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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.