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Six restaurants fail inspections

By Pam G. Dempsey/

Six local restaurants recently failed health inspections and one of them is now at risk for losing its food-service permit if it fails again.

Cravings, 603 Wright St., C, was closed in December after failing its seventh health inspection with an adjusted score of -3 and 10 critical violations.

11 restaurants fail inspections in October

By Pamela G. Dempsey/

Eleven restaurants failed health inspections in October, with critical violations ranging from employees not washing hands to potentially hazardous foods out-of-safe temperature ranges.

One restaurant, Smoky's House BBQ, was closed down after it failed a reinspection.

Violations frequent at UI fraternities, sororities; repairs often delayed

City safety inspectors find hundreds of fire hazards and safety violations in fraternities and sororities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign each year, yet it can take months before some violations are corrected, inspection documents show.
Almost all of the 60 fraterniti

Privately-owned housing also subject to inspection


In addition to fraternities and sororities, inspectors visit 15 privately-owned residences that fall under the certified housing rules, such as Bromley Hall, Illini Tower and Newman Hall.

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.

'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.

Three restaurants fail August inspections


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,, 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

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.