Vandalism to sculpture in Urban park under investigation

URBANA – Police are investigating vandalism to a sculpture at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana.

A woman told police she would been walking in the Wandell Sculpture Garden in the park about 7 p.m. Saturday, and when she walked there again the next morning about 9:30, noticed a sculpture knocked over, according to a police report.

Champaign man accused of sex assault, domestic battery

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is accused of beating and sexually assaulting an ex-girlfriend.

Quantrell C. Walker, 24, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Hedge Road, was arrested about 6:30 a.m. Sunday for trespassing, domestic interference, domestic battery and criminal sexual assault, according to Champaign police.

Judge sentences man to 40 years in drug case

URBANA – A California man with ties to Champaign was sentenced Monday morning to 40 years in prison for dealing cocaine and cannabis.

Champaign County Judge Jeff Ford called Bryant Douglas, 31, a "major player" in the local drug trade.

Group seeks openness in Champaign County government

URBANA – A citizens group wants to make it harder for the county board to go into closed session and easier for residents to succeed in Freedom of Information Act requests.

Dianna Visek is a leader of a nonpartisan group that will go before the Champaign County Board's policy committee Sept. 3 with the proposed resolutions on county open government. They were discussed briefly amid a crowded agenda in August's policy meeting.

Suspects sought in firing of guns in northwest Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign County Crimestoppers is seeking help finding who is responsible for firing guns that damaged houses in northwest Champaign.

On Aug. 6, about 1:40 p.m., someone fired shots in the 1600 block of Hedge Road. No one was injured but two houses were struck and damaged by the gunfire.

Danville man arrested in July shooting death

DANVILLE – A Danville man was in custody Monday in connection with the July 20 fatal shooting of another local man.

Danville police arrested 26-year-old Alexis J. Brigham, of Danville, for murder at 10:22 p.m. on Sunday in the 700 block of Harmon Ave., according to Public Safety Director Larry Thomason. Brigham could be formally charged with first-degree murder in Vermilion County Circuit Court Monday.

Federal funds boost upgrade to Champaign intersection

CHAMPAIGN – With the help of $490,000 in federal funds, the city now hopes to improve the north part of the First Street-Windsor Road intersection next summer.

The work would include widening First Street to four and five lanes north of the intersection. First Street currently narrows to two lanes 600 feet north of the Windsor Road intersection.

New law allows school to avoid money penalty for closures

When schools are forced to shut down for a day for whatever reason, be it a death threat or a tornado, the repercussions go beyond the physical damage of the acts and the lost learning time, said state Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville.

Up until last week, schools lost a portion of their state aid because of that missed day at school, a loss that could amount to thousands of dollars, Black said, and one that newly passed House Bill 4309 purports to solve.

Danville girl in critical condition after being hit by car

URBANA – A 6-year-old Danville girl who was hit by a car in Danville over the weekend was listed in critical condition Monday at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the girl, whom he declined to identify, was struck around 5:20 p.m. on Saturday in the 900 block of West Voorhees Street, near Logan Avenue.

Danville woman dies in collision

DANVILLE – An 85-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon after her car collided with another vehicle on Danville's north side.

Barbara Doney, of Danville, was pronounced dead at 3:31 p.m. at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, according to Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason.