Courts Police and Fire

Rantoul couple arrested for alleged sexual molestation of girl

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man and wife have been arrested for allegedly sexually molesting a young girl who was a visitor in their home about two months ago.

Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said Joshua Stephen, 30, and Shelby Stephen, 21, who listed an address in the 600 block of Autumn Fields, are expected to appear in bond court Saturday following their arrests Thursday.

Former Gifford postmaster sentenced to 10 years for child pornography possession



URBANA — The former postmaster of Gifford has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for both receiving and possessing child pornography.


U.S. District Court Judge Colin Bruce imposed the sentence Friday on Thomas Ihlenfeld, 59, who lived in Rantoul before his arrest last year.

Rantoul man charged with revenge pornography

RANTOUL — Village police arrested a 30-year-old Rantoul man for allegedly posting pornographic videos on the internet without the consent of a local woman.

Joshua M. Flynn, of the 1200 block of Aspen Drive, was charged with revenge pornography. He was charged at the Rantoul Police Department for an incident that allegedly occurred Feb. 7.

Driver ticketed for DUI after rolling minivan near Rantoul

RANTOUL -- Illinois State Police are investigating a single-vehicle accident near Rantoul Saturday afternoon in which a Hammond, Ind., man was ejected from his vehicle after rolling it.

Ludlow woman gets 6-year sentence for robbing man she knew

URBANA — A Ludlow woman who admitted her role in robbing a Champaign man she knew has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Kristen Hewerdine, 40, pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Roger Webber to aggravated robbery, admitting that on Sept. 17, she robbed a 48-year-old man in his Champaign apartment while indicating to him that she had a knife.

Man charged with firing shots at Foosland home

URBANA — A Rantoul man accused of firing shots at a house in Foosland last week has been arrested.

Sheldon D. Gross, 23, who listed an address in the 700 block of St. Andrews Circle, was arrested Wednesday night on a warrant issued earlier in the day by Judge Brett Olmstead.

Second stabbing victim won't cooperate with police

RANTOUL — A second stabbing victim in as many weeks failed to fully cooperate with village police to describe his attackers.

Police were contacted by personnel from OSF Heart of Mary hospital, Urbana, who said a patient had come to the emergency room at 12:51 a.m. Monday with a single stab wound to the abdomen.

Second Chicago teen admits role in robbery at Rantoul nail salon

URBANA — A Chicago youth who admitted taking part in a robbery at a Rantoul nail salon in November will be sentenced next month.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty Friday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated robbery, admitting that he, or one of his two cohorts, used a gun to rob employees at Fashion Nails, 1279 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul, on Nov. 9.

Probable cause found in Paxton attempted murder case

PAXTON — Facial injuries a Paxton man’s girlfriend received in an alleged beating at their home were detailed during a preliminary hearing in Ford County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.

Rantoul man sustains multiple stab wounds

RANTOUL — A 21-year-old Rantoul man sustained multiple stab wounds when several men entered his home early Monday morning.

Police Sgt. Justin Bouse said police were dispatched at 2:39 a.m. to the 300 block of North Drive, where the victim had sustained stab wounds “in different parts of his body.”

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