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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.

Trustees OK with later Chief vote

Several members of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees said they have no problem delaying a vote on whether to retire Chief Illiniwek until after a March 16 and 17 student referendum on the issue.

The Illinois Student Government voted unanimously last week to give students a chance to vote on retaining or retiring the university symbol. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the issue at its March 11 meeting, five days before the student referendum.

Carle adds second clinic in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Carle Clinic has opened its second branch clinic in Champaign at 1813 W. Kirby Ave.

The second clinic is providing some growth space for Carle's other branch clinic in Champaign, on Mattis Avenue, where patient demand has been growing but there was no room to expand, said Carle Clinic spokeswoman Ann Nogle.

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.

Bill would curb potluck inspections

SPRINGFIELD – Potlucks would be protected from public health inspectors, under legislation recently introduced in the General Assembly.

State Sen. Dan Rutherford, R-Chenoa, said he decided to file SB 2944 after hearing that the local public health department had shut down a monthly potluck at United Methodist Church in Minonk in Woodford County.

2nd man arrested in death of woman

CHAMPAIGN – A second man has been arrested by Champaign police for the murder of an elderly Champaign woman.

Police spokeswoman Joan Walls said Ramone Dashon Roebuck, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of North Fifth Street, was arrested at his home on a warrant about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday. Judge Jeffrey Ford issued the warrant for first-degree murder charges and set the bond on the warrant at $500,000, she said.

Climbing accident kills UI student

NEW ZEALAND – A mountain climbing accident has claimed a star in the University of Illinois math department.

Adrian Iordache, a fourth-year doctoral student from Romania, died Feb. 5 after falling from Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest peak.

Guilty plea in attempted murder

URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted he wanted his wife dead so he could carry on his life with a lover pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted murder.

Jason Broadstone, 31, who listed an address on Leichner Drive, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for the Class X felony when sentenced next month by Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd.