Vermilion nursing home using consultant after infection violations

TILTON — Vermilion County has hired a private consultant to help Vermilion Manor Nursing Home staff better control infections, after the state found violations that related bacterial infections among several residents.

Because of the violations, the nursing home did not admit any Medicare or Medicaid residents for three months, and the facility also faces fines.

Reports to police

In crimes reported to area police:


— Third and University: About 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, two male teens on a bicycle robbed a 35-year-old man at gunpoint of his bicycle.

— Centrue Bank, 1001 S. Neil St.: Wooden fence around property spray painted Tuesday or Wednesday.

Champaign woman injured, may be ticketed, in accident

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman is expected to be ticketed for her part in a four-vehicle accident at a major intersection in Champaign.

According to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn, the collision occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday at the corner of State Street and Kirby Avenue.

Man charged with public indecency as felony

URBANA — A man with a history of public indecency convictions has been charged with that offense in Champaign County after allegedly exposing himself in a downtown Champaign coffee shop.

Man who hit cat sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Fisher man who admitted hitting a cat in the head with a metal bar has been convicted of felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

Dwight Sweeney Jr., 35, pleaded guilty to that charge Tuesday in Champaign County Circuit Court before Judge Heidi Ladd.

Two arrested in Rantoul incident that brought evacuation

URBANA — A man who police said had a loaded gun prompted the evacuation of several Rantoul homes Wednesday night. Police eventually arrested that man and another after they refused to come out of a house for about an hour on the village's south side.

Man accused of beating daughter

URBANA — A Champaign man alleged to have beaten his teen-aged daughter because he was angry with her for becoming pregnant has been charged with two felony offenses.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said she charged Paul Guy, 43, of the 1300 block of North Neil Street, with aggravated battery and domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction.

Alcohol may be factor in fatal collision

UPDATED 10 a.m. WHITE HEATH — Illinois State Police believe alcohol may have played a factor in the death of a motorcyclist from Bondville early Thursday.

Illinois State Police Sgt. Bill Emery said Gordon S. Newman, 50, was killed while the man driving a van who hit him was taken to a local hospital for a chemical test.

International visitors get glimpse of municipal government

URBANA — Berik Torekhan turned away and grunted when a translator told him a grinder the city of Urbana uses at the landscape recycling facility cost more than $300,000.

State agency lowers income projections

SPRINGFIELD — The Legislature's revenue-reporting agency has dampened its already conservative revenue projections for the current fiscal year.

The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability now is projecting only "modest" base increases in income and sales taxes this fiscal year.