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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.

Panel to look into creation of review board

URBANA – A 10-member task force has been appointed to look into whether the city of Urbana should create a citizens police review board that would investigate citizen complaints about improper police conduct.

The Urbana City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to approve Mayor Laurel Prussing's recommendation to create the task force. The panel has been given a January deadline to report back with a recommendation and possible alternatives for how such a body would work.