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Savoy man faces drug charge after fight at west Champaign bar

URBANA - A Savoy man who allegedly possessed cocaine intended for sale last week has been charged with a serious felony. A Champaign police report said shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, officers were sent to a fight at a bar in the 100 block of South Mattis Avenue. Several people told police a man had a

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2018-03-20 02:42:00

Student accused of sexual assault sues over school dismissal

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A former University of Illinois student accused of sexual assault has filed a lawsuit alleging the school violated his constitution rights to due process. The News-Gazette reports that the unidentified former student is accused of sexually assaulting a fellow student while she wa

WAND TV - 2018-03-20 21:58:00

Fire displaces family of four

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- The cause of a fire is under investigation, but four people have been displaced. It happened about 2:50 pm, Monday, in the 900-block of Frank Drive. When crews arrived at the scene, they found smoke coming from the garage. They were able to extinguish it quickly. No one was

ILLINOISHOMEPAGE.NET - 2018-03-20 15:16:33

Urbana council OKs sale of Harvey Street property to Habitat

URBANA - The city council on Monday signed off on selling city-owned property on Harvey Street to Habitat of Humanity of Champaign County, which plans to build a house there. The sale of 909 N. Harvey St., near Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and King Park, is part of a city goal of "pr

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2018-03-20 14:00:00

World's largest bow manufacturer found start in Mahomet

Big things can come from small areas. There is no greater proof than Precision Shooting Equipment, which is now - and for decades has been - the world's largest manufacturer of compound bows, target bows, crossbows and traditional recurve bows. The company got its start on Mahomet's Main Street in 1

MAHOMETDAILY.COM - 2018-03-20 16:14:01

Champaign caregiver who stole from client gets second-chance probation

URBANA - A Champaign woman who admitted stealing money from a disabled woman for whom she provided home care has been sentenced to two years of second-chance probation. Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said Rozjolei Jackson, 24, who listed addresses on Valley Road in Champaign and in Chicago,

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2018-03-20 02:20:00

Murder suspect wanted: Cornelius Freeman

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) -- This week's Wanted Subject is Cornelius Freeman. He's wanted on a $1 million warrant for first degree murder. Freeman is a 39-year old man, 5'7", 263 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Hi last known address is 505 East Birch Street, Carbondale. Anyone with informa

ILLINOISHOMEPAGE.NET - 2018-03-19 14:27:20

Police fatally shoot armed man who broke into ex-wife's home

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) - A police officer fatally shot an armed man who authorities say broke into his ex-wife's Kentucky home. Georgetown Police Chief Mike Bosse tells news outlets the intruder was armed with two handguns early Tuesday and raised his arm during a confrontation with responding officer


Firefighters rescue dog from Champaign house while putting out flames in garage

CHAMPAIGN - Firefighters rescued a dog as they fought a garage fire Monday afternoon a house in a neighborhood near Centennial High School. According to Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith, firefighters were called to a home at 908 Frank Drive at 2:48 p.m. Monday after a passer-by noticed smoke coming f

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2018-03-20 01:46:00

Champaign Toys R Us closing, will remain open at least until May 14

CHAMPAIGN - Although the local Toys R Us will be closing, it plans to remain open through at least May 14, according to a posting on its door. "We have been informed that our location will indeed be liquidating," the posting said. "We have not heard anything on the date that the liquidation sales wi

NEWS-GAZETTE - 2018-03-19 21:36:00

Police looking for suspects in burglary

RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) -- Crime Stoppers is looking for your help with information on this week's Crime of the Week. Sometime between March 10 at 12:00 pm and March 12 at 7:30 pm someone broke into House of Flowers in Rantoul through a window and stole money from the register. It is not known if there


Road closed for utility work

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- A road will be closed in order for workers to connect utilities nearby. Fourth Street in Champaign will be closed between Daniel Street and Chalmers Street. The road will be closed to through traffic, but access to local properties will be maintained. The road is expected t


Urbana man gets 8 years for having gun as a felon

URBANA - An Urbana man who admitted he possessed a gun when he was not allowed to because of his felony convictions is headed to prison for eight years. In return for Jonathan Stevens' guilty plea to unlawful possession of weapon by a felon, Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark dismissed charges


17-year-old to be held until age 21 for role in Urbana break-in

URBANA - A Champaign teen who admitted his role in an Urbana home break-in has been sentenced as a juvenile to 15 years in prison. That designation on the sentence handed down by Judge Heidi Ladd means the 17-year-old cannot be held past his 21st birthday. He pleaded guilty to residential burglary i


Woman gets probation, month in jail for helping daughter hide man's gun

URBANA - A 42-year-old Urbana woman who helped her daughter hide a gun for a man suspected of participating in a crime has been sentenced to two years of probation. But Judge Roger Webber told Karen Thatch he wanted her to sit in jail for a month "to own that mental state you described." Thatch told


4-year prison term for Urbana man who fired gun

URBANA - An Urbana man who admitted he fired a gun in the direction of another man in Champaign last year has been sentenced to four years in prison. Judge Roger Webber told Raytrell McDonald, 26, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Richard Drive, that he will have to serve 85 percent of the


CNA shortage an age-old problem

They take vital signs and help sick and elderly people with the functions of daily living. And they're in huge demand. The need for certified nursing assistants is high and projected to continue growing along with the number of older adults - many of them aging alone, with nobody at home to help the


Champaign man 'tired of prison' receives 6-year term

URBANA - A Champaign man who was given a chance last summer to avoid prison for cocaine possession wasn't as lucky this time around. Martines Gill, 32, of the 400 block of Fairview Drive, was resentenced earlier this week to six years in prison for the drug conviction that stemmed from his arrest in


Rantoul man charged with sexual relationship with teen

RANTOUL - A Rantoul man who has worked as a custodian at Rantoul Township High School is due to be in court Saturday morning for the setting of bond on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said Aron R. Nash, 45, of the 1400 block of Southpointe Drive was arr


Driver of crash arrested on several charges

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police have released more information about the car that flipped over and into someone's yard Sunday. Champaign Police say they made a traffic stop at Hill and Randolph, but the driver sped away. He drove through the light where he hit a van driving south on prospect. 25-