Courts, Police, and Fire

Driver in fatal wreck had blood-alcohol level 3 times legal limit

RANTOUL — A 31-year-old Rantoul woman who died in a single-vehicle accident in rural Thomasboro last fall had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Kalyn D. Porter had a BAC of .245 at the time of her death.


Fire causes minor damage to Gifford residence

GIFFORD -- A Gifford apartment sustained an estimated $2,000 damage Saturday night from a fire that allegedly was set by a tenant.

Fire Chief Rich McFadden said a youth at the residence set fire to a towel in the bathroom at a home at 315 N. Park St. The fire had been extinguished when firefighters arrived about 7:30 p.m.


Rantoul man in custody for 107 pounds of suspected cannabis, meth, heroin, guns in his home

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man is in police custody following the discovery of more than 100 pounds of cannabis, a pound of suspected methamphetamine, several ounces of suspected heroin and guns in his home Friday.


18-year-old held on multiple charges

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly threatened a woman with a gun over social media remained in the Champaign County jail Thursday on harassment and weapons charges.


Victim relieved attacker won't be set loose

URBANA — An Urbana woman who thought she was going to die at the hands of a man who attacked her during a psychotic episode in rural Thomasboro  almost five years ago is greatly relieved that he won’t be released into the community any time soon.


Some court cases could return here

RANTOUL — Here comes the judge. Maybe.

Stopped in the early 1990s, court could be returning to Rantoul.

The village board is considering implementation of a municipal adjudication program that would involve some lesser offenses being heard at the municipal building.


Teen involved in Rantoul gun thefts gets 7 years in juvenile prison

URBANA — A Rantoul teen who admitted taking part in the theft of guns from a Rantoul store has been sentenced to seven years in juvenile prison.

Judge Heidi Ladd imposed the sentence Friday on the 15-year-old, who pleaded guilty in early December to possession of a stolen firearm.


Village might enforce designated snow routes

RANTOUL -- A winter storm warning has been issued for the Rantoul area starting today (Jan. 11) at 6 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Current forecasts by the National Weather Service show possible snow accumulations of 5-7 inches. With this possibility, the village of Rantoul will monitor snowfall accumulations throughout the warning. 


Bookkeeper accused of stealing thousands from bike shop

URBANA — A Rantoul woman who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from her employer over a couple of years is due back in court in March.

Ashley Broadnax, 30, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Eater Drive, was charged Monday with theft over $10,000.


Package of cannabis leads to search, arrest

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly possessed two pounds of cannabis and two handguns Friday at a home in Urbana is expected to be criminally charged Monday.


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