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Family mourns loss of animals killed in barn blaze

SEYMOUR – Harold Myerscough cried as he surveyed the remains of the family's livestock barn on Wednesday morning.

"If we had saved the cattle and the horses, it wouldn't feel so bad," said Myerscough, 63.

Urbana attorney disciplined

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court this week ordered a suspension of five - months and 25 days for Urbana attorney Robert Isham Auler and said he must return a total of $4,677.64 to three clients.

The court order issued on Monday endorsed the recommendation of an Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board, despite an attempt by the commission's administrator to obtain a stiffer punishment for Auler.

Slain woman recalled as good friend, mother

DANVILLE – In their 23-year friendship, Lisa Bryant cannot remember a time when Kimberly Gray was not there for her.

"She was my rock," recalled Bryant of Danville. "She was always the person I could turn to. She would do anything for me, for her kids, for anyone. That's just the type of person she was."

Ex-Urbana mayor wins state award

URBANA – A mayor who changed Urbana has won a statewide award from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Hiram Paley, a University of Illinois mathematics professor who was elected Urbana's second Democratic mayor in 1973, will be awarded the Roger Baldwin Award Oct. 1.

General assistance cases jump

CHAMPAIGN – A five-fold increase in the number of poor people receiving general assistance is prompting the City of Champaign Township supervisor to ask for $228,000 in budget amendments.

City of Champaign Township Supervisor Linda Abernathy warns that she expects the township to plow through most of its general assistance reserve funds by the end of the fiscal year, next June 30.

15-year-old accused in fire detained

URBANA – A judge ordered Wednesday that a teen-ager accused of setting fires at Urbana Middle School be detained pending juvenile court proceedings.

Judge Harry Clem ruled that there was probable cause for a juvenile charge of aggravated arson and ordered that a 15-year-old Urbana male be held at the Champaign County Youth Detention Center.

State panel urges two-year suspension

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission hearing board has recommended a two-year suspension for Monticello attorney Leonard Keith Hays Jr., who admitted committing forgery and perjury in his own divorce proceedings.

Hays, who represented himself, told the commission's hearing board: "I can't completely understand what caused me to do what I did" and "I cannot provide any definitive reason that is acceptable to me," the hearing board report stated.

Drug court getting $199,830 federal grant

URBANA – Champaign County's drug court program has received a major boost, in the form of a federal grant of nearly $200,000, aimed at keeping more convicted criminals drug-free and crime-free.

The $199,830 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice was to be announced this morning by U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, at the Prairie Center Health Systems offices in Urbana. Prairie Center provides the treatment for drug court clients.

Partner at Urbana firm gets associate judgeship

URBANA – Champaign County's new associate judge has a background in defending employment and discrimination cases for private and public sector clients, civil rights and municipal liability cases.

Richard "Rich" Klaus, 41, of Champaign, was selected from a field of 13 applicants. A partner in the Urbana firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, located across the street from the courthouse, Klaus will sit in traffic court beginning Oct. 3.

Keen K-9 help for arson investigations

DANVILLE – In about 10 seconds, the newest member of the Danville Fire Department was able to locate a few drops of kerosene in an open field next to fire station No. 3.

From Holland, she will be assisting the fire officials in determining arsons by tracking down as many as 16 different accelerants used to start fires. She also might fall asleep on the floor and drink from the toilet.