Tim Ditman

Tim Ditman

Urbana man gets 10 years for shooting man during drug deal

URBANA — A 64-year-old Urbana man with a murder conviction is headed back to prison for 10 years after admitting to shooting a man during a drug deal.

Roy Bryant pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated battery with a firearm. Ladd allowed state prison officials to evaluate Bryant to see if he needs mental-health treatment.

No school Monday at Mahomet's Lincoln Trail after pipe bursts

Mahomet-Seymour custodians spent the weekend in clean-up mode after a broken pipe led to flooding at Lincoln Trail Elementary School.

Superintendent Lindsey Hall said around 80% of classrooms and the library are impacted.

UPDATED: Governor says he'll attend Trump rally in Murphysboro

New 11:43 a.m. Saturday:

A Rauner campaign spokesman confirmed the governor will be in Murphysboro on Saturday.

"The governor will be at the Trump event," said Will Allison.

Minutes after the confirmation, JB Pritzker campaign spokesman Jason Rubin released a statement calling the governor's choice "the height of political desperation."


State lottery for solar farm incentives set for January

As solar farm applications continue to work their way through Champaign County government, state officials are reminding the public that approval there doesn't mean the panels are a certainty.

Champaign County sheriff warns of email eviction scam

URBANA — The latest scam to hit Champaign County comes in the form of an e-mail purporting to be from the sheriff's office warning that you'll be evicted unless you pay.

Sheriff Dan Walsh said the email comes from the address "clerk[at]localsheriffsoffice.com" and includes a link titled "download eviction notice."

UPDATE: No one hurt after house fire in north Urbana

UPDATE, 4:44 p.m. Monday:

URBANA — No one was hurt Monday after flames spread through a one-story rental home in north Urbana.

Urbana firefighters responded to the fire at 3107 N. Lincoln Ave. shortly after 1 p.m.

Suspect in gang-related activity arrested near Aurora

PLANO — Another of the six men wanted by local law enforcement for gang-related violence is in custody.

Champaign police said U.S. Marshals on Monday arrested Shamario Brown, 20, of Urbana in Plano, southwest of Aurora. Brown was wanted on a warrant charging him with a parole violation.

UPDATE: No arrests yet in alleged sex assault of UI student by Uber driver

UPDATE, 6:05 p.m. Friday:

URBANA — The alleged assault of a University of Illinois student by a driver for a ride-hailing service Wednesday remains under active investigation by UI police, but no arrests have been made.

Champaign County Board approves two rural solar farms

URBANA — The Champaign County Board gave final approval Thursday night for the county's first two rural solar farms.

UPDATE: Police identify six offenders suspected in gang violence

On the heels of a community meeting to discuss an uptick in gang violence, Champaign County law enforcement released a list of six offenders.

Police say the men have arrest warrants and are associated with gangs. They are: