State's attorney provides details on Morrissey stalking case

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz on Tuesday issued this description of a stalking case to which Jacob Morrissey pleaded guilty in September:

Church giveaway feeds 250

RANTOUL — The parking lot at Rantoul’s Stone Creek Church was jam-packed and then some one evening last week.

The occasion was the church’s first Big Give in which it gave away food for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Rantoul church, located on Maplewood Drive north of Rantoul, joined with its main campus in Urbana to collect food and donations and help those in need.

The last show at Grissom: RTG to present 'A Christmas Carol'

RANTOUL  —  Rantoul Theatre Group will stage its final play at Grissom Hall Theatre  —  “A Christmas Carol.”

“Carol,” adapted for the stage by Richard C. Schmidt of Havana, Ill., will run Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-13.  

Swerving to miss animal results in injuries

RANTOUL — Two Ludlow residents were injured Monday evening when the vehicle they were in struck a utility pole on Rantoul’s north side.

Kasheena Thomas, 33, and Jennifer Arnett, 34, were transported to Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, where they were treated and released, according to a hospital spokesman.

Kloewer promoted to Air Force captain

Lauren Kloewer has been promoted to Air Force captain in ceremonies last week.

A daughter of Beth Kloewer of Mahomet and David Kloewer of Champaign, Lauren Kloewer graduated from Rantoul Township High School in 2007.

She enrolled at BYU-Idaho before transferring to the University of Illinois, where she participated in Air Force ROTC.

Willow Pond owner disappointed golf course switch won't happen for now

RANTOUL — A disappointed Kevin Applebee said he will be making staff cuts at Willow Pond Golf Course in the hope of at least breaking even in 2016.  

Morrissey said he would not go back to prison, threatened suicide

RANTOUL — Jacob Morrissey said he would not go back to prison.

The 26-year-old Mahomet man repeatedly made those comments while negotiating with law enforcement officials as he was holed up in a Rantoul home, armed with a shotgun Monday, police said. He said he planned to kill himself.

'Armed and dangerous' is man's description

ST. JOSEPH — A warrant on charges of home invasion was issued Sunday for a 26-year-old Mahomet man whom authorities described as “armed and dangerous.”

Authorities said Jacob K. Morrissey, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound white man with brown hair and blue eyes, is thought to be driving a 1994 tan Buick LeSabre (license plate R712995) that was stolen from the Georgetown area.

Update: Rantoul standoff ends in apparent suicide



UPDATE: RANTOUL — The Champaign County Sheriff's Office reported at 1 a.m. Tuesday via Facebook and Twitter that the standoff involving Jacob K. Morrissey in Rantoul ended with his apparent suicide.

Fisher fire under investigation

FISHER - Champaign County sheriff's investigators will take a closer look Monday at the circumstances surrounding a fire that destroyed an empty building in Fisher Thursday night.

Sangamon Valley firefighters were called at 6:30 p.m.

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