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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.


Urbana man receives 40-year prison sentence

URBANA – An Urbana man who, with another man, robbed adult entertainment stores in Urbana and Champaign last summer while armed with baseball bats was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd made a specific finding that at least one of the two victims who was clubbed in the Aug. 29 armed robbery of the I-Block Arcade, 213 S. Neil St., C, was seriously injured and over 60. That means that Tori Starks, 23, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Grove Street, will have to serve at least 34 years of his sentence.


Man who pointed gun at trespassers receives probation

URBANA – The owner of a Champaign bait shop will end up with a record of a criminal conviction for pointing a gun in the direction of people who had encroached on his property almost two years ago.

Charles Wade, 54, who listed an address in the 2700 block of West William Street, Champaign, pleaded guilty in January to two counts of misdemeanor aggravated assault alleging that on Oct. 23, 2004, he pointed a loaded .380-caliber handgun in the direction of an 18-year-old Champaign woman and a 24-year-old Champaign man.


Gibson City man indicted second time

PAXTON – A Gibson City man who had been freed last month was back in the Ford County Jail after being arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him with the murder of his wife.

Robert T. Osborne, 29, was indicted Friday by a Ford County grand jury for first-degree murder, accusing him of the Oct. 30, 2005, death of his wife, Danyelle Osborne, according to Ford County State's Attorney Tony Lee.