Urbana police seek suspects who tried to rob delivery driver

Champaign County Crimestoppers and Urbana police this week are seeking help in solving an attempted robbery outside an apartment building on North Lincoln Avenue.

On Aug. 26, a food-delivery driver walked into a building in the 1300 block of North Lincoln to make a delivery. When he left the building, he saw two men approach him from behind. They had apparently been waiting outside the door.

Iroquois prosecutor upset man won't be extradited in death of Buckley teen in 2004

WATSEKA – Iroquois County's top prosecutor said he's disappointed that the Mexican government has decided not to return a man accused of killing a Buckley teen four years ago to this country for prosecution.

State's Attorney Jim Devine said he learned in early August from a Department of Justice attorney that Mexican authorities have decided not to allow the extradition of Fernando Nunez, 24.

Tuscola begins growing biocrops to lure biofuel industry

TUSCOLA – There's more than grass growing by the Tuscola sewer plant.

If city officials are successful, that grass could someday sprout into the foundation for a new energy-fueled economy.

Champaign Guardsman part of unit sent to aid in Gustav relief

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is one of eight Illinois National Guardsmen who flew out of Decatur on Sunday morning on their way to Louisiana to help with relief efforts for people affected by Hurricane Gustav.

Illinois Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Damien Germsheid of Champaign piloted one of two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the Illinois National Guard's aviation facility in Decatur to Esler Airfield in Louisiana, according to National Guard spokesman Maj. Brad Leighton.

Urbana school board to again review high school restructuring

URBANA – Though Urbana High School does not have to restructure this year because of test scores deemed acceptable by the state, the school's staff plans to take the district through the process, anyway – if they can come up with a plan that meets board approval.

The district will take another stab at it at Tuesday's board meeting – at 7:30 p.m. in the Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.

Clinton lawyer named as new judge on Sixth Judicial Circuit

CLINTON – The Illinois Supreme Court appointed a Clinton man as DeWitt County's new circuit judge over the weekend.

Gary W. Bryan, 54, of Clinton, will serve in the Sixth Judicial Circuit effective Oct. 1, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stephen H. Peters on July 31.

Urbana police cite bartenders, sales clerks for liquor violations

URBANA – Urbana police and agents from the Illinois Liquor Commission charged five bartenders and sales clerks with selling alcohol to minors last week.

According to an Urbana police report, the Urbana officers and liquor-commission agents sent two minors into several businesses on Wednesday night to attempt to buy alcohol.

Two hurt after car rear-ends van on Interstate 74 near Ogden

OGDEN – Two people were injured as a result of a two-vehicle collision Friday afternoon on Interstate 74.

According to an Illinois State Police report, Brandon L. Reberger, 38, who listed an address in Champaign, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet minivan westbound at mile-marker 196 near Ogden when he slowed down as he approached a location where the two lanes were merging into one lane for a construction zone.

Prairie Center detox unit closed, reducing choices for addicts


URBANA – Jim Ellis is waiting for the full effect of cuts in state funding for social services to make their way to his emergency-room door.

But Ellis, the chairman of emergency medicine for Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, knows they're coming.

That's because the Prairie Center Health Systems was forced to close its detoxification unit at 122 W. Hill St. in downtown Champaign on Aug. 1. Last calendar year, the unit had 803 admissions – alcoholics and drug addicts who came there to sober up for an average of three to five days.

Rantoul to consider refitting old Chanute building for fire training

RANTOUL – A vacant building on the former Chanute Air Force Base could soon see new life as a fire-training facility for the Rantoul Fire Department.

The Rantoul Village Board will discuss a proposal by Fire Chief Ken Waters to pay for a new roof and refraction for the old Chanute fire-training building near Perimeter Road in South Rantoul at its meeting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Rantoul Municipal Building, 333 S. Tanner St., Rantoul.