Motorcycle hits SUV slowing down due to Rantoul wreck

CHAMPAIGN — Traffic backed up on Interstate 57 due to a wreck near Rantoul Friday afternoon caused a second accident in which a motorcycle struck a stopped SUV.

Illinois State Police said the riders of the motorcycle were transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Driver facing charge of DUI in fatal wreck

RANTOUL — The driver in a fatal crash on Interstate 57 is facing preliminary charges of driving under the influence of drugs, state police say, after a single-vehicle crash Friday afternoon on Interstate 57 near Rantoul that left one woman dead and three others injured.

Penfield church chicken fry-fall festival Sept. 6

PENFIELD — St. Lawrence Church will hold its 75th annual homecoming chicken fry-fall festival Sunday, Sept. 6.

Serving goes from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the church’s parish center in Penfield.

Raffle tickets are on sale, with prizes totaling $1,800.

Beware of crew offering 'good deal' on driveway

URBANA — For about a month, Dwayne Roelfs has been pulling together information on out-of-state workers who did driveway improvements for four Champaign County residents that were probably not worth what the people paid for them.

“I don’t know why people pay it. I really don’t,” said the Champaign County sheriff’s investigator. “There was no outward threat that I know of.”

Police find gun, 30 pounds of marijuana, $21,000 in cash in car

RANTOUL — Rantoul police who were trying to help a man with a disabled car late Wednesday night stumbled on to a large cache of cannabis and cash.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said an officer on patrol on the southwest side of Rantoul about 11:40 p.m. saw a man pushing a Dodge Charger near the intersection of Chandler and Murray roads, which is just west of U.S. 45.

Man gets 8 years in prison for scalding 4-year-old's hands

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he scalded the hands of his girlfriend’s son earlier this year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Downtown Paxton bar closing due to 'bad publicity' from violence

PAXTON — A downtown Paxton bar that has been the site of three violent incidents in the past two years, including two stabbings, has closed its doors as a result of “bad publicity” and a subsequent rise in insurance costs, its owner said Tuesday.

Shooky’s Bar, 103 N. Market St., had been in operation since May 1, 2010, before it closed for the final time Saturday night.

Man who resisted officer sentenced

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he struggled with a Rantoul police officer trying to arrest him has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Harold R. Harrison, 51, who listed an address in the 800 block of North Division Avenue, pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of resisting a police officer in connection with his arrest May 7 at the home of a former girlfriend.

Suspect faces home-invasion, domestic charges

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly broke into the home of an ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her and her 10-year-old daughter has been arrested.

Rantoul police report shots fired at pedestrians

RANTOUL — Two people walking down a Rantoul street reported they were fired at by the passenger of a vehicle Sunday evening.

Rantoul Police Sgt. Justin Bouse said two people reported about 6:45 they were walking down the sidewalk near the intersection of Eater and Mather drives when a light blue vehicle pulled up beside them, and a passenger fired two shots at them.

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