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Four in crew of six convicted of armed robbery conspiracy

URBANA – A spree of vicious armed robberies involving at least eight men who stole more than $400,000 resulted in convictions on federal charges Friday for four of the crew.

After 13 hours of deliberations and a total of 10 days of trial in U.S. District Court in Urbana, the jury of six men and six women found Brad O. Williams, Clinton Williams, Seville Williams and Rory Tucker, all of Kankakee, guilty of a total of 23 counts as charged, including armed robbery conspiracy, armed robbery and use of a gun in a violent crime.

St. Joseph teen cited for DUI

URBANA – A St. Joseph teenager was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol early Saturday, less than 12 hours after she pleaded guilty in traffic court to speeding and not having a valid license.

Kelsey Hall, 17, is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 1 to be arraigned on charges of driving under the influence and improper lane usage.

Officials investigate motorcycle accident

DANVILLE – Vermilion County authorities are still investigating a motorcycle-vehicle accident that killed a 21-year-old South Danville man on Wednesday night.

Brandon Nixon was pronounced dead shortly after 9:30 p.m. at the scene of the crash near the intersection of Arlington and Alpha drives in Hegeler, Coroner Peggy Johnson said.

Ex-area woman feared dead

HEBER CITY, Utah – Authorities in north central Utah were searching for a former White Heath woman and her husband, missing in a reservoir since midday Wednesday, when their fishing boat capsized. Two other men with them swam to safety.

"They're calling it a retrieval, not a rescue," Andrew Springer of White Heath said Thursday morning of the massive effort in Wasatch County, Utah, to locate his daughter, Cathryn Springer Roundy, 23, and her husband, Steven Roundy, 29.

9-year-old admits to headstone vandalism

PESOTUM – Champaign County sheriff's deputies have learned that a 9-year-old Pesotum boy is responsible for vandalizing headstones at a Pesotum cemetery twice in three days.

On Wednesday afternoon, 38 headstones in the St. Mary's Cemetery at 1245 County Road 200 N were overturned, about 24 hours after workers had replaced them from a similar vandalism that occurred Sunday night or Monday morning.

Woman convicted of having sex with teen

URBANA – A Champaign County jury Tuesday found a Homer woman guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for having sex with a teenage boy.

Kristen Buffington, 20, faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison when she is sentenced by Judge Jeff Ford on Jan. 5. The mother of a 4-year-old child, Buffington will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

More than 20 headstones damaged at Pesotum plot

PESOTUM – Vandals tipped over and broke more than 20 headstones at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Pesotum over the weekend, said Dick Baxley, cemetery trustee.

Damage was estimated at $4,000, according to a Champaign County Sheriff's report. The vandalism occurred between 4 p.m. Sunday and 11 a.m. Monday, the report said.

Gibson City man accused in Dewey bank robbery

URBANA – A Gibson City man faces federal bank robbery charges in connection with a crime in northern Champaign County.

A federal grand jury indicted Matthew W. Borden, 30, for armed bank robbery of the Dewey State Bank, 204 Second St., that occurred Oct. 7. He faces a sentence of 20 years in prison, if he is convicted.

Fire at Piper City fertilizer plant forces evacuations

PIPER CITY – Piper City firefighters are hoping to do better on their next pancake and sausage breakfast fundraiser. Sunday's was interrupted by a major fire at a fertilizer plant east of town that destroyed a shed filled with equipment and chemicals.

"We got the call about 5 a.m.," said Assistant Piper City Fire Chief Don Hitchens, adding that several firefighters were already at the firehouse preparing for the 6 a.m. breakfast, so they were out the door quickly.

Landlord guilty of negligence

URBANA – It's been almost four years since Otha Lee Harmon died of carbon monoxide poisoning on a freezing night because of a faulty furnace in a north Champaign rental home.

On Friday, a Champaign County judge held his landlord, a prominent Champaign businessman, criminally responsible for neglecting that furnace in the basement of 613 E. Grove St.