Young women using bats in Urbana fights

URBANA — Urbana police are investigating two incidents that occurred in east Urbana Monday night involving young women using baseball bats as weapons.

The first occurred about 9:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Lierman Avenue. Sgt. Dan Morgan said two girls, ages 17 and 15, were fighting over a boy.

Champaign man convicted of theft from campus business

URBANA — A Champaign man who stole items from a campus business faces an extended sentence.

A Champaign County jury deliberated just over an hour Thursday before convicting Curtis Profit, 35, of the 300 block of East Park Street, of felony theft.

Admitted drug dealer gets 25-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted possessing and selling crack cocaine was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

Kareem Vaughn, 36, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Kenwood Road, pleaded guilty before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Urbana 17-year-old has court date in June on cannabis charge

URBANA — A 17-year-old Urbana man is due back in court in June after being arrested with about 2 ounces of cannabis.

Dorian Carter, 17, who listed an address in the 1200 block of West Tremont Street, was charged Tuesday with possession with intent to deliver cannabis and possession of cannabis.

Danville imposes ban on burning because of winds

From Larry Thomason, director of public safety in Danville:

Man mugged in mid-afternoon in Urbana

URBANA — A 21-year-old Urbana man was robbed of his wallet Wednesday afternoon by a group of men, one of whom body-slammed him.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said the man was in the 800 block of Fairlawn Drive about 3 p.m. when he was surrounded by about nine young men.

'You don't find too many people like Erma'

URBANA – Erma Tyler had a lot of unofficial relatives around town, all drawn to her big heart.

If you didn't send your form, expect a visitor at your home

CHAMPAIGN – If you have not yet filled out your census questionnaire, the government is coming for you.

"If you haven't returned it, responded, then you can expect a knock on your door," said Andrew Levy, a planner with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission and a census organizer.

Effort deferred that would require crime victims to be heard in court

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would mandate judges to take oral testimony from crime victims in certain cases ran into opposition in a Senate committee Wednesday and had to be deferred.

Home sales up in March after weak start to 2010

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County home sales perked up in March, running about 13 percent ahead of March 2009.

The jump in sales partially made up for a weak January and February and raised hopes for stronger sales in the year ahead.