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Officer to face third charge in Taser incident

URBANA – Prosecutors filed a new charge Friday against a Champaign County corrections officer accused of using a Taser improperly on a jail inmate.

Judge Thomas Difanis arraigned Sgt. William Alan Myers, 37, of Pesotum on a new Class 4 felony charge of disorderly conduct.

Screening process review suggested after jail death

URBANA – A coroner's jury recommended a "thorough review of the screening process" at the Champaign County jail facilities in the wake of the death of a 36-year-old Champaign man.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Quentin Larry, 36, of 1511 Hedge Road was pronounced dead at 6:10 a.m. May 28 at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Police investigating death as a suicide

RANTOUL – Authorities have identified a man who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train struck on the north side of Rantoul on Thursday morning.

According to a report from the Rantoul Police Department, a train hit a pedestrian at 6:37 a.m. just north of the Knights of Columbus Hall on the 1000 block of North Ohio Street in Rantoul.

New resource officers ready to offer hand to educators

CHAMPAIGN – By the time students arrived at Centennial High School on Wednesday, got their schedules and started class, Champaign police Officer Ed Wachala had been at the school for more than two hours.

On the first day of class, Wachala, Centennial's school resource officer, made sure residents moved their cars from no-parking zones near the school and walked the neighborhood with Centennial Principal Judy Wiegand, reminding students they should be on campus.

Danville's public safety director using seized Mercedes

DANVILLE – The Danville Police Department will continue using the 2003 Mercedes sedan that joined its fleet earlier this year despite recent media attention the luxury car has attracted.

Deputy Director Bob Richard said the department seized the car in "accordance with state law." Mayor Scott Eisenhauer won't release details of how the $66,000 car was obtained, citing confidentiality, and could not say which model the car is.

Amtrak train hits, kills pedestrian

RANTOUL – An Amtrak train struck and killed a pedestrian on the north side of Rantoul this morning.

According to a report from the Rantoul Police Department, a train hit a pedestrian at 6:37 a.m. just north of the Knights of Columbus Hall on the 1000 block of North Ohio Street in Rantoul.

Activist says black traffic stops in Urbana are extreme

URBANA – A community activist argued Monday night that Urbana's traffic stop report for 2005 shows that blacks are nearly three times as likely to be stopped by police than the black driving population would indicate.

Randall Cotton, 508 E. Clark St., C, said the city's report shows that blacks are far more likely to be pulled over than whites, or than other minorities.

Minority traffic stops decline in Urbana

URBANA – Urbana's traffic stop report for 2005 shows that minorities were stopped at a slightly lower rate than the year before but at a higher rate than the statewide average.

The traffic stop report is required by state law and is submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation. This is the second year the report has been compiled.

Urbana firefighters plan to conduct hydrant checks

URBANA – At the urging of Mayor Laurel Prussing, the city's fire department plans to start twice-a-year inspections of fire hydrants.

The inspections of up to 300 hydrants per year are being ordered due to concern that Illinois American Water Co., which is supposed to maintain the hydrants annually, might be skimping on maintenance, said Urbana Fire Chief Rex Mundt.

Police investigate suspicious purchase of cell phones

TOLONO – Local and state police are investigating a suspicious purchase of cell phones late in July at the Dollar General in Tolono. Last week, two Michigan men were arrested in Ohio on terrorism charges after being found with 12 cell phones, $11,000 in cash and airline passenger lists.

The Tolono incident, according to a police report, occurred July 29 when the store manager called police after finding nine Wal-Mart bags and a Dollar General bag in the store's Dumpster. Each bag contained four or five TracFone packages. The phones had been cut out of the packages, with the chargers and information booklets left behind.