Urbana 15-year-old arraigned on three sex charges

URBANA – An Urbana teen accused of sexually assaulting a young girl could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Robert Derr, 15, of the 100 block of South Poplar Street, Urbana, told Champaign County Associate Judge Rich Klaus on Monday that he understood the charges against him.

Bill Black to be honored by YMCA group

DANVILLE – State Rep. Bill Black, R-Danville, will receive a Legislative Hero Award on Wednesday in Springfield from the Illinois State Alliance of YMCAs.

The award is in recognition of his support for two $100,000 state grants to make improvements at the Danville Family YMCA. The grants helped fund renovations to the facility's pool and parking lot.

Champaign County courts

URBANA – The following criminal cases were resolved in Champaign County recently with pleas entered by defendants or sentences imposed by judges:

– Charmeika Brown, 23, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of Williamsburg Drive, Champaign, was sentenced to four years in prison with a recommendation for drug treatment. She pleaded guilty to forgery for cashing a forged check for $796 at the Champaign Wal-Mart on April 5, 2007. Because of her failure to appear in court about 18 times in six years on prior cases, Judge Tom Difanis said Brown needed to get drug treatment in a place she couldn't walk away from.

Recycling center plans approved by Urbana City Council

URBANA – A former drive-in movie theater on North Cunningham Avenue will become home to a regional recycling facility in coming months.

The city council voted 6-0 Monday night to issue a special-use permit to allow Mervis Industries of Danville to establish an Advantage Recycling facility at 3008 North Cunningham Ave. on 10 acres north of Interstate 74.

Ameren paying $35 for old refrigerators, freezers

Have an old refrigerator or freezer in your basement or garage?

Ameren Illinois Utilities will take them off your hands and pay you $35 to say thanks for pulling the plug on these electricity guzzlers.

Champaign council District 1 primary voting in progress

Early voting for the Champaign City Council District 1 primary has started at the county clerk's office.

Early voting for the Feb. 24 primary began Monday and will continue through Thursday, Feb. 19. Voters can vote from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the county clerk's office in the Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington St., U.

Texas man arraigned in Rantoul sex abuse incident

URBANA – A 30-year-old Texas man accused of sexually molesting a child in Rantoul is due back in court Feb. 17.

Raul Aragon of Devine, Texas, was arraigned Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court on a felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He is accused of having inappropriately touched a young girl under the age of 13 on Oct. 30 at a home in the 1200 block of Cypress Lane, Rantoul.

17-year-old faces charges in home, car burglaries in Rantoul

URBANA – A Rantoul man is accused of stealing from an apartment and a car in Rantoul.

Randall Brasher, 17, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Keesler Drive, Rantoul, was arraigned Monday on charges of residential burglary and burglary to a motor vehicle.

Woman's crime is latest in long string of offenses

URBANA – Although only 23 years old, Tyesha Craft has racked up enough felony convictions to make her eligible for sentencing usually reserved for more senior criminals.

Craft, who last lived in the 1200 block of West Hill Street, Urbana, pleaded guilty to burglary in January to entering Rebecca's at 204 N. Neil St., C, on March 22, 2008, intending to steal. She remained in the business until after it closed, then was spotted by a witness trying to break her way out.

Decatur man arraigned in beating of woman in Champaign

URBANA – A Decatur man already facing sentencing in one case is accused in a new case of beating and kicking a woman.

Charnell Brown, 26, who listed a Decatur address but who formerly lived in Champaign, was arraigned Monday on Class X felony charges of armed violence and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.