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Sheriff's office looking into reported theft, wreck of car in St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Champaign County sheriff's deputies are asking for help finding the person who reportedly stole a car from outside a St. Joseph bar last week and later wrecked it.

Sgt. Dan Coile said the owner of a 2011 Toyota Camry called deputies to his home in the 1500 block of Nottingham in St. Joseph about midnight on March 7 to report his car had been stolen.

Man arrested for having drugs in car

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly had cannabis and cocaine in his car when stopped by police Tuesday was arrested.

Urbana official due back in court in April in DUI case

URBANA — An Urbana city official arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident last week is due back in court April 12.

Coroner: Watseka woman's death an accident

DANVILLE — A 33-year-old Watseka woman's death has been ruled an accident, Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson announced Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson said an autopsy report showed that Amanda J. Walters-Pentecost died of cold exposure and that there was no evidence of any injuries.

Prison for teen who accidentally killed his nephew

URBANA — A 15-year-old Urbana boy who accidentally killed his toddler nephew while playing with a gun has been sentenced to juvenile prison.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd said the teen, who fatally shot Mekhi Woods, 3, in the family home in the 900 block of East Pennsylvania Avenue last May 16, should be held for seven years or until his 21st birthday, whichever comes first.

17-year-old sent to prison in carjacking

URBANA — An Urbana teenager who admitted taking part in the theft of an Urbana man's car has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Dawyn Kennedy, 17, whose last known address was in the 2700 block of East Illinois Street, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession of a stolen vehicle.

Robbery of delivery man brings jail, probation

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he robbed a sandwich delivery man last fall was sentenced Monday to four years of probation.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said he had sought a prison sentence from Judge Harry Clem for Benjamin Velez-Johnson, 25, whose last known address was in the 400 block of East Elm Street.

Police in 3 counties hunting for driver

RANTOUL — Police in at least three counties spent a good part of Tuesday morning trying to stop a car believed to be driven by a Rantoul man wanted on warrants.

Rantoul police Sgt. Marcus Beach said at 9:46 a.m., a Rantoul patrol officer tried to stop a yellow Chevrolet Cavalier believed to be driven by Lawrence Lillard, 30, at Oakcrest and Clark streets on the city's north side.

Colorado judge enters not guilty plea for Holmes

DAN ELLIOTT,Associated Press


Man charged after arrest for drugs, weapon

URBANA — A man who allegedly had drugs and a loaded weapon in his home Monday was charged in Champaign County Circuit Court Tuesday with two Class X felonies.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said deputies arrested Brionte Howard, 23, after serving a search warrant in the early morning hours Monday at his home in the 1000 block of Crescent Drive in Champaign.