Stratford to house coffee shop this June

URBANA – Come this summer, there could be another new place to get a cup of coffee in downtown Urbana.

Ron Blakey and Ann Stokr plan to open a coffee shop serving breakfast and lunch in the Stratford apartment building at 202 N. Race St.

Police visit 5 campus bars over weekend

CHAMPAIGN – Police officers on a campaign to curb underage drinking found infractions at five Champaign bars Saturday.

The most infractions were found at Kam's, 618 E. Daniel St., C, where 20 people were cited. Seven or fewer citations were handed out at each of the following bars: It's Brother's Bar, 613 E. Green St.; Rocks, 25 E. Springfield Ave.; Highdive, 51 Main St.; and Chester Street, 65 Chester St.

Philo teenager rolls SUV after drinking

PESOTUM – A Philo teen was injured this morning after rolling over his vehicle following a drinking party.

Champaign County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Coile said Christopher McLaughlin, 18, told a sheriff's deputy he was driving east on County Road 300 N near 1425 E at 3 a.m. today when his sport utility vehicle left the road. The vehicle traveled about 550 feet before striking a culvert and becoming airborne. It came down in a field, rolling over on its top.

Sunday's high winds knock out power, cause damage

CHAMPAIGN – About 1,500 AmerenIP customers were without power for about two hours Sunday afternoon.

High winds blew a sign down on a power line about 2:30 p.m. in Champaign, said spokesman Leigh Morris.

Danville group to honor teachers with help from Van Dyke

DANVILLE – The Danville Community Public School Foundation will honor four teachers, showcase the musical talents of five show choirs and unveil a new initiative with the help of legendary performer and Danville High School alumnus Dick Van Dyke.

All of that will take place at an event called "An Evening of Singing and Dancing." It will be held April 13 at the high school auditorium.

Muslim group plans 5K run at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN – Sam Slaven describes himself as a retired runner, but he's putting his experience in races all over the world to good use at Parkland College.

Slaven, 28, who joined Parkland's Muslim Student Association to rid himself of negative images he brought home from fighting in Iraq, has planned the association's April 7 5K run around the college's Perimeter Road.

Danville budget proposal ready for display

DANVILLE – More police officers and city hall employees and more money for streets have a place in next year's proposed city budget.

City council members will vote Tuesday on placing the proposed fiscal 2007-2008 budget on display before its adoption April 17. The city council meeting will include a public hearing on the budget.

Teen's arrest spurs concerns on excessive force

CHAMPAIGN – An arrest by Champaign police of a young Rantoul man Friday night, including the use of pepper spray, has raised concerns for some citizens and community leaders.

A group of young people, mostly teenagers who had been attending an open basketball night at the Douglass Center, was apparently convinced that police had used excessive force on a young Rantoul man, but police say they only used force enough to make the arrest.

Five armed robberies reported at start of weekend

Police are urging citizens to take steps to avoid being robbed after a string of armed robberies in Champaign-Urbana early Saturday.

Champaign police received three reports of armed robberies, while University of Illinois and Urbana police each had one. The robberies may have involved subjects with similar descriptions, according to police.

C-U resident's business trip becomes a 'personal sojourn'

When Imani Bazzell went to Africa recently, it was for work.

But the trip was also a spiritual journey for her as she walked the same path slaves once did.