Hoopeston man faces first-degree murder charges

HOOPESTON – A 24-year-old Hoopeston man arrested in connection with a 27-year-old woman's stabbing death was arraigned Thursday in Vermilion County Circuit Court on murder charges.

Brandyn R. Calloway, who listed an address in the 800 block of East Elm Street, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the death of Kelly Lynn Wright, also of Hoopeston.

DACC sets classes of special interest

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College's Community Education Department has set up several classes for January and February.

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Bloomington zoo euthanizes tiger with kidney problems

BLOOMINGTON – A rare Sumatran tiger died Wednesday at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington.

Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff said Besar, an 18-year-old tiger, was euthanized following a yearlong bout of renal disease, in which the kidneys failed to function adequately.

Firefighters respond to fire in rural Homer

Firefighters are at the scene of a corn bin on fire in rural Homer.

Firefighters were called to a bin at 2619 County Road 700N at about 4:38 p.m. Thursday.

Autopsy determines woman died of stab wounds

HOOPESTON - An autopsy Thursday morning determined that a 27-year-old Hoopeston woman died of multiple stab wounds, according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

Kelly Lynn Wright of Hoopeston was found dead Wednesday by Hoopeston police and emergency personnel responding to a 911 call about a woman who was unresponsive at a residence in the 500 block of South Fifth Street.

Fire damages garage in Urbana

URBANA – A fire in an unattached garage on Stoughton Street in Urbana was apparently related to an electrical problem, according to Urbana Fire Chief Mike Dilley.

He said firefighters were sent to the fire at 808 W. Stoughton St. at 6:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Man arrested for 3 snatch-and-run robberies

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is accused of snatch-and-run robberies at three different stores in Champaign.

Lt. Joe Gallo said Dane Williams, 33, who listed an address on Sherwood Court, was arrested for robberies at the Freedom Oil at 1406 N. Prospect Ave.; the Walgreen at 1713 W. Springfield Ave. and the Colonial Pantry at 811 W. Springfield Ave.

Police ask revelers to use restraint when ringing in 2010

State and local police urge motorists to have a safe and sober New Year's Eve.

"Drivers should use common sense and a designated driver who has not been drinking," said Master Sgt. Rory Steidl of the Illinois State Police District 10 post at Pesotum.

2 men sought in armed robbery at First Savings Bank

DANVILLE – Danville police are searching for two men who robbed a downtown bank at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon.

Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said Danville police responded to an alarm at First Savings Bank, 6 W. Williams St., about 3:50 p.m.

Magazine sale to start at Champaign Public Library

CHAMPAIGN – Starting Saturday, the Champaign Public Library will sell older issues of magazines for 10 cents each at a "Magazine Clearance Sale" on weekends in January. The annual event promotes recycling and benefits the library.

The magazines, most dating from 2008, are copies of the most popular titles among the 400-plus the library offers.