Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz, Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh, and Chief Deputy Allen Jones.

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August 29, 2018

DNA, Genealogy Research Aids In Finding Cassano Murder Suspect

The Champaign County Sherriff’s Office has been working to solve the murder of Holly Marie Cassano, ever since the 22-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her home near Mahomet in November of 2009. On Friday, investigators received a lead on the unresolved case through the help of a genetic genealogy company which then led to the arrest of Michael F.A. Henslick, 30, on Tuesday evening. 

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August 27, 2018

Researchers Studying Community-Police Relations In Urbana

Some studies have shown that increasing police resources in areas of higher crime, or “hot spots policing,” is an effective way to reduce crime. But it often doesn’t take into account how that policing strategy impacts the relationship between the community and law enforcement. 

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August 21, 2018

Illinois Issues: Fake Weed—The Danger And The Appeal

Once considered the new frontier of drugs and drug trafficking, synthetic cannabinoids have been around for years now and they’re becoming increasingly dangerous. More recently, authorities say dozens of overdoses in Connecticut occurred due to a drug called K-2 that was possibly laced with fentanyl.  

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