Across the Corn Belt, cool, favorably dry weather prevails, following an extended period of abundant to locally excessive rainfall. Meanwhile, localized lowland flooding lingers in the western and central Corn Belt.
URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted his role in stealing cigarettes from a local store was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.
Chico Staple, 36, whose last known address was in the 500 block of North Fifth Street, pleaded guilty to burglary, admitting that on Jan. 11, he went in the Meijer Store, 2500 S. Philo Road, U, intending to steal cigarettes.
URBANA – Bond has been set at $15,000 for a Chicago man charged with transporting cigarettes that did not have state tax stamps on them.
Lois L. Smith, 52, who listed an address in Chicago, pleaded innocent on Tuesday to felony transportation of unstamped cigarettes and driving a motor vehicle with a revoked license.
In crimes reported to area police:
DANVILLE – A former Danville city employee, who worked more than 27 years for the motor vehicle parking system, has filed a complaint in Vermilion County Circuit Court alleging human rights violations and gender discrimination against the city for not hiring her in 2009 for a new position.
GEORGETOWN – Project Success will be able to run a scaled-back Teen REACH program for Georgetown-Ridge Farm middle and high school students this summer thanks to local donations.
CHAMPAIGN – A new dental clinic to serve low-income Champaign County adults and children could open by late next spring.
Lyn Jones, CEO of United Way of Champaign County, says a community group planning the clinic has raised about $300,000 to help pay for it, and a tentative location in Champaign has been identified.
CHAMPAIGN – Somebody forgot to tell United Way donors about the economic recession.
Despite market uncertainties, flagging consumer confidence and a jobless rate around 8 percent, Champaign County coughed up a record amount for the United Way of Champaign County's annual fund drive.
In Wednesday's News-Gazette, Julie Wurth reports that somebody forgot to tell United Way donors about the economic recession. Despite market uncertainties, flagging consumer confidence and a jobless rate around 8 percent, Champaign County coughed up a record amount for the United Way of Champaign County’s annual fund drive.
Gay men and lesbian women are more likely to smoke than heterosexuals, and bisexuals smoke more than everybody, according to a report released this afternoon by the American Lung Association.
The report, the lung association’s latest look at health disparities, found: