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Teen reports armed robbery that took place just after Halloween

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place more than a month ago but was only reported over the weekend.

According to a Champaign police report, a 16-year-old Champaign boy told police he was at Garwood and Walnut streets at 4:55 p.m. on Nov. 1 when he was approached by four men displaying a weapon.

Volunteers sought for county search-and-rescue teams

URBANA — County officials are seeking new volunteers to join the county's search-and-rescue team.

The Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and the Champaign County sheriff's office set up a formal search and rescue team in 2012. Its mission: to look for and provide aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger.

Champaign police investigate armed robbery

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place more than a month ago but was only reported to police over the weekend.

According to a Champaign police report, a 16-year-old Champaign boy told police he was at Garwood and Walnut streets at 4:55 p.m. on Nov. 1 when he was approached by four men displaying a weapon.

Pesotum man arrested for alleged child molestation

URBANA - A Pesotum man is scheduled to appear in court Monday on charges alleging he molested a child.

Harry A. Ferrell, 68, who listed an address in the 100 block of South Hickory Street, was arrested Friday for aggravated criminal sexual abuse after voluntarily coming to the Champaign County sheriff's office for questioning.

Man charged with being armed habitual criminal

URBANA — An Urbana man with a lengthy criminal history has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal after police found weapons and drugs in an apartment where he was.

Albert L. Johnson, 46, who listed an address in the 0-100 block of Michelle Lane, was arrested by Urbana narcotics officers Thursday at Prairie Green.

Man sentenced to 8 years for meth lab

URBANA — A rural Urbana man who pleaded guilty to participating in the manufacture of methamphetamine was sentenced to prison Friday.

Champaign County Judge Harry Clem sentenced Michael P. Wagner, 35, who last lived in the 1700 block of County Road 1900 E, to eight years in the penitentiary for the Class 1 felony.

2 men accused of paying others to shop on North Prospect for meth precursor

URBANA — Two Danville men who allegedly recruited Daily Bread soup kitchen clients to buy cold medication to make into methamphetamine have been charged with a Class X felony.

Jason T. Tools, 33, of the 1100 block of Fairchild Street, and Vinson R. Swift, 42, of the 500 block of Chandler Street, were arrested Thursday by Champaign police.

20-year-old sentenced to 10 years for burglary

URBANA — A 20-year-old Urbana man with a seven-year criminal history has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for breaking into a neighbor's home and stealing items.

Linnell Blount, whose last known local address was in the 500 block of Glenn Drive, was charged in May with the Nov. 6, 2013, residential burglary of a home in the 1100 block of Country Squire Drive.

Man pleads guilty in UI Library incident

URBANA — A Champaign man accused of touching himself in a lewd manner at a University of Illinois library Tuesday night pleaded guilty to that offense Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court.

David M. Murphy, 57, who listed an address in the 1200 block of Parkland Court, was sentenced to a year of probation and four days in jail with credit for time served.

St. Charles students expelled after computer hack

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — St. Charles school officials have expelled two high school students who they say shut down the district's computer network.