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UPDATE: Monticello car thief leaves stolen 'loaner' for victim

A.M. UPDATE: Piatt County Sheriff's officials have been notified by authorities in Lake County (Ind.) that a Jeep stolen from Monticello on Thursday was located at approximately 6 a.m. Friday near Dyer, Ind. It had been struck by a two-mile long freight train, resulting in traffic being blocked at the train tracks of the unincorporated area of Lake County.

Champaign man admits role in October invasion of elderly man's home

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted his role in invading an elderly man's north Champaign home last fall faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.

David Austin, 19, whose last known address was in the 2000 block of Joanne Lane, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Heidi Ladd to aggravated robbery.

Fence spat leads to misdemeanor charges for Champaign woman

URBANA — A Champaign woman who apparently doesn't buy the notion that good fences make good neighbors has been criminally charged with battering and alarming a group of fence builders.

Vermilion sheriff's divers recover body of 71-year-old Hillery man

HILLERY — Divers with the Vermilion County sheriff's office on Thursday afternoon recovered the body of a man who drowned in a private pond behind his home a day earlier.

Capt. Mike Hartshorn said the body of 71-year-old Robert Porter Jr. was located in about 30 feet of water around 2:25 p.m.

Hartshorn said no foul play is suspected.

Rantoul, Urbana men face charges in stolen-car case

URBANA — Two men are in police custody after being charged with possessing a car that had been stolen in Urbana about two months ago.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, a person reported being hit from behind as he turned into the parking lot of a business in the 500 block of North Mattis Avenue in Champaign.

Police nab alleged gun-toter near Champaign library

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police arrested a man late Thursday morning minutes after he allegedly pointed a gun at a person in the Campustown area.

Lt. Bruce Ramseyer said at 10:59 a.m., police received a report of two men at First Street and Springfield Avenue, one of whom was allegedly pointing a handgun at another man.

UPDATED: Vermilion sheriff's dive team searching pond for apparent drowning victim

Updated: 12 p.m. Thursday

HILLERY — The Vermilion County sheriff’s department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team were still searching late this morning for the body of a man who apparently drowned in a private pond behind his Hillery home Wednesday morning.

Child sex convictions spark British debate about race, abuse

LONDON (AP) — Britain is wrestling with a volatile nexus of crime, race and religion, after 18 people were convicted of sexually abusing women and girls as young as 15.One woman and 17 men were convicted of or admitted to charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution in a series of trials that ended this week at Newcastle Crown Court in northeast England.

Hurricane Franklin makes landfall on Mexico's coast

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Franklin roared ashore on a thinly populated part of Mexico's central Gulf coast early Thursday and began weakening as it pounded a mountainous region prone to flash floods and mudslides with rains and heavy winds.

Champaign County circuit clerk's new site boosts access to court documents

URBANA — Although it happened under her predecessor, Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman is proud that in 1994, Champaign County became the first county in Illinois to put court records online.

Starting today, access will be even better.