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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.

Judge critical of Unit 4 in consent decree hearing

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school district officials will spend the next several months revamping a report on how they'll meet the goals of the district's consent decree.

U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade told administrators at a hearing Thursday he was not satisfied with the report they submitted last month, that it was "largely unresponsive" to his order and didn't address how they would speed up their progress. He said the plan was not an easily understandable road map and wasn't specific enough as to how the district could accomplish its goals.

Counselors to be at Unity following car accident

TOLONO – Unity High School students will have the benefit of counselors when they return to school Monday to help them deal with the tragic death of a 16-year-old classmate killed in a car accident Thursday afternoon.

Three other Unity students also injured in the accident remained at Carle Foundation Hospital this morning.

Unity student killed, three classmates injured in crash

A 16-year-old Unity High School student was killed and three classmates critically injured in a two-vehicle collision at 12:35 p.m. Thursday south of Philo. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for injuries and released.

Charges dropped in case related to stolen swans

URBANA – A Champaign County prosecutor Tuesday dismissed charges against a Dewey man implicated in the theft of two swans from a Danville cemetery last year.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said having had no direction from Vermilion County State's Attorney Frank Young on how to proceed with the case against Joel D. Rasche, 42, of Dewey, he chose to dismiss the case.

Witness: Gray made threats

PEORIA – Kimberly Gray's grandmother testified Wednesday that two days before her granddaughter's murder, Kenneth Gray told her he suspected his wife was having an affair.

"He said, 'I think she has a boyfriend,'" an emotional Dorothy Divan told Vermilion County State's Attorney Frank Young. "He said, 'If I catch them together, I will kill them both.'"