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Man arrested in Urbana doughnut shop robbery

UPDATED 5:30 p.m. June 10, 2011

URBANA — Urbana police have arrested a former employee in the holdup of a Dunkin’ Donuts in that city early Friday.

Jeremiah Lee Brown, 19, who gave an address in the 200 block of West Beardsley Avenue, Champaign, had been an employee at the shop for about four weeks, police said.

Judge issues order stopping some insurance enrollment

Editor's note: There will be more on this story in Saturday's News-Gazette.

SPRINGFIELD — Acknowledging “significant disruption” is on the way, a Sangamon County judge has effectively shut down at least part of the health plan enrollment process for state employees and retirees set to end June 17.

Longview teen gets probation for sex abuse

URBANA — A Longview teen convicted of sexually molesting a young girl in that town has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

The 17-year-old, who was prosecuted as a juvenile, was also ordered Thursday to serve 11 days in the Juvenile Detention Center by Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd.

Urbana plan commission delays cell tower decision

URBANA — The city's plan commission on Thursday night did not make a decision on a U.S. Cellular proposal to build a 150-foot cell tower on the campus of Urbana High School, but the discussion drew more disapproval from residents who do not want the structure in their sight lines.

Wrong-way driver on I-72 found in Champaign

MONTICELLO — A LeRoy man who eluded Piatt County sheriff's deputies for several hours late Wednesday and early Thursday after allegedly driving the wrong way on an interstate highway was arrested by Champaign police Thursday.

Life Remembered: Jim Stubblefield 'loved this community'

RANTOUL — Village board Trustee Jim Stubblefield will be remembered by many names — father, husband, public servant, military retiree, educator, businessman and an elected official who had an "I can and I will" attitude.

Spending bill in Springfield could affect Lincoln Hall work

URBANA — Work on Lincoln Hall is ahead of schedule, but that could quickly change if the Legislature balks at a spending bill attached to a bill for capital project funds.

Associate Dean Matthew A. Tomaszewski said "work is going along really well" at Lincoln Hall.

August trial set on charges in Alvin shooting

DANVILLE — A 39-year-old Kentucky man will stand trial for attempted murder and home invasion in connection with a March shooting in Alvin.

Vermilion County Circuit Judge Nancy Fahey on Thursday found probable cause to try Jason A. Irwin of Albany, Ky., on one count of attempted murder and three counts of home invasion, all Class X felonies.

Two bus districts may meet over dispute

CHAMPAIGN — A nearly 6-year-old dispute about competing mass transit districts may be in the first stage of a resolution.

The five-member board of the Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District voted unanimously Thursday to request a meeting with officials from the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District about "a possible intergovernmental agreement."