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Police investigate armed robbery in Urbana

URBANA — Police are investigating an armed robbery early Sunday morning in Urbana.

According to a police report, a 35-year-old Urbana man was at Oakland and Cunningham avenues at 12:58 a.m. when a second man approached him, pointed a pistol at him and demanded cash.

The victim complied and gave the robber everything he had on him — $17 in cash, and the robber ran away.

John Roska: Act protects victims of domestic violence

Q: My boyfriend and I signed a lease together. He went to jail for domestic battery of me. As a result of all the problems he caused, I've gotten behind in the rent. Someone told me there's a law that protects domestic violence victims from eviction. How would that law help me?

Champaign, Urbana, UI police to continue task force

After a summer of reduced gun violence in Champaign and Urbana, what was set up as a temporary gun-focused task force has become permanent.

The Street Crimes Task Force — a joint effort by the Champaign, Urbana and University of Illinois police departments and the Champaign County Sheriff's Office — was scheduled to operate from June 2 through Sept. 5.

Champaign school board OKs $75,000 lawsuit settlement

CHAMPAIGN — Nearly four years after the Walker family filed suit against Unit 4, accusing the school district of violating their son's rights when he was searched for drugs, the Champaign school board quietly approved a $75,000 settlement agreement.

Man sentenced to 15 years for plea in bank robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he robbed a bank while on a "15-day drug binge" was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Raheem K. Shakur, 49, whose last known address was in the 0-100 block of Linden, pleaded guilty in August to robbery for holding up a teller at the Regions Bank, 111 S. State St., C, on May 28.

Champaign pair facing weapons charges

URBANA — A Champaign couple have been charged with weapons-related offenses after police found guns in their home for which neither had firearm owner's identification cards.

Gifford man charged with aggravated DUI in friend's death

URBANA — A Gifford man who was seriously injured in a car crash that killed his friend has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence.

Georgetown man injured, ticketed in I-74 crash

DANVILLE — The Illinois State Police are investigating an two-car collision that sent a 19-year-old Georgetown man to the hospital on Friday morning.

The condition of the man, Garrett J. Collins, was not available.

Tilton man seeks Dem nod for Vermilion coroner

DANVILLE — A Tilton man said his 34-year-old felony conviction for arson hasn't stopped him from having a successful career as an emergency medical technician and paramedic, and he doesn't think it should stop him from serving as Vermilion County's next coroner.

State panel: B&B violated couple's civil rights in refusal of service

CHICAGO — The Illinois Human Rights Commission ruled Thursday that a bed-and-breakfast near Paxton violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple who were denied the opportunity to hold their civil union ceremony there in 2011.