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Admitted Urbana bank robber sentenced to 7 years

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted robbing a bank to get money for drugs was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison.

Over the objection of the prosecutor, Champaign County Judge Roger Webber agreed to recommend Jeremy Larson, 30, who listed an address in the 400 block of East High Street, for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.

Champaign man struck by car listed in good condition

URBANA — A Champaign man was injured when he was hit by a car as he crossed University Avenue near Carle Hospital late Wednesday morning.

Urbana police Lt. Joel Sanders said pedestrian Danny Reece, 66, who lives on West Maple Street, was on the southeast corner of University and Orchard when the light turned for him to cross University Avenue.

End of transgender bathroom rule draws conservative praise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.

The latest: Police ready for SWAT situation at protest camp

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Authorities are prepared for the possibility that they might have to use force to remove remaining protesters from the now-closed Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.

Protests erupt after off-duty LA cop clashes with teens

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested early Thursday after they clashed with police near a Southern California home where a Los Angeles policeman fired a single round during an off-duty struggle with a 13-year-old boy and the boy's companions earlier in the week.

Documents: After shooting, Roof went toward 2nd black church

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Because he had to leave his day job late, the pastor of a South Carolina church canceled his weekly Bible study class. That move may have averted a second round of deadly shootings after nine worshippers had been killed at another black church.

Rantoul check forger free until sentencing

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted taking part in a series of illegal financial transactions that deprived people of thousands of dollars faces the possibility of going to prison.

Over the objection of a prosecutor, Judge Roger Webber agreed to release Brandon Jackson, 30, of the 1500 block of South Pointe Drive from jail while he's awaiting his March 31 sentence.

Clinton man facing meth-related charges

CLINTON — A Clinton man is in the DeWitt County jail on drug-related charges following his arrest Wednesday.

A release from the Illinois State Police said Richard A.P. Gharrett, 32, was charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials, a Class 2 felony.

If convicted, he faces penalties ranging from probation to three to seven years in prison.

Dense fog advisory

Illinois State Police are warning of dense fog this morning in all nine counties of District 10.

Heavy fog Wednesday morning was the apparent cause of a 10-vehicle accident on Interstate 74 eastbound in Vermilion County that left one person dead and several others injured. 

Troopers remind motorists to turn on their headlights. 

Chicago parolee charged with sandwich shop holdup

URBANA — A Chicago man on parole for aggravated robbery in two northern Illinois counties has been charged with the holdup of an Urbana business Tuesday night.

Urbana police Lt. Rich Surles said just before 8 p.m., a man entered the Subway restaurant, 802 W. University Ave., and demanded cash from the two employees present.