Jury convicts man of murder

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Friday rejected a Savoy man's claim that he shot his brother in self-defense and instead convicted him of first-degree murder.

The verdict means that Brian Maggio, 46, faces a minimum of 45 years in prison — 10 more than he had received in 2011 when he pleaded guilty to the same crime.

Jury acquits man in DUI case

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Wednesday acquitted a Rantoul man accused of driving under the influence after the car he was in crashed into a home in that village last spring.

Reginald Allen, 41, of the 1100 block of Englewood Drive, had been charged with DUI and failure to leave a note at the scene of a property damage accident after his arrest April 20.

Three arrested over Rantoul break-in

URBANA — Three teens were arrested early Wednesday in connection with a break-in at an apartment in Rantoul.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, a man living in an apartment in the 1500 block of Hobson Drive was awakened by his dog barking and the sound of breaking glass.

Man sentenced to prison in cocaine case

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having cocaine intended for sale last spring was sentenced earlier this week to three years in prison.

Shannon Brown, 30, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of West Beardsley Avenue, pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd Monday to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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Loda rejects liquor license that would have meant gaming license

LODA — The village board voted 5-0 to deny the Loda Big Mart's request for a "package and pour" liquor license, which, if granted, would have allowed the convenience store to qualify for a video-gambling license from the state.

School activities being added in Villa Grove

VILLA GROVE — Several new student activities are moving forward for next school year.

GC council recommends approach for backers of Harvest Fest

GIBSON CITY — Ryan Minion, chairman of the Harvest Fest committee, presented parameters for the inaugural fall event to the city council.

Change of judges granted in retrial over fatal crash

URBANA — A Champaign man headed for a retrial in connection with a 2010 fatal motorcycle crash has won a substitution of judges.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Friday granted the motion filed on behalf of Dana Hasselbring, transferring Hasselbring's case from Judge Richard Klaus to Judge Jeffrey Ford and setting a status hearing for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Man charged with injuring 1-year-old daughter

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he may have used too much force on his daughter when changing her diaper has been criminally charged with injuring her.

Brandon M. Cole, 28, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Carver Drive, was arraigned Friday for aggravated battery to a child for allegedly breaking the leg of a 1-year-old girl last fall.