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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 CareerBuilder.com 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.


Husband acquitted in brutal slaying of his wife

PAXTON – Robert Osborne checked out of the Ford County jail about 6:20 p.m. Friday, some 30 minutes after a jury acquitted him of the first-degree murder of his wife of six years.

According to Cindy Lewis, mother of the 29-year-old Gibson City man, Osborne had plans to return to her home in Ohio, where she intended to send him out looking for a job first thing Monday.


Mahomet woman killed in collision with semi truck

INDIANA – A Mahomet woman was killed early Wednesday morning in a head-on collision with a semi truck on U.S. 136, according to a release from the Vermillion County, Ind., Sheriff's office.

The accident entrapped Sheryl Tooker-Nielsen, 45, in the 1992 Ford Explorer she was driving at about 5 a.m. Wednesday when, according to witness reports, her vehicle swerved over the center line and into the path of the semi. The truck was not pulling a trailer.