Co-conspirator says Reyes admitted shooting man

DANVILLE – Juan Antonio Reyes admitted to shooting a man during a botched robbery two years ago, a co-conspirator testified on Wednesday.

Alex Garcia said that originally, he was supposed to be one of two gunmen during the robbery at a house on Danville's east side. When he backed out, Reyes grabbed a gun and took off with the other gunman.

Drug dealer gets 19 years in prison

URBANA – A 25-year-old Champaign man convicted of possessing a large amount of cocaine intended for sale was sentenced Wednesday to 19 years in prison.

"I don't care where you're from – Chicago, Cleveland or Detroit. You're not going to come into Champaign County and deal drugs," Judge Arnold Blockman told Ivran Galmore, whose last known address was in the 2300 block of West John Street, Champaign.

Man charged with armed violence

RANTOUL – A Rantoul man arrested Monday with a loaded gun and drugs was charged Tuesday with armed violence.

Rantoul police Sgt. Jeff Wooten said Cedric Watkins, 24, who listed an address in the 1900 block of County Road 3000 N, was arrested about 5:30 p.m.

Robbery suspect gets prison in plea to lesser charge

URBANA – An Urbana man who admitted he possessed a stolen Cadillac was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.

Peter C. Campbell, 29, whose last known address was in the 2400 block of East Elm Street, pleaded guilty to that charge as his trial for armed robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle was about to begin. A jury had been selected in Champaign County Circuit Court on Monday to hear Campbell's case.

Winkel ready to embark on new career

State Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Urbana, had an unexpectedly quiet exit after 12 years in the General Assembly, but is excited to start a new teaching job at the University of Illinois.

Winkel, an attorney with an economics degree from the UI, said he will be teaching at both the College of Law and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs when classes begin later this month.

Activities planned for Urbana pool reopening

After months of waiting, there are only two days to go until the official reopening of the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center.

The facility, which was damaged after a July 24 fire, has already hosted the Urbana High School boys' swim team for its last several practices.

Rantoul to codify its ordinances

RANTOUL – Village Clerk Jeremy Reale says Rantoul's municipal ordinances are a mess.

For example, if residents want to find out if they are allowed to shoot off bottle rockets, whether 19-year-olds can serve as cocktail waitresses or when they can legally burn leaves, they can go to the village hall to read though two thick loose leaf notebooks filled with ordinances and have difficulty finding the answers.

Gibson City Council weighs hazard from vacant building

GIBSON CITY – Gibson City Council members are concerned that a vacant building in the downtown area poses a hazard to adjacent property owners as well as those who pass by.

The property at 103-105 S. Sangamon was formerly a restaurant and is between the site of Alexander Lumber Co. and Gibson Girl Salon & Spa.

Next Boneyard phase moves ahead

CHAMPAIGN – The city council is opting for a mixed – and more expensive – approach to developing the Boneyard Second Street Reach detention project.

Council members voted 6-2 Tuesday night in study session to back a $20.3 million alternative for developing the second phase of the Boneyard Creek improvement plan. The favored approach calls for both above- and below-ground storage of stormwater.

Letters to family could be read at Gray's sentencing

OAKWOOD – The stack of letters was enough to bring Kathy Divan to tears.

But the day after Christmas, she sat in her kitchen and forced herself to read them one after one.

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