Phases of the Moon

The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival got off to a wet start with Wednesday's rain, but started to recover Thursday afternoon. People waited in their cars over four hours in a line that stretched for miles along Henning Road outside Danville to get in to the festival at Kennekuk County Park.

Philo board OKs bids for concrete work

PHILO — The village board approved a two-part bid for concrete work around a new storage shed.

Crack binge leads to guilty verdict


URBANA — Champaign County jurors had to decide which crack cocaine user to believe as they deliberated the fate of a woman accused of slashing the throat of a man and robbing him of cash and a computer more than a year ago.

Man must repay $4,430 to recycling company for theft

URBANA — A man from Fithian who admitted stealing copper from a recycling business has been ordered to repay the business $4,430.

Sean Schnepper, 25, who also listed an address in the 2800 block of Concord in Urbana, pleaded guilty earlier this week before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to theft.

Part stolen from U-Haul truck brings conditional discharge

URBANA — A Chicago man who admitted he possessed a catalytic converter that was cut off a U-Haul truck last year has been sentenced to a year of conditional discharge.

Man sentenced to probation in cannabis case

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he had about a half-pound of cannabis in his home last year intended for sale has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis imposed the sentence Thursday on Martel Howard, 30, who listed a current address in the 1800 block of Cottage Grove Avenue.

Updated: UI trustees reject Salaita


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Trustees vote to reject Salaita

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Couple ordered to repay money stolen from fraternal lodge

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted stealing cash from a fraternal lodge where she was working as a bartender has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Casey Naylor, 24, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of East Olympian Road, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to a single count of theft over $500.

Man convicted of not having FOID for gun

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he had a gun without a valid firearm owner’s identification card was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation.