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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.
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.
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.'"
CHAMPAIGN – Visitors to Edison Middle School will now be greeted at the door and asked for identification, in the wake of a report of an intruder in the building Wednesday.
Shortly after noon Wednesday, a student reported seeing a man in the building, near a restroom, and became concerned, said Principal Joe Williams. No intruder was found.
A recent string of robberies in the area around the University of Illinois campus follows patterns of past years, according to police.
"This is a crime of opportunity," said Assistant UI Police Chief Jeff Christensen. "Walking in well-lit areas, taking well-populated routes, being alert and using mass transit or Safe Rides take away that opportunity."
PEORIA – Kenneth Gray's attorney has claimed that Kimberly Gray, armed with a knife, chased her husband shortly before he shot her to death and that one of Mrs. Gray's aunts discovered a knife by the couple's washer and dryer days later.
But on Tuesday, two police investigators and Mrs. Gray's aunt testified that they searched around the appliances the evening of and morning after the murder but saw no knife.
PEORIA – Jury selection was scheduled to begin today in Peoria in Kenneth Gray's first-degree murder trial.
"We're ready to try the case," Vermilion County State's Attorney Frank Young said late last week.
PAXTON – Following 90 minutes of deliberation, a jury of eight men and four women on Friday found a former Ford County sheriff's deputy and sheriff candidate guilty of child abduction.
Michael Hari, 35, dressed in black and sporting a full beard, stared straight ahead at the jury as his verdict was read.
PAXTON – Michele Frakes said she was worried when her ex-husband failed to send their two daughters to Paxton-Buckley-Loda for school.
But she became terrified when she realized her ex-husband, Michael Hari, had disappeared with their two daughters.
SAVOY – Workers for the Department of Children and Family Services office in Savoy had to report to the department's Champaign office this morning, after fire heavily damaged the roof of the Savoy office.
Department spokesman Kendall Marlowe said all records remain secure in the building and have not been damaged.