Shooter will be held in mental health care facility

URBANA – The man who shot at and wounded two Champaign police officers last summer near a city park will be held in a mental health facility no longer than June 5, 2092.

Department of Human Services officials could decide that Donnell Clemons, 47, might not need help that long, but they would have to petition a court to release him.

United Way agencies will get money as planned

DANVILLE – Sticking with its philosophy of meeting needs over counting dollars, the United Way of Danville Area board is boasting a positive outcome for its 2007 campaign as well as some changes in store for its staff.

Officials expect, when accounts affected by necessary national corporate approval come through, the campaign will achieve more than 90 percent of its $875,000 goal.

Danville's Red Cross chapter weighs options for its building

DANVILLE – When the United Way of Danville Area moves to the Thornton Building at 28 W. North St., it will leave approximately 1,000 square feet of office space available in the American Red Cross building, 320 N. Franklin St.

Jamie Davis, local emergency services coordinator, said the building is about 4,400 square feet with offices on the upper floor and a conference/training room in the lower level.

Downtown eatery's owner sells building to bank

CHAMPAIGN – The Great Impasta, a longtime anchor in the Champaign restaurant business, will leave downtown Champaign in less than a year.

The restaurant's owner, Harold Allston, finalized a sale of his property at 114 W. Church St. on Thursday to Paris-based First Bank, which plans to add a third Champaign County facility there in about a year-and-a-half.

New bank to join the crowd on Prospect

CHAMPAIGN – It's official: The former Marathon gas station at Prospect and Kirby avenues is indeed expected to become a bank.

Edgar County Bank & Trust announced Friday it has purchased the former gas station and intends to open a new office there called Prospect Bank.

AmerenIP tops Urbana council's agenda

URBANA – The city council is expected to vote Monday to join Champaign in intervening in AmerenIP's request for an electric rate increase.

Mayor Laurel Prussing said the city will vote on a resolution to intervene in the rate case, now before the Illinois Commerce Commission, and to budget $16,700 to help pay for the costs of intervention.

Fewer problems early at Unofficial St. Patrick's celebration

CHAMPAIGN – Just before 10 Friday night, police were seeing fewer arrests, fights and students being sent to the emergency rooms for drunkenness at the Unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration on campus – but they also feared that the partying might escalate in the late-night, early morning hours.

"It's busy – a lot of parties still," said Lt. Brad Yohnka at 9:50 p.m. "But I don't think it ever did reach the same level as it was the last couple of years. The numbers have been down. Arrests are down a bit. House parties are pretty consistent, I think."

Champaign police say Unofficial parties well under way

CHAMPAIGN -- Champaign police said "Unofficial St. Patrick's Day" parties were well under way by 10:30 a.m. but felt the revelry was not as strong as it was at the same time last year.

Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said about five people had been issued tickets for city ordinance violations by late morning, including three who were at a private party at a house in the 500 block of South Fifth Street, Champaign, and others for a minor in possession of alcohol and for throwing a dangerous projectile.

House committee votes to lower voting age

If given the chance, Lashelle Allen, 15, would jump at the opportunity to vote.

And the Champaign Central High School student could get that chance earlier than she thought possible.

Pit bull owner disputes charges; case will go to trial

DANVILLE – A city case against Bob Pape, owner of Pape Memorial Home & Gardens will go to trial.

Pape's pit bull dog allegedly snapped at a 2-year-old boy on Jan. 27 while the boy was attending a visitation for his grandfather at the funeral home. The dog, named Blue, typically accompanies Pape to work.