Court orders release in drug case

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago Thursday ordered the formal release of convicted Paxton drug dealer Eddi "Migo" Ramirez and barred prosecutors from trying to retry him.

Ramirez's court-appointed trial lawyer, Diana Lenik of Urbana, said the appeals court ordered that Ramirez be released immediately from the Peoria County jail.

UPDATE: Man dies in motorcycle-SUV crash

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man has died from injuries he received Thursday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck in north Champaign.

Champaign police Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer said that just after 1 p.m., Glenn E. Markel, 76, was southbound on Neil Street and went to turn left onto Anthony Drive when his motorcycle was hit by a sport utility vehicle headed north on Neil.

Rantoul man arrested for allegedly shooting a BB gun at a bicyclist

RANTOUL — A young Rantoul man is in the Champaign County Jail for allegedly shooting a BB gun at a bicyclist Thursday afternoon.

Creighton Ayers, 18, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Bihler, Rantoul, was arrested for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said officers were called to the 600 block of Willow Pond Road at 2:27 p.m.

Sullivan jogger dies after being hit by a vehicle

URBANA — A Sullivan jogger killed after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday has been identified, according to Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Christina Sanders, 30, was running near 850E County Road 800N in rural Sullivan Township when she was hit, Northrup said.

Ms. Sanders was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, where she was pronounced dead at 5:33 p.m. Thursday.

Street closures listing

Here is a list of street closures and road construction in East Central Illinois, provided by public works offices: (If your public works department wants to send one, submit it via email to breaking@news-gazette.com.)


Prosecutor may appeal dismissal of felony case

URBANA — The Champaign County state's attorney is considering an appeal of a judge's dismissal of felony charges against a Rantoul man who the judge said was denied his right to a speedy trial.

On Tuesday, Judge Jeff Ford dismissed home invasion and armed robbery charges against Anthony Goodwin, 29, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Sycamore.

Veteran sentenced to six years for making meth

URBANA — A military veteran who said he fell into a cycle of drug addiction to battle post traumatic stress disorder was sentenced to prison Thursday for cooking methamphetamine in an Urbana apartment near a school.

Homeless man to prison for pulling fire alarm at Carle

URBANA — An Urbana man convicted of pulling a fire alarm at an Urbana health facility when there was no fire has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

Chad Z. Williams, 26, who reported he was homeless, was convicted by Judge Tom Difanis in a May bench trial of giving a false fire alarm, a felony, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Misdemeanor charges filed against Gerard campaign worker

URBANA — A campaign worker for then-Champaign Mayor Don Gerard has been charged with two counts of false personation for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a representative of the city liquor commission.