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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.

Man sentenced to 10 years in girlfriend's accidental shooting

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he accidentally killed his girlfriend earlier this year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Cobb: Tested, challenged, 'a lot more left to do'

CHAMPAIGN — Before he took over as Champaign's police chief one year ago today, Anthony Cobb warned that there were obstacles to overcome and that it wouldn't happen overnight.

A year later, he and city officials say there has been significant progress, but there is still more work ahead.

Updated: Dropped cigarette distracted driver in I-57 crash, police say

UPDATED 11:53 a.m. Tuesday.

BUCKLEY — A truck driver apparently distracted by a dropped lit cigarette caused an accident in Iroquois County Monday night that shut down a portion of Interstate 57 for several hours, police say.

Champaign man arrested for home invasion

URBANA — A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $50,000 bond in connection with a home invasion on Sunday afternoon.

Jordan Brooks, 25, who listed an address in the 1700 block of West Clark Street, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to one count of home invasion, one count of criminal trespass to a residence and one count of battery.

Rantoul teen charged as an adult for holdup of cab driver

URBANA — A teenager arrested in connection with the holdup of a cab driver in that village over the weekend is being charged as an adult.

Raymon Haugabrok, 17, who listed an address in the 400 block of Marco Drive, Rantoul, pleaded innocent on Monday to one count of attempted armed robbery and one count of aggravated battery.

Urbana man arrested for aggravated criminal sexual abuse

URBANA — An Urbana man is being held at the Champaign County Jail following his arrest for the aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl.

Matthew Thoma, 22, who listed an address in the 100 block of South Glover Avenue, Urbana, pleaded innocent on Monday to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Judge Harry Clem set Thoma's bond over the weekend at $3,500.

Crime Commission: Heroin is 'medical emergency'

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Crime Commission says heroin use is an epidemic, and a Will County official says it should be declared a medical emergency.

Rantoul to consider three-year contract with ambulance firm

RANTOUL — The village board will be asked to sign a three-year agreement with Pro Ambulance to serve the village.

Police Chief Paul Farber said the ambulance service has been covering Rantoul since at least 1988.

State monitors for prescription addiction

Having closely watched drug addicts of all kinds for the last 14 years of his career, Champaign County Judge Jeff Ford knows how creative they can be.

Those addicted to prescription medication are often among the most clever.