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Two taken to hospital after collision in Urbana

URBANA — Two people were taken to a hospital after a two-vehicle collision at an intersection in Urbana Wednesday evening.

An Urbana police report said James Risatti, 69, of the 300 block of West Delaware Avenue, Urbana, was driving his car south on Broadway Avenue just before 8 p.m. when he ran a red light and hit a car that was eastbound on University Avenue.

Authorities believe Urbana church fire was arson

URBANA — Firefighters and police in Urbana believe a fire at a church in south Urbana Thursday morning was intentionally set.

Smoldering chair, taken outside, catches house on fire in Paxton

PAXTON — A home on Roselawn Drive caught fire early Thursday from a smoldering chair that was placed outside the house after being burned by a cigarette.

Paxton firefighters responded to the residence at 1176 Roselawn Drive about 1 a.m. Thursday, according to Fire Chief Denny Kingren.

Orange Krush donates over $180,000

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois student group donated over $180,000 to the university and area charities Wednesday evening.

Orange Krush, the student cheering section for the Fighting Illini men's basketball team, raises money annually for various organizations by seeking pledges from the community.

From nursing home to wind farm, county board's plate is piled high

URBANA — Champaign County Board members have a full spreadsheet of issues to consider tonight, including borrowing potentially millions of dollars for the cash-strapped county nursing home and approving a contract extension with County Administrator Deb Busey.

Arrest made in murder of woman whose body was dumped in Champaign

URBANA — A Champaign man has been arrested in South Carolina, charged with the violent murder of a Danville woman whose body was dumped in west Champaign in September.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said George Harold Chapman, 41, whose last known address was in the 2100 block of West White Street, is charged with the Sept. 27 first-degree murder of Angelica M. Vasquez, 43.

Finally, Busey Woods boardwalk is really accessible

URBANA — For years the Urbana Park District has had a handicapped-accessible boardwalk through Busey Woods but virtually no way for someone in a wheelchair or using a walker to get to it.

Urbana teen hospitalized after being hit in crosswalk

URBANA — An Urbana teen hit by a car as she crossed an Urbana street Wednesday evening was listed in good condition Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital.

An Urbana police report said Donald Owen, 45, of the 200 block of West Delaware Avenue, Urbana, immediately stopped his car and began helping Nailah Davis, 15, after he realized he had hit her.

Rantoul man convicted of being armed habitual criminal

URBANA — A Rantoul man with a history of weapons-related convictions faces up to 30 years in prison when he's sentenced next month.

A Champaign County jury found Corey Lee, 34, who listed an address in the 1500 block of Fairway Drive, guilty of being an armed habitual criminal for having a gun in a Rantoul home on Aug. 3.

St. Joseph district misses test standard for first time

ST. JOSEPH — The school board heard this week that district did not meet "adequate yearly progress" under federal No Child Left Behind law this year.

It is the first year that the district has failed to meet or exceed the state's ever-rising standard.