Man arrested after trying to have cannabis sent by FedEx

URBANA – A Rantoul man who had about 87 pounds of cannabis delivered to his cousin's house in Rantoul was charged Friday with cannabis trafficking, a Class X felony.

Lincoln Lee, 26, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Falcon Drive, is accused of having the cannabis delivered to his cousin Marcia Holliday's home in the 1000 block of Eastview Drive from Phoenix on Thursday.

Tuscola to weigh redevelopment arrangement

TUSCOLA – The Tuscola City Council will discuss and may take action next week on a redevelopment agreement that will encourage business growth at Tuscola's Tanger Outlet Center.

The agreement will encourage the mall to attract more tenants, said City Administrator Drew Hoel, while demonstrating the city's willingness to invest in the center's success.

Prospective Class of 2010 can now apply for ag program

Young agriculture professionals can learn about business leadership at an upcoming program being offered by the state.

Organizers began accepting applications this week for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program Class of 2010.

UI trustees OK funds for Huff Hall addition

The University of Illinois is moving forward with plans for a building addition that will provide more space for research in health, aging and disability.

The UI Board of Trustees approved a $15 million budget for an addition to Huff Hall for the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Trial for drunken driving set in late February

URBANA – A Champaign real estate agent is due back in court in late February to be tried on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, alleging he killed a woman Thursday night in Champaign.

Marc Featherstone, who will be 24 on Tuesday, of the 3400 block of Stoneway Court, Champaign, is accused of killing Kara L. Holt, 29, of Gibson City in a collision at the intersection of Healey Street and Prospect Avenue about 10:50 p.m. Thursday.

Wave of burglaries hits St. Joseph

ST JOSEPH – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are asking people in and around St. Joseph to pay closer attention to their homes and vehicles.

In the last six months, there have been 11 residential burglaries, four storage shed break-ins and 12 burglaries to motor vehicles, according to Lt. Ed Ogle of the investigations division.

Man's autopsy shows multiple gunshot wounds

URBANA – The investigation is continuing into Wednesday night's murder of an Urbana man.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said an autopsy in Bloomington on Thursday for Paris L. Thompson, 35, showed the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.

Officials face tough decisions when cold weather hits

After a holiday, two teacher in-service days and a day off for cold weather, students in Urbana were back in school today for the first time since last Friday. In Champaign schools, it was the second day of school this week.

Spencer Landsman, principal of Urbana's Leal Elementary School, said school was "business as usual" this morning. Other than an outside activity that had to be postponed Thursday and again today, Landsman said staff members "haven't had to make a lot of adjustments" in lesson-planning or for kids getting back into school routines.

Former Piccadilly Beverage Shop building to be leased or sold

URBANA – The former Piccadilly Beverage Shop building in southeast Urbana will either be leased or sold, its owner says.

Jack Troxell said the store at 1508 E. Colorado Ave. wasn't meeting his standards, so he decided to close it at the end of 2007 when the liquor license was up for renewal.

Crash in Champaign kills Gibson City woman

CHAMPAIGN – A Gibson City woman was killed as the result of a crash in Champaign on Thursday.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Kara L. Holt, 29, was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at Carle Foundation Hospital.