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UPDATED: Authorities investigating fatality in rural LeRoy

Update at 3:45 p.m. Monday:

LeROY — Authorities on Monday identfied a man who was found early Sunday on the side of the road and later pronounced dead as 26-year-old Blaine B. Umstattd, of Holder.

Preliminary autopsy findings show that Umstattd likely died of head injuries suffered after being hit by a vehicle. 

Rollover on U.S. 45 north of Urbana results in DUI charges

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with driving under the influence after a rollover crash north of Urbana injured six people, two of them seriously.

The crash happened about 7:56 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 45 just north of Leverett Road, which is about halfway between Urbana and Thomasboro.

Authorities investigating fatality

LeROY — Police are investigating a fatality that happened early Sunday morning in rural LeRoy.

According to authorities, the McLean County Sheriff’s Office, LeRoy police and the LeRoy Fire Department were called to a report of a man lying on the side of the LeRoy-Lexington Blacktop, also known as County Road 2600 East, near County Road 1000 North, at 2:50 a.m. Sunday.

Alcohol involved in crash that injured six north of Urbana

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with driving under the influence after a rollover crash north of Urbana injured six people Saturday night, two of them seriously.

The crash happened about 7:40 p.m. on U.S. 45 just north of Leverett Road, which is about halfway between Urbana and Thomasboro.

John Roska: Credit card debt has statute of limitation

Q: I've paid a closed credit card account for several years, but I still owe over $1,000. I'm 70 years old, on a fixed income and don't own any real estate, so I don't see how I'll ever pay this off. What can I do? Should I declare bankruptcy? Will the statue of limitation run out at some point?

Armed robbery of Champaign restaurant reported

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have little to go on but are investigating an armed robbery at a west Champaign restaurant that happened early Thursday.

Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer said police were called to LaBamba, 1905 Glenn Park Drive, about 1:20 a.m. after two men made off with cash.

Urbana man arrested for allegedly firing gun

URBANA — An Urbana man was arrested early Saturday for allegedly firing a gun in his own neighborhood.

Urbana police Sgt. Andy Charles said officers who were in the area of Hunter Street and Lierman Avenue heard several shots fired about 12:25 a.m.

'We're not the no-smoking police'

A reminder to football fans who smoke: Lighting up at Illini tailgates is no longer allowed. Technically.

Man gets 4 years for selling rental tools at flea market

URBANA — A former Fisher man who admitted he rented tools from area businesses and then sold them at a flea market in northern Illinois has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Son freed from jail after 50 days for court outburst at father's sentencing

URBANA — Perhaps the third time really was the charm.

Whatever karma was at work for Willie Craft Jr., his third handwritten plea to the Champaign County judge he called a "bitch" in a crowded courtroom got him out of the Champaign County Jail.

After serving 50 days for direct criminal contempt of court, the 30-year-old Urbana man was released Thursday afternoon.