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Female student accused of setting Centennial fire

CHAMPAIGN – A 16-year-old female student at Centennial High School was arrested Thursday for setting a fire that caused the school to be evacuated last week.

Champaign police spokeswoman Joan Walls said detectives arrested the girl about 1 p.m. Thursday on a juvenile charge of aggravated arson and that she was taken to the Champaign County Youth Detention Center.

Philo bank robbery investigated

PHILO – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are continuing to investigate a bank robbery in Philo.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said this morning his office and the FBI were jointly investigating the robbery Thursday at the Philo Exchange Bank branch facility at 401 N. Lincoln.

Bill would change domestic-violence bail rules

DANVILLE – Kenneth and Kathy Divan were prepared to take their grandchildren and leave the state when they heard that their son-in-law, who was accused of murdering their daughter, could get out of jail.

"We were concerned about him getting out," said Kathy Divan, whose son-in-law, Kenneth Gray, 34, of Newtown, faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of their daughter, Kimberly Gray, 34. "We were concerned for our grandchildren and our own safety."

Officials warn of phishing scams

Two women at the University of Illinois fell prey to someone "phishing" for financial information.

Authorities warn citizens not to give out any personal information, including Social Security numbers, bank account or credit union account information or credit card numbers to anyone online.

Uni High assistant track coach accused of molesting students

URBANA – An assistant track coach at University High School is accused of molesting two girls since last fall.

Yuri Ermakov, 23, who listed an address in the 1000 block of East Colorado Avenue, Urbana, was arraigned Monday on two separate counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Dialogues with Champaign police spur changes

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are responding to some of the suggestions they heard from Champaign residents during 14 citizen and police dialogues held last fall.

Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney said the dialogues, which were scheduled last summer after the release of a state traffic stop report, proved valuable to the department.

County courts hoping help is on the way

URBANA – A week wouldn't be complete if Presiding Judge Tom Difanis didn't get a letter from a criminal defendant complaining about his public defender.

The theme is usually the same: the attorney hasn't spent enough time with the client.

Woman, three youths escape fire

CHAMPAIGN – A woman, two teen-age daughters and a younger child escaped a house fire in Champaign on Tuesday.

Champaign fire spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said the fire was caused by a smoked cigarette that had been left on the floor of a small back porch just off the kitchen at 511 E. Washington St.

Centennial High School fire 'intentionally set'

CHAMPAIGN – Authorities continue to investigate who set a fire that caused toxic smoke and an evacuation at Champaign Centennial High School.

The school reopened for classes today after dismissing early Monday afternoon.

Police arrest suspect in recent attacks in Orchard Downs

URBANA – University of Illinois police on Thursday arrested a Champaign man near where two women reported attacks this week.

UI police arrested Jermain D. Dixon, 22, of the 1100 block of North Hickory Street, Champaign, shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday in the 1900 block of South Orchard Street in Urbana.