Illinois Jimmy John's asked to stop selling sprouts after salmonella cases

SPRINGFIELD — State health officials have asked Jimmy John's sandwich shops in Illinois to remove sprouts from their menus while they continue to investigate the source of a salmonella infection cluster.

Former UI dean named president at University of Utah

A former University of Illinois administrator who left campus in 2013 has been named president of the University of Utah.

Ruth Watkins was selected as the school's 16th president — and the first woman to hold the job on a permanent basis in its 168-year history. She will take over this spring.

Police cracking down on parking in center turn lanes in Campustown

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign and University of Illinois police say they intend to crack down on drivers who think it's OK to use a center turn lane as temporary parking.

In a joint release from the two agencies Friday, police said the problem has become more apparent on Green Street in Campustown, where the MCORE project has widened sidewalks and reduced lanes of traffic.

Man wanted in New Year's Eve shooting in Urbana turns himself in

URBANA — The man facing charges in a New Year's Eve shooting in Urbana is now in custody.

Lavante Neal, 20, turned himself in to police at 2 p.m. Friday at the Champaign County Jail, Lt. Richard Surles said.

Champaign man gets 4 years for damaging squad car

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted damaging a police squad car has been sentenced to four years in prison.

In exchange for Jordan Heisey's plea Friday to criminal damage to government property, the state's attorney's office dismissed other charges of domestic battery, aggravated battery, resisting a peace officer and criminal trespass against him.

Paxton man held in federal child-porn case

URBANA — A federal judge Friday ordered that a Paxton man be held on preliminary charges of child-pornography trafficking pending a possible indictment.

A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Urbana against Kenneth W. Slater, 31, who listed an address in the 1000 block of South Washington Street, Paxton.

UPDATE: Feds to seek death penalty in Christensen case

URBANA — Federal prosecutors said Friday they intend to seek the death penalty for accused kidnapper Brendt Christensen, 28, of Champaign.

The notice of intent was filed following the decision and directive by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Christensen is charged with the kidnapping resulting in death of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, 26, of Urbana, on June 9, 2017.

UPDATE: Arrest made in Rantoul stabbing death

RANTOUL — A man paroled from prison a month ago is back in police custody following the death of a Rantoul man Thursday night.

Rantoul police Chief Tony Brown said just before 11 a.m. Friday, police arrested Jarvis Garrett, 26, in connection with the stabbing death of Fate Young, 21.

Search on for suspect in Urbana shooting, home invasion

URBANA — Urbana police are looking for a man responsible for a home invasion and shooting early today.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said about 2:30 a.m. police were sent to the 1300 block of West Bradley, where a 34-year-old man had been shot in the hand in his own home.