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Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:

CHAMPAIGN

2500 block of Myers Court: CDs stolen from unlocked vehicle Tuesday or Wednesday.

2500 block of Leeper Court: GPS and charging cord, valued at $175, stolen from unlocked car Tuesday or Wednesday.

Judge will issue ruling on Monday in Ramos case

URBANA -- Judge John Kennedy will rule Monday morning in the case against the managers of a rural apartment complex who have allegedly allowed the discharge of raw sewage into a nearby creek.

Closing arguments wrapped up Friday in Champaign County Court in the trial of Bernard and Eduardo Ramos, caretakers of Cherry Orchard Apartments, located between Thomasboro and Rantoul.

Earth Day event set in Urbana

URBANA The Urbana Park District's Anita Purves Nature Center and the City of Urbana's U-CYCLE Program are hosting an Earth Day event at the Anita Purves Nature Center on Monday.

Veterans housing planned in 'uninhabitable' building

DANVILLE -- News that the owner of the Harwal Hotel, with a newly formed charitable organization, is planning to turn his "uninhabitable" building into housing for homeless veterans came as a surprise to city officials.

State's tech and ag resources to help Japan

CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn announced a statewide humanitarian relief effort Friday, to harness Illinois' technological and agricultural resources to provide supplies for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Public input sought on redistricting

CHAMPAIGN -- Citizens are invited to offer testimony Saturday (April 16) at a hearing about the congressional and legislative redistricting processes in Illinois.

Decatur man sentenced in drug case

URBANA -- A Decatur man who possessed Ecstasy was sentenced Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court to two years in prison.

Kenneth Harris, 27, pleaded guilty in February to possession of fewer than 15 tablets of MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy.

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.