Savoy man faces drug charge after fight at west Champaign bar

URBANA — A Savoy man who allegedly possessed cocaine intended for sale last week has been charged with a serious felony.

A Champaign police report said shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, officers were sent to a fight at a bar in the 100 block of South Mattis Avenue. Several people told police a man had a gun.

Danville woman's murder trial set to start Tuesday

DANVILLE — The trial of a Danville woman accused of fatally shooting a man following a minor traffic accident is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Lakeisha M. Cunningham, 39, faces three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the April 27, 2017, death of Justin E. Jones, 25, of Danville.

Champaign caregiver who stole from client gets second-chance probation

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted stealing money from a disabled woman for whom she provided home care has been sentenced to two years of second-chance probation.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said Rozjolei Jackson, 24, who listed addresses on Valley Road in Champaign and in Chicago, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to theft.

Broadlands man gets 7.5 years for having meth while on parole

URBANA — A Broadlands man who had methamphetamine last fall while on parole is headed back to prison for 7½ years.

Larry Driggers, 38, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Tom Difanis to possession of the drug, a Class 2 felony, stemming from his arrest Oct. 3.

Firefighters rescue dog from Champaign house while putting out flames in garage

CHAMPAIGN — Firefighters rescued a dog as they fought a garage fire Monday afternoon a house in a neighborhood near Centennial High School.

According to Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith, firefighters were called to a home at 908 Frank Drive at 2:48 p.m. Monday after a passer-by noticed smoke coming from the attached garage.

MTD offering free rides to the polls for Tuesday's primary

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District is offering free rides Tuesday for all voting-related activity.

The MTD announced the free rides as a way of encouraging civic participation.

Man busted for pot during roadside bathroom break ordered to pay $18,400

URBANA — A Tennessee man who stopped on a county road near Seymour to relieve himself has been ordered to pay more than $18,000 in fines for the cannabis that police found in his car.

Justin Falk, 28, of Memphis pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to possession with intent to deliver cannabis, a Class 1 felony.

Champaign Toys R Us closing, will remain open at least until May 14

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CHAMPAIGN — Although the local Toys R Us will be closing, it plans to remain open through at least May 14, according to a posting on its door.

Crime Stoppers: Rantoul Store Burglary

Crime Stoppers is seeking help regarding a burglary that took place at House of Flowers downtown sometime between 12:00 p.m. on March 10, 2018 and 7:30 a.m. on March 12, 2018.

Early voting heavy in Champaign County

URBANA — While early voting in Danville and Vermilion County has been reported as about normal, it's anything but normal in Champaign County.

With one day of early voting to go, already 8,591 ballots have been cast in Champaign County — more than twice as many as the 3,178 early votes cast in 2014.