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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.

Two area lawyers disciplined

SPRINGFIELD – Danville attorney Richard F. Kurth must give up his law license for three years beginning April 11, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

The suspension, ordered last week, was the result of a "discipline on consent petition," which is similar to a plea agreement. Kurth agreed to the three-year suspension in late November, but it did not become official until the Supreme Court acted.

Suspects sought in Champaign shootings

CHAMPAIGN – Police are looking for suspects in two separate shootings in Champaign over the weekend.

A 16-year-old Wooster, Ohio, girl received minor injuries in a shooting Saturday that shattered the window of a vehicle. Four other people were in the car.

An 'asset' to the force

RANTOUL – When Dustin Morgan was growing up, he constantly asked his father, 30-year Moultrie County sheriff's Deputy Harold Morgan, questions about law enforcement and catching criminals.

"My advice for my son was to choose any career other than law enforcement; it's too dangerous," said the elder Morgan. "Fortunately, he didn't follow my advice."

Champaign man faces drug, robbery charges

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is accused in separate cases of having drugs for sale and robbing a man at gunpoint.

Justin Battle, 24, who listed an address in the 500 block of East Clark Street, was arraigned and pleaded innocent Monday to charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and armed robbery.