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Jury hears defendant's statements

URBANA – Jurors being asked to decide if a Champaign teen is guilty of the murder of a Parkland College police officer heard him tell detectives that he repeatedly struck the man in the head.

But Phillip Harris maintained it was his friend, Paul McLaughlin, who repeatedly stabbed his own father during a planned attack on the elder McLaughlin.

Continuous system appears to help trials move along promptly

"Might as well take your belts off. Make sure you have everything out of your pockets. Put it in the bowls. Put the bowl on the conveyor." – Champaign County court security officer Ashlee Vercler

Jury convicts teen in death of 3-year-old

URBANA – The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was beaten to death two years ago was happy with a jury's conviction of her former boyfriend for the murder.

"He beat him bloody," said Rochelle Bolden, 24, now of Kankakee. "I didn't like that. He beat him to death."

Jurors hear grim details of boy's death

URBANA – Rochelle Bolden stepped off the witness stand Wednesday after testifying against the man accused of killing her son and lingered for a moment by the prosecutor's table, looking at her son's portrait.

The 24-year-old Kankakee woman, described as mentally retarded by her grandmother, had just finished telling the jury emphatically that she did not beat her children. But she said that Dwayne Croom, her former boyfriend, beat them and her.

Report says courtroom attacker still mentally ill

URBANA – More than nine years after he threw a Molotov cocktail at a judge in Urbana, John Ewing Jr. remains mentally ill, according to a report to local federal court.

Ewing, now 46, is confined and being treated at the federal mental health treatment unit for federal prisoners in Springfield, Mo.

UI police give warnings to get people to think about safety

University of Illinois police have been handing out warnings to pedestrians and motorists who violate laws that might affect safety.

Lt. "Skip" Frost said the "welcome back" notices are a reminder to everyone to be more safe.

Drug charges dismissed in restaurateur's case

URBANA – Drug charges lodged against an Urbana businessman earlier this year were dismissed Tuesday by a Champaign County prosecutor.

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson dismissed a possession of controlled substance charge against Michael Timpone, 49, of Sidney, after Judge Heidi Ladd ruled on Aug. 25 that cocaine found on Timpone could not be used as evidence against him because it was the result of an improper search by police.

Late October earliest opening possible after Urbana pool fire

URBANA – It will be the end of October – at the earliest – before anybody swims at the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center.

The facility has been closed since a fire on July 24. Of the new timeline, park district marketing manager Dana Mancuso added, "it could be longer than that."

Man sentenced to 50 months in prison for Marmion shooting

URBANA – It's been only 15 weeks since Shawn and Karen Marmion had to hear every parent's worst nightmare – that the oldest of their five children had been killed.

On Thursday, the Champaign couple, flanked by their four surviving children and some 40 friends and family members, bravely held it together as they told their son's killer and the judge hearing his case what impact his actions have had on their lives.

Officers will be out in force over Labor Day weekend

State police and other agencies will be out in force to crack down on drunken driving over the Labor Day weekend.

"Labor Day has become one of the deadliest holidays nationwide for alcohol-related fatalities," said John Pastuovic, spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Great Lakes regional office in Chicago.