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Pekin man admits defrauding senior of nearly $100,000

PEORIA (AP) — An Illinois man is set to be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to charges that he defrauded an elderly person out of nearly $100,000.

Sidney man gets 5 years for having meds without prescription

URBANA — A Sidney man with a lengthy criminal record who admitted that he had anti-anxiety medication in his home without a prescription has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Tarek Abbed, 39, however, was not present to hear Judge Heidi Ladd impose the sentence on Thursday.

Witness in Danville murder retrial: 'I'm hearing, "click"'

DANVILLE — Among five witnesses who testified Thursday in the retrial of an Indiana man accused of killing one man and injuring another in a shooting about four years ago outside a Danville nightclub was a concertgoer who recalled the accused pointing a pistol at his forehead just before the fatal shots rang out.

Champaign man gets 22 years for 'drug-deals-on-wheels enterprise'

URBANA — A Champaign man convicted of having a gun when he was on parole two years ago has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

After hearing evidence to aggravate Andrew Bell's sentence, Judge Heidi Ladd was moved to comment that the 23-year-old convicted felon was operating a "drug-deals-on-wheels enterprise."

Champaign woman accused of shooting cousin in Urbana

URBANA — A Champaign woman has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm for allegedly shooting her cousin outside an Urbana business earlier this week.

If convicted, Geneshia Grey, 27, of the 1600 block of Cruising Lane faces a mandatory prison sentence of between six and 30 years.

Montenegro official: U.S. Embassy attacker was ex-soldier

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The man who hurled a bomb into the U.S. Embassy compound in Montenegro's capital, and then killed himself, was an ex-soldier apparently decorated by former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic after NATO's bombing of Serbia and Montenegro in 1999, authorities said Thursday.

Florida eye doctor gets 17 years for Medicare fraud

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey received a 17-year sentence Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests and treatments they didn't need for diseases they didn't have.

Federal prosecutor named as newest circuit judge

URBANA — A central Illinois federal prosecutor with civil law experience has been named as Champaign County’s newest circuit judge.

Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman announced Thursday that Jason Bohm will take the seat being vacated next week by Mike Jones, who is retiring after 21 years on the bench.

Springfield H.S. plans extra security after threat

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield High School plans to have extra security and metal detectors in place Thursday in response to a threat circulating on social media.

Midwest shelters open amid flooding as rivers keep rising

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Shelters were open Thursday to assist people forced from their homes by flooding in the Midwest, as rivers swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continue to rise in Indiana, Michigan and other states.