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Thomasboro man accused of molesting boy

URBANA — A Thomasboro man is in the Champaign County Jail, accused of sexually molesting a child in his care.

Deon Ramm, 46, was arraigned Friday on a single count of criminal sexual assault alleging that he sexually molested a boy in his home Monday.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the teen boy contacted 911 Monday, reporting the alleged sex abuse by Ramm.

2 in custody over robbery at Sprint store in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Two Kankakee men are in police custody for allegedly robbing and tying up employees and customers of a north Champaign cellphone store Thursday night.

Champaign police are also investigating the possible involvement of a third man.

Governor signs bill decriminalizing marijuana in Illinois

IVAN MORENO, Associated Press

Interim CEO named at Sarah Bush Lincoln

MATTOON — Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System is undergoing a change of leadership, with Jerry Esker named interim president and CEO.

Tim Ols, the CEO for five years, left the health system Thursday.

Sarah Bush Lincoln spokeswoman Patty Peterson declined to say why Ols left.

"All I can say is it's an employment matter, and I can't speak about it," she said.

Rantoul man arraigned for aggravated battery

URBANA — A Rantoul man wanted for battering two women in a Rantoul home on Monday was arrested Thursday when he came to the courthouse to meet a probation officer.

Man sentenced to 7-1/2 years for aggravated robbery

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted robbing a man in his Urbana home earlier this year has been sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison.

Deon Bevely, 21, pleaded guilty in June to aggravated robbery, admitting that he implied he had a gun when he robbed a man of money and other items on Jan. 10 at his home in the 2000 block of Perkins Road.

Judge: Woman injured in MTD crash is no more than half responsible

URBANA — A woman suing the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District now looks to collect at least some money, after a judge ruled Friday that she can't be held more than half responsible for the bus-pedestrian accident in downtown Champaign in which she lost both her legs.

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3 implicated in nursing home assaults formally charged

URBANA — Three other men implicated in assaults committed last year on dementia residents at a Champaign nursing home were criminally charged Thursday.

Dean Goble, 22, Dontrell Netter, 23, and Trent Warren, 19, were all charged with attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal sexual assault.

14 years for man behind nursing home sex scheme

URBANA — An employee of a licensed Champaign care facility who conceived and carried out a bizarre scheme in which he solicited men to rape elderly dementia residents while he videotaped them was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison.