Man charged with being armed habitual criminal

URBANA — An Urbana man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal after police found weapons and drugs in an apartment where he was.

Albert L. Johnson, 46, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Michelle Lane, was arrested by Urbana narcotics officers Thursday at Prairie Green.

Man sentenced to 8 years for meth lab

URBANA — A rural Urbana man who pleaded guilty to participating in the manufacture of methamphetamine was sentenced to prison Friday.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem sentenced Michael P. Wagner, 35, who last lived in the 1700 block of County Road 1900 E, to eight years in the penitentiary for the Class 1 felony.

2 men accused of paying others to shop on North Prospect for meth precursor

URBANA — Two Danville men who allegedly recruited Daily Bread soup kitchen clients to buy cold medication to make into methamphetamine have been charged with a Class X felony.

Jason T. Tools, 33, of the 1100 block of Fairchild Street, and Vinson R. Swift, 42, of the 500 block of Chandler Street, were arrested Thursday by Champaign police.

Champaign's IHSA bid is in

The head of Visit Champaign County said the bid committee is very confident that it did the best job it could in trying to bring the high school boy's basketball state tournament back to Champaign.

Obama signs bill naming post office for Burgess

WASHINGTON — President Obama has signed legislation naming the Campustown postal service station for James Burgess Jr., the first African-American elected to countywide office in Champaign County.

20-year-old sentenced to 10 years for burglary

URBANA — A 20-year-old Urbana man with a seven-year criminal history has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for breaking into a neighbor's home and stealing items.

Linnell Blount, whose last known local address was in the 500 block of Glenn Drive, was charged in May with the Nov. 6, 2013, residential burglary of a home in the 1100 block of Country Squire Drive.

Man pleads guilty in UI Library incident

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of touching himself in a lewd manner at a University of Illinois library Tuesday night pleaded guilty to that offense Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court.

David M. Murphy, 57, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Parkland Court, was sentenced to a year of probation and four days in jail with credit for time served.

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Updated: Danville names Geddis new schools superintendent

DANVILLE — Alicia Geddis is Danville’s new superintendent of schools.

On Friday afternoon, the school board voted 6-1 to hire her at a special board meeting. Geddis is currently deputy superintendent of the Dolton school district in Calumet City.

More discussion ahead on digital billboards in Urbana

Discussion isn't finished yet on allowing digital billboards to come to Urbana.

The city plan commission on Thursday night held the issue over to its next meeting, and in the meantime directed city staff to get more information on a variety of topics related to the billboards.