Champaign man facing weapons charge

CHAMPAIGN – A man arrested after a standoff with Champaign police faces a weapons charge.

Andre Winters, 22, who listed an address in the 200 block of West Columbia, but had been staying at 312 W. Beardsley Avenue, was arraigned Wednesday on a Class 3 felony charge of unlawful use of weapons by a felon.

Section of Green Street to close temporarily on Friday

CHAMPAIGN – Green Street will be closed between Third and Fourth Streets sometime Friday morning while the motor of a tower crane is repaired.

The repair will happen at 309 E. Green St., where a high-rise apartment complex is being constructed. A helicopter is required.

Court district victims' council helps in aftermath of crimes

DANVILLE – Thursday marks the third anniversary of Kimberly Gray's death and for her mother, Kathy Divan, yet another reminder that she's gone.

"I will relive that day second by second," Divan said Wednesday.

3 Urbana teens accused of beating, robbing another juvenile

URBANA – Three Urbana teens are accused of beating and robbing another teenager in Urbana.

Andrew Ashby, 17, who listed an address in the 2400 block of East Illinois Street, Urbana, was arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of robbery and aggravated battery.

Missing shelves a 'legacy' of Palazzolo time at health district

CHAMPAIGN – Industrial shelves, missing from a previous administration, are bedeviling the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

Davis Electric is willing to pay for the shelves, which it acquired almost two years ago while doing electrical work at the district's new Kenyon Drive headquarters. While there's a dispute over the price for the shelves, the district isn't alleging the contractor stole them.

Judge: Danville, contractor not liable in stairwell death

DANVILLE – A local judge has determined that the city of Danville and Schomburg and Schomburg Construction had no liability in the death of 17-year-old Charles Christopher Gaston, who was killed on April 4, 2006, when a stairwell in a city parking garage collapsed.

Vermilion County Circuit Court Judge Craig DeArmond entered his decision on Sept. 18.

Convicted felon wants to take back pleas in shooting spree

URBANA – Torriano Johnson doesn't like it that his court-appointed defense lawyer wants to be a prosecutor.

That, and the fact that Johnson said Assistant Champaign County Public Defender Janie Miller-Jones "didn't like me," are among the reasons Johnson wants Judge Heidi Ladd to let him take back his guilty pleas.

Woman files suit over police firing on her house

Lawyers are in the early stages of exchanging information in a lawsuit that stemmed from Torriano Johnson's flight from police.

Ruth Wyman filed the lawsuit in Champaign County Circuit Court in June, seeking money from the city and the officers who exchanged gunfire with Johnson. Wyman filed the suit on behalf of Mildred Davis, whose home Johnson entered as he fled from police.

Restrictions on politicking upset UI faculty

Got a new Obama or McCain button you want to wear around the University of Illinois campus? Want to circulate Democratic or Republican fliers on the Quad?

If you're a university employee, both of those activities are a no-no.

Judge adds '07 taxes to hospital's potential bill

URBANA – The back and forth dispute over Provena Covenant Medical Center's property tax exemption has taken yet another turn.

Last month, it was $6.1 million, plus interest, that Champaign County wanted Covenant to pay back to local taxing bodies.