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Updated: No injuries in house fire in Danville

DANVILLE — No one was injured Thursday afternoon in a house fire on Danville's southeast side.

Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said a passerby called in a house fire at 12 p.m. Thursday at 101 Bremer Ave. in Danville. He said no one was at home at the time of the fire, and it took Danville firefighters about half an hour to get the blaze under control.

Heroin dealer a no-show for sentencing; gets years added on

URBANA — A Champaign man who failed to show up for his sentencing for dealing heroin had a couple of extra years in prison tacked on.

Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd on Thursday sentenced Emanuel Spencer-Jackson, 22, whose last known address was in the 1100 block of Waterview Way, to eight years in prison for possession with intent to deliver heroin.

Armed robbery trial ends with hung jury

URBANA — A Champaign County jury Wednesday got hung up, so to speak, on a Melrose Park teen's contention that his friend coerced him into committing an armed robbery in Champaign this past winter.

I-74 crash near Urbana temporarily closes lane

URBANA — A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 74 near Urbana shut down a portion of the highway early Wednesday.

A release from the Illinois State Police at Pesotum said just before 4 a.m. Cardell Downs, no age or address given, was driving a semitrailer tractor truck east just east of Urbana when he ran into the back end of a van, causing it to roll over into the median.

Mahomet man gets 4 years for aggravated DUI

URBANA — A Mahomet man weaving into oncoming lanes of traffic two months ago while drunk has been sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Dornik said the DUI conviction is the fourth for Heraclio Cornejo, 50, who listed an address in the 300 block of McLean.

Champaign man sentenced to 8 years for 5th DUI

URBANA — A Champaign man convicted for the fifth time of driving under the influence is headed to prison for eight years.

Timothy H. Nelson, 52, of the 1300 block of Queens Way pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Richard Klaus to aggravated driving under the influence.

Because of his prior convictions, a prison sentence was mandated.

Champaign City Council OKs more eyes in sky

CHAMPAIGN — Safety versus privacy around the University of Illinois campus was up for debate Tuesday night, as UI police asked Champaign officials to add to its vast network by putting security cameras on city streets.

3 teens set to be arraigned in vehicle break-ins in Bismarck

BISMARCK — Three teenagers are expected to be arraigned today in Vermilion County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a string of vehicle burglaries in Bismarck early Monday morning, according to Vermilion County sheriff's authorities.

Danville panel urged to look into taking over EMS

Other departments say it can be good source of revenue

DANVILLE — Rather than closing fire stations and reducing personnel to ensure the financial future of the Danville fire department, firefighters want the city to consider taking over emergency medical services that are currently provided by private company Medix Ambulance.

Argument over remote led to shooting; son charged

CHAMPAIGN — An argument over a remote control led a father, in town for a visit, to shoot his son in Champaign over the weekend — and the son has been charged with a felony.