Man taken into custody; Urbana incident over

URBANA — Police took a man into custody as he tried to get out an apartment window, ending a six-hour standoff in southeast Urbana that brought blocked streets and evacuation of some residents.

Harwal Hotel owner welcoming city inspection

DANVILLE – Several workers were tearing drywall, plaster and other material out of the Harwal Hotel this week before a Thursday walk-through by city inspectors.

"It's been positive," building owner Eric Williams said of his recent dealings with city officials, who inspected the vacant structure Thursday to identify any code improvements that need to be made, as Williams begins to rehabilitate the Harwal. "All I've wanted to do is put the building back together."

Man killed when semi hits his car on Interstate 74

A Champaign man was killed Thursday afternoon when his car was struck from behind by a semitrailer on Interstate 74 just east of Urbana.

According to state police, James L. Wiggins, 36, of Champaign died about 3:25 p.m. when a truck driven by Brian K. Raymer, 46, of Normal crashed into his 1989 Buick Century in the westbound lane.

Danville election commission marking 100th year

DANVILLE – The Danville Election Commission will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the commission conducting elections in the city of Danville.

The first election held under the Election Commission was in April 1909.

Rosales accused of not checking on dog he hit

CHAMPAIGN – Two neighbors of Champaign County Board member Giraldo Rosales have alleged that he hit a loose dog with his car Monday afternoon, and then drove away without checking on the animal's welfare.

Washington teachers, students prepare to move out

CHAMPAIGN – One week and counting.

Teachers, staff and students are spending their last days in Washington Elementary School, and preparing to move from Grove Street into the Columbia school building on North Neil Street.

Goodwin set to be sworn in as judge Monday

DANVILLE – Next week, Mark S. Goodwin will take the next step in his 22-year legal career when he takes the oath of office, dons a black robe and is seated as the newest member of the Vermilion County judiciary.

Goodwin, 47, of Danville will be sworn in as an associate judge at 9 a.m. Monday at Courtroom 4B in the Vermilion County Courthouse, 7 N. Vermilion St.

Slain Georgetown soldier's procession begins today

GEORGETOWN – The body of fallen soldier Sgt. Kenneth Nichols of Georgetown is expected to be flown into Vermilion Regional Airport this morning.

Sgt. Nichols' casket is scheduled to be flown from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and arrive at the Vermilion Regional Airport at about 9 a.m., weather permitting.

Kindergartner gets surprise holiday visit from father

RANTOUL – Five-year-old Jamison Sommer stood in music class holding a triangle when Pleasant Acres School Principal Cliff Englishharden announced the class was receiving an early Christmas present.

Crime report

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