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Reckless homicide charges dropped

URBANA – Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz Wednesday dismissed reckless homicide charges against one of two men who struck a pedestrian on campus in 2004, leading to her death.

In doing so, Rietz said she could not find that Ioannis Tziligakis, 31, now of New York, had acted with a "willful and wanton disregard" for the safety of Nadia Chowdhury.

Mayor makes in-house pick for Urbana police chief

URBANA – Urbana's long blue line got its choice for police chief.

With a large, supportive contingent of fellow officers looking on, 21-year Urbana police veteran Mike Bily was named Tuesday morning by Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing as her choice for police chief.

Schools will get resource officers

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school Superintendent Arthur Culver says he usually isn't given to public displays of emotion.

But he was shouting Tuesday night as he spoke to the Champaign City Council about the need for a school resource officer program in Champaign middle and high schools.

Board OKs resource officers for next year

CHAMPAIGN – After two hours of public comment from a standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 people Monday night, the Champaign school board approved putting full-time police officers in its middle and high schools.

The school resource officer program will begin next fall, pending approval from the Champaign City Council at its meeting tonight.

Community gets a say in traffic enforcement

CHAMPAIGN – Beginning today, Champaign police officers will be trying some new ways to make traffic safer.

Champaign police Deputy Chief John Murphy said the new traffic program is intended to be more responsive to citizen concerns while creating a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians.

Man's trial gets under way this week

DANVILLE – The man whom the state has characterized as "the muscle" and the alleged shooter in a Danville woman's death stands trial for murder this week in Vermilion County Circuit Court.

The trial is scheduled to begin today with selection of a jury.

Man charged with home invasion

URBANA – A Champaign man is accused of shooting another man during an attempted robbery at a Champaign motel.

Darron Crowley, 33, who listed an address in the 400 block of West Vine Street, C, was arraigned and pleaded innocent on Thursday to a Class X felony charge of home invasion.

Urbana man dies from crash injuries

URBANA – An Urbana man died Wednesday from injuries in a single-car crash in the Campustown area over the weekend.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Leon D. Johnson, 18, of the 0-100 block of Michelle Lane, U, was pronounced dead at 12:04 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital. He died from a brain injury stemming from a car crash early Saturday, the coroner said.

Two years later, family still lives with grief

It finally hit him on the car ride home to Naperville from Midway Airport. There was no point in going to the hospital.

Shamsul Chowdhury, a professor of information systems, had to abruptly leave a three-day academic conference that he and some of his students were attending in Las Vegas.

Brazen, bold thieves took advantage of area hospitals, other businesses

URBANA – Two Decatur men are accused of boldly stealing more than $200,000 worth of high-tech medical equipment from hospitals and scanning guns from retail stores and selling them on the Internet.

Troy Carlisle, 30, and Ryan Blankenship, 32, both of Decatur, face charges in both Macon and Champaign counties.