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  • Thursday, August 11, 2022

    Gregory Cowart, 58, no address provided, was arrested at 8:51 a.m. Wednesday at Illini Hall, 725 S. Wright St., Champaign, for trespassing on state-supported property. Police initially were called by a witness who said Cowart was inside the building yelling at a construction crew. Cowart had been arrested Tuesday for trespassing at Illini Hall and was instructed not to return.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Gregory Cowart, 58, no address provided, was arrested at 12:53 p.m. Tuesday at Illini Hall, 725 S. Wright St., Champaign, for criminal trespassing on state-supported property. Police were called by a U. of I. employee who saw Cowart attempting to enter the building through a door that is currently out-of-service for a remodeling project. Officers found evidence that Cowart had been living there.

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022

    Nothing to report. 

  • Monday, August 8, 2022

    A U. of I. student reported that her bicycle had been stolen between 1-2 p.m. Sunday at Snyder Hall, 206 E. Peabody Drive, Champaign. The bicycle, which has an estimated value of $300, was left unlocked at a rack.

    A U. of I. student reported that she was the victim of an aggravated battery at 10:30 p.m. Sunday outside the Materials Research Laboratory, 104 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana. The student was walking on the sidewalk when she was approached from behind by a man who tugged on her pants around the knee. The man immediately ran away. The student was knocked over by the contact but did not require medical intervention.

    A U. of I. student reported that two plastic fender liners had been stolen from their car between July 30 and Sunday while it was parked in the 1900 block of South Orchard Street, Urbana. The liners have a total estimated value of $200.

    Tramon L. Roper, 18, of Champaign, was arrested at 4:40 a.m. Saturday near University Avenue and Neil Street, Champaign, for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Roper was a passenger in a vehicle that initially was stopped for speeding. An officer searched the vehicle after seeing open alcohol and a burnt cannabis cigar in plain view. Police found a loaded handgun under the passenger’s seat, where Roper had been sitting. The driver was issued citations for speeding and operating an uninsured vehicle.

    A U. of I. police officer witnessed a burglary at 2:46 a.m. Friday outside of the U.S. Postal Service office at 302 E. Green St., Champaign. The officer heard a loud metallic sound and then saw a vehicle leave the area at a high speed. The officer found that an access panel had been broken off an outdoor mailbox. U. of I. police secured the crime scene and turned the investigation over to the United States Postal Inspection Service.

  • Thursday, August 4, 2022

    Nothing to report.

  • Friday, August 5, 2022

    Nothing to report.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2022

    Nothing to report. 

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2022

    A U. of I. student reported Tuesday that his bicycle lock had been stolen between July 24-26. The lock, which has an estimated value of $150, was left unattended outside his apartment door in the 700 block of South Gregory Street, Urbana.

    Edward F. Bennett, 27, no address provided, was arrested at 12:32 a.m. Tuesday near Third and Daniel streets, Champaign, for possession of a stolen credit card, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct and on a Champaign County warrant for theft. Around 10:15 p.m. Sunday, an officer was flagged down by a U. of I. student near Second and Chalmers streets, Champaign, who reported that she had just been chased by a man. The student did not know the man but reported having other unwanted encounters with him during the past year. Officers recognized Bennett based on the physical description provided and other information. Early Tuesday morning, patrol officers aware of the initial report observed Bennett attempting to enter a secured apartment complex in the 900 block of South Third Street, Champaign. Officers found on him a stolen credit card at the time of the arrest. Bennett was also issued a no-trespassing notice for U. of I. property.

  • Monday, August 1, 2022

    Davohn J. Barefield, 19, of Urbana, was arrested at 11:28 p.m. Friday at an apartment in the 2300 block of South First Street, Champaign, for harassment by electronic communication. Police initially were called by someone who had received threatening text messages from Barefield. As police were traveling to the victim’s residence, Barefield arrived and began banging on the door. He was arrested before making physical contact with the victim. Police also issued Barefield a no-trespassing notice for all U. of I. property.

  • Friday, July 29, 2022

    A U. of I. employee reported that someone damaged a bathroom stall Wednesday or Thursday at the Digital Computer Laboratory, 1304 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana. The employee found two swastikas and a phrase associated with the Nazi party carved into a stall divider. An estimated cost to repair the damage was not available.