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Suspect in custody in Urbana homicide

A U of I graduate student is in custody for the death of his estranged girlfriend. Urbana police arrested 29-year-old Yongfei Ci at a motel in Champaign.

Investigators report Ci is the man believed to be responsible for the death of a 25-year-old University of Illinois student.

Urbana police said officers were called shortly after 11 am Friday to the One South apartment complex on North Lincoln Avenue. That's where a woman had run into the courtyard and reported that her 25-year-old roommate had been killed.

Police report 'there was a roommate who had been in the apartment at the time. The woman had been restrained. She broke free and came out into the courtyard where she notified police of the incident.'

The suspect was located by police using cellphone technology. Ci surrendered without incident, according to police.

According to an Urbana police press release, Ci forced his way into the apartment and locked the victim's roommate in the bathroom. The roommate was left uninjured.
Police have not released the name of the victim nor how she died. An autopsy is pending.

A press release from Urbana Police stated Ci is a sixth-year Ph.D. student in math at the U of I.
University of Illinois police issued Illini alerts about the off-campus homicide and put out the suspect's name and description of his car.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Urbana police at 217-384-2320 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.

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Chebanse woman arrested after 2 failed robberies

27-year-old Bobbi Prindle of Chebanse was arrested after failing—twice – to rob local businesses in Kankakee.

Police said Prindle is jailed charged with attempted robbery.

When she failed in her attempt to rob Mario's Market grocery, she tried to rob a nail salon two blocks away using a knife, according to police.

Prindle was found sitting in the salon on East Station Street when she was arrested.

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New Unemployment Numbers Drop for some, others increase

Area unemployment rates show improvement across parts of Central Illinois. But Vermilion County's jobless rate rose slightly, going from 11.1 to 11.3 percent.

The Kankakee Metro area improved in August to 10.4%. That's down from 11.2 in August of 2012.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports Danville's unemployment rate dropped from 14.4 percent in July to 14.0 percent in August. In Champaign County, the August unemployment rate of 8.3 percent was down from 8.9 percent of the workforce in August of last year..

In Iroquois County the rate also improved, going from 8.0 percent in July to 7.4 percent in August.

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Dissolution of Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department considered, no action taken

A committee recommendation is suggesting dissolution of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department be studied.

Members of the Ford and Iroquois county boards agreed to send a recommendation to both boards, plus the bi-county board of health. The recommendation is to look into the advantages of dissolving the two-county department.

The six-member health department oversight committee expects both county boards and the health board to discuss the issue and make their own recommendations by mid-October.

According to State statute,laws governing multi-county health departments says any health department may be discontinued either "by resolution of the county board or county boards" if it was established by a resolution. The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department was established in 1980 by a resolution approved by both county boards.

On a similar note, any county may withdraw from a consolidated health department by a majority vote of the county board of the withdrawing county, or through a referendum, according to the statute. The effective date of withdrawal is June 30 following completion of withdrawal agreements, the statute says.

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Indiana couple dies in Illinois Route 17 crash

Laura and Barry Basham of Shelby, Indiana were identified as the victims who died in a fiery crash Thursday morning near Momence.

District 21 State Police and the Kankakee County Coroner's office spent much of Thursday in the investigation. A reconstruction team continues to investigate.

The Basham vehicle was crushed between two semi trucks in a construction zone along Routes 1/17 at 9250 E Road, southwest of Momence. It happened a little before 8:30 am.

Route 17 traffic was shut down for about five hours.

State Police reported 64-year-old Laura Basham and 61-year-old Barry Basham were pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of the two semi trucks involved were treated at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee.

Truck driver Krzysztof Sulkowski of Chicago was ticketed for Failure to Reduce Speed.

The second truck driver was identified as 42-year-old Troy Farney of Forrest (IL).

State police report westbound traffic was stopped by a flagger in a construction zone. One lane was open Farney's semi was stopped. So was a car driven by Laura Basham, the car behind the semi.

Sulkowski's semi ran into the rear of the Basham car, crushing it into the back of the Farney semi. The Basham vehicle and semi burst into flames. Police report a fourth vehicle driven by Janice Billadeau of Momence ran off the road into a ditch to avoid hitting the semi.

Several emergency responders were on the scene, including State Police, Kankakee County Sheriff's Police, Momence Police and Fire, Kankakee Fire, County Coroner, Illinois EPA and Illinois Department of Transportation.

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