Tim Ditman

Tim Ditman

UPDATE: tornado watch expires

New 5:14 p.m. Friday:

Champaign man gets 8 years for role in 2017 gas-station robbery in Savoy

URBANA — A Champaign man is headed to prison for eight years in connection with his role in a 2017 gas-station robbery in Savoy.

Kenichi Townsend, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated robbery, admitting his part in a Dec. 27, 2017, holdup at Circle K at 407 N. Dunlap Ave.

Champaign man gets 3 years for having pot for sale

URBANA — A judge has ordered one of two people arrested in a Champaign drug bust to prison for three years.

Lucas Hahn, 24, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver cannabis.

Police say Hahn had been under investigation by the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force for alleged drug dealing.

UPDATE: Tornado warning expires for Vermilion County; flood advisory remains

UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.:

DANVILLE — Southeastern Vermilion County is now under a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m.

At 4:29 p.m., the weather service reported the storm was near Ridge Farm and moving southeast at 30 miles per hour. High winds and hail continue to be a threat.

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UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.:

Tolono police chief won't face charges, plans to retire

URBANA — Tolono's police chief won't face criminal charges following an investigation into his conduct off the job, authorities say.

But Rick Raney won't return to the $58,000-a-year job he has held since 2000, Tolono Mayor Rob Murphy said Thursday.

State's attorney says dispute at party led to fatal Champaign shooting

Champaign County's top prosecutor said a dispute at a party led to a fatal shooting in Champaign this month.

Danville man gets 3 years for stealing tools from Danville Habitat Restore

URBANA — A Danville man who admitted stealing power tools from that city's Habitat for Humanity Restore last year has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Zachary Holt, 31, pleaded guilty Monday to theft. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a second theft charge.

Baby Karma's father receives 18-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Champaign County judge on Monday gave a strong rebuke to a repentant St. Joseph man convicted of leaving his infant daughter in a soybean field for more than 15 hours in 2015.

Driver involved in head-on accident with school bus ticketed

State police have issued a pair of tickets to the driver who they said caused a head-on collision with an Arcola school bus on Thursday.

Trooper Joseph Rush said 19-year-old Korbin Barrett of Mattoon was cited for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

No one hurt in fire at Danville home that displaces residents

DANVILLE — No one was injured but residents were displaced by a fire Sunday night at a home in Danville.

Danville fire Capt. Justin Watt said firefighters were called about 8:30 p.m. to a house in the 900 block of Summit Street, where they found flames that had started in the basement and spread to a first-floor bathroom.