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Police say driver waves gun at another driver in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – A driver waved a gun at another driver in Champaign Friday afternoon, police say.

The incident, which took place about 3 p.m., started near the Colonial Pantry at 211 W. University Ave.

A 27-year-old man encountered a male driving north on Randolph Street, near the curb, in the marked parking spaces, according to Rene Dunn of the police department

Negotiations resume Friday in Mahomet-Seymour

MAHOMET — School board representatives and the Mahomet-Seymour Education Association’s bargaining team were to meet again Friday evening after a six-hour negotiation on Thursday.

The session scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. is the first to be held with a federal mediator.

Marshals arrest man in Danville for murder in Cook County

DANVILLE — A man from south suburban Dolton, wanted for murder in Cook County, was arrested in Danville Friday.

Jermaine Brazill, 19, of Dolton is charged with a March 17 shooting in which a 15-year-old bystander was killed. A warrant was issued May 30, and U.S. marshals were called to assist.

Fire heavily damages north Champaign garage

CHAMPAIGN – For the second morning in a row, Champaign firefighters were sent to put out an early morning fire in a garage.

Fire department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said a neighbor saw the fire in the detached garage at 710 Tawney Court at 5:55 a.m. and called for help.

Pet of the Week Olly

Olly is a 19 month old white and tan neutered American Bull dog, very friendly and playful. 

Former Uni coach in sex case expected to return from Russia

URBANA – A former University Laboratory High School coach who's been at large for three years since being convicted of a sex crime involving a student apparently intends to turn himself in to Champaign County authorities.

Boys & Girls Club to move grade-schoolers' program to downtown church space

CHAMPAIGN – The Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club building will soon be a teen center, devoted solely to middle school and high school students, while the elementary students the club serves will have their own space at First Presbyterian Church near downtown Champaign.

Urbana's Crisis Nursery seeks more votes for website makeover

URBANA – Crisis Nursery is urging the public to vote for it in an online voting contest, in hopes of winning a website makeover worth $10,000.

Douglas County considers interest in FutureGen

Rep. Tim Johnson won't attempt to dissuade Douglas County officials from applying to be a part of the FutureGen 2.0 project that Coles County business leaders already have dismissed.

Central Illinois Bank to close office in Decatur, Peoria

CHAMPAIGN – Central Illinois Bank will close its office in Decatur and one of its offices in Peoria later this year as part of a cost-cutting move, its parent company announced this week.