Courts, Police, and Fire

Brown recognized for law enforcement service

CHAMPAIGN — Rantoul Police Chief Anthony “Tony” Brown has received the Law Enforcement Commendation Award from the Piankeshaw Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Police search for Rantoul shooter

RANTOUL — Champaign County Crime Stoppers needs help finding the person or people who fired gunshots in Rantoul last week.

Rantoul police investigate shots fired

RANTOUL — Police continue to look for evidence following a Thursday afternoon shooting incident in Rantoul that prompted the soft lockdown of two schools.

No one was injured.

Lt. Justin Bouse said police were dispatched to the area of Bel Air Drive and Bel Place at 1:36 p.m. after a resident reported hearing three gunshots and seeing three  males running from the area.

Updated: Strong winds fan flames of rural Ludlow fire

Updated 4:10 p.m.

LUDLOW — A mail carrier delivering to a rural Ludlow residence alerted the occupants of the home that their machine shed was on fire Thursday morning.

The blaze, fed by strong winds, destroyed the pole building located about 5 miles west of Ludlow at County Road 3539 1200 E.

Train strikes vehicle south of Rantoul

RANTOUL — Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that was struck by a train south of Rantoul.

The driver is believed to have escaped injury.

Rantoul police Lt. Justin Bouse said a Canadian National railroad crew reported at 4:05 p.m. Saturday that a train had struck a vehicle stopped on the tracks at 2752 CR 1500 E, about one-half mile south of Rantoul.

Rantoul man found in stable condition outdoors, 4 hours after reported missing


RANTOUL — Illinois State Police using a helicopter located a missing Rantoul man late Tuesday night, about four hours after he was reported missing from his home on an evening where the temperature dropped to 10 degrees.

Updated: Semi rollover causes partial closure of I-57

Updated 6:25 p.m. Friday

CHAMPAIGN — A merging northbound semi tractor trailer filled with hogs that was headed toward Rantoul crashed, overturning on Interstate 57, just north of the Interstate 74 interchange Friday morning.

Several hogs escaped the trailer and were roaming free along the interstate.

Rantoul man charged with hitting ex with car jack, stealing her TV

URBANA — A Rantoul man remained in jail Wednesday following his arrest Monday for allegedly breaking into the home of an ex-girlfriend and striking her in the leg with a car jack.

Champaign County Judge John Kennedy set bond Tuesday for Joshua A. Davis, 31, who listed an address in the 100 block of North Garrard Street, at $100,000 and told him to be back in court April 16.

Couple reports bullets struck vehicle

RANTOUL — A local couple reported damage to their vehicle from someone shooting at it.

Village police said the couple indicated bullets broke a rear quarter window, and a bullet hole was found in the rear hatch.

Police Sgt. Rodney Sullivan said metal fragments from one of the bullets was recovered inside the vehicle.

He said there is no suspect information.

Village board hears about program to keep young adults from re-entering criminal court system

RANTOUL — Young adults who have been in the criminal justice system face a 44 percent recidivism (tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend) rate. Staff with the Young Adult Re-Entry Program want to greatly reduce that number.

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