Courts, Police, and Fire

His final call: Homer firefighter's funeral draws dozens of colleagues


HOMER — About 11:45 a.m. Monday, an emergency alert tone for the Homer Township Fire Protection District came over the radio.

Suspect wanted in home invasion

A man is wanted in connection with a home invasion in St. Joseph early Sunday morning. 

Around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 the Champaign County Sherriff's Office responded to the 900 block of Chateau Drive for a report of a subject armed with a 12-gauge shotgun. The subject allegedly entered an occupied residence and shot at the occupants. 

Firefighters respond to house fire

Firefighters from St. Joseph-Stanton, Ogden-Royal, Sidney and Homer
responded to a house fire at 102 W. Sherman in St. Joseph on Tuesday

St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Chief Rusty Chism said the home owners called 911
and reported a burnt smell.

When St. Joseph-Stanton firefighters arrived they could see a slight smoke
coming out of the attic vents.

Village signs contract with Sherriff's Department

The Village of St. Joseph has a new contract with the Champaign County Sheriff's Department.

The board approved the contract in July.

The contract is a three-year contract with a 2.75 percent increase per year.

The service will cost the village $426.26 per day from Aug. 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.

The cost will increase to $438 per day for the following year.

Third family member dies from Easter crash near Homer

A third member of an Indianapolis family involved in a fiery two-vehicle crash in Champaign County on Easter Sunday has died.

Remains identifed at scene of fire

An autopsy was conducted last Friday following the discovery of human remains at a fire scene in rural Homer.

Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson said that remains found last Thursday in the rubble of a farmhouse leveled by fire on Jan. 24 were determined to be human.

Firefighters graduate from Fire Academy

Addison Chism and Austin Upton graduated from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Basic Firefighter / NFPA Firefighter 1 Academy.  Chism, of St. Joseph and Upton of Pesotum will serve on the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District.  

Firefighters battling blaze in St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Firefighters from eight area fire departments are trying to put out a fire that’s consumed a residence north of St. Joseph.
Firefighters were called about 11:37 a.m. to the 200 block of Chateau Drive, where flames and smoke were showing from a duplex.
“It’s a duplex and both are on fire,” Champaign County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Coile said from the scene.

Fire causes $50,000 worth of damage to home

A house fire caused $50,000 worth of damage to a home and its contents on Wednesday afternoon.

Homer Assistant Fire Chief Bub Miller said no one was home at the time the fire started.  

Champaign County sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Mills said an off-duty Champaign firefighter saw flames coming from the house in the 1800 block of County Road 2700 E just before 1:30 p.m.

No injuries in Broadlands fire

The state fire marshal's office will be in Broadlands on Monday trying to determine the cause of a fire that did tens of thousands of dollars in damage early this morning.
Fire hit three connected commercial buildings early Monday in Broadlands. Some 35-40 firefighters from several area departments responded.

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