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Experts examining letter to see if accused wrote to witness

WATSEKA — Two handwriting experts are working independently to determine whether murder suspect Andrew M. Condon wrote a letter from jail to one of the prosecution's witnesses, asking him to change his testimony.

Main route to shopping includes prospect for crashes

CHAMPAIGN — Ask almost any person familiar with shopping in north Champaign and they'll tell you they love the mix of stores on North Prospect Avenue.

But the traffic? Not so much.

Once you cross Bloomington Road to go north over the Interstate 74 overpass, you're immediately aware of heavier traffic. And with that increase comes accidents.

Coroner: Danville man died from 'multiple gunshot wounds'

DANVILLE — An autopsy has revealed that a Danville man found dead in a yard Tuesday morning died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Vermilion County Coroner Peggy Johnson.

UI student charged with unauthorized videotaping

URBANA — A University of Illinois student who allegedly took cellphone photos of another man who was urinating has been charged with a crime.

Tuo Shi, 21, who listed an address in the 900 block of South First Street, Champaign, was charged Wednesday with a single count of unauthorized videotaping, a Class 4 felony.

Woman sentenced to probation for theft of purse

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted snatching the purse of a woman in Rantoul last month has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Jakeenya Evans, 20, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Busey Avenue, was also sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the county jail with credit for 38 days already served.

Homeless man charged with robberies

URBANA — A homeless man has been charged with robbery for allegedly taking cash from the same business twice this week.

Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer said patrol officers took reports on Sunday and Tuesday at the Subway, 616 E. Green St., that were similar.

Black Friday gun buys test background check system

MATT STROUD, Associated Press

Racist tweet puts school on high alert

FITHIAN — Oakwood school officials beefed up security at the high school on Tuesday in response to online threats that were made to a student who posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter.

The student tweeted "I don't feel sorry for black people. If you hate us so much GO BACH TO AFRICA. We should have never bought you," from her phone at 10:16 p.m. Monday.

UI law professor: Grand jury decision not a surprise

The grand jury's decision in the Ferguson, Mo., police shooting wasn't a surprise to a University of Illinois expert in criminal procedure.

There were plenty of signs the case would turn out this way — the National Guard was placed on alert, for one thing — and it's been an unusual case from the start, said UI law Professor Andrew Leipold.