Courts, Police, and Fire

Police investigate illegal sale of jet plane ejector seats

RANTOUL — Ejection seats from an Air Force plane that is scheduled to be dismantled on the former Chanute Air Force Base were allegedly stolen.

Rantoul police Sgt. Rodney Sullivan said the ejection seats from an F-105 jet were allegedly taken out of the aircraft and sold to someone else.


Rantoul man wanted for violation of bail bond

From Champaign County Crimestoppers:

Wanted in Champaign County

Lance C. Bufford.

Age: 38.

Last known address: 400 block of Sheldon Street, Rantoul.

Charges: Violation of bail bond.

Description: Black male; 5 feet, 9 inches; 180 pounds; black hair; brown eyes.


2 Rantoul men charged in theft of copper from former Chanute building

URBANA — Two Rantoul men who admitted hauling copper piping out of an abandoned building on the old Chanute Air Force Base have been charged with burglary.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Timothy Lowe, 26, and Michael Evans, 37, who listed the same address in the 1300 block of McCullough Street, were arrested early Saturday morning and appeared in arraignment court Monday.


School resource officer never rests in trying to keep students safe

RANTOUL — School Resource Officer Kurtis Buckley at Rantoul Township High School will head to Parkland, Fla., this week to learn more about the February shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


Dewey man charged with second Rantoul burglary

URBANA — A Dewey man already charged with the burglary earlier this year of a Rantoul business has been charged with another.

Andrew Stover, 24, formerly of Rantoul, was charged Friday with the March 15 burglary of the Mi Raza store, 128 E. Sangamon Ave., Rantoul.


Ludlow man arrested again for child sexual assault

URBANA — A Ludlow man convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 2002 has been arrested for a similar offense.

Champaign County sheriff’s Lt. Curt Apperson said investigators acted on a tip to the Department of Children and Family Services hotline that Paul Meunier Sr., 63, might be sexually molesting a child who had occasion to be in his home.


$5K bond set for man charged with theft

URBANA — Bond was set at $5,000 for a Rantoul man accused of taking items from a business and selling them online.

Patrick Henderson, 49, was charged Monday with felony burglary.


Smart phone conundrum: Officer feels stronger penalties needed for cell use while driving

RANTOUL — Julie Hardy of rural Rantoul was sitting on her Victory motorcycle at the stop light at the corner of U.S. 136 and Murray Road when she happened to glance to her right.  

She spied the bane of many fellow motorists — a person with her head down looking at her cell phone as she drove.

What happened next came in the blink of an eye.


Teen admits he accidentally shot himself

RANTOUL — A 16-year-old Rantoul resident who claimed he had been shot in a drive-by shooting admitted this week that he had accidentally shot himself.

The teen, a resident of Fountain Valley Mobile Home Park, told police Tuesday evening that he and a friend were walking in the 300 block of Marco Drive when a vehicle slowed down. They began running, and he said he was shot.


ICE personnel have made frequent stops in county

URBANA — Over the past several months, Hispanic activists and other protesters have decried Immigration and Customs Enforcement activity in the area that has led to multiple arrests and intensified the fears of many undocumented people living here.


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