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Male students common targets of campus robberies

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."

Witnesses: No knife found at Gray crime scene

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.

Jury selection scheduled to start in man's trial

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.

Jury finds former sheriff's deputy guilty of abduction

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.

Father's child abduction trial gets under way

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 fire: DCFS files not damaged

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.

Urbana tax receipts estimate presented

URBANA – A possible reduction in the city's property tax rate would cost about $86,000, according to the city comptroller.

Comptroller Ron Eldridge spoke during a hearing Monday on the city's property tax levy that reducing the tax rate from $1.312 per $100 of assessed valuation to $1.294 – matching the tax rate proposed in the city of Champaign.

Parkland officials worried about men posing as students

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College officials say they're worried that area residents might be bilked by two young men posing as Parkland students.

"They're going door-to-door soliciting money for Parkland, saying they're trying to raise the other half of the money they need to study abroad," said Public Safety Director Von Young. "They're two white, college-age males who are well groomed, and one might be carrying a backpack," Young said. "They have nothing identifying them as Parkland students. They're not selling anything. They're just going from door to door begging.

Gibson City man arrested in weekend bank robbery

DEWEY – A Gibson City man was arrested Sunday afternoon in connection with the armed robbery of a bank Saturday in Dewey.

A man with a small handgun robbed the Dewey State Bank in Dewey Saturday and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Two years after son's death, family searches for closure

Zachary Mingee should have been opening birthday presents Saturday. He should have been asking his folks where to go to register to vote. He should have been mailing off college applications, getting ready to go to the homecoming dance.

But the Buckley youth was killed two years ago, a few weeks shy of his 16th birthday, by a drunken driver who is believed to be hiding in Mexico.