Area history, Aug. 2, 2014

Area history, Aug. 2, 2014

In 1914, Champaign Police Chief A.U. Keller was demoted Saturday afternoon on orders of the fire and police commission. J.J. Michael was appointed the new police chief. The step was taken at the request of Mayor O.B. Dobbins, who has charged that Keller has not used his best efforts to prevent violations of the laws in Champaign. Keller almost lost his life a year ago when he was shot by a desperate bootlegger, who also killed Officer Thomas Dodsworth. Keller will remain with the police force as a desk sergeant.

In 1964, John W. Carson will be the Democratic candidate for Champaign County state's attorney this November. Carson will oppose Republican John J. Bresee. Carson, 48, said he wanted to "break the Republican stranglehold on the courthouse."

In 1999, U.S. District Judge Michael McCuskey was hot about the 75- to 80-degree heat in his courtroom at the 5-year-old federal courthouse in Urbana, but what really got his blood boiling was a fine layer of gray and white dust all over his courtroom. "When I saw it, I thought it looks like Mount St. Helens exploded in the courtroom," he said.

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