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Charges filed in infant's death

DANVILLE – An Oakwood man was arraigned on murder charges Friday in Vermilion County Circuit Court in the death of his girlfriend's daughter.

Andrew R. Drollinger, 19, of the 200 block of Barbara Drive, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the death of 10-month-old Macey Duewer, the daughter of Jessica Shields of St. Joseph.

Liquor controversy continues

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council can't seem to get away from the alcohol issue.

At a Jan. 13 study session, the council rejected a proposed three-year moratorium on the number of downtown bars in a controversial 5-4 vote. The council then also instructed staff to draw up a liquor ordinance amendment that would set no cap at all on the number of package liquor licenses. The current limit is 29.

Ex-area officer faces competency hearing

HARRODSBURG, Ky. – The case of a former Champaign police officer accused of plotting to kill a woman and her family in Kentucky has been pushed back pending completion of a competence evaluation.

At a hearing Tuesday in Mercer County Circuit Court, the defense attorneys for Kevin Crum asked that a status hearing be continued while Crum completes a competency evaluation, according to Commonwealth Attorney Richie Bottoms, who is prosecuting the case.

Georgetown woman a published author

GEORGETOWN – It has taken more than three years from start to finish, but a retired Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School bookkeeper has seen her dream come true.

Janie Galyen has written her first novel, "Palmetto Summer," a mystery-romance, published by the online company Publish America.

Urbana library will experience March madness

URBANA – Elizabeth Oatis of Urbana was reading the newspaper Thursday morning at a table in the Urbana Free Library.

She enjoys spending time at the historic library in downtown Urbana, but she's not likely to be doing that next month.

Sports injury legislation introduced

SPRINGFIELD – If a patient gets sick, a doctor will prescribe medicine to help them get better.

But if a patient suffers from a sports injury, sometimes the prescribed cure is rehabilitation instead.

Jerry's IGA employee gives account of 2003 robbery

URBANA – Although it happened more than a year ago, it was evident that Debbie Shoemaker is still terrified by having had a gun stuck in her face by a masked man and her employer robbed of thousands of dollars.

Shoemaker was the first witness to testify Wednesday for the prosecution in the Champaign County armed robbery trial of Sean Blackwell, 23, whose last known address was in the 2200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Urbana.

Bugscope a hit overseas

Anna found the spider in her bathroom, and Chloe found the wood louse in her conservatory.

Conservatory meaning a sun room, not a musical venue, in Ireland where Chloe and Anna live.

Police expect more arrests in murder case

CHAMPAIGN – Two Champaign men have now been charged with fatally strangling a Champaign woman, but police say their investigation is continuing.

"Two people are in custody, and we hope to make more arrests," Champaign Police Chief R.T. Finney said Wednesday.

Bill proposes educational trivia game

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, wants to send Illinois schoolchildren in pursuit of trivia.

Jakobsson has introduced legislation, HB 6572, that would require the State Board of Education to develop and market an Illinois trivia game based on questions submitted by the state's elementary and secondary school students.