Leadership changes at Strategic Capital Bank

CHAMPAIGN – James Ballsrud has been named acting president of Strategic Capital Bank following the April 16 resignation of former president Stephen Wills.

Ballsrud has been the bank's chief financial officer, and his new appointment is subject to approval by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

3 Danville nonprofits join forces to seek stimulus funds for housing

DANVILLE – Three nonprofit organizations in Danville have joined forces to apply for federal stimulus grants to build or rehabilitate housing in the city for low-income residents.

Bondville man accused of sex assault

BONDVILLE – Bond has been set at $250,000 for a Bondville man accused of predatory criminal sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a boy younger than 13 years old.

Jerry L. Wells, 63, who listed an address on County Road 1600N in Bondville, said he wanted to hire his own attorney rather than use the public defender.

Road resurfacing planned between Ogden, Homer

HOMER – Motorists traveling between Ogden and Homer can expect delays beginning next week.

Paris Ervin, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Transportation, said work will begin Monday on resurfacing of Illinois Route 49 between U.S. 150 in Ogden and the south side of Homer.

Man arrested for burglary

CHAMPAIGN – Bond has been set at $25,000 for a man arrested in connection with a residential burglary in Champaign.

According to Champaign County Assistant States Attorney Katie Pugh, Miko R. King, 29 who listed an address on the 1500 block of Kingsway in Champaign, allegedly broke into a home on the 1700 block of Sandra, Champaign, on Jan. 10, breaking a window and opening a side door and allegedly took a video game console and a Guitar Hero game.

Police release photo of theft suspects

Police have released a photo of two suspects involved with the theft of a purse in downtown Champaign.

According to a Champaign police report, on March 22 a 35-year-old woman left her purse on a table at Memphis on Main, turned her back for a minute and then noticed her purse missing.

Murder victim had been accused in earlier shooting

URBANA – A man fatally shot in Urbana on Wednesday night had been accused of shooting a man there last October.

Attempted murder charges had been dismissed against Kenneth O. Nolan in mid-March by the Champaign County state's attorney's office because the victim and other witnesses needed for trial could not be found.

Champaign police warn of scam

CHAMPAIGN – Police are warning the public about a scam that has been targeting senior citizens in Champaign.

Champaign Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a 73-year-old man reported he was approached by a man on a bicycle on April 30. The bicyclist told the man the "front end fell off" his car and that he needed $55 to have the vehicle towed.

More signs near Native American House vandalized

URBANA – More metal signs that were part of the "Beyond the Chief" exhibit on the University of Illinois campus have been vandalized.

According to a UI police report, three metal signs near the Native American House, 1206 W. Nevada Ave., U, were bent between Friday and Monday.

Savoy veterans memorial will get new landscaping

SAVOY – The veterans memorial is still seeing changes and support from the community even though it has been completed for nearly six months, according to village Trustee Bill Smith, who has headed the project since its beginning.

In the next few weeks, bricks that were bought in the winter months and could not be installed will be laid down, and the Savoy Garden Friends will be out planting boxwoods and roses around the memorial site – on the corner of Dunlap and Tomaras avenues at the northeast corner of the Savoy Municipal Center lot.