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"Tears of happiness" for safe return of missing Rantoul boys

RANTOUL — The parents of a pair of Rantoul boys who were missing for about 18 hours Friday and Saturday were “overjoyed” when the boys were found safe late Saturday morning.

Accused murderer pleads guilty to lesser charge

URBANA — A 25-year-old Champaign man whose murder conviction was set aside more than a year ago based on a prosecutorial error has pleaded guilty to armed robbery in that same case.

Demarco Taylor was to have been retried starting Monday in the Dec. 19, 2008, murder of James Ellis, 34, who was fatally shot inside a garage made into an apartment on Joanne Lane in Champaign.

Champaign woman charged with ID theft

URBANA — A Champaign woman acting as a caretaker for a disabled woman with cancer has been criminally charged with stealing the woman's identity.

Rozjolei J. Jackson, 23, who listed an address in the 1600 bloc of Valley Road, was arraigned Friday for aggravated identity theft, a Class 2 felony.

Paxton B&B owner: 'The fix was in'

PAXTON — The owner of the TimberCreek Bed-and-Breakfast near Paxton, which is facing $80,000 in fines and other sanctions for violating the civil rights of a same-sex couple from Tuscola, said he finds it "a very strange coincidence" that two of the three commissioners who were tasked with reviewing his case for the Illinois Human Rights Commission happen to be either "LGBT activists or openly

Two teens arrested in multiple Danville shootings

DANVILLE — Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with multiple shooting incidents Thursday night that investigators think are connected.

Danville alderman sets public meeting over fire-station cuts

DANVILLE — A Danville alderman wants to give residents a specific opportunity to publicly comment on the city's plan to no longer house firefighters at one of the four fire stations in the city.

Lloyd Randle, Ward 7 alderman, said he has organized a public meeting for residents in his ward and any other Danville residents who want to share their opinions of the city's plan.

Judge who let clerk take bench has Alzheimer's

CHICAGO (AP) — A judicial board says a Chicago-area judge who let a law clerk wear robes and preside over traffic cases has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

UPDATE: Adult treated as a result of Champaign home fire

CHAMPAIGN — Firefighters are looking for the cause of a fire in a northwest Champaign home that did extensive damage.

Champaign firefighters were called to the house at 1318 Hedge Road a few minutes after 9 p.m. Thursday. They could see smoke coming from the rear.

A release from fire marshal Randy Smith said occupants of the house found the fire in a bedroom.

San Bernardino recalls terror attack with silence, speakers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — At the moment when shooters unleashed terror on San Bernardino a year ago, county employees will remember their fallen colleagues with silence.

Later on Friday, community members will gather to remember the 14 people killed and 22 wounded with speeches from religious leaders and law enforcement.

5 held after standoff with Chicago police

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say five people have been taken into custody following a standoff that began when shots were fired at a Chicago police supervisor in the city's South Chicago neighborhood.