Champaign-Umbrella: Rain nearly double the normal level in June

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-Urbana received almost twice as much rain last month as in a normal June, according to data from the Illinois State Water Survey.

Schools will use mobile kitchens, games to fight childhood obesity in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – In the new school year, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers in Vermilion County will aim to help students improve not only their academics but also their health.

Danville man gets 15-year sentence in federal tax fraud case

URBANA – A Danville man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for tax fraud conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Michael McCuskey ordered Brian K. Wasson, 47, of Danville on Tuesday to serve 15 years in federal prison following his conviction for conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

McCuskey also ordered Wasson to pay $600,148 in restitution.

Champaign council member calls on economic development group to fill vacancy at Willard

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign city council member Tom Bruno says other airlines should be contacted immediately about filling the void at Willard Airport left by Delta Air Lines.

Police called to vehicle with dog left inside

URBANA – For the second time in a week, police were called when a driver left a dog inside a vehicle.

Urbana animal control officer Chelsea Angelo said a shopper at WalMart, 100 S. High Cross Road, U, noticed a small dog inside a van late Thursday morning.

When the shopper came back out 15 minutes later, the dog was still in the closed van.

Pet of the Week Joey

Joey is a cuddly and playful 5 year old neutered brown tabby domestic short hair cat. 

Urgent need for O-negative blood as holiday weekend approaches

URBANA — Donors are needed urgently to help fill a critical shortage of type O-negative blood, according to community Blood Services of Illinois.

O-negative is the universal blood type, used in emergencies when there isn’t time to type a patient’s blood, and it’s also used to treat patients with O-negative blood.

Beardsley Avenue shooting under investigation

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign police are investigating a shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning in the 500 block of West Beardsley Avenue.

A police report said just before 2 a.m., several shots were fired into a residence where five people were present, including a 64-year-old woman and four teens.

Teen reports sexual assault at house in Urbana

URBANA – Urbana police are investigating the assault of a Champaign teen at a residence in Urbana earlier this week.

Lt. Bryant Seraphin said a 16-year-old Champaign girl told police Monday morning that she had been partying at a home in Urbana Sunday night and was sexually assaulted by two men who were there.

Police seek help on vandalism in Bismarck

BISMARCK – Vermilion County Crimestoppers is seeking information on several vandalisms that have occurred in Bismarck over the past two months.

Authorities said the most recent incidents occurred Sunday night in the 200 and 300 blocks of Maiden Lane. They involved the spray painting of vehicles, garages and outbuildings.