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Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

PETE YOST, Associated Press
ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

AUDIO: parents, law enforcement working to curb synthetic drug use

An Indianapolis family with ties to Danville is turning a tragedy into an awareness campaign about the dangers of synthetic drugs in an effort to save the lives of other young people. The same kind of drugs are found here in the Champaign area. Carol Vorel reports.

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Activision hires Giuliani to fight Noriega lawsuit

ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

Officials investigate fire that damaged Champaign home

CHAMPAIGN — On Sunday investigators were still looking into the cause of a fire that damaged a single-story home on Saturday night.

Nobody was reported hurt.

According to a Champaign Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a home at 906 N. McKinley Ave., Champaign, at 8:56 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of smoke throughout the house.

Urbana police probe robbery by armed man

URBANA — Police are investigating an armed robbery late Friday night in Urbana.

According to a police report, a 21-year-old Urbana man who was in the 1800 block of South Philo Road was approached by a man wearing a red hoodie shortly after 11 p.m.

The hooded man displayed a gun and then took two cellphones and cash from the victim before running off.

Lightning likely the cause of fire in Savoy

SAVOY — A lightning strike from Saturday’s thunderstorm damaged a Savoy apartment building.
Nobody was reported hurt.

According to a Savoy Fire Department report, firefighters were called to an apartment building at 107 Sterling Court, near the corner of First Street and Curtis Road, at 6:56 p.m.

SWAT deployments, 2009-2013

SWAT deployments in Champaign County have been relatively static during the past several years.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Sept. 21, 2014

In the case of Salaita v. University of Illinois, Alan Dershowitz finds for the defendant. "It will be uphill for (Salaita) to prevail," the lawyer who represented Mike Tyson, Claus von Bulow and Patty Hearst tells The News-Gazette.

List of military equipment to Illinois police agencies

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services keeps an inventory of the $71 million worth of military surplus equipment distributed to local police agencies through its Law Enforcement Support Office. The News-Gazette requested that inventory under the Freedom of Information Act. Here's a sampling of the list:

M16A1 rifles

Valued at $499 each

An asset for area law enforcement, military gear has its critics, too

CHAMPAIGN — As police take more heat about the heavier and more imposing weapons they carry, area law enforcement agencies say they deploy SWAT teams in only the most dangerous of circumstances and are mindful about when they send out officers in military-style gear.