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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.

Man with DUI record gets probation

URBANA – A Tolono man who began getting help for his drinking immediately after his fifth arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol was sentenced Monday to 30 months of probation.

Lawrence Bouser, 48, will be monitored by Champaign County's rigorous drug court program.

Sergeant's death ruled accidental

URBANA – An Illinois State Police investigator who died in May was talking on a cell phone and ran a stop sign at the time of a car crash.

Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Fabian said Rodney T. Miller, 40, of Decatur died at 5:30 p.m. May 12 at the scene of a crash one mile south of Bondville. He died from multiple traumatic injuries, Fabian said.

Jury foreman allegedly re-enacted testimony

URBANA – A juror involved in the mistrial of a Champaign dentist accused of criminal sexual assault said she could not in good conscience allow a fellow juror's re-enactment of one of the alleged sex acts sway other jurors.

Mary Burke of Champaign, a legal assistant to Urbana attorney Tom Bruno for 18 years, told The News-Gazette on Friday that she was the juror in Scot Brewer's criminal sexual assault case who sent a note to Judge Heidi Ladd first thing Friday morning telling her what the jury foreman had said in the jury room.

Van driver found guilty of murder

TUSCOLA – Douglas County Judge Frank Lincoln said that when defendant Levi Gast crashed his vehicle head-on into an oncoming vehicle, Gast expected to die in the crash, so he had to have known the other driver would likely be killed too.

Friday afternoon, Lincoln found Gast guilty of first-degree murder, and scheduled Gast's sentence hearing for Aug. 22. Gast could serve 20 to 60 years, with no possibility of parole.