Courts Police and Fire

'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.


Training burn makes room for future

Firefighters had the chance to hone their firefighting abilities while helping to advance the village’s plans for the future recently.
The former village hall at 114 W. Church St. was burned down, as part of a planned burn to make room for new development.  


Tolono department has blood drive; encourages others

The Tolono Fire Protection District marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic events on Sept. 11, 2001, by hosting its second annual blood drive.
The department collected a total of 25 donations.
The fire protection district challenged all of the other Champaign County fire departments to provide donors to Community Blood Services.


New law to help fire and rescue departments, severely allergic

Legislation aimed at saving lives for those suffering life-threatening allergic reactions, as well as helping local fire and rescue departments keep spending in line, was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner Aug. 19. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017.


Search and rescue team trains

The Champaign County Search and Rescue (SAR) team conducted an urban search exercise on the morning of July 9 in Tolono.
A command post was set up in the parking lot near the small ball diamond at West Side Park and did some planning before the searchers arrived.
The SAR team used a scenario in which a 5-year-old autistic child went missing.


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