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Crime-fighting nominees sought for new award named after Benton

Champaign County Crime Stoppers is accepting nominations for the first Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award.

This award, to be given annually, was recently established by the crime prevention agency's board of directors in honor of board member Benton, who signed off his anchor position at WCIA-TV last week.

Zion residents want body cameras for police

ZION (AP) — Residents of the northeastern Illinois city of Zion are calling on all of its officers to be equipped with body cameras following the police-involved shooting death of 17-year-old Justus Howell.

Officials: Misfire foiled attack on Paris church

PARIS (AP) — An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented from opening fire on churchgoers only because he accidentally shot himself in the leg, French officials said Wednesday.

Man who shot Reagan seeks to live outside hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 is "clinically ready" to live full time outside a mental hospital, his lawyer argued in federal court on Wednesday.

John Hinckley Jr. has been in "full and stable remission" for more than two decades, his lawyer Barry Levine argued.

Rural Mahomet man accused of sex assault

URBANA — A 20-year-old rural Mahomet man is due back in court in June to face criminal charges that he had sex with an intoxicated teen.

Michael Keller, who listed an address on County Road 2500 N, was arrested Monday on a warrant issued April 1 charging him with criminal sexual assault, a felony, and criminal sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.

Man who admitted holdup, theft sentenced to prison

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted that he robbed a Savoy electronics store last fall has been sentenced to prison.

Champaign teen held over threat with gun

URBANA — A Champaign County judge on Tuesday ordered a teen who allegedly threatened another teen with a gun held in detention.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz filed weapons charges against the 16-year-old Champaign boy after his arrest at his home on Monday.

House backs bill to change Illinois specialty plates

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would change the way the state creates specialty license plates.

Illinois man charged with killing pregnant woman

HARRISBURG (AP) — Prosecutors in southern Illinois have charged an Eldorado man with murder in the death of his pregnant girlfriend.

Saline County prosecutors said Monday that 56-year-old Rodney Black faces multiple counts in the Friday death of 28-year-old Latisha Reidelberger, also of Eldorado. Court documents state that he stabbed the woman with a knife several times.