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Urbana police make arrest in shooting case

URBANA – An Urbana man is in custody after an attempted murder Friday.

At 1:09 a.m., Urbana police officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots being fired at 2004 Vawter St. and that a subject was down on the ground, a press release said.

Convicted killer says defendant had role in attack

URBANA – The man already convicted of murdering Jerry Haigh in his Champaign home three years ago told a jury hearing co-defendant Crystal Myrick's case that she took an active role in killing Sue Haigh.

Kenneth Sean Kelly, 37, a Champaign native, also testified that he took two tablets of the drug Ecstasy on the day Jerry and Sue Haigh were bludgeoned and stabbed to death in their home at 1702 Scottsdale Drive, in what one detective described as a massacre.

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Inspectors taking look at mold problems at Eagle Creek

SPRINGFIELD – It will be at least two more months until companies are able to bid to acquire the mold-infested Eagle Creek Resort and Conference Center on Lake Shelbyville.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources had planned to open requests for proposals to operate the 138-room resort on Nov. 10. But on Friday the agency moved the deadline to Jan. 15, citing the need to complete an assessment of the mold damage at the resort.

Bankruptcy judge OKs CIB's reorganization plan

CHAMPAIGN – Central Illinois Bank's parent company has received approval from bankruptcy court for a prepackaged plan of reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.

As a result, CIB Marine Bancshares should be able to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by year's end, said John Hickey Jr., the company's chairman and CEO.

C-U edges closer to October rainfall record

CHAMPAIGN — Overnight rainfall boosted October’s precipitation total to 7.96 inches, enough to make this the second-wettest October on record in Champaign-Urbana.

Crimestoppers president makes FBI's 'good' list

CHAMPAIGN – The only president that Champaign County Crimestoppers has ever known has been selected as a recipient of one of the FBI's most prestigious awards for non-agents.

Crimestoppers President John Hecker was surprised at the organization's meeting Thursday afternoon when FBI Assistant Special Agent In-Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. announced that Hecker had been chosen to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award.

Vermilion animal shelter director suspended

DANVILLE - The director of the Vermilion County Animal Shelter has been suspended indefinitely, according to Vermilion County Board Chairman Jim McMahon.

McMahon declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the suspension of director Pete Smith, stating that it's a confidential personnel matter.

Board willing to try collaborative parkland method

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign parks officials and local developers apparently will continue to agree to disagree about a method to provide new park space in the city's growth areas.

A joint meeting Wednesday night between the Champaign City Council and the park district board highlighted the continuing rift between the park board, which wants a mandatory land dedication law for residential developments, and developers, who favor what has been termed a "mandatory collaboration."

$20 million loan announced for C-U sanitary expansion

CHAMPAIGN – The Urbana and Champaign Sanitary District is getting a $20 million interest-free loan from the state to pay for environmental projects to improve the wastewater system.