UI police chief: Officer acted appropriately

URBANA – A University of Illinois police officer who fired his gun at a robbery suspect did so to prevent himself and other police officers from being harmed, his supervisor said Thursday.

Interim Police Chief Jeff Christensen said the officer who fired at Jack A. Beasley, 36, in October was Jeff McCracken, a 13-year veteran of the UI force. No one was hit by the single shot, which hit the truck Beasley was driving, Christensen said.

Three family members found dead after fire, car accident

URBANA – Champaign County sheriff's investigators are trying to sort out what happened to three members of an Urbana family who died Thursday night. Two were found dead in their east Urbana home that had been set on fire. A third died in a car crash after fleeing the home.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said authorities are trying to notify next of kin for the man, woman and child before releasing their names. Autopsies are scheduled for today.

Name game, level 2, for UI college

URBANA – CMAS is out. Anyone for CJAM? Or COM?

The University of Illinois College of Communications' search for a new name is not exactly back to square one, but the choice favored by faculty and alumni is apparently out.

Orange and Blue is in the black

SPRINGFIELD–The Illinois Department of Revenue removed Orange and Blue Distributing of Champaign from a list of delinquent taxpayers it posted online this week after affirming that the company did not owe any back taxes.

"We do apologize if there were any error," said a statement from Revenue spokeswoman Katie Ridgway. "We go to great lengths to make sure mistakes are not made. When we were alerted to the issue yesterday we took his name off the list while we looked into the problem."

Danville commission to review processes

DANVILLE – A recent motion by the Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission has prompted commissioners to begin a review of their processes.

Chairman Ken Cunningham said the commission's intent was misinterpreted when commissioners approved a zoning petition by Security Ventures Inc. last month.

Wolfram Research accepting toy donations

CHAMPAIGN – Friday is the drop-off day at Wolfram Research for the Marine Toys for Tots program.

Donors can come through a covered area near Neil Street and Kirby Avenue, between the Trade Center and Hawthorn Suites, to drop off a gift or check and get a doughnut, according to Marcus Wynne, public relations director at Wolfram.

Man dies in car-pedestrian accident

URBANA – A 59-year-old man from China was killed in a car-pedestrian accident in Urbana Wednesday evening.

Jiyan Zhang was pronounced dead at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday at Carle Foundation Hospital. Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said the cause of death is being attributed to traumatic head injury. No autopsy will be performed.

Republicans pick new member for District 3

URBANA – Champaign County Republicans picked a veteran business leader for the county board seat being given up by Scott Tapley in District 3.

Al Nudo, 59, the longtime president of Robeson's Inc., was selected Wednesday evening in the second round of a caucus from a remarkable field of candidates, said Joan Dykstra, a Savoy Village Board member and former county board member.

Residents line roads as Marine's body returns home

ARCOLA – A procession bringing home the body of Cpl. Allen Roberts turned into a solemnly patriotic parade Wednesday morning in downtown Arcola.

Crowds lined Arcola's Main Street in a show of thanks for the service of Cpl. Roberts. The Marine grew up in nearby Kemp and graduated from Arcola High School in 2004. He died last week in a Humvee accident near Al Asad, Iraq.

Savoy makes plans to demolish house

SAVOY – Over eight months, the village has received close to 500 phone calls and had some 75 interested parties complete extensive research to find out what it would take to move the free house at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Curtis Road.

But all leads have run dry.