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'I lost my daughter ... I lost my wife.'

By THOMAS THOREN/CU-Citizen Access

Recovering addict says manufacturing, distributing meth gave him a sense of power over the people he supplied

Michael Pasley first used meth in his early teens.

Two decades later, his use came to a quick end when he was arrested April 5, 2010, in Mattoon. The arrest came after he spent 22 straight days high on meth.


A resurgence of meth

By THOMAS THOREN/CU-Citizen Access

This past summer, Tena Logan of Loxa was convicted of conspiring to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possessing it with intent to distribute.

Earlier this year, Michael Pasley of Mattoon was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections after serving more than two years for manufacturing meth.


Task force tracked pseudoephedrine buyers to residence

By THOMAS THOREN/CU-Citizen Access

Beginning in June 2012, drug task force agents tracked 78 occasions when people who had recently purchased pseudoephedrine visited Tena Logan's residence in Loxa, according to a written statement by FBI task force officer Scott Standerfer in the case against Logan.


Three restaurants fail August inspections

By PAM G. DEMPSEY/ CU-CitizenAccess.org

Three area restaurants failed health inspections in August, according to new data released this month.

Inspectors found broken coolers and equipment and food out-of-safe-temperature ranges in each restaurant.


Life Remembered: Tom Lemke was neighborhood watchdog

CHAMPAIGN — I don't know if Tom Lemke ever considered himself a civic journalist, but I did.

He shied away from writing for publication on our site, CU-CitizenAccess.org, but never hesitated to pick up the phone and report all the happenings of his neighborhood — Wilber Heights — a place he called home for more than 60 years.

Clarence Thomas Lemke, 67, died Sunday.


Nursing home dining facilities pass muster

By Acton Gorton/CU-Citizen Access.org

Some good news for retirees living in Champaign County nursing homes: None of the in-house kitchens and dining facilities have failed health inspections in the past two years.

The best scoring nursing home is Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care Center, located at 1315B Curt Drive, C, with an average score of 93.5 points.


C-UCitizenAccess.org: Are county bridges safe?

Illinois state inspectors say the bridge carrying traffic on Lake of the Woods Road over Interstate 74 in Mahomet is in "critical condition" and "structurally deficient."

But an average of 2,550 vehicles — including school buses — still use the bridge each day, although the bridge has been reduced to a single traffic lane since August 2011.


Danville also asks input on Denvale stop sign

DANVILLE — The city also wants input from residents on a smaller streets project, whether to put a stop sign at the intersection of Denvale Drive and Country Club Drive.


Extradition hearing this week for Bernard Ramos

By PAMELA G. DEMPSEY/C-U Citizen Access

An extradition hearing is scheduled this week for one of the two local landlords who have managed the Cherry Orchard Village housing complex located between Rantoul and Thomasboro.

Bernard Ramos was arrested by District of Columbia police April 10 on two civil contempt warrants issued by Champaign County last year.


Shows on safe, affordable housing air today on WILL

URBANA — Programs airing today (Tuesday, March 27) on WILL-TV and WILL-AM will focus on safe, affordable housing in the area.

According to Illinois Public Media spokeswoman Mary Barrineau, the nation's economic decline has led to many changes in housing stock and neighborhoods in Champaign and Vermilion counties.


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