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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.

Law immediately repeals statute of limitations

SPRINGFIELD – Drivers from unsolved hit-and-run cases can still be prosecuted years after the accident occurred under legislation Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed on Wednesday.

The measure immediately repealed the three-year statute of limitations for prosecution of hit-and-run cases and the 18-month statute of limitations for failing to give information or aid following a car crash that results in death, personal injury or vehicle damage.

Three new police officers to be hired in Rantoul

RANTOUL – New Rantoul Police Chief Paul Farber says he hopes to hire three new police officers by the first week of December.

The Rantoul Village Board voted 5-1 Tuesday to approve a compromise from Mayor Neal Williams to grant an exception to the village's hiring freeze to allow the addition of three police officers.

Five female students arrested after fight

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign school administrators are taking a tough stance with students involved in a fight Friday morning at Central High School that resulted in five arrests and teachers being slugged.

"The superintendent has stated zero tolerance for this behavior. We had four teachers who were hit or shoved. We're not going to tolerate this for our staff," said Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd.

Separate juvenile justice system planned

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Rod Blagojevich intends to sign legislation establishing a separate corrections agency for juveniles, which would open in July.

The House approved the measure on Thursday, and the Senate followed suit Friday, sending it on to the governor's desk.