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Laid off? The News-Gazette will give you 3 months for $1

People who have recently been laid off work may be eligible to receive a three-month subscription to The News-Gazette for only $1, according to John Foreman, the newspaper's editor and publisher.

If work isn't found within those three months, The News-Gazette will continue to extend three-month subscriptions at that rate for up to a full year, he said.

Danville trio sentenced to 6 years for fatal shooting

DANVILLE – Three Danville men will serve prison time for their involvement with the 2008 fatal shooting of Kenneth Sims on Danville's east side.

Rickey L. Lane, 28; Jamie D. Clark, 29; and Jonathan M. Tabor, 30, each was sentenced to six years behind bars in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Thursday.

Colleagues back state Rep. Bill Black for UI trustee

CHARLESTON – Sen. Dale Righter said Gov. Pat Quinn could boost his standing among East Central Illinois voters by appointing state Rep. Bill Black to the University of Illinois board of trustees.

Champaign drug arrest nets Class X felony charge

URBANA – A Champaign man who had crack cocaine on him apparently packaged for sale has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Because of prior convictions, Charlie Brown Jr., 57, who listed an address in the 400 block of Briar Lane, was charged as a Class X felon, with penalties ranging from six to 30 years upon conviction.

Man gets 6 years in prison for sex abuse of 9-year-old

URBANA – The following criminal cases were resolved recently in Champaign County Circuit Court:

– Jody Watts, 54, who listed an address in the 100 block of George Street, Urbana, was sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Champaign man charged with possessing crack for sale

URBANA – A Champaign man who had crack cocaine on him apparently packaged for sale has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Because of prior convictions, Charlie Brown Jr., 57, who listed an address in the 400 block of Briar Lane, was charged as a Class X felon, with penalties ranging from six to 30 years upon conviction.

UI student charged over hallucinogenic mushrooms

URBANA – A University of Illinois student who admitted growing hallucinogenic mushrooms in his fraternity room has been charged with a Class 1 felony.

Joshua Remaley, 21, who listed his address as the Sigma Nu fraternity, 1009 W. Pennsylvania Ave., U, was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for allegedly having between 50 and 200 grams of psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, at the fraternity earlier this week.

Two arraigned over theft of tools from trucks

URBANA — An Urbana police investigator has tracked down two people believed responsible for the theft of thousands of dollars worth of tools.

Arraigned this week on two counts each of burglary were Robert Lowenstein, 38, who listed an address in the 200 block of Dewey Street in Urbana, and Michael K. Jones, 52, who is homeless.

Urbana woman pleads guilty to 2008 fatal stabbing

URBANA – An Urbana woman who admitted fatally stabbing her boyfriend about a year ago faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced next month.

Vera Simmons, 31, who last lived in the 2000 block of South Vawter Street, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the June 21, 2008, death of Aaron Patton.

Firefighter says truck set afire for insurance proceeds

URBANA – A Champaign firefighter told police she set fire to her own truck because she was behind on payments and torched a co-worker's to make it look like someone else burned both.

Monica Hall, 50, of Mahomet was arraigned Friday on two counts of arson and one of obstructing justice, all felonies.