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No one injured in Champaign car fire

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody was injured in a car fire Sunday morning on Champaign’s south side.

According to Champaign Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith, a man was driving south on Prospect Avenue and was making a turn east onto Devonshire Drive at 7:49 a.m. when he noticed smoke coming from his vehicle.

John Roska: Illinois allows only wine shipments from out of state

Q: Why are some businesses able to ship alcohol to Illinois, while others won't? One online seller would ship hard liquor to Indiana, but not to Illinois. Why the differences?

In Urbana, adding officers may not solve OT quandary

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URBANA — From Jan. 1 through Nov. 25 of last year, Urbana police officers received $184,481.67 in overtime pay.

That's a roughly $40,000 increase from 2015, when it spent $143,521 on overtime for the entire year.

Fingerprints link man to residential burglary

URBANA — A Champaign man’s fingerprints have been used to link him to a house burglary that happened in Urbana last summer.

Micha Seymour, 28, of the 1200 block of Garden Hills Drive, was arraigned Friday for a residential burglary that allegedly occurred June 9 in the 800 block of South Walnut, Urbana.

Champaign man arrested on drug charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who allegedly sold heroin to a police source was arrested Friday.

Assistant State's Attorney Larry Solava said Lawrence Lewis, 23, of the 500 block of West Green Street will be charged Monday with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

Chicago man sought in burglaries arrested

URBANA — A Chicago man whom police had been looking for since late November in connection with Champaign house burglaries was arrested Friday.

Rio Franklin, 25, is expected to be formally charged Monday with two counts of residential burglary and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Monticello man faces child-pornography charges

MONTICELLO — A 20-year-old Monticello man has been charged with eight counts of child pornography after Piatt County prosecutors say he asked eight juvenile girls online to provide him with lewd pictures.

Champaign man gets 10 years for weapons, escape charges

URBANA — A Champaign man who was out on bond on a weapons offense when he escaped from police who had arrested him for another weapons violation has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Judge Heidi Ladd agreed to recommended Marcus D. Craig, 27, of the 400 block of Clearwater for the Department of Corrections' drug-treatment program.

Champaign man gets probation, hefty fines for dealing drugs

URBANA — An unemployed 47-year-old drug dealer from Champaign with no prior criminal convictions was sentenced Friday to two years of probation for his first felony.

Judge Roger Webber also sentenced Dimosthenes Valkanos of the 1100 block of Broadmoor Drive to 90 days in jail but allowed him to serve the sentence on electronic home detention.

Rantoul burglary plea yields 11-year sentence

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he broke into the building where he was trying to earn his high school diploma has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Anthony Keenan, 48, of the 1200 block of Sunset Drive pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Heidi Ladd to the Dec. 9 burglary of the Regional Office of Education at 200 S. Frederick St., Rantoul.