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RANTOUL – The death of a 38-year-old Rantoul woman, who was killed in an accident early Monday at the Conair Corp. manufacturing plant at Rantoul, is being investigated by the Champaign County coroner and Rantoul police.
Coroner Duane Northrup said that Andrea Guajardo was pronounced dead at 10:13 a.m. Monday at the Carle Foundation Hospital emergency room in Urbana.
URBANA – The owners of the Home Run Food Mart, 1509 Washington St., have sued Urbana, seeking to overturn a city demand that the business must hire an armed, licensed security guard or face the loss of its package liquor license.
The suit was filed Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court.
Champaign native Sarah Fay is on life support in Hawaii, where her family hopes she can live long enough to birth her child.
The 1989 Champaign Central graduate was beaten into unconsciousness the day after Thanksgiving; her boyfriend has been arrested. Though doctors declared her brain-dead, her body continues to sustain a baby boy, whom she had decided to name Josiah.
RANTOUL – Richard Quick has been reinstated as Rantoul's fire chief.
Circuit Judge Michael Q. Jones ruled Monday that, while Quick's actions to have a firetruck repaired in Urbana rather than by the village's central maintenance department violated village policy, those actions did not warrant removing Quick as fire chief.
SPRINGFIELD – The Fourth District Appellate Court handed a victory to former WCIA newscasters Jerry Slabe and Marta Carreira-Slabe this week.
The ruling issued on Wednesday overturned a lower court decision on the breach-of-contract case, granted summary judgment to the former newscasters and remanded the case back to Champaign County Circuit Court for a hearing on damages.
URBANA – A Mahomet man killed himself Sunday afternoon after apparently vandalizing an estranged girlfriend's home in Urbana and eluding authorities for about two hours.
DeWitt County Sheriff Roger Massey said Nicholas Yeagle, 27, ended his life on a country road about 3 miles south and east of Farmer City about 3:15 p.m. Sunday as two of his deputies watched.
URBANA – A theft charge filed against a Champaign building contractor more than three years ago was dismissed by a special prosecutor Wednesday.
Michael Vujovich of the state's attorney's appellate prosecutor's office told Judge Tom Difanis that a successful prosecution of Steve Harrington 42, whose last known address was on Greencroft Drive in Champaign, was "untenable."
URBANA – A 20-year-old Urbana man who admitted killing his father will be going to prison for 45 years.
Paul McLaughlin pleaded guilty this morning before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to the first-degree murder of his father, Peter Beyer McLaughlin, 45, who was employed as a Parkland College police officer. He admitted stabbing him repeatedly.
URBANA – The family of a University of Illinois student who died after being struck by a bus has sued the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.
Jeffry Kroll, a partner of a Chicago-based personal injury law firm, Clifford Law Offices, filed suit in Champaign County Circuit Court on behalf of the family of Sarah Channick.
URBANA – A 13-year employee of the Champaign County Sheriff's Office has been charged with aggravated battery for inappropriately using a Taser device on an inmate.
Sgt. William Alan Myers, 36, of Pesotum, a correctional officer, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant that also charged him with obstructing justice for lying to his supervisor about the circumstances of the incident, which happened at the downtown jail about 8 p.m. Monday, Sheriff Dan Walsh said.