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Courts Police Fire

Youth linked to theft, gun, fight incidents gets juvenile prison for car break-in

URBANA — A 17-year-old Champaign youth was sentenced Wednesday to juvenile prison for breaking into a car last fall.

CU Fresh Start to resume 'call-in' interventions March 8

CHAMPAIGN — The CU Fresh Start program to curb violence will return to conducting "call-in" interventions next month, with one scheduled for March 8.

That will be the third call-in, after others conducted in October 2016 and March 2017. Vivian Gray, Fresh Start's project specialist, said the event will again be held at the Illinois Terminal.

UPDATE: Danville man being held on murder, arson charges in house fire

UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.:

DANVILLE — A 19-year-old Danville man is being held on preliminary charges of murder and arson in connection with a Wednesday-morning fire at a house in north Danville where firefighters discovered a body.

Third arrest made in alleged Campustown cocaine operation with reported ties to Mexican drug cartel

URBANA — A third man allegedly involved in a cocaine operation with reported ties to a Mexican drug cartel that was busted last fall on the University of Illinois campus has been arrested.

13th conviction: 4 years in prison

URBANA — An Urbana man with a dozen prior criminal convictions, including seven for residential burglary, has been sentenced to four years in prison for his 13th conviction.

Judge Tom Difanis imposed the sentence Monday on Devon Lites, 37, whose last known address was in the 800 block of East Oakland Avenue, for theft with a prior residential burglary conviction.

Official: Suspect in Chicago police death was heavily armed

CHICAGO (AP) — A police commander who was killed after a foot chase in downtown Chicago was shot in the head by a suspect carrying a semi-automatic handgun equipped with an extended clip of ammunition, a police official told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to U.S.-wanted cleric

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Amid increasing pressure from the international community, Pakistan on Wednesday began seizing assets and funds belonging to Islamic charities linked to a radical cleric wanted by the U.S., officials said.

NIU marking 10th anniversary of deadly campus shooting

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University will mark the tenth anniversary of a shooting that left five students dead with a memorial service.

Bells will toll and wreaths will be placed at a memorial at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday at the school's DeKalb campus. School officials say the university community will observe a moment of reflection.

Mardi Gras marred as 3 killed, 5 wounded in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A festive close to Mardi Gras was marred by shootings across New Orleans that left three people dead and five others wounded.

The first two shootings happened in the afternoon, when fights broke out near the traditional parade route.

Several hospitalized after vehicle tries to enter NSA

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Several people were hospitalized after a shooting Wednesday morning outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade, but none of the injuries were caused by gunfire, the spy agency said.