Criminal cases resolved in Champaign County

The following criminal cases were recently resolved in Champaign County:

– Joshua Parker, 19, who listed an address in the 600 block of Crescent Drive, Champaign, was sentenced to eight years in prison for selling cocaine.

Parkland's Gina Walls wins national teaching honor

CHAMPAIGN – Parkland College professor of sociology Gina D. Walls has won the 2011 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development's Teaching Excellence Award for Parkland College.

The annual award is given to a faculty member whose dedication to teaching and leadership excellence is evident by effectiveness in the classroom.

SolarBridge picks manufacturer

CHAMPAIGN – SolarBridge Technologies has selected Celestica to manufacture its Pantheon microinverter, the Austin, Texas-based company announced this week.

SolarBridge, which started in Champaign and continues to have a research and development office here, is developing microinverter technologies for the solar industry.

Illinois banker joins board of CIB Marine

CHAMPAIGN – A well-known Illinois banker has joined the board of Central Illinois Bank's parent company, CIB Marine Bancshares.

Willard Bunn III, 66, is chairman of the board of directors of EB Financial, a bank holding company based in Lake Forest.

Sentencing turns dramatic in robbery case

URBANA – An Urbana man convicted of armed robbery for a hold-up more than a year ago at an Urbana adult book store was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison. And his girlfriend, who yelled aloud about the unfairness of the sentence, was briefly held in contempt and taken out of court in handcuffs.

Urbana council again considers landmark status for building

URBANA – The city council next week again will consider a historic landmark designation for a 135-year-old home near downtown Urbana.

Council members will revisit the issue they delayed a month and a half ago when they meet on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.

Electronics items recycling drop-off set for this morning

CHAMPAIGN – Area residents can bring old or unwanted electronics items for recycling to a countywide residential electronics collection today (Saturday, Nov. 6).

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon at The News-Gazette Distribution Center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C. Drivers are asked to use the entrance off Olympian Drive.

Police recover dozens of DVDs, games taken from UI library

URBANA – University of Illinois police on Thursday recovered about 100 DVDs and video games stolen from the University of Illinois Undergraduate Library from the apartment of two Champaign women charged with stealing them.

Tanker rollover slows traffic on Neil, blocks eastbound I-74 ramp

CHAMPAIGN — A tanker rolled over on the ramp to eastbound Interstate 74 at Neil Street about 3:30 p.m. Friday, shutting down the ramp.

North-south traffic on Neil Street was slowed but open.

Low-income dental clinic expected to open next summer

CHAMPAIGN — A new dental clinic for low-income families is now expected to open in Champaign next summer.

The United Way of Champaign County, which has been leading the planning and fund-raising for the new clinic, announced Friday afternoon that contributions for this project total $633,000.