Cell phone store burglarized

CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating a "smash-and-grab" burglary to a cell phone store in Champaign.

Officers responded to a burglary alarm at the Sprint PCS store, 61 Marketview Drive, C, at 5:39 p.m Sunday, according to a Champaign police report.

Man found with missing teen

VILLA GROVE – A 25-year-old Robinson man, formerly of Villa Grove, is being held in Douglas County Jail after being found with a missing girl in Crawford County.

The missing 16-year-old Villa Grove girl was returned home by deputies from the U.S. marshal's office Monday morning. She had been reported missing by her parents on Oct. 16. She had been registered with the Missing Children's Organization.

Sales tax increase returns to ballot in Douglas County

TUSCOLA – In February, Douglas County voters rejected a half-cent sales tax increase for public safety, but county board Chairman Chuck Knox hopes things will go differently this time around.

"It is vital for the safety of the whole population of the county," said Knox.

'Smash-and-grab' burglary investigated

URBANA – Police are investigating a "smash-and-grab" burglary at an Urbana business.

Someone broke a window at the Urban Beauty shop, 1502 N. Cunningham Ave. in the Northgate Plaza, at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, according to Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan.

Sangamon Township voters facing two advisory questions

MONTICELLO – Sangamon Township voters will face two advisory questions for the Piatt County and township boards on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Police investigate home invasion

CHAMPAIGN – Police are investigating a home invasion in which marijuana was stolen at gunpoint.

Two unknown men entered an apartment in the 500 block of South Third Street and displayed a gun about 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.

Local man facing new burglary charge

URBANA – A Champaign man sentenced to prison earlier this month for burglary was charged Monday with another burglary that occurred two days after his guilty plea.

Jonathan Fondia, 35, who listed addresses on Williamsburg Drive and East Tremont Street in Champaign, was charged with burglary for entering the Colonial Pantry, 211 W. University Ave., C, on Oct. 11, intending to steal.

Road projects discussed at Gibson City Council meeting

GIBSON CITY – A street resurfacing project mostly completed in September, but still not finished, is being partly blamed on oversights by city engineers, Donahue and Associates of Champaign, and partly blamed on delays by Nicor Gas Co.

"There were some issues not caught in the design phase that I'm not too happy about," City Superintendent Randy Stauffer told the city council Monday concerning engineering work on the project. Stauffer recommended council members consider hiring another engineering firm to give cost estimates for two new street projects. He also held the firm partially responsible for a year's delay in starting the project, forcing his crew to assist with two major street projects in one year.

Man accused of drug sale near church

URBANA – A Rantoul man accused of selling cocaine near a church is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 18.

Christopher Morton, 26, of County Road 3000N, was charged Monday with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He is alleged to have sold a half-gram of cocaine to a source working with Rantoul police at his home on Sept. 19. His home is within 1,000 feet of a church, which makes the offense a more serious felony.

Web services a major issue in Champaign County circuit clerk race

URBANA – Would you like to be able to pay a traffic ticket online or download a court form you need off a handy Web site?

Kim Hooper, a Democrat challenging incumbent Champaign County Circuit Clerk Linda Frank for oversight of the office that works with the courts as their official record-keeper, said there's no reason the public shouldn't have conveniences like these, which are available elsewhere.