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Veteran sentenced to six years for making meth

URBANA — A military veteran who said he fell into a cycle of drug addiction to battle post traumatic stress disorder was sentenced to prison Thursday for cooking methamphetamine in an Urbana apartment near a school.

Homeless man to prison for pulling fire alarm at Carle

URBANA — An Urbana man convicted of pulling a fire alarm at an Urbana health facility when there was no fire has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

Chad Z. Williams, 26, who reported he was homeless, was convicted by Judge Tom Difanis in a May bench trial of giving a false fire alarm, a felony, and criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over oil spill

KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

Misdemeanor charges filed against Gerard campaign worker

URBANA — A campaign worker for then-Champaign Mayor Don Gerard has been charged with two counts of false personation for allegedly misrepresenting himself as a representative of the city liquor commission.

Expert: Players have uphill climb in suit against UI

Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players could have a tough time winning their $10 million discrimination lawsuit against the UI, says a central Illinois lawyer who represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases.

Family recounts suffering, loss

Vicente Mundo was the only boy born to a Chicago couple who were blessed with three daughters before his arrival. As such, his sisters told a Champaign County judge, he held a special place in the hearts of his parents.

55-year prison term in Mundo murder

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he fired the gun that killed a University of Illinois student he was robbing of cannabis has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Reginald Scott, 21, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of Francis Drive, will have to serve 100 percent of that time.

New judge welcomed in Champaign County

URBANA — Moments after being sworn in Wednesday, Champaign County's newest judge promised he would make mistakes.

But Brett Olmstead also promised to learn from them.

"I won't hold it against you for calling those mistakes to my attention," said the 47-year-old Champaign man.

Tom Kacich: Courtroom drama and 'Coal Oil Johnny'

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Man pleads to lesser charge, sentenced to probation

URBANA — A Danville man who had been charged with armed robbery for allegedly robbing a woman in her own home pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said there was no evidence to corroborate the victim's claim that Anthony M. Brown, 25, of the 1900 block of North Bowman Avenue, had actually robbed the woman at gunpoint.