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Man gets 6 years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse

URBANA — An Urbana man with no criminal record was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for repeatedly molesting a young girl.

Victor Vergara, 32, who last lived in the 0-100 block of Gurth Drive, was convicted by a jury in August of three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Guilty plea in shooting brings 15-year prison sentence

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted shooting another man in Champaign in the spring was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.

Tarrell Boatman will have to serve almost 13 years of that sentence since his victim was shot multiple times.

Man to prison for burglary

URBANA — An Urbana man with a 30-year history of stealing has been sentenced to 9-1/2 years in prison for his latest theft.

Gerard P. Beenel, 58, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Vawter Street, pleaded guilty Monday to burglary, admitting that on May 25 he entered the Meijer store, 2500 S. Philo Road, U, intending to steal.

Coast Guard: Missing ship sank, 1 body found, search ongoing

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Top of the morning, Oct. 5, 2015

Hope you're ready for one more old firetruck story.

This arrived a few days ago from DANA FINNEY of Champaign, the now-retired spokeswoman for the Army's Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign:

Prosecutor has help in fight against cancer

As a prosecutor, Lindsey Clark is used to people not liking her.

So it's a strange feeling for the wife, mother, daughter, friend and attorney, who happens to be living with terminal cancer, to be on the receiving end of so much love.

Cobb: Putting on a badge changed my view of police

URBANA — Never before has scrutiny of law enforcement been higher, Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb said.

And one need look no further than recent headlines for the reason.

"Is it because of the Michael Brown incident in Ferguson, Missouri? Is it because of the Tamir Rice incident in Cleveland, Ohio? Or perhaps the Eric Garner incident in New York City?" Cobb asked Sunday.

John Roska: Court file will show divorce status

Q: My wife filed for divorce, and we went to court once just to prove grounds. The judge said she'd proven mental cruelty. We're supposed to go back to complete the division of property and debts, but nothing's happened. Am I divorced? Can I get remarried?

Champaign pair arrested after drugs, gun found

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign couple was arrested Friday after police found suspected drugs and a handgun in their motel room.

Champaign police Sgt. Brian Maloney said police were called to the Days Inn, 914 Bloomington Road, about 10:15 a.m. after a patron became alarmed by Isaac Moore, 28, who allegedly threatened to kill her.

Monticello considers using Champaign County animal control services

MONTICELLO — Stephanie Joos, the director of Champaign County Animal Control, spoke to the Monticello city council about the possibility of housing Monticello's stray animals. The move is being considered because the city has used nearly all of its $18,000 line item in just eight months of the fiscal year.