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Urbana man charged with selling drugs

URBANA — An Urbana man has been charged with drug-related offenses that occurred in that city earlier this month.

Jason D. Walker, 37, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Gregory Street, was charged Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court  with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance from events that occurred on March 17 and 24.

Savoy man arrested for having cocaine for sale

SAVOY — A Savoy man remained in police custody Friday after being arrested Thursday for having more than an ounce of powdered cocaine in his apartment.

Champaign County sheriff’s Sgt. Curt Apperson said members of the sheriff’s office and the Urbana police street crimes unit served a search warrant in the 900 block of Village Park Way in Savoy and arrested Dustin Brown, 20, who lived there, after finding about 49 grams of cocaine in his bedroom.

Urbana man convicted of sex assault, home invasion

URBANA — An Urbana man faces a lengthy prison term after being convicted of an attack on a teenage girl in her home last year.

A Champaign County jury deliberated about an hour Friday before finding Darrell W. Smith, 50, also known as Darrell Davis, guilty of aggravated criminal sexual assault, attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault and home invasion.

Judge Heidi Ladd set sentencing for May 3. Smith faces a maximum prison term of up to 85 years on all the counts.

Teen testifies about assault in her home

URBANA – A 14-year-old Urbana girl told a Champaign County jury she was dragged, choked and had her life threatened as she was sexually assaulted in her own home last summer by a man who was an acquaintance of her mother.

The girl's was the key testimony in the trial of Darrell W. Smith, also known as Darrell Davis, 50, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Sunrise Drive in Urbana.

Villa Grove man gets July trial date on cocaine charges

TUSCOLA — A Villa Grove man accused of selling cocaine in that town on several occasions in February and March is tentatively set to be tried in July.

Kalen Fonner, 30, who listed an address in the 400 block of Church Street, appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court on Wednesday with his court-appointed attorney, Jim Lee. He waived his right to a probable cause hearing, and Judge Mike Carroll set a tentative trial date during the jury term that starts July 19. He is free on bond.

Police: Crime isn't up; reports of it are

CHAMPAIGN – The city's police department is trying to send their own alert to students: Campus crime is far from spiraling out of control.

But because of the University of Illinois' e-mail alerts, some students perceive crime is on the rise.

The Champaign Police Department has started receiving e-mails from concerned students who believe campus crime is out of control, said Rene Dunn, assistant to the chief of police for community services.

3 years pass with no arrests in triple homicide

DANVILLE – Nearly three years ago, Bonnie Derrickson-Beecher stood at her granddaughter's grave and made a promise: The people who were responsible for fatally shooting her and two other people on Danville's east side would be found and brought to justice.

Today, she planned to return to the grave to mark the three-year anniversary of the murders, which remain unsolved.

"I'll tell her, 'I'm sorry. I'm still trying,'" she said softly, breaking into tears.

UI police seize air weapons from 2 men target shooting

URBANA — University of Illinois police seized several air weapons from two men who were apparently target shooting Tuesday afternoon near campus housing.

Lt. Roy Acree said the men complied with the orders of the six officers who swooped down on them about 4:30 p.m. in the Orchard Downs housing complex just west of Race Street in Urbana.

But given the way the weapons looked, Acree said there could have been a much different outcome to the springtime target shooting.

Urbana police looking for armed home invaders

URBANA — Urbana police are looking for two men who robbed a group of people at gunpoint in an Urbana home late Monday morning.

An Urbana police report said the home invasion and armed robbery occurred about 11:40 a.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Prairie Green but was not reported until about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Sgt. Dan Morgan said four people were in the home when someone knocked on the door. When one of them cracked the door, two masked men, both armed with revolvers, forced their way inside.

Man struck by 2 vehicles in Charleston

CHARLESTON — A Tuscola man who is attending Eastern Illinois University was injured Saturday evening after he was struck by two vehicles.

According to a police report, officers were called to the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, at 11:12 p.m. Saturday after getting a report that a pedestrian had been struck in traffic by a vehicle.

Police said that Alex T. Fitzjarrald, 23, who listed an address in Tuscola, ran from the scene and then ran in front of another vehicle in the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue, where he was struck again.