Store plans fundraiser to support Kickapoo State Park

DANVILLE – Employees' interest in saving a local state park is behind a fundraiser set for Wednesday at a local department store.

Elder-Beerman will host Kickapoo Day from noon to 9 p.m. to benefit Kickapoo State Park, with "celebrities" on hand to help at the store in the Village Mall, 2917 N. Vermilion St.

Retired detective's old-school technique leads to arrest

URBANA – Advanced DNA technology may have linked a rape in Florida to three in Champaign and Urbana, but it was old-fashioned detective work by a veteran Urbana police officer that found the suspect.

And John Lockard did it using one of the oldest resources known to detectives: a phone book.

Benefit set for girl whose parents died in motorcycle crash

DANVILLE – A benefit for the 3-year-old girl whose parents died in a motorcycle accident July 26 is set for Saturday at Sarge's Banquet Hall, 409 E. Main St.

"We have received an overwhelming outpouring of support from the community," said Tim Stewart of the benefit for Lexie Hagan, whose parents, Kimberly and Chad Hagan, were killed in the accident. Stewart and his wife, Terri, parents of Kimberly, are raising Lexie. The Hagans were riding in a motorcycle poker run when a woman crossed the center line and hit their vehicle head-on, killing the couple.

Teen on probation accused of another sex-related crime

URBANA – A Champaign teen on probation for criminal sexual abuse has been charged with another sex-related crime.

Stevon Greer, 18, who listed an address in the 2300 block of Southwood Drive, was arraigned Thursday on a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child for a July 3, 2007, incident that is alleged to have occurred with a then 12-year-old child.

Military families get YMCA membership deal

CHAMPAIGN – To help with the stress of deployment, families of National Guard soldiers and reservists will get free memberships at the Champaign County YMCA.

The center is part of the new Armed Services YMCA and Department of Defense Outreach Initiative, which pays all the costs.

Effort to expand junkyard clears planning, zoning panel

DANVILLE – Several residents told the city's planning and zoning commission Thursday night that they objected to the expansion of a vehicle junkyard on Warrington Avenue on the city's western edge.

Bryant Industries has requested a special use permit to operate a junkyard at 1300 Warrington Ave., just outside the city limits. The site falls within the city's area of zoning authority, which extends one-and-a-half miles beyond its limits.

Agencies share their pain from state's cuts

DANVILLE – If Crosspoint Human Services were to close, clients like Jeremy Johnson and Christina Deckard said, they would have nowhere else to go.

"If they did close it, I'm going to be out here in the world by myself," Deckard, 35, said. "Crosspoint is my home."

Carbon monoxide likely cause of Danville fire death

DANVILLE – There's no word yet of what caused the house fire that killed two people Wednesday morning.

But Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson released preliminary autopsy results Thursday that showed one of the victims – Lloyd White, 75 – died from probable carbon monoxide inhalation due to the fire. Toxicology tests are pending for confirmation.

Man accused of stealing cash from friend's home

URBANA – An Urbana man was charged Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court with residential burglary for stealing cash from a friend's home.

Thomas Hodis, 24, of the 200 block of North Coler Avenue, is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 25 after being charged with entering a home in the 800 block of East McHenry Street in Urbana intending to steal.

Urbana High homecoming parade closing part of Race Street

URBANA – A portion of Race Street will be closed Friday afternoon for the annual Urbana High School Homecoming parade.

The parade itself will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Race Street between Iowa Street and Michigan Avenue will be closed from 1 p.m. until the parade is over.