Judge hands down 10-year prison term in drug case

URBANA – A Champaign man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for having heroin for sale in his home.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem imposed the sentence on Christopher Ward, 38, of the 1000 block of South Duncan Road. A jury convicted Ward in late July of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for having about 5 grams of heroin in his bedroom.

Champaign man gets 8 years for illegally having guns

URBANA – A Champaign man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in federal prison for illegally having guns.

U.S. Central District of Illinois Chief Judge Michael McCuskey imposed the sentence, to be followed by three years of supervised release, formerly known as parole, for Daniel Raup, 40, whose last known address was in the 300 block of West Columbia Avenue, C.

Social service agencies call for public 'outrage' against budget cuts

State officials are "playing games with people's lives" for political gain as they announce cut after cut to vulnerable populations, and it's time to speak up, service providers say.

"We can't just sit around and be silent," said Peter Tracy, executive director of the Champaign County Mental Health Board and Developmental Disabilities Board. "We have a responsibility to this community."

Agencies that help people with mental illness, developmental disabilities or drug and alcohol addictions have organized a Sept. 17 public hearing in Urbana to push legislators to take action.

Man arrested twice in 4 days gets court date

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man arrested twice in four days and accused of separate burglaries is due to return to court later this month.

Deandre Hill, 22, who listed an address in the 200 block of Nelson Court, C, is due to appear in court for appearance with a private attorney in two separate cases Sept. 16.

Fithian man organizes picket to oppose Kickapoo closure

A Fithian resident has organized a picket opposing the closure of Kickapoo State Park this Saturday.

Dave Lowe said protesters will be at Ironwood Pavilion inside the park from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Send-offs for Guard soldiers scheduled

CHAMPAIGN – A deployment ceremony for about 85 Champaign-based National Guard troops now has a tentative time and place.

The deployment ceremony will be held Oct. 1 at Champaign Centennial High School, 913 Crescent Drive, in its auditorium, unless the Army changes the date. The event will be open to the public, said First Sgt. Joseph Briggs of Mahomet, who is part of Champaign's Company B, 634th Brigade Support Battalion.

Michigan man accused of fondling 2 girls

URBANA – A Michigan man is accused of fondling two Urbana girls.

Phillip Miller, 66, of Allegan, Mich., was arraigned Thursday on three counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse.

Authorities: Security image led to arrest

CHAMPAIGN – Police say a photo image from a business security camera led to the arrest Thursday of a former St. Joseph man for robbery.

Champaign police Detective Don Shepard said Terry Leece, 35, formerly of St. Joseph but who had been living recently at an unknown address in Champaign, was arrested Thursday afternoon for a robbery Friday at Walgreens, 1509 S. Neil St., C.

Urbana man faces charges in 2 shooting cases

URBANA – An Urbana man already in jail on charges from one shooting also faces charges in a separate shooting.

Shawntez McMillion, 31, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Linview Avenue, Urbana, was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. Those charges accuse McMillion of shooting a Champaign man on April 3 in the 900 block of North Fourth Street.

Rollover disrupts Champaign traffic

CHAMPAIGN – Traffic was back to normal after a rollover crash at the intersection of University Avenue and Randolph Street on Friday morning.