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Paxton man ticketed in two-vehicle accident that killed Loda woman

PAXTON — The man authorities said ran a stop sign last week at a rural intersection in Ford County, causing an accident that killed his passenger, has been given three traffic tickets.

Court records show Kevin Patterson, 46, of Paxton is accused of not wearing a seat belt, disregarding a stop sign and driving on a revoked license. He's due in court Aug. 15.

Fundraising lunch to benefit Special Olympics set July 26 at Texas Roadhouse

CHAMPAIGN — Police officers from all over Champaign County are inviting people to eat lunch at Texas Roadhouse on July 26 to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., officers will serve a pulled-pork sandwich, corn, fresh-baked bread with honey-cinnamon butter and a non-alcoholic beverage. Diners are asked to leave a donation for their meal, which is valued at $10.

Champaign man arrested in Kentucky in March murder

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man was arrested Monday in Kentucky in connection with a March murder in Champaign.

U.S. marshals arrested Cornelius Freeman, 39, at 12:05 p.m. in Mayfield, Ky., on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

A warrant for Freeman’s arrest had been issued March 8 in connection with the death of Micheal White, 26, of Chicago.

Stretch of Green Street in Urbana reopens after MCORE work

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URBANA — A stretch of Green Street near campus is reopening to two-way traffic Monday afternoon, a month ahead of schedule, after the latest phase of the Multimodal Corridor Enhancement Project.

UI student accused of pointing pellet gun at cops pleads not guilty

URBANA — The 23-year-old University of Illinois student who allegedly aimed a pellet gun at police, prompting them to shoot him last week, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct at his arraignment Monday.

Cubbie Conversation, July 16, 2018

An excited J.J. Lockwood reminds that "the cream rises to the top" as the Cubs hit the All-Star break in first place with a 2.5-game lead on the Brewers. Sit back, relax and enjoy this week's All-Star festivities featuring a host of Cubs. Then gear up for Thursday when the North Siders return for a five — yes, 5! — game series against the Cardinals, aka Team Turmoil.

Felony DUI charges filed in weekend fatal crash in Mahomet

URBANA — A Mahomet man is facing DUI charges in connection with a weekend crash that claimed the life of his passenger.

On Monday, prosecutors filed two counts of aggravated driving under the influence against Chad Smith, 27. He was initially ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol following the single-vehicle accident around 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

Champaign farmers market going to backup plan for SNAP transactions

CHAMPAIGN — A farmers market is going to a backup plan to process food-stamp benefits after the vendor it uses for those electronic transactions announced it is shutting down that service.

Crime Stoppers | Police search for suspect in Walgreens armed robbery

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help solving an armed robbery at a pharmacy earlier this month.

Just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, a man with a handgun entered Walgreens, 1713 W. Springfield Ave., C, and demanded money from an employee. He left the business on foot after getting an undisclosed amount of cash.

Those Who Served | Civilian taught soldiers language key in wartime

CHAMPAIGN — Not everybody who helps the U.S. cause in war wears a uniform.

Frances Schneider was a civilian instructor in World War II, teaching Morse code to enlisted men at Scott Field in Belleville.

She just turned 100, and she can still run off Morse code in her musical style, which helped her memorize it.

"I could go through the whole alphabet for you," she said.