, and Fire

CCSO deputies keep our communities safe

URBANA—It’s a lot of driving around observing, listening and checking things out.  The job is never the same from one minute to the next, and all plans tend to go out the window during the course of a shift.  For one evening in mid-July, I drove along with Champaign County Sheriff’s Deputy Deron Brize for the 3 - 11 p.m.

Contract with Tolono police department weighed

The village board here is considering contracting for police service with the police department in nearby Tolono.
Under the proposed intergovernmental agreement, Tolono officers would patrol Pesotum three days per week for one hour at a time.

Maggio again appealing sentence for murder

After being resentenced to 64 years in prison Oct. 12 for fatally shooting his brother in 2010 at the Tolono IGA, a Savoy man convicted twice of that crime is appealing that most recent sentence.

Mail theft reported

Deb Revell wants people around town to be on the lookout for pieces of mail and to be aware of recent theft in case they have any missing mail.
Last Thursday, Revell was doing two other women’s hair at about 12:10 p.m. in her beauty shop on West Austin Street when she saw two juvenile girls open her mailbox and remove mail.

'That's called life'

A Savoy man convicted twice of fatally shooting his brother in 2010 has been resentenced to 64 years in prison.
Maggio, 49, shot and killed his 32-year-old brother Mark on July 21, 2010, at the now-closed Tolono IGA store.
In June 2011 he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 35 years.

Read the full story in the Oct. 19 issue of The County Star.

Sidney firefighters honor heroes of Sept. 11

ixteen years to the day, two area firefighters took part in a memorial stair climb to honor firefighters who gave their lives trying to save people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Blood drive marks 9/11 anniversary

The Tolono Fire Protection District marked the 16th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, by hosting its third annual blood drive.
The fire department collected 16 units of blood.
Lt. Robert Bates noted that the donations that Community Blood Services collects stay local, going to area hospitals including Carle, Presence and Sarah Bush Lincoln.

New station nears completion

Work on the new police station is expected to be 95 percent done in the next two weeks.
That was what Farnsworth Group Senior Architect Scott Burge reported to the village board Tuesday.
“There’s still a significant list of little things,” Burge said.

No injuries following bicycle/pedestrian accident

There were no injuries following a bicycle/vehicle crash last week.
According to Tolono Police Department reports, Jordan Ward, 17, of Tolono, was riding a black mountain bike west on Walnut Street at 6:13 p.m. on Aug. 2 and stopped for a stop sign at U.S. 45.  Ward said he looked both ways before proceeding into the intersection.

Training teaches about AirLife helicopter safety

A total of 20 firefighters from local departments joined in the AirLife Landing Zone (LZ) training on June 24 in Sidney.
Members from Homer, Longview, St. Joseph-Stanton and Sidney fire departments were present. Lt. Grant Bennett of the Sidney fire department and the AirLife staff organized the training.

Read the full story in the July 13 issue of The County Star.

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