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PURDUE: University steps up efforts to halt illegal downloads

Robbery victim first witness in trial of Champaign man

URBANA – A McDonald's employee who was taking a deposit bag to the bank said she was scared when a man carrying a gun and wearing a scarf over part of his face demanded that she turn over the money.

"I think I froze," said Terri Herbst, 49. "Then he hit me with a really hard gun on the left side of my head."

Champaign man sentenced to probation over striking parking attendant trying to boot car

URBANA – A Champaign man who admitted he struck a parking attendant who was trying to put a boot on his car to disable it has been sentenced to probation.

How two years of taxes would break down for governments

Provena Covenant Medical Center's taxes for 2002 and 2003 added up to $2,187,368 for the Urbana TIF fund.

If those two years are the only years for which the hospital isn't reserving the right to pursue a refund and Urbana rebates that money for those two years to local taxing districts as planned, here's what each taxing district would get:

Most Provena tax money to go into escrow; hospital may pursue refunds for several years

URBANA – Local taxing districts now stand to receive only a part of the $8.8 million Provena Covenant Medical Center paid Champaign County last week in back taxes.

Urbana officials say most of the money will be held in escrow, until legal issues surrounding the tax payments and Provena Covenant's taxable status for several prior years are resolved.

Jury convicts Urbana man of intent to sell Ecstasy tablets

URBANA – An Urbana man who told police the 80 tablets of Ecstasy he had on him were for his own use has been convicted of intending to sell them.

A Champaign County jury Tuesday convicted Daniel B. Montgomery, 33, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of East Colorado Avenue, of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

About 100 Urbana customers without electricity from Tuesday morning storm

URBANA — Ameren Illinois officials hope to have power restored late Tuesday afternoon to the approximately 100 customers in north Urbana who have been out since about 10:30 a.m.

Ameren spokesman Leigh Morris said when the storm blew through Champaign County at mid-morning Tuesday, about 300 Urbana customers were without power about 20 minutes.

Motorcyclist hurt in accident on Urbana's north side

URBANA — An Urbana motorcyclist was injured Monday afternoon when his cycle was struck by a car.

An Urbana police report said Lee McDonald, 48, of the 1300 block of Beech Street, was riding his cycle north on Lincoln Avenue about 3:10 p.m. when a southbound car turned in front of him to get on the ramp to Interstate 74.

Rantoul man arrested in shooting from early Tuesday morning

RANTOUL — Police have arrested a Rantoul man in connection with the shooting of his live-in girlfriend early Tuesday.

State investigates another complaint over patient care at Champaign County Nursing Home

URBANA – The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating another complaint regarding patient care at the Champaign County Nursing Home.