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Man's body found in Savoy

SAVOY — A woman walking her dog Saturday morning discovered a man’s body in a field about two miles south of Willard Airport, between U.S. 45 and Interstate 57. 

Champaign County Sheriff’s investigators declined to say Saturday night if they believe the deceased is either of two men reported missing from the University of Illinois campus area in the last month.

Rantoul man in custody for alleged intentional crash on I-57

URBANA  - A Rantoul man who allegedly ran a car off Interstate 57 then rammed it about two weeks ago was arrested Saturday.

Assistant State’s Attorney Lindsey Clark said she filed an aggravated battery charge on Wednesday against Brian McStay, 53, who listed an address in the 600 block of St. Andrews Circle, stemming from a bizarre Jan. 13 incident.

Smoky fire at Champaign house put out quickly

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked a smoky fire at a rental  home in the central part of the city Saturday morning.

Champaign Fire Capt. Kent Cobb said the resident at 303 S. Russell St. woke to thick black smoke shortly after 8 a.m. He escaped through a bedroom window and went to a neighbor’s house to call 911.

Cornbelt prepares for mandated business inspections

MAHOMET — Businesses in Mahomet will be getting a visit from some Cornbelt firefighters in the coming year.

In 2012, the Office of the State Fire Marshal issued a mandate requiring departments across Illinois to enforce the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code.

Some being extra cautious in wake of disappearances

CHAMPAIGN — When bad things happen to other people, it usually seems too far away for University of Illinois junior Ben Liang to worry about. Even if it happened right down the street.

"You never really think about being unsafe on campus or something odd or bad happening. When stuff like this happens, you usually don't think it will happen to you, most people don't," he said.

Jury convicts man of murder

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Friday rejected a Savoy man's claim that he shot his brother in self-defense and instead convicted him of first-degree murder.

The verdict means that Brian Maggio, 46, faces a minimum of 45 years in prison — 10 more than he had received in 2011 when he pleaded guilty to the same crime.

Jury acquits man in DUI case

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Wednesday acquitted a Rantoul man accused of driving under the influence after the car he was in crashed into a home in that village last spring.

Reginald Allen, 41, of the 1100 block of Englewood Drive, had been charged with DUI and failure to leave a note at the scene of a property damage accident after his arrest April 20.

Three arrested over Rantoul break-in

URBANA — Three teens were arrested early Wednesday in connection with a break-in at an apartment in Rantoul.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, a man living in an apartment in the 1500 block of Hobson Drive was awakened by his dog barking and the sound of breaking glass.

Man sentenced to prison in cocaine case

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted having cocaine intended for sale last spring was sentenced earlier this week to three years in prison.

Shannon Brown, 30, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of West Beardsley Avenue, pleaded guilty before Judge Heidi Ladd Monday to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Change of judges granted in retrial over fatal crash

URBANA — A Champaign man headed for a retrial in connection with a 2010 fatal motorcycle crash has won a substitution of judges.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Friday granted the motion filed on behalf of Dana Hasselbring, transferring Hasselbring's case from Judge Richard Klaus to Judge Jeffrey Ford and setting a status hearing for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17.