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Courts Police Fire

Cause of major house fire north of Danville listed as undetermined

DANVILLE — The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office said Monday the cause of the blaze that destroyed a mansion just north of Danville on Thursday evening is listed as undetermined at this time.

But state investigators haven't finished their work in trying to determine a possible cause of the fire at the home of Danville-area businessman Al Abbed at 17168 Clinton Road.

Decatur police investigate shooting death

DECATUR (AP) — A 48-year-old man has been found shot to death in the backyard of a Decatur house.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports that the body of Todd Daniel Feldkamp of Effingham was discovered Saturday night by police responding to a call of shots fired in the area shortly before 9 p.m.

U.S. border agent killed in apparent Texas attack

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Authorities were scouring west Texas on Monday for those behind an apparent attack that killed one U.S. border agent and injured another.

Killer-cult leader Charles Manson dead at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after masterminding the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday night after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83.

Moore accuser says she was not paid to tell her story

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of initiating sexual contact when she was 14 said Monday she was "absolutely not" paid to tell her story publicly.

Woman hurt by Takata air bag urges owners to get cars fixed

DETROIT (AP) — A woman who was seriously hurt by an exploding Takata air bag inflator in a 2013 crash is helping Honda's effort to persuade car owners to get the dangerous parts replaced.

Judge: Deeming juvenile's behavior habitual 'the best option to protect the public'

URBANA — A Champaign teen whose criminal activity escalated this year from property crimes to an attack on a University of Illinois student in an elevator has been found to be a habitual juvenile offender.

The finding, a rarely used prosecutorial tool, means that the 15-year-old Champaign boy will be sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice until he's 21.

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Police still searching for suspected credit card thief

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the Champaign Police Department need help finding a man who allegedly stole credit cards and used them.

About 10 a.m. on Nov. 7, a man entered a private office at Christie Clinic on University Avenue and stole credit cards from a purse. The credit cards were later used at Walmart to make purchases over $500.

John Roska: Appearance fees are common but can be waived

Q: I got sued in small-claims court. I went to court and asked for a trial. The judge scheduled one but told me I had to pay an "appearance fee" before that date. If I don't, I lose. Is that right? Why do I have to pay, if I didn't file anything?