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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.
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.