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The latest: 3 workers critically hurt in Louisiana blast

KENNER, La. (AP) — The latest on the oil rig explosion near New Orleans (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

The company that owns an oil and gas platform that exploded says a contract worker is missing, and three company employees and four contractors are injured.

Man killed in Danville was from Chicago

URBANA — Authorities have identified the victim of Saturday's fatal shooting in Danville as a 25-year-old Chicago man.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Gerald Taylor was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana at 4:29 a.m. Saturday.

A preliminary autopsy performed later that day confirmed he died from a gunshot wound.

48 months probation in gun case

URBANA — A Danville man convicted for shooting at people and a vehicle in southeast Urbana in April has been sentenced to probation.

On Friday Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Kaleb C. McLain, 21, who listed an address in the 100 block of East 10th St., to 48 months of probation and to 150 days already served in the Champaign County Jail.

Pot-growing, gun possession net 9 years in prison

URBANA — An Urbana man who had a cannabis-growing operation and dozens of guns in his home has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Police seek info after card fraud

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the Champaign Police Department are seeking the public's help solving crimes using a cloned credit card.

According to police report, fraudulent transactions totaling more than $600 were made with a cloned credit card at multiple locations in Champaign, Rantoul and Tuscola on Sept. 25.

Man, 25, fatally shot in Danville

DANVILLE — Danville police spent Sunday investigating a shooting early Saturday morning that took the life of a man in that city.

According to a police report, officers were called to the 900 block of Campbell just before 3 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report that somebody had been shot.

John Roska: Registering a copyright

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Person of interest in arson investigation in custody

A man who authorities believe has information about an arson fire just outside the Champaign city limits this week is in custody.

Urbana Fire Chief: Thursday's downtown fire could have been much worse

Urbana Fire Chief Brian Nightlinger says a fire at a restaurant in downtown could have been much worse if not for the efforts of firefighters.

Crews were called to the Sitara Indian Restaurant and Lounge at 114 South Race Street at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The city says the building was built in 1887 and the two buildings nearby were built in 1905.

Champaign man arrested for firing gun into the air after fighting with another man

A Champaign man was arrested Friday morning for shooting a gun off into the air after a night of physical and verbal altercations with his girlfriend's brother.

Champaign Police spokesperson LaEisha Meaderds says police were called to the 400 block of Briar Lane around 10:20 a.m. on Friday for reports of shots fired.