Courts, Police, and Fire

Police search for man acting suspiciously around children

RANTOUL — Village police are investigating an incident after school Friday afternoon in which two children reported a man acting suspiciously.

Lt. Justin Bouse said the students were walking south along the sidewalk near Pleasant Acres Elementary School when a white male emerged from between the houses along Harper Drive on the community’s southeast side.


Man arrested after allegedly abducting woman

RANTOUL — Police arrested a 36-year-old Danville man after he allegedly dragged a woman into his vehicle against her will at a Rantoul filling station and sped off late Thursday.

Ronald K. Poke was arrested pending charges of aggravated stalking, unlawful restraint and domestic battery.

He is being held in the Champaign County jail.


Thomasboro firefighters respond to field fires

THOMASBORO — Tuesday’s strong winds and dry conditions made for a potentially hazardous setting in area fields.

Thomasboro firefighters responded to two field fires.

The first occurred about 3:30 p.m. east of town, when smoldering dust from a combine dropped onto bean stubble in an already-harvested field, catching it on fire.


I-57 shootout victims to be memorialized

PAXTON — There are three dates that stand out in the memory of Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold and many others his age who live in the Ford County seat:

— Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.


Rantoul man charged for alleged attack on woman, residential burglary

URBANA — A Rantoul man is in police custody for an attack on a woman in that city earlier this month and an unrelated residential burglary.

Rantoul police Sgt. Rodney Sullivan said Tyheam McWilliams, 21, of the 700 block of St. Andrews Circle, was arrested at his home early Thursday by officers who had a warrant.


Two-vehicle wreck on U.S. 45 injures pair at Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — Two people were transported to an area hospital following a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 45 at Thomasboro Wednesday afternoon.

Illinois State Police said the pair were in a southbound 1997 Buick auto when it struck a 2009 Chrysler van that had been eastbound on Flatville Road and was attempting to turn north onto U.S. 45. The accident occurred at 1:12 p.m.


Young suspect from alleged domestic terrorist group pleads guilty

URBANA — The youngest of four Ford County men charged with crimes committed as part of a homegrown terrorist organization, including converting assault rifles into machine guns and committing robberies to finance the group’s operation, has pleaded guilty.


Bouse receives leadership award

EVANSTON — Rantoul police Lt. Justin Bouse has received the Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award from the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.  


The award was established in 1984 by Kreml, the center’s founder, to “recognize and encourage the high ethical and professional values and dedication to public service upon which the Center for Public Safety was founded.”


Man admits to firing gun at Foosland home

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted he fired shots in February at a home in Foosland faces 12 years in prison when he is sentenced in November.

Sheldon Gross, 24, whose last known address was in the 700 block of St. Andrews Circle, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated discharge of a firearm.


Rantoul bank teller gets probation for felony theft

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted her addiction to opioids caused her to steal from her employer has been sentenced to 30 months of second chance probation.

Shannon Riggin, 30, will also have to serve a month of electronic home confinement as part of her sentence and make restitution to Busey Bank in Rantoul of $18,000.


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