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Urbana man arraigned on drug charge

URBANA -- An Urbana man who police said possessed cocaine in an apartment in that city is due back in court May 31.

Kendrick Rodgers, 19, who listed an address in the 900 block of East Colorado Avenue, was arrested about 9 a.m. Thursday by Urbana police, who went to the apartment with a search warrant.

Boneyard cleanup canceled

Due to safety issues with high creek levels, the Boneyard Community Cleanup event is canceled this year.

There will not be a rain date scheduled.

The event was to have been held Saturday morning in Champaign's Scott Park.

Judge acquits Champaign man in sex case

URBANA -- A Champaign County judge has acquitted a Champaign man of inappropriate sexual contact with a resident of the Swann Special Care Center.

Judge Harry Clem on Thursday ruled that the state had failed to prove that Romulo Talavera, 54, who listed an address in the 3000 block of West William Street, Champaign, was guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Man on parole arrested for loaded gun

CHAMPAIGN -- An Urbana man on parole for robbery was arrested by Champaign police Thursday for having a loaded gun.

Champaign police Sgt. John Schweighart said officers were looking for Coty W. Decker, 23, whose last known address was in the 2300 block of East University Avenue, because he had allegedly threatened a person with a gun on East Columbia Avenue Wednesday night.

Champaign school board sets special meeting

CHAMPAIGN -- The Champaign school board has scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The board is scheduled to meet in executive session to discuss an unspecified personnel matter, according to the agenda.

After the closed session, the board is to take action.

Life Remembered: Kurland was brilliant, passionate, 'a good guy'

CHAMPAIGN -- Friends remember the founder of Kurland Steel as a brilliant man who successfully changed his career path and harbored a passion for sports and funny stories.

Aaron Kurland, who died April 8 at the age of 84, founded the Urbana-based steel company in 1976 and served as its president until he retired.

Wind advisory most of day

LINCOLN --The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a wind advisory for much of Central Illinois until 7 p.m. Friday.

Easterly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts over 40 mph will be common this afternoon with a few gusts up to 50 mph possible. The winds will begin to diminish later this afternoon.

Wheelchair event set for Saturday

CHAMPAIGN -- If you've never had to navigate a curb cut in a wheelchair, you can experience the challenge firsthand Saturday at Parkland College.

The fourth annual Wheelathon sponsored by PACE Center for Independent Living is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon at Parkland, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The Mystery of the Vanishing Abe

URBANA -- Who stole Abe Lincoln?

His statue, that is.

We still don't know who took the Lincoln Bust from Lincoln Hall back in 1979, and who told police where to find it a few days later, on a tree stump in the old UI golf course on Florida Avenue.

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