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Courts Police Fire

Candidates needed to replace PBL official

PAXTON — The PBL school board is seeking candidates to replace longtime board member Dean Swan, who resigned this week, two months after being arrested over allegations he steered public business to a trucking firm he owned.

Stepmother offers family's version of officer-involved shooting in Arcola

ARCOLA — The stepmother of an Arcola man who died over the weekend in an officer-involved shooting has offered her family's side of the story.

According to an autopsy, Tommy E. Smith, 39, of Arcola, died from gunshot wounds to the right chest and to the left neck at his home at 224 Circle Drive, on the north side of town.

Juvenile petitions filed over stolen weapons

URBANA — Two Rantoul teen-age boys have been criminally charged in connection with a break-in at a pawn shop in the village in which more than a dozen guns were stolen.

A 17-year-old and a 16-year-old were charged in juvenile petitions filed Thursday with burglary, aggravated possession of stolen firearms and possession of stolen firearms.

Plea in weapon-drug case brings probation

URBANA — A Champaign man arrested Monday with a gun and drugs in his car pleaded guilty Thursday to having a firearm without a firearm owner's identification card and to possessing a small amount of cocaine intended for sale.

2 charged with having guns taken in October burglary

URBANA — Two Champaign men with guns in their home found to have been stolen in an October burglary have been charged with weapons offenses.

FBI: Ohio man planned to bomb U.S. Capitol, kill officials

LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press

Owner apologizes for deputy's injury, mourns loss of dog

CHAMPAIGN — Marlo Hedrick said she is heartsick about the injury a Champaign County sheriff's deputy received from her dog last week.

But the Champaign mother and grandmother is also bereft at the loss of her 6-year-old pit bull terrier, Boosi, whose bite led to the dog's destruction.

AUDIO: safety improvements eyed in Urbana neighborhood

NEW 1 p.m. Friday: 

This story has been updated with a link to crime statistics provided by Urbana police.

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Original story:

The City of Urbana is conducting a survey of residents in a southeast neighborhood in order to improve safety and security. Scott Beatty has more in these two reports.




Dog that bit deputy to be euthanized

URBANA — The owner of a pit bull terrier that ripped the calf of a sheriff's deputy last week voluntarily relinquished the dog to authorities Wednesday.

"Boosi," the dog that bit Champaign County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Oliger Jan. 7 as he tried to serve a subpoena, is expected to be euthanized soon, said Champaign Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Bannon.

Veteran sentenced to probation for weapon plea

URBANA — An Army National Guard veteran who admitted having a loaded gun in a car in Champaign last spring has been sentenced to two years of probation for aggravated unlawful use of weapons.