Rural Georgetown man charged over false bomb threat

DANVILLE — A rural Georgetown man was arrested and charged in connection with a false bomb threat at the Vermilion County Courthouse earlier this week.

Brandon L. Brooks, 27, was charged in circuit court Friday with felony disorderly conduct, according to the Vermilion County sheriff's department. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 17.

Updated: One dead, three injured in I-57 crash

RANTOUL — The driver in a fatal crash on Interstate 57 is facing preliminary charges of driving under the influence of drugs, state police say.

A 29-year-old Indiana woman was killed and three other people were injured in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 57 near Rantoul Friday afternoon.

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State parole agent faces fraud, misconduct charges

URBANA — A senior parole agent with the Illinois Department of Corrections has been charged with wire fraud and official misconduct for allegedly falsifying reports about his contacts with inmates on parole.

Stanley Orndorff, 47, of Danville, was arraigned Friday on charges filed by the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Man faces 45 to 60 years for murder conviction

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County man was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday night for fatally shooting a gas station clerk who had denied him the purchase of a pack of cigarettes.

A 12-member Iroquois County jury deliberated for about four hours before reaching a guilty verdict against Andrew M. Condon, 36, of rural Ashkum.

Champaign man arrested in weapon case

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of firing a gun in the direction of another man in northeast Champaign last month has been arrested.

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said Kytiece Frazier, 19, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North Willis Avenue, was arrested Thursday afternoon in a traffic stop on Bloomington Road.

Beckman fired

Much maligned Illinois football coach Tim Beckman was fired today.

(News conference updates here)

LIVE: from Beckman firing

Tim Beckman was fired earlier Friday — read our story here. Johnathan Hettinger is at Mike Thomas' press conference. You can follow along here or by following him on Twitter at @jhett93.

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