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Champaign man charged with having cocaine

URBANA – A Champaign man only recently released from prison is due back in court next month on charges that he possessed cocaine intended for sale.

Jeremy Dyson, 25, who listed an address in the 1800 block of McDonald Drive, was charged Thursday with unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Ex-sheriff's deputy reaches plea deal

URBANA – A former Champaign County sheriff's deputy was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge and public service after pleading guilty to misusing records intended for law enforcement.

Ryan Garrett, 31, of rural Tolono, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to the misdemeanor offense of violation of the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act.

Parents set driver safety talk

URBANA – The parents of a bicyclist killed by a distracted driver are inviting folks to a public meeting Sunday about the topic.

Chuck and Gloria Wilhelm of Bourbonnais, formerly of Champaign, are trying to gather supporters to come up with ideas on what should be done about the use of cell phones and other distractions while driving.

UI police search for missing worker

URBANA – University of Illinois police were looking this morning for a woman who disappeared after work Tuesday evening.

Lt. Roy Acree said Nelda F. Brown, 71, of the 1500 block of Maplecrest Drive, Champaign, was reported missing. She was last seen at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Gregory Food Service drive at 101 E. Gregory Drive, C, he said.

2nd man pleads guilty to bank robbery

URBANA – A second Kankakee man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to robbing a Rantoul credit union.

Bobby L. Riley, 19, pleaded guilty in a hearing presided by U.S. Magistrate Judge David Bernthal, who will forward a report on the negotiated guilty plea and recommendation for acceptance.

Police seek help solving computer thefts

Police are repeating warnings to protect laptop computers and asking for help in solving some residential burglaries.

Champaign police crime analyst Gary Spear said there again has been a rash of computer thefts, mostly involving laptops, but also desktop computers in a few cases.

Female firefighters gather for training, networking opportunities

CHAMPAIGN – A team of firefighters placed and mounted a ladder and, later, extinguished flames in training drills Sunday in Champaign.

When they pulled off their helmets and face pieces, the characteristic they shared became clear – they were all female.

Man faces murder charges for trying to smother wife

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man is accused of trying to smother his wife in the shower.

John C. Day, 47, of 1580 Eater Drive, Rantoul, was arraigned Friday on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. Charges of domestic battery and making a false police report filed Thursday were dismissed.

Gray found guilty of murdering wife

PEORIA – Kimberly Gray's family can finally do what it has not been able to since the 34-year-old Newtown woman was shot to death by her husband at the couple's home 13 months ago, her sister said Friday.

"We can finally mourn Kim like we should," an emotional Kendra Terry said, after Kenneth Gray, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2005, death of Terry's younger sister.

Gray details 'flashback' of events while in jail

PEORIA – Kenneth Gray testified on Thursday that his wife, Kimberly Gray, came at him with a knife before he shot her to death.

He also testified that he did not recall that detail, which lead up to the Sept. 25, 2005, murder in the Newtown couple's house, until he had a "flashback" in jail more than a month later.