Woman pleads guilty to false police report at Monticello school

MONTICELLO – A Monticello woman has pleaded guilty to a charge in connection with scrawling a threat on the mirror of a Monticello High School bathroom in the spring of 2007.

Josephine Pierce, 19, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of making a false report to police.

Oakwood hires new principal

OAKWOOD – A Champaign school administrator has been named principal of Oakwood Grade School, where she'll replace the man who was hired as principal for her Champaign elementary school.

Jean Henigman will lead Oakwood Grade School. The Oakwood school board hired her at its meeting Wednesday night.

Defendant requests that trial be moved

DANVILLE – The attorney for the man accused of shaking 2½-year-old Reagan Williams to death in 2006 wants his client's trial moved out of Vermilion County.

Vermilion County Public Defender Robert McIntire on Thursday filed a motion for change of place of trial, citing "extensive" pretrial publicity from local media, as well as through a shaken baby syndrome public awareness and education campaign launched by Reagan's relatives.

Catlin school misses annual progress goal for the first time

CATLIN – Principal Dennis Buesking said that although Catlin Grade School students performed well on last year's standardized state testing as a whole, the school did not meet its annual yearly progress goals.

Buesking reported on the results of Catlin Grade School students' standardized tests at Thursday's Catlin School Board meeting.

Former LaBamba worker pleads innocent to taking funds

CHAMPAIGN – Police are continuing to investigate a woman accused of stealing from a Champaign restaurant chain where she worked.

Jean Shaffer, 21, of Mahomet, is due to return to court July 29 for a pretrial hearing on a charge of felony theft between $10,000 and $100,000. She was arraigned and pleaded innocent to the charge June 5.

Kleiss closes up greenhouses after 24 years

TOLONO – After 24 years in business, Linda Kleiss has decided to close Kleiss Nursery and concentrate on being a grandmother.

"It's a good time to change priorities," she said.

Urbana man accused of intruding on youths at home

URBANA – An Urbana man is accused of trespassing at an apartment where some children were watching television.

Edward Durkin, 52, who listed an address in the 700 block of South Urbana Street, was arraigned Tuesday on a felony charge of criminal trespass. He was released on his own recognizance and is due to return to court with a private attorney June 24.

hildren were watching television.

Ex-fire chief is top candidate for his old job in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The city's next fire chief could be a familiar name and face to longtime residents.

Douglas Forsman, who was Champaign's fire chief from 1980 to 1992, will be the only candidate interviewed Friday when he comes to town to meet with a city advisory panel. He is currently fire chief and chief administrative officer for the Union Colony Fire/Rescue Authority in Greeley, Colo., a position he's held for more than six years.

Shooting death ruled a homicide

DANVILLE – Danville police are still looking for a sixth person involved in the May 22 shooting death of a 28-year-old Danville man, an investigator said Wednesday.

Detective Keith Garrett testified at a Vermilion County coroner's inquest for Kenneth R. Sims that several people have been charged in connection with the shooting and are awaiting trial.

Savoy officials discuss veterans' memorial design

SAVOY – Board members bounced ideas off of each other on Wednesday as they discussed possible inscriptions for the planned Savoy veterans' memorial.

The memorial is expected to be placed in the northeast corner of the municipal building lot.