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Area firefighters learn to handle rail emergencies

VILLA GROVE – Chuck Black listened intently as an instructor showed him how to open a valve at the top of a chemical-filled railroad car.

"I'm learning a lot about how to stop leaks and how to be aware of my surroundings," he said. "It's important to know the right steps to take in case of a railroad emergency."

Home invasion leaves 1 injured in St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH – Champaign County sheriff's deputies are investigating a home invasion Thursday in St. Joseph that left one person injured.

A release from Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh said about 9 p.m., four men, one or more of whom was armed, entered a home on Locust Street.

Teens charged with taking TV equipment

URBANA – Two teens accused of taking a Channel 3 camera and microphone worth $20,000 are due back in court June 24.

Dakota Miller, 19, who listed an address in the 900 block of North Broadway Avenue, Urbana, and Christopher Waldron, 17, of Skokie, were charged Thursday in Champaign County Circuit Court with felony theft.

Champaign man charged with cocaine possession

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign man with a history of drug-related convictions was charged with another drug offense on Friday.

Assistant Champaign County State's Attorney Dan Clifton said Nathan Porter, 49, who listed an address at 911 Kenwood Road, C, across the street from Centennial High School and Jefferson Middle School, was charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for having more than 29 grams, about an ounce, of cocaine in his home.

Lincoln Building fire causes little damage

CHAMPAIGN – A downtown fire at the Lincoln Building caused some lunchtime excitement today but little to no damage to the building.

Champaign Fire Department Capt. Lew Smith said the fire broke out when construction work on the sixth floor ignited some fabric.

Officials take care of vintage grenades

DANVILLE – University of Illinois and Champaign police specially trained to handle explosives took care of two vintage hand grenades Thursday.

UI Police Lt. Skip Frost said the bomb squad got a call from the Vermilion County War Museum, 307 N. Vermilion St., Danville, about 9:30 a.m.

Police make contact with missing family

URBANA – Urbana police have now heard from members of an Urbana family believed to have been missing since early April and have concluded they are fine.

Sgt. Dan Morgan said in a release that Catoya Williams, her three children, ages 9, 6 and 4, and her partner, Nathaniel Brooks, were located Thursday.

Jury convicts Champaign man in heroin case

URBANA – A Champaign man who possessed heroin for sale faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced in June.

A Champaign County jury Wednesday convicted Mekiel Kelley, 27, of the 3400 block of Stoneway Court, of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Georgetown mayor admits disorderly conduct

DANVILLE – Georgetown Mayor Darrell Acord has been sentenced to court supervision and public-service work for a disorderly conduct conviction.

On Tuesday in Vermilion County Circuit Court, Acord pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

Boy in fair condition after losing control of vehicle

FAIRMOUNT – A young Fairmount resident was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon following an accident Tuesday evening that could prompt the village to change its ordinances.

Mayor David Ferber said the boy, age 9 or 10, was riding a motorized vehicle down State Street at around 6 p.m. Tuesday and attempted to turn around.