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Woman kept positive spirit after being hit by drunk driver

CHAMPAIGN — Diane Smith planned to put on music as soon as she got home.

Perhaps "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

The next order of business: "Just sit out on the ramp on my big, wide porch and let that wind blow through my hair."


Search team puts holiday spin on sharpening skills

URBANA — If you think Easter egg hunts are just for kids, try finding a camouflage-painted egg stashed in a tree.

For the volunteer members of Champaign County's two-year-old Search and Rescue Team, this was training — with a holiday spin — to help keep their skills sharp.


UPDATED: Woman stabbed during hours-long standoff in Urbana

URBANA — A 26-year-old woman was expected to recover from stabbing injuries she received after being held against her will for hours in an southeast Urbana apartment.

After a standoff that lasted about five hours, Urbana police, assisted by members of the METRO team, arrested Ismail A. Ervin, 28, at the apartment in the 900 block of East Harding Drive, about 2 a.m. Friday.


SUV crashes into home; no injuries

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody was reported hurt when an SUV crashed into a home at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday near Maynard Lake in Champaign.

"I was sitting in my living room working on my computer when an SUV just crashed into my living room," said Philip Mayes of 1604 Maynard Drive, on Champaign's west side.


Thomasboro OKs Taser purchase

THOMASBORO — The board approved Village Police Chief Keith Willis' request to purchase of one Taser for the department. The cost: $1,900.

Village President Brad Morris noted Tasers are at times "a politically charged tool."


Warrants issued for two in Paxton

PAXTON — Arrest warrants have been issued for two men who allegedly stole a car at a Paxton gas station just hours after one of them was released from the Ford County Jail.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said Frank A. Zamiar Jr., 19, of Paxton and Nicholas S. Klein, 25, of Paxton, formerly of Rantoul, had not been located as of Thursday.


Danville man charged in Urbana break-in

URBANA — A Danville man has been charged with residential burglary and aggravated battery as a result of an incident at an Urbana home Wednesday morning.


Man charged with aggravated DUI in crash that badly injured woman

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of gravely injuring a woman in a drunken driving crash in front of the police station is in the Champaign County Jail.


Woman, 60, pleads to aggravated DUI, sent to prison for second time

URBANA — A 60-year-old Champaign woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for her fourth driving under the influence conviction.

Barbara Cressman, who listed an address in the 500 block of Yalow Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Rich Klaus to aggravated DUI, admitting that on Oct. 18. she drove on Interstate 74 when she was under the influence.


19-year-old pleads guilty in Christmas Eve burglary

URBANA — A Champaign teen who planned to help himself to thousands of dollars worth of electronics from a Champaign store on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.


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