Champaign man charged in two robberies on same night

URBANA — A 20-year-old Champaign man linked to two recent holdups where women were robbed of their cellphones and cash is being held in the Champaign County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Robinson man gets six years for having antique shotgun

URBANA — A Robinson man who admitted that he possessed a shotgun he was not allowed to have has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Austin Campbell, 20, who lived locally in the 1000 block of North Randolph Street, Champaign, at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Would-be beer thieves at Garth Brooks concert hit with $2,476 tab

URBANA — Two McLean County men who were trying to take a lot of free beer to go after last spring's Garth Brooks concert in Champaign probably would have had a lower tab if they'd gone to a bar.

UPDATED: Wind-chill advisory expires; blowing snow reported

New 11:22 a.m. Monday:

The wind-chill advisory for East Central Illinois is set to expire at 12 p.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, this advisory from Illinois State Police:

Timeline: Accused kidnapper's stops included Paxton jail, Rantoul hotel

CHAMPAIGN — In new motions filed Monday, Brendt Christensen's lawyers provided more details about what happened between June 9, when visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang was last seen, and June 30, when Christensen was arrested on charges of kidnapping her.

Crimestoppers: Champaign credit card theft

On Dec. 3, a female suspect used a stolen credit card at Blue Star II at 918 W Bradley in Champaign.

Snow removal rules in effect for Champaign, Urbana

Property owners in certain areas of Champaign and Urbana now have to clear their sidewalks after the latest winter storm dumped about three inches of snow on the area.

Sidewalks in the downtown, university and South Philo Road districts in Urbana must be cleared by 12 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal crash on I-57 near Thomasboro

New 9:53 a.m. Tuesday:

The Champaign County Coroner has released the name of the victim in Monday's fatal crash on Interstate 57 four miles south of Rantoul.

Coroner Duane Northrup said 58 year-old Robert Bross of Savoy was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:40 a.m. Monday, about 20 minutes after the accident. Northrup said an autopsy will be performed Tuesday.

Accused kidnapper's attorneys want main charge dropped, venue changed

CHAMPAIGN — Brendt Christensen's attorneys filed 12 pretrial motions Monday, including one requesting a change of trial venue and another to dismiss the main charge against the former University of Illinois grad student — kidnapping resulting in the death of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.

Champaign council set to vote on new video-gambling regulations

CHAMPAIGN — The city council is set to vote tonight on adopting new video-gambling regulations, including a cap on so-called gambling cafes and lounges that primarily provide the activity.