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Police: Accused vandal wanted menorah as gift

CHAMPAIGN — The 20-year-old Parkland College student who was allegedly caught on camera vandalizing a cherished menorah outside the Illini Chabad Jewish Center didn't do it for religious reasons, police say.

Updated: Coroner identifies woman killed in I-57 crash

RANTOUL — The driver in a fatal crash on Interstate 57 is facing preliminary charges of driving under the influence of drugs, state police say, after a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 57 near Rantoul that left one woman dead and three others injured.

Rural Georgetown man charged over false bomb threat

DANVILLE — A rural Georgetown man was arrested and charged in connection with a false bomb threat at the Vermilion County Courthouse earlier this week.

Brandon L. Brooks, 27, was charged in circuit court Friday with felony disorderly conduct, according to the Vermilion County sheriff's department. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 17.

State parole agent faces fraud, misconduct charges

URBANA — A senior parole agent with the Illinois Department of Corrections has been charged with wire fraud and official misconduct for allegedly falsifying reports about his contacts with inmates on parole.

Stanley Orndorff, 47, of Danville, was arraigned Friday on charges filed by the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Man faces 45 to 60 years for murder conviction

WATSEKA — An Iroquois County man was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday night for fatally shooting a gas station clerk who had denied him the purchase of a pack of cigarettes.

A 12-member Iroquois County jury deliberated for about four hours before reaching a guilty verdict against Andrew M. Condon, 36, of rural Ashkum.

Champaign man arrested in weapon case

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of firing a gun in the direction of another man in northeast Champaign last month has been arrested.

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said Kytiece Frazier, 19, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North Willis Avenue, was arrested Thursday afternoon in a traffic stop on Bloomington Road.

Champaign County's newest judge sworn in

URBANA — Ronald Holliman said when his daughter was 5 years old she announced to him that she was going to be a lawyer.

"She's got tunnel vision. When she sets her mind on something, that's all she sees," Holliman said of his youngest daughter, who was sworn in Friday morning as the newest associate judge in the 6th Judicial Circuit.

Colorado theater gunman's sentencing caps grueling trial

SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

Officials seek cause of fatal hazardous materials incident near Chicago

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Authorities worked into the night after a hazardous materials incident at a suburban Chicago town house left two men dead and a woman critically injured.

Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as 'professional victim'

ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press
ADAM GELLER, Associated Press