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Courts Police Fire

Champaign man charged with crack cocaine possession

URBANA — A Champaign man who police said had alleged crack cocaine in his house is being held in the Champaign County Jail on drug-related offenses.

Motorcyclist injured in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign man was injured when a car driver turned in front of his motorcycle in west Champaign Thursday night.

Champaign police Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer said the accident happened at 8:43 p.m. at the intersection of Mattis and Kirby avenues.

Justin Cook, 18, of Bondville, was eastbound on Kirby and turned north on to Mattis in front of Patrick Grady.

UPDATED: Semi accident near Oakwood on eastbound I-74 cleared

RURAL OAKWOOD — Illinois State Police report that a semitractor trailer that jackknifed on Interstate 74 near Oakwood has been removed.

The accident had blocked both lanes of eastbound traffic and caused delays.

Trooper Tracy Lillard said the semi jackknifed in the median wires at milepost 204.5 near Oakwood. No one was injured.

Owner of suitcase found; no charges likely

DANVILLE — Police tracked down the owner of a suitcase that was discovered Wednesday morning outside The News-Gazette's downtown Danville office and caused the evacuation of several businesses while the University of Illinois bomb squad investigated.

2 dogs euthanized after Urbana apartment fire

URBANA — Two dogs had to be euthanized following a Thursday afternoon apartment fire in Urbana.

According to an Urbana Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a fire in the 1900 block of North Cunningham Avenue, Urbana, at 3:30 p.m.

When they arrived, they found light smoke coming from a two-story apartment.

More than 30 vehicles burglarized in Farmer City

FARMER CITY — Farmer City police and the DeWitt County sheriff's office are hoping that someone will contact them with information on a number of vehicle burglaries that happened in Farmer City early Thursday.

Between midnight Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday,about 34 vehicles all over town  were entered.

Shooting victim's mother: 'I broke down'

URBANA — Jenyra Reeves marked her 23rd birthday on Tuesday, in an Urbana hospital. She couldn't see the balloons her mother brought to celebrate.

"Her eyes won't open," said Diedra Reeves, 37, of Urbana.

Police seek help in solving shooting

URBANA — Urbana Police Detective Dave Roesch is hoping that someone may have seen or heard something that could help authorities figure out who shot Jenyra Reeves in northwest Urbana late last month and why.

Saving life of child results in recognition

URBANA — When Jason Norton was a boy, he mastered life-saving skills in pursuit of a Boy Scout merit badge.

Years later, Urbana police Sgt. Norton used the skills learned back then to save the life of a 3-year-old girl.

Jury convicts man in aggravated battery, weapon case

URBANA — A Champaign man who brought a gun to a home to retrieve a box fan is looking at up to 30 years in prison.

A Champaign County jury deliberated about three hours Wednesday before convicting Lynntez Holt, 36, of aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm.