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A search for the right evidence

The body of 23-year-old Johnny Willis was found along a well-traveled road east of Rantoul on April 6, 1977. He had been shot in the back of the head at close range with a shotgun.

Nine years later, his ex-girlfriend and two other men were convicted of Willis' murder.

Shelden's Freedom of Information Act suit settled

URBANA – The Champaign County Board has settled a lawsuit with Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden, paying court costs after giving him the documents he requested.

Shelden had filed Freedom of Information Act requests for information about construction problems at the new $24 million Champaign County Nursing Home.

Scanner alerts woman about fire at her own home

URBANA – As the daughter of a Champaign firefighter, Karen York grew up listening to the police and fire scanner. As an adult, she's had one in her home and she also listens at WDWS radio, where she works.

But years of listening hadn't prepared her for hearing a dispatcher send firefighters to her own home at 8:15 a.m. Thursday to investigate smoke coming from the chimney and roof vents.

Man's death ruled as justifiable homicide

DANVILLE – A Vermilion County coroner's jury ruled the May 30 death of Aaron Moss, 27, was justifiable homicide and that he died of a gunshot wound to the back.

Mr. Moss was shot by Danville police Officer Troy Wasson during a foot chase, which took place early that morning at the Fair Oaks public housing complex at 1607 Clyman Lane.

Brothers receive prison terms for selling drugs

URBANA – Two brothers from Urbana who were selling cocaine from their apartment were each sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.

Tyrone Perkins, 28, and Tyvonn Perkins, 24, who both lived in an apartment in the 1800 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Urbana, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Counselor has license suspended for at least a year

A professional counselor from Monticello has lost her license for at least one year after becoming intimate with someone she treated, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Rhonda Allison knowingly violated patient boundaries by engaging in a sexual relationship with a client before the mandatory waiting period was up, department disciplinary documents stated.

Man convicted of attack gets new attorney

URBANA – A community activist convicted by a jury of an attack almost two years ago on a woman in her apartment will remain free for at least another eight weeks.

On Monday, Champaign County Judge Harry Clem allowed Champaign attorney Bob Kirchner to enter his appearance on behalf of Patrick Thompson, 37, who listed an address in the 1800 block of Winchester Drive. Clem then continued the case until Oct. 2 to give Kirchner time to file a post-trial motion.

Mahomet man gets 10-year sentence for burglary, attack

URBANA – A Mahomet man with a history of mental illness was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for entering an Urbana woman's home more than two years ago and attacking her as she showered.

Dale Castor, 57, had pleaded guilty but mentally ill on June 28 to residential burglary and criminal sexual abuse.

Night Out focuses on safety of family

Lorri Boastick of Urbana braved the heat and humidity Tuesday night to learn more about emergency services.

Her 4-year-old granddaughter, Kynzee, has had some bad experiences where people she loved rode away in an ambulance and didn't come back, said 45-year-old Boastick.

Urbana man gets 18 years for robbery

URBANA – One of four participants in the armed robbery of a man and woman in an Urbana home last winter was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.

Kareem Washington, 18, who listed an address in the 900 block of South Lierman Avenue, Urbana, will be able to earn day-for-day good time on the sentence imposed by Judge Tom Difanis.