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Soldier on leave from Iraq killed in motorcycle crash

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man died Thursday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on U.S. 45 near Jones Street in Savoy.

Drew K. McDaniel, 25, was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. at the scene of the accident, said Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Chicago man faces vehicular hijacking charges

PAXTON – A suburban Chicago man faces felony charges of vehicular hijacking after allegedly shoving the vehicle's owner out of the car and then stealing it.

Elbert A. Garner, 20, of University Park was arrested after a state trooper stopped the vehicle for speeding on Interstate 57 near Onarga on Wednesday afternoon, said Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane. The trooper took Garner and a 17-year-old female passenger into custody, Bane said. Garner remains in the Ford County Jail in Paxton and bond was set at $15,000. The passenger has been released.

Barkstall to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday

CHAMPAIGN – Barkstall Elementary School will hold an open house Saturday to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The school, at 2201 Hallbeck Drive, C., will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. to current and former students, parents, teachers and the community.

Savoy board votes down raises for village officials

SAVOY – The Savoy Village Board voted 3-2 on Wednesday not to change the pay received by the village president, trustees and the liquor commissioner.

The decision was not made without some discussion, though.

July shooting death ruled homicide at inquest

URBANA – A Champaign County coroner's jury Thursday ruled the fatal shooting of a Champaign man a homicidal death.

Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Fabian said Gregory Moore, 28, was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m. July 30 at Carle Foundation Hospital. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the head, he said.

Louisiana's firefighters get help from local departments

SAVOY – Six local firefighters – three from Savoy and three from Champaign – have returned from Louisiana after helping to relieve firefighters following the recent hurricanes.

"I think it was beneficial for them," allowing Louisiana firefighters to have some time off for their own families and homes, said Jeremy Leevey, an engineer and EMT from Savoy who was one of those who made the trip.

Child car seats checked for free around area on Saturday

Parents whose children who need car seats are encouraged to have the seats checked Saturday.

The Illinois Department of Transportation's division of traffic safety is working with a number of partners at 90 locations around the state to promote Saturday as National Seat Check Saturday.

Champaign man dies in motorcycle accident

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man died Thursday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle on U.S. 45 near Jones Street in Savoy.

Drew K. McDaniel, 25, was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. at the scene of the collision, said Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup.

Relative of murder victim won't face charges

URBANA – Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz decided Thursday not to file criminal charges against a murder victim's relative who hit the convicted murderer.

Cory Shackelford, 39, of Chicago left the county jail just before 1 p.m. Thursday after having been arrested about 3 p.m. Wednesday for aggravated battery.

Danville police, firefighters suit up for battle - on the diamond

DANVILLE – Danville police officers will be looking for their fifth consecutive win in the annual charity softball games pitting them against firefighters Saturday at Danville Stadium.

All proceeds from the fifth annual event will go toward Friendly Town in Lincoln Park, where local children are taught traffic, fire and bicycle safety.