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Help sought in solving delivery driver robbery

CHAMPAIGN – Crime Stoppers and Champaign police are asking for help solving an armed robbery in Champaign last month.

About 8:40 p.m. on Jan. 24, a Jimmy John's delivery driver reported that he was robbed at gunpoint in the 1000 block of North Hickory Street in Champaign.

The victim said the robber displayed a semiautomatic handgun and demanded his cash and the food he was delivering. After handing over the cash and food, the victim ran back to his car and left.

A second man may have been acting as a lookout during the robbery.

Fire at UI graduate library put out fast

URBANA — Champaign and Urbana firefighters put out a small fire at the University of Illinois Graduate Library Saturday afternoon.

Champaign fire Lt. John Mills said an automatic alarm triggered at the library at 1408 W. Gregory Drive, U, at 1 p.m.

Firefighters arrived at 1:04 p.m. and initially couldn’t find any fire but learned from building service workers that there was heavy smoke in the basement, Mills said.

Champaign man facing prison for child porn

URBANA – A Champaign man convicted in federal court of receiving and possessing child pornography faces a lengthy prison term.

A jury in Urbana deliberated less than two hours Thursday before convicting Scott Halliday, 35, of Quince Drive, of two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

Halliday, who was arrested May 14, 2009, had been out on bond while awaiting trial.

Misbehavior in jail nets man another criminal charge

URBANA – A Champaign man awaiting sentencing for residential burglary faces another charge based on his behavior in the Champaign County jail.

Perry Hampton, 22, who listed an address in the 100 block of East Roper Street, was arraigned Thursday for aggravated battery to a correctional officer.

Court records indicate that about 2 p.m. Feb. 4, Hampton, who had been convicted by a jury the day before, became upset with Lt. Dave Smalley over his visiting hours and grabbed Smalley by the throat. The incident occurred at the jail in downtown Urbana.

Apartment building fire in Danville forces families out

DANVILLE – Danville fire officials are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a Vermilion Garden Apartments building early Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to the fire at Vermilion Garden Apartments, 1213 Garden Drive, at 4:38 a.m. When they arrived, smoke was coming from the south side of Building 1230, which has eight apartments.

Danville fire Capt. Larry Jaggers said no residents or firefighters were injured.

Crime report

In crimes reported to area police recently:

CHAMPAIGN

– 3900 block of Tallgrass: Man and woman entered residence about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday but ran when confronted by man.

– 700 block of South State Street: Three DVDs stolen from apartment Feb. 6.

– 0-100 block of East Main Street: 70-year-old man robbed about 10 a.m. Thursday after a man asked him for a dollar, then grabbed his wallet.

– 0-100 block of East John Street: Driver's side mirror on vehicle broken between Tuesday and Thursday.

Danville woman charged in Champaign County with possession of cocaine for sale

URBANA — A Danville woman has been charged with possessing more than 3 ounces of cocaine intended for sale in Champaign.

Champaign County sheriff’s drug investigators Thursday arrested Chela Perez, 31, of the 900 block of Norman Street, in a car near Windsor and Galen drives in southwest Champaign.

Sgt. Curt Apperson said investigators knew Perez was wanted on a Vermilion County arrest warrant when they stopped the car she was in just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

A search of the car turned up just over 88 grams of cocaine, he said.

Texas man carrying drugs in truck sentenced to 14 years

URBANA — A Texas man acting as a mule for drug dealers was sentenced Friday to 14 years in Illinois prison.

Fidencio Udabe, 25, of Houston told Judge Tom Difanis he knew what he was doing was wrong when he drove a truck filled with cannabis through Champaign County last fall.

“I lost my job. It was a gamble I took,” said the married father, who had been laid off from his job three weeks before his arrest Oct. 31.

Calendar conversion problem preventing new entries from appearing

Because of some glitches within The News-Gazette’s revamped Web site, new calendar submissions are not being posted at www.news-gazette.com.

When the Web site switchover occurred, more than 900 of the previously submitted calendar items were posted with incorrect information.

News-Gazette staffers are working to correct these items before importing newly submitted items. As soon as the current items are corrected, the newspaper will begin posting new items.

Champaign man convicted in child porn case

URBANA — A Champaign man convicted in federal court of receiving and possessing child pornography faces a lengthy prison term.

A jury in Urbana Thursday deliberated less than two hours before convicting Scott Halliday, 35, of Quince Drive, of two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

Halliday, who was arrested May 14, 2009, had been out on bond while awaiting trial.