Police said Leslie Austin, 39, died Tuesday night after exchanging gunfire with police in Greenville while fleeing after kidnapping his girlfriend and their child in Jefferson City, Mo., and killing a 67-year-old man during an attempted carjacking. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities said two people, including a man who formerly lived in Champaign and Rantoul, are dead following a kidnapping, attempted carjacking and lengthy police chase that started in Missouri and ended in southern Illinois. read more

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  • Urbana's new police chief offers his 'dedication to community policing'
    Bryant Seraphin, who filled the role on an interim basis after Sylvia Morgan retired in August, was officially appointed by the city council at Monday's meeting. URBANA — In a lot of ways, Urbana police Chief Bryant Seraphin's job interview was 10 months long. More
  • When Lightning hit church, 'We very much believe that the Lord was in control'
    The strike at 12:30 a.m. March 28 shattered the steeple at Urbana Foursquare Church, destroyed the electrical system and caused other major damage, but nothing caught fire. URBANA — Around 12:30 a.m. on March 28, Adrienne Witruk and her husband, Neal, were jolted from their sleep by a loud boom. More
  • Foursquare Church Lightning Damage
    Damage at the Urbana Foursquare Church from a lightning strike on March 28. With Rev. Karia Eichelberger at the church in Urbana on Monday, June 17, 2019. More
  • Area history, June 18, 2019
    Today is Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: In 1919, former Kansas assistant coach George "Potsy" Clark, a former Illinois football star, accepted a position as an assistant coach at Illinois, according to Robert Zuppke. read more More
  • This day in history, June 18, 2019
    Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2019. There are 196 days left in the year. Today's highlight On June 18, 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty in Vienna. On this date read more More
  • Champaign's newest judge helps narrow bench's gender gap
    That's Phoebe Bowers, an associate judge in Macon County. Men outnumber women on the bench at the circuit level in Illinois 2 to 1. And you have to get north of Interstate 80 before you start finding ...
    12/12/2017 - 12:19 am | View Link
  • Champaign County sheriff reorganizing department
    URBANA - Like chief executive officers everywhere in a recession, Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh is shuffling resources ... for more road deputies and in May 2001 hired former Rantoul Police Chief ...
    05/26/2003 - 1:00 pm | View Link
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