Courts, Police, and Fire

Alcohol use cost Champaign police officer from Fisher his job

URBANA — A Champaign police officer from Fisher charged earlier this month with burglary had alcohol in his system while on the job, including at a firearms training event last fall.

Documents released by the department Wednesday show 43-year-old Justus Clinton was serving as an instructor Sept. 30, 2017, and was observed displaying erratic behavior and having an odor of alcohol.

Rantoul woman charged with DUI after train hits her SUV

SADORUS — A Rantoul woman was ticketed for misdemeanor driving under the influence after her sport utility vehicle got hit by a train late Saturday night.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Brian Mennenga said the accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on County Road 800 E near 650 N, about 2 miles east of Sadorus.

Updated: All lanes open on I-57 after multi-vehicle wreck

Updated at 4:48 p.m.

RANTOUL — Illinois State Police report that all lanes of Interstate 57 south of Rantoul are open following a multi-vehicle accident.

Earlier story:

RANTOUL — Illinois State Police and emergency vehicles are on the scene of a multi-vehicle rollover crash with injuries and lane blockage on Interate 57 northbound at milepost 246.

Third fire prompts village to order salvage operator to cease operations

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul has issued a cease-and-desist order to a Whiting, Ind.-based salvage company that is dismantling the remaining military planes on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

The action stems from several airplane fires that have broken out due to the salvage operations.

Updated: Driver in fatal wreck was driving in wrong lane

RANTOUL ­— A Ludlow man who was killed in a two-vehicle wreck north of Rantoul Thursday morning was driving in the wrong lane of U.S. 45.

Updated: Champaign officer from Fisher charged after series of vehicle burglaries

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FISHER — In an everyone-knows-everyone town of a little less than 2,000, residents were reeling Tuesday from the news that one of their own — a Champaign police officer — was said to be responsible for a rash of burglaries early Sunday morning in Fisher.

'It becomes personal,' says ex-CSI who processed I-57 shootout scene

PAXTON — In her first year on the job as an Illinois State Police crime-scene technician, Jodi Barth investigated dozens of homicide scenes, including 32 in the first month alone.

“I’d seen and done a lot,” Barth said.

Bill to honor officers who fell in I-57 shootout advancing

CICERO — Legislation to honor police officers involved in a bloody gunfight 39 years ago on Interstate 57 south of Paxton is expected to be passed by the Illinois Senate’s transportation committee in upcoming weeks, according to the committee’s chairman.

Sheriff warns of scam artists posing as sheriff's representatives

URBANA — Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh is advising that scam artists are again calling area residents posing as representatives of the sheriff’s office.

“Unfortunately, once again we have citizens falling prey to the scam, ‘I am from the sheriff’s office, and you didn’t show up for jury duty,’ or something similar, ‘and you need to get money to me to avoid arrest,’” Walsh said.

Car thief sentenced to 7 years prison; 1 car contained small children

URBANA — A Rantoul man who stole two cars — one of which contained three small children — over a period of three days last year is headed to prison for seven years.

Judge Roger Webber noted that in both thefts, Kevin Lefever led police on lengthy, dangerous chases during the day when there was plenty of traffic out.

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