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Douglas County rollover claims life of Sidney woman

VILLA GROVE — A teen learning to drive apparently lost control of a pickup truck on a Douglas County highway Sunday afternoon, claiming the life of a Sidney woman who was in the truck.

Douglas County Coroner Joe Victor said he pronounced Darlene Tarter, 47, dead at the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Hayes Road about 4 miles west of Villa Grove.

Frat suspended after reports of sex assaults at house

EVANSTON (AP) — The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Northwestern University has been suspended by its national headquarters following allegations of sexual assault at the local fraternity house.

The Chicago Tribune reports ( ) that the suspension was confirmed Friday.

Northeast digging out, facing another storm

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Northeast dug out Tuesday from the latest blast of winter weather that buried some locations under more than 3 feet of snow in Maine. Another storm following on its heels threatened to bring more misery.

Hundreds of schools were closed on Monday, and some schools remained closed a second day as workers struggled to clear away snow on Tuesday.

Man caught driving 22 times without license loses appeal

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A state court panel says a Pennsylvania man caught driving without a license 22 times got the punishment he deserved.

Randy Stallsmith had claimed that his 3-to 6-month prison term was excessive for driving offense No. 22 in 2015. He pleaded guilty to driving without a license.

Girl, 3, dies of smoke inhalation from Springfield fire

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has died of smoke inhalation in a Springfield apartment building fire.

Sandusky's son awaits hearing on sex abuse charges

A son of former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been jailed as he awaits a hearing on charges he pressured a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex.

His final call: Homer firefighter's funeral draws dozens of colleagues

HOMER — About 11:45 a.m. Monday, an emergency alert tone for the Homer Township Fire Protection District came over the radio.

"This is the final call for Firefighter Mike Cummins, who dedicated 31 years to the fire service," said a dispatcher from METCAD, her voice reverberating from the radios of firefighters standing at attention outside the Homer New Life Church of Faith.

Two Clinton men face weapons charges

CLINTON — Two Clinton residents were arrested Monday on felony weapons charges.

Task Force 6, a multi-agency enforcement unit that specializes in narcotics offenses, arrested Robert H. Hawkins, 42, and Tomeco T. Hawkins, 41, on charges of unlawful use of a weapon.

Urbana public works addresses pedestrian fatality at council meeting

URBANA -- At Monday's city council meeting, the public works department addressed Saturday's traffic fatality where a man crossing the road in his wheelchair was hit by a car at the corner of University Avenue and Race Street.

UPDATE: Coroner IDs pedestrian who died after being hit by car

URBANA — Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has identified the man who died after being hit by a car while crossing the street in his wheelchair.