Champaign man held for burglary

URBANA – A Champaign man is being held at the Champaign County Jail after his arrest over the weekend for residential burglary.

Nathan L. Schoonover, 32, who listed an address in the 1400 block of West Kirby Avenue, Champaign, pleaded innocent on Monday to felony residential burglary.

Former Pesotum man in murder-suicide, Denver police say

DENVER – The deaths of a former Pesotum man and a Denver woman inside a high-rise Denver condominium last week may have been a murder-suicide, according to Colorado police.

UI committee: Dismissed professor, others lack due-process protection

URBANA – A University of Illinois faculty committee investigating the dismissal of adjunct professor Kenneth Howell says he lacked essential academic due-process protections, a situation faced by hundreds of other non-tenure-track instructors at the UI.

200 Rantoul customers lose power briefly

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Public Works Department reports that 200 electrical customers in downtown Rantoul lost power for 10 minutes Monday after a squirrel got into an electric substation.

Public Works Director Greg Hazel said the customers lost electricity at 5:05 p.m. Monday.

Power was restored to all customers by 5:15 p.m.

University Primary School plans open house

CHAMPAIGN – University Primary School will hold an open house this week for visitors to see the school.

The school includes preschool, kindergarten and first grade. The open house is Thursday. Visitors can see the preschool from 8:30 a.m. to noon and the combined kindergarten-first grade class from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Crime report

Area police report the following:


– 300 block of East Armory Street: Cable box stolen Oct. 6.

– 600 block of North Neil Street: Bicycle stolen Thursday.

– 900 block of West Vine Street: Windows of a home shot out with a BB gun Thursday.

Two men fixing Rantoul park's broken benches

RANTOUL – Bob Deiter and Berl Peavler are fixing up the benches in a park tucked away on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Deiter, a 81-year-old Rantoul resident, and Peavler, an 86-year-old from Thomasboro, have been restoring benches in the dilapidated park for the past four months.

Fairmount man turns hobby into master beekeeper certification

FAIRMOUNT – In 1994, David Burns took up beekeeping as a hobby. Recently, he attained the status of a master beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America.

"Beekeeping was a hobby that went wild into a business in about 10 years," Burns said. "It's grown a lot faster than I thought it would."

Champaign council to vote on Fourth Street extension amendments

CHAMPAIGN – City council members are scheduled to vote on amendments related to the Fourth Street extension when they meet this week.

The council's regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Training of service dogs called first on college campus

CHAMPAIGN – As Bridget Evans heads from class to class at the University of Illinois, her constant companion is a fuzzy 11-year-old black Labrador retriever named Coal.