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Courts Police Fire

Urbana woman held on drug charges

URBANA — An Urbana woman is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $25,000 bond after she allegedly sold prescription medicine to a police informant.

Heather D. Kite, 34, who listed an address in the 400 block of Beeson Drive, was charged on Monday with felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

If convicted, Kite faces between three and seven years in prison.

Former DeWitt treasurer arrested in Texas

DeWITT — A former public official for the village of DeWitt has been arrested in Texas for alleged theft of more than $10,000 from the village.

Former DeWitt Village Treasurer Donna Evans, 51, formerly of Farmer City, was arrested on a warrant at her home in Shelby County, Texas, the DeWitt County sheriff's office said in a release on Thursday.

Murder trial goes to jury on Friday

URBANA — A jury of six men and six women will have to decide Friday if circumstantial evidence is enough to convict an Urbana man of the first-degree murder of his estranged girlfriend.

Police cases converge to stir national debate

TOM HAYS, Associated Press
COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

Theft of copper brings two-year prison sentence

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he stole copper from a construction site about two months ago has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Kody Alagna, 24, whose last known address was in the 800 block of North Prospect Avenue, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd to theft with a prior burglary.

Roof fire quickly extinguished in Champaign

Champaign firefighters were called to a home to a report of a roof fire about 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

They quickly put the fire out at the home at 31 Ashley Lane.

Numerous crashes reported on I-57

From Illinois State Police:
Illinois State Police District 10 Troopers have responded to multiple crashes and vehicle slide offs on Interstate 57 between mileposts 190 (Mattoon) and 205 (Arcola) in Coles and Douglas Counties, in addition to other roadways in Coles and Edgar Counties.

School board ponders adding pepper spray

ROYAL — Prairieview-Ogden officials are mulling the possibility of adding another defense tool to their arsenal should a violent offender ever enter the school.

The school board is seeking legal counsel on adding pepper spray for school safety.

Report: Nursing home employee hits resident in arm, must appear in court

URBANA — An employee at the Champaign County Nursing Home has been given a notice to appear in court after allegedly striking a 74-year-old resident at the home last month.

The unidentified female employee, a certified nursing assistant, allegedly punched the resident in the arm after he had punched her in the chest.

Updated: Coroner identifies woman killed in crash

RANTOUL — A two-vehicle collision at an unmarked rural intersection southwest of Rantoul has claimed the life of a Mahomet woman.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup on Wednesday evening identified the woman as Jamie L. Froman, 52.