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Store owners suing 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.

Brain-dead woman kept alive for baby

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.

Court ruling favors Rantoul fire chief

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.

Appeals court rules for ex-WCIA newscasters

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.

Man shoots himself while eluding officers

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.

Theft charge dropped against building contractor

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."

Man pleads guilty to killing father

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.

Family of student killed by bus files suit

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.

Jail officer charged with using Taser on inmate

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.

Urbana man acquitted in third murder trial

URBANA – Dondre Moore hung his head in relief. Franklin Crawford's mother cried as a judge read a jury verdict acquitting Moore of the first-degree murder of Mr. Crawford.

Moore, 26, who listed an address in the 1400 block of West Beech Street, Urbana, had been charged with fatally shooting Mr. Crawford, 22, of Urbana on the evening of April 6 as Mr. Crawford and a friend walked in the 1300 block of West Eads Street in Urbana about 10:25 p.m.