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Schools plead with parents: Keep sick kids home

CHAMPAIGN – Dear parents: Please keep your sick kids at home. Signed, school and public health officials.

"If the kid has a fever, they shouldn't go to school," Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde said after a swine-flu case turned up at Garden Hills Elementary School this week.

Champaign-Urbana crime reports

In crimes reported to area police recently:

Fifth person charged in death of businessman

DANVILLE – A fifth man has been formally charged in connection to the fatal shooting of a Danville businessman.

Torrence Woods, 36, who listed an address in the 100 block of Logan Avenue, Danville, was charged Monday with three counts of first-degree murder in the July 6 death of Bennie W. Moten.

Acting U.S. attorney named

SPRINGFIELD – The acting U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois has a long history of government services and comes most recently from Rock Island.

A release from the Department of Justice said Jeffrey B. Lang has been named to step into the position vacated by the resignation of Rodger Heaton, who retired effective Monday.

34 citations distributed in safety check last week

State troopers and Champaign police patrol officers issued 34 citations and 25 written warnings at a safety check in Champaign over the weekend, according to a press release issued by Illinois State Police in Pestoum.

The safety check was conducted late Friday and early Saturday at the intersection of University Avenue and Sixth Street.

Champaign council approves $25 towing fee

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign City Council added an administrative fee to cover the police costs in tracking vehicle towing.

On a vote of 8-1, with District 2 Alderman Michael La Due opposed, the council approved the $25 towing fee Tuesday.

Urbana man faces burglary charges

URBANA – An Urbana man is due back in court in October after being charged with two residential burglaries in Champaign that occurred late last month.

However, Champaign police believe Demario King may be responsible for more than 20 burglaries in Champaign in the last couple of months.

Urbana school district's budget shows $350,000 deficit

URBANA – Federal stimulus money and the first receipts from the county sales tax for school facilities will help make up for a decrease in money coming from the state to the Urbana school district this fiscal year.

Police think arrestee may be behind 20-plus burglaries

URBANA – An Urbana man is due back in court in October after being charged with two residential burglaries in Champaign that occurred late last month.

However, Champaign police believe Demario King may be responsible for more than 20 burglaries in Champaign in the last couple of months.

Two charged in separate drug cases

URBANA – Two men have been charged in separate cases in Champaign County this week with drug offenses.

Mario Motley, 25, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Hill Street, Champaign, is due back in court Sept. 15 after being charged Monday with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a felony carrying penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison upon conviction.