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Teen admits role in death of officer

URBANA – C.J. Tucker nodded and occasionally said that he understood what he was doing Thursday morning as he admitted his role in the brutal killing of a Parkland College police officer last summer.

Tucker, 16, is the youngest of the trio accused of the bludgeoning and stabbing death of Peter McLaughlin, 45, at his Urbana home on Aug. 4, 2005,

Man receives 20 years for robbery, clubbings

URBANA – A Champaign man who participated in robbing and clubbing two men at a Champaign business last summer was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

Because both the victims sustained great bodily harm, Quentin S. Robinson will have to serve at least 17 years of his sentence. He was given credit for 273 days already served.

Man receives 40-year term for murder

URBANA – A Champaign man who fatally stabbed another man apologized to the victim's family and his own moments before being handed a 40-year prison sentence.

"Drugs have taken over my life. It's hard knowing I've taken someone's life," said Steven Evans Jr., 30, as his mother quietly cried.

Danville officer kills man during foot chase

DANVILLE – A veteran Danville police officer has been placed on paid leave after fatally shooting a Danville man during a foot chase at the Fair Oaks housing complex early Tuesday morning.

Aaron Moss, 27, of Danville, was pronounced dead at 12:47 a.m. Tuesday at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, according to the Vermilion County coroner's office.

Autopsy results show inmate had heart attack

URBANA – Preliminary autopsy results show a Champaign County Jail inmate who died over the weekend suffered a heart attack.

An autopsy done in Bloomington on Tuesday indicates Quentin Larry, 36, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Hedge Road, C, had a cardiac infarction or deadening of part of the heart, Coroner Duane Northrup said this morning.

Champaign County jail population shrinks

URBANA – Champaign County has come a long way from the day in February 1981 when then-Sheriff Joe Brown set up cots on the third floor of the courthouse to make his point that he needed more space for prisoners.

For a change, the jail is undercrowded.

'It's satisfying knowing my work makes a difference'

Kimberly Harden is a police social worker who provides support and help for victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Rantoul. The future of her job is in doubt because of government budget cuts. Here's a look at her typical day and how she helps people in this northern Champaign County village:

Scam artists take aim at job hunters

Job seekers should beware of a new scam linked to a popular Web site, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Madigan's office received two complaints, and reports from other states, indicating scam artists contacted job hunters through regarding a "donations handler" position with an international housing charity, according to a release from Madigan's office.

Complaint filed against attorney from Urbana

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has filed a complaint against Urbana attorney Charles E. Petit, alleging that he made numerous misrepresentations to a client and billed her nearly $11,000 for work he did not perform.

The client was the widow of John Steinbeck IV, whose father, John, wrote the classics "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men," among others.

Report shows Danville parking garage stairwell had past problems

DANVILLE – The Danville parking garage stairwell where 17-year-old Charles Christopher Gaston died after concrete stairs collapsed had problems in the past, according to a report released by the city on Monday.

Mr. Gaston's body was found on April 5 in the four-level city parking garage at 22 N. Walnut St. Mr. Gaston died of severe head injuries, said Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.