Merchants ask Urbana to move proposed bike path off Main Street

URBANA – Downtown Urbana merchants want to see changes in the plans to change traffic on Main Street.

UI plans to open gallery in downtown Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois will open an art gallery in downtown Champaign, prompting a longtime bookseller to close and raising questions about a possible conflict of interest.

Man arraigned on sexual assault charges

URBANA — A Mattoon man is due back in court next week with an attorney after being arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal sexual assault.

Calvin Washenfeldt, 19, was charged in a warrant issued in February with two counts of criminal sexual assault. The charges allege that he had sex with a Rantoul woman against her will on Jan. 1.

ICC fixes error, raises Ameren rate increase, but effect on customers minimal

SPRINGFIELD — An error by the staff of the Illinois Commerce Commission will result in a larger increase for Ameren Illinois than the $4.7 million rate increase the utility received last week.

A new order, issued by the ICC Thursday, will give Ameren about $14.7 million.

Accident reported in rural St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Emergency personnel have been called to the scene of a two-vehicle accident in rural St. Joseph.

METCAD reported that two vehicles crashed near Mount Olive Cemetery at County Roads 1800E and 1600N at 2:21 p.m. Thursday.

Two men force way into apartment, attack tenant

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are looking for two men who forced their way into an apartment on Champaign’s north side late Wednesday night.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a resident of the 1500 block of Kiler Drive had returned home and was opening his door shortly after 11 p.m. when two men pushed their way in.

Police catch man who left Pavilion

CHAMPAIGN — Police have caught a 28-year-old man who ran away from the Pavilion in Champaign Thursday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said a man who had been transported to the Pavilion from Carbondale ran from the building around noon Thursday.

Dunn said the man ran from the vehicle as it arrived at the Pavilion.

Annual mail carrier food drive Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) – The annual Stamp Out Hunger drive by the nation's mail carriers will be held Saturday.

Letter carriers collect nonperishable food donations from the public as they walk their routes, and the items are donated to local food banks.

Urbana teen injured by alleged drunk driver who fled

ST. JOSEPH — An Urbana teenager was injured when an alleged drunken driver hit her car in St. Joseph about midnight Wednesday but kept going.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum said Sher A. Dixon, 43, of St. Joseph, was driving a sport utility vehicle east on U.S. 150 when she crossed the center line and hit a small car.

New owners plan to work with city to develop former UI farmland at Philo and Windsor

URBANA – Renee and Adolf Lo of Champaign have purchased the historic Pell Farm in southeast Urbana from the University of Illinois Foundation.

The property, about 160 acres at the southwest corner of Philo and Windsor Roads, was home to the university's orchards and vineyards for half a century.