Tim Ditman

Tim Ditman

Teen involved in Urbana High School fight pleads guilty to mob action

URBANA — Another teenager charged in a fight six weeks ago Urbana High School that forced classes to be dismissed early has admitted to mob action.

The 16-year-old pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Heidi Ladd, who set sentencing for May 21.

The teen could get probation or one to three years in juvenile prison.

UPDATE: Tornado watch canceled; high-wind warning remains

UPDATE, 2:28 p.m. Thursday:

The National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch for the area, as storms have "rapidly pushed to the northeast."

The high-wind warning remains. Willard Airport in Savoy recorded a gust of 48 miles per hour Thursday afternoon.

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UPDATE, 12:42 p.m. Thursday:

Edison, athletic-facility upgrades face Champaign school board vote

CHAMPAIGN — The price tags for a pair of Champaign School District renovation projects will go up significantly if the school board gives its blessing tonight.

The larger of the two increases would bump the budget for upgrades at Edison Middle School from $15 million to around $25 million.

Wind advisory issued for weekend in East Central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Piatt, DeWitt, Macon, Shelby and Moultrie counties. It's in effect from 6 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Sunday.

Gusts of 50 miles per hour are possible, leading to minor tree damage and hazardous driving. You should also bring your lawn and porch items inside.

Second of two wanted in Feb. 3 shooting in Champaign turns himself in

CHAMPAIGN — The second of two suspects in a Feb. 3 shooting in Champaign has turned himself in to police.

Champaign police said Khalid Purnell, 18, turned himself in Monday at the Champaign County Sheriff's Office. He was wanted on a warrant charging him with aggravated battery with a firearm. Bond was set at $500,000.

UPDATE: Motorist hurt, hogs escape after semi hits car at I-57/I-74 interchange

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — One person was injured and several hogs were left roaming the median of Interstate 57 after a semitrailer hit a car while merging and rolled over Friday morning at the Interstate 74 interchange.

UPDATE: 2 men, 2 teens arrested on drug, weapons charges in search of Champaign home

CHAMPAIGN — Four young men arrested Thursday by local police on weapons and drug charges are expected to be formally charged Friday.

UPDATE: Police say missing Champaign woman found safe

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m. Wednesday:

CHAMPAIGN — Police reported around 4 p.m. Wednesday that a woman reported as missing has been found locally and is safe.

Police spokesman Tom Yelich reiterated that Crystal Redd, 35, was not in danger. He said police are not releasing more information out of respect for her privacy.

Illini legend passes away

CHAMPAIGN — One of the standouts in Illinois men’s track and field history has died.

Willie Williams, inducted this past fall into the second-ever class of the Illinois athletics Hall of Fame, died at the age of 87.