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Two rescue trucker from burning semi near Potomac

RURAL POTOMAC — Two men pulled a 44-year-old Lafayette, Ind., man to safety after the semitrailer truck he was driving crashed and caught on fire Monday morning.

The accident occurred at 9:13 a.m. on Illinois 49 at County Road 3200 N near Potomac, according to an Illinois State Police report.

Buildings evacuated after gas line hit

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody was reported hurt when a natural gas line was ruptured by construction workers Monday afternoon in downtown Champaign.

According to a Champaign Fire Department report, a 1-inch gas line was hit by workers taking out some concrete in an alley west of the WCIA building in the 500 block of South Neil Street at 2:30 p.m.

Five sleeping residents uninjured in Rantoul house fire

    Thanks to emergency personnel and an alert neighbor, five people are unharmed after an early-morning house fire in Rantoul on Monday.
    Two adults and three children were asleep when a neighbor in the 1000 block of Bel Air Drive spotted flames and called 911, according to Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters.

Bullet found at GCMS spurs lockdown

GIBSON CITY — A .22-caliber bullet was found inside Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School before classes started Monday morning, prompting a brief lockdown.

Supreme Court to take applications for DeWitt judge vacancy

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court has announced it will take applications to fill the DeWitt County judgeship of the late Garry Bryan.

Judge orders investment firm dissolved

Ruling notes lack of evidence supporting allegations by Holder

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Friday granted the equivalent of a corporate divorce for two long-time business associates whose personal and working relationship had deteriorated to the point they could no longer work together.

Two charged in cocaine case

CHAMPAIGN — Two men arrested outside a Champaign home where police found a large cache of crack cocaine have been charged with a Class X felony.

First Assistant State's Attorney Steve Ziegler said Champaign police narcotics agents had been investigating Lloyd R. Tipkins, 27, of the 900 block of West Eureka Street for about a month.

Man gets 5 years for stealing van

URBANA — A homeless man who admitted he stole a running van in Champaign in early July has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Dameian Hardy, 35, pleaded guilty in July to possession of a stolen vehicle, admitting that on July 2, he took a van that a man had left running when he went in the County Market, 331 E. Stoughton St., C.

Arrest in shoplifting brings weapon, burglary charges

URBANA — A man who police say allegedly brought a loaded handgun and cannabis into a grocery store was arrested for a variety of offenses Thursday.

Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin said officers were called to the County Market on South Philo Road about 6 p.m. because security employees had a suspected shoplifter in custody.

Driving under influence of heroin brings 2-year prison term

URBANA — A woman who hit a parked car in a hospital parking lot while under the influence of heroin has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Kelsey A. Griffith, 27, of Fisher, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus to aggravated DUI, admitting that she drove after injecting heroin on Aug. 11.