Nicole Lafond

Bus fire delays students’ trip to Chicago

GILMAN — The engine of a Peoria Charter bus hauling a group of Central High School Spanish Club students to Chicago caught fire this morning.

The bus made it about 50 miles north on Interstate 57 before catching fire. Students and staff were evacuated in Gilman. No one was injured, according to Champaign Unit 4 spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart.


UPDATE: Badly injured dog showing ‘resilience’

URBANA — The brown Labrador mix that was found badly injured in Ford County last week may have been tied to the bridge for longer than medical experts initially suspected.


Police: Suspect hid under clothes pile

CHAMPAIGN — After allegedly beating and stabbing a 49-year-old Rantoul woman, Luis David Vasquez tried to evade police by hiding in the victim’s apartment under a pile of clothes.

New details of the bizarre case emerged Monday as Vasquez was formally charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Champaign County Circuit Court.


Further refusals could cost B&B owner more; he won’t change stance

CHAMPAIGN — If the owner of a Paxton-area bed-and-breakfast sticks to his vow of denying same-sex couples the opportunity to wed at his facility, he could lose more than the $80,000 a judge has ordered he pay a Tuscola couple and their attorneys.


No leads in possible threats that brought lockdown to PBL schools

PAXTON — After two days of heightened security last week — and no legitimate leads about who made the threatening comments that led to a soft lockdown — things are back to normal at Paxton-Buckley-Loda schools.


PBL schools placed on soft lockdown after students hear possible threats

PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda school district was placed on a soft lockdown Thursday afternoon after two PBL Eastlawn School students reported they heard two men making threatening statements while children were outside during recess.


GCMS athletes turn attention to next generation

GIBSON CITY — Nick Meunier’s favorite part of Friday hasn’t changed since he was in kindergarten.


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