Man robbed of wallet in Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for two men who robbed a man of his wallet in Campustown Monday night.

A crime alert put out by the University of Illinois Police Department said the attack took place about 8 p.m. Monday as the victim walked east in the 600 block of East Green Street near Wright Street in Champaign.

UPDATED: No cause determined for house fire in Urbana

URBANA — Urbana firefighters do not think they will be able to determine the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a home in the southeast part of the city Wednesday afternoon.

Wanted: Suspicious character taking milk, cookies

URBANA — Urbana police detectives were working early Wednesday on the alleged theft of the true meaning of Christmas.

A release from the investigations division said that a juvenile identified only as J.C., his parents, and several of their friends, had sought temporary shelter at the police department.

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Brian Moline talks with the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau about upcoming meetings and the possibility of opening Cuba to agricultural markets.


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Man charged with public indecency for incident at UI Library

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of touching himself in a lewd manner at a University of Illinois library Tuesday night has been criminally charged with public indecency.

UI police said officers were called to the Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Drive, about 9:10 p.m. for a report of a man touching himself. By the time they got there, the man was gone.

Champaign man charged in heroin case

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly had heroin for sale at an Urbana hotel earlier this year was criminally charged with that on Wednesday.

Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said her office filed a single count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance against Lamarcus D. Townsend, 36, who listed an address in the 1000 block of South Duncan Road.

Rietz offers eavesdropping bill interpretation

Illinois' new eavesdropping bill, which is awaiting the Governor's action, says you can record police when you're interacting with them while they're on the job.  And Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said that applies to both public and private settings.

Davis cheers Cuba move

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis hailed an Obama administration move to normalize relations with Cuba, saying the shift has the potential to be good for the Cuban people and for American agriculture.

Man sentenced in meth ingredient case

URBANA — A Park Forest man who recruited young people in Urbana to buy pseudoephedrine so he could sell it to a methamphetamine producer has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Updated: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba

JULIE PACE, Associated Press
MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press