Man wanted turns self in to Danville police

DANVILLE - A Danville man turned himself in Wednesday to law enforcement officials who had a warrant for his arrest in connection to a drive-by shooting Sunday night.

Amir Slate, 27, walked into the Public Safety Building, 2 E. South St., in Danville at about 4 p.m. Wednesday and turned himself in, according to Doug Miller, deputy director of Danville police.

Ahrens said Slate, who also goes by the name Kyle S. Slate, knew police were looking for him, and he was arrested on a preliminary charge of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Comment sought on plan for University Avenue through C-U

URBANA – Public comment is being sought on the final draft of a study about University Avenue.

A plan for the corridor proposes locations for redevelopment along University Avenue, combining existing buildings with new development locations, landscaping improvements and existing and proposed parks and green spaces.

The planning began in the summer of 2008, according to Eric Halvorsen, planner for the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.

Police release videos shot during morning of sexual assault

URBANA — Urbana police and University of Illinois police have released videos taken during the time of a sexual assault that took place in the 1100 block of West Nevada Street, Urbana, early Friday morning.

According to a police report, a video of the 1200 block of West Nevada Street showed six people walking east on the north sidewalk between 1:30 and 3 a.m. March 12.

Later a man could be seen walking west on the sidewalk, and a group of three people could be seen walking east on the same sidewalk.

Youth minister from Rossville facing charge of sexual assault

DANVILLE — The Rossville Church of Christ youth minister is facing criminal charges that he sexually assaulted a teen-age boy who he was mentoring.

And authorities said more charges could be filed in the future.

Andrew L. Thomas, 46, of Rossville, was formally charged Thursday in Vermilion County Circuit Court with one count of criminal sexual assault-position of trust, a Class 1 felony.

Sears Homes

Author Rosemary Thornton  talks about her years traveling across the country searching for Sears catalog homes in this video by UI student Susan Kantor of the Department of Journalism and College of Media program supported by a grant for the Marajen Stevick Chinigo Foundation.

Supreme Court rules against Provena in tax case

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court this morning affirmed a state Appellate Court ruling that determined Provena Covenant Medical center is taxable.

Champaign, Urbana set spring yard waste pickup dates

Spring yard waste collections are set for Champaign and Urbana residents.

In Urbana, the city's spring yard waste cleanup will be regular recycling days for residents the weeks of April 12 and April 26. Leaves and non-woody plant material may be left on the curbs in the paper yard waste bags.

Click here for the flier (pdf format, about 160kb) with details on Urbana's program.

UI trustee selection bill fails, but sponsor wants another shot

SPRINGFIELD – A bill that would have changed the way University of Illinois trustees are chosen failed in the Illinois House Wednesday, 69-44.

But one of its co-sponsors, Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said he will move to reconsider the vote. He claimed that minutes after the vote he had already persuaded eight lawmakers to switch from "no" to "yes" votes.

Uni High students vie for Obama as commencement speaker

Here are the essays written by University High School students hoping to win the White House “Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge.”

Hearing next week in case involving woman and ex-husband

URBANA – A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 23 for a Champaign woman charged in connection with an attack on her 63-year-old ex-husband.

According to a police report, Tim Wentling was in the basement of a home in the 1800 block of Kensington Knoll Drive, Champaign, at 2:52 p.m. on Feb. 26 going through his possessions when he got involved in a domestic dispute with his former wife, identified as Rose Wentling, 55, who listed an address in the 1800 block of Kensington Knoll Drive, Champaign.