Top of the Morning, Sept. 19, 2018

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For years, RICHARD and JOANNE GERARD have made the short trip to Jocko's in Danville for good food and company.

On Friday, the restaurant's staff turned the tables on the Oakwood couple.

Area history, Sept. 19, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, voters were asked to approve a ballot measure in the fall to raise money to build hard roads across the state. The bonds would be paid off from motor vehicle license fees.

This day in history, Sept. 19, 2018

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2018. There are 103 days left in the year.

Today's highlight

On Sept. 19, 1881, the 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, died 2 1/2 months after being shot by Charles Guiteau; Chester Alan Arthur became president.

On this date

Litchfield man charged in alleged machete attack at Champaign house

CHAMPAIGN — A Litchfield man is facing charges for allegedly wounding a man with a machete at a house in Champaign.

Andrew Paul Dowell, 38, was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery. His bond was set at $75,000; he is due back in court Oct. 2.

Champaign cop's idea for 'safe zone' for web-sale exchanges now a reality

CHAMPAIGN — After seeing people ripped off a few times during the exchange of property from online sales, Champaign police Officer Brian Ahsell thought there had to be a better way.

Registration now open for Oct. 13 electronics recycling event

CHAMPAIGN — Registration has opened for this fall's electronics recycling event.

Residents from participating communities can register for 15-minute slots between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at ecycle.simplybook.me.

Conditional discharge for man who hit cop while taking dying friend to ER

URBANA — A Champaign man whose emotion over his dying friend apparently prompted him to punch a police officer has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge.

The sentence for Dejermaine Pettis, 23, of the 1100 block of West Beardsley Avenue, means he won’t have to report to a probation officer for his misdemeanor conviction.

Probe underway after bullet holes found on front of Urbana Middle School

URBANA — An employee found damage at Urbana Middle School on Sunday, apparently from gunfire.

An Urbana police report said police were sent to the 1200 block of South Vine Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday for reports of shots that had been heard by several people.

Police could find no one responsible and no damage at the time of the call.

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):

Champaign district's summer program producing some real Goal Getters

CHAMPAIGN — Most high school students wouldn't sacrifice their Junes and Julys for anything. But for more than 30 Unit 4 students, Mondays and Tuesdays this summer were spent chanting together, eating together and learning leadership skills together.