Champaign man charged with having cocaine, pot for sale

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man is accused of having cocaine and marijuana when he was arrested on a warrant in Champaign.

Miguel Kendrick, 30, who listed an address in the 2400 block of North Neil Street, Champaign, was arraigned on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, along with a separate charge of failure to appear in court on an earlier charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Man faces up to 21 months for crossing border illegally

URBANA – A man who admitted he had illegally re-entered the U.S. after a previous deportation faces up to 21 months in federal prison before he is again deported.

Fernando Delgado-Cruz, 30, is due to be sentenced Dec. 5 on a federal charge of unlawful re-entry of a removed alien. Federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 15 to 21 months in prison. After serving his prison sentence, Delgado-Cruz will be deported for a third time.

Rantoul woman accused of stabbing man in domestic fight

RANTOUL – A Rantoul woman is accused of stabbing a man in a domestic fight Monday in Rantoul.

Shont'a Green, 24, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Campbell Drive, Rantoul, was arraigned Tuesday on a Class 2 felony of aggravated domestic battery, accusing her of stabbing a member of her household in the back with a knife, and a Class 4 felony of domestic battery with a prior domestic battery.

Groups get Urbana lots to build affordable housing

URBANA – The city council voted Tuesday to convey three city-owned lots to not-for-profit groups that want to build affordable homes on them, including a lot that currently houses a mini-park across the street from King Elementary School.

Council members voted to convey the mini-park lot, at 1201 W. Beslin St., and a lot at 1405 1/2  W. Beslin to Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, and a third lot at 901 N. Division Ave. to Ecological Construction Laboratory for Affordable Housing Development.

UI official: Hoax e-mail sent from outside the university

The hoax e-mail that landed in the inboxes of University of Illinois students, faculty and staff over the holiday weekend was sent from outside the university, a campus official said.

UI administrators on Tuesday were still working to determine the source of the e-mail, which purported to be from Chancellor Richard Herman. The message criticized activities of fraternities and sororities and was signed "GDI Chancellor Richard Herman." GDI is an acronym for "(expletive) independent," a play on the three-letter identification system to indicate a student who shuns joining a fraternity or sorority.

Potomac gets $200,000 from state for water system upgrade

POTOMAC – Potomac officials are cheering a $200,000 state grant that will help finance much-needed improvements to the village's water system.

But they still have to come up with more than half of the money for the project, expected to top out at $550,000 to $560,000.

Urbana apartment residents temporarily evacuated due to blaze

URBANA – Residents of an apartment building in southeast Urbana were temporarily evacuated due to a small fire under a stairwell Tuesday night.

According to an Urbana fire report, firefighters were sent to 2017 S. Philo Road, U, at 8:56 p.m. Tuesday.

Paxton grade school worker may have poisonous spider bite

PAXTON – A staff member at Clara Peterson Elementary School had a skin lesion treated by a physician on Tuesday, and the lesion displays some of the characteristics of a bite by poisonous spiders found in the school building, PBL Superintendent Cliff McClure said in a letter to parents Tuesday afternoon.

"The staff member and the physician are monitoring the lesion and treating it as a spider bite with specific attention to the brown recluse spider bite," McClure said.

No one hurt in fire at Champaign chemical company

CHAMPAIGN – No one was injured Tuesday night when a fire broke out at a north Champaign chemical company.

Only one person was in the building at Obiter Research, 2809 Gemini Court, C. She escaped without injury, said Champaign Deputy Fire Chief Tim Wild. The fire was reported at 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, according to a fire department report. It started in a chemical hood, which vents chemistry labs. A sprink- ler system extinguished the blaze, Wild said. He said firefighters believe chemicals were involved with the fire – perhaps just nonhazardous solvents. The fire caused $20,000 in damage, according to a report issued this morning. Firefighters were on the scene less than 90 minutes.

Urbana school board leader asks official to give update on restructuring plan costs

URBANA – Months of discussion, one voting stalemate, one approval from the school board and one disapproval from the state board later, the Urbana school district still does not have a completed plan for academic restructuring.

Though Urbana High School has already begun changing classes and schedules, the district will not be in compliance with Illinois State Board of Education rules until it submits a plan approved by the school board and accepted by the state board, said Don Owen, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.