Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

Coroner: Alcohol a factor in Thomasboro crash that killed Rantoul woman

RANTOUL — A 31-year-old Rantoul woman who died in a single-vehicle accident in early November in rural Thomasboro 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.

Small fire in Gifford apartment allegedly set by tenant

GIFFORD — A Gifford apartment sustained an estimated $2,000 damage Saturday night from a fire allegedly 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 in the 300 block of North Park Street. The fire had been extinguished when firefighters arrived about 7:30 p.m.

Taking reins of Lincoln's Challenge brings new director's career full circle

RANTOUL — The new director of Lincoln's Challenge was there at the dawn of the academy's existence in fall 1992, when studies were being undertaken on where the program should be located.

Rantoul Village Board considering reviving court program

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.

Minivan rear-ends school bus in Rantoul; no one injured

RANTOUL — No one was injured when a school bus carrying 22 Rantoul City Schools students was rear-ended by a vehicle Monday morning in Rantoul.

Police Sgt. Rodney Sullivan said a minivan was unable to stop on the slick roadway and collided with the rear of the bus.

Both vehicles were westbound on Eater Drive, with the school bus stopped at the stop sign at Maplewood Drive.

UPDATE: 1 dead, 4 hurt in head-on crash on U.S. 45 near Thomasboro

UPDATE, 11:45 p.m.:

URBANA — The driver of a vehicle involved in a head-on collision with a garbage truck Friday afternoon on U.S. 45 south of Thomasboro has died.

Rantoul Township High student accused of bringing BB gun to school

RANTOUL — A 17-year-old male Rantoul Township High School student was taken to the Champaign County Youth Detention Center on Monday after he allegedly brought a BB gun to school.

The youth faces preliminary charges of disorderly conduct.

School administrators and the Rantoul Police Department were told at 10:20 a.m. that a student had a weapon at the school.

No rest for the 'undead': Thomasboro woman survives Six Flags' Coffin Challenge

ST. LOUIS — Rest in peace? There wasn't much chance of that for Stacey Wagner as the Thomasboro resident spent 30 hours in a coffin last weekend at Six Flags St. Louis.

Any thoughts Wagner and five other "undead" contestants in the Coffin Challenge would get much shut-eye were quickly dispelled. There were too many ghouls, goblins, even a monkey playing cymbals during the ordeal.

Danville man accused of dragging woman into car at Rantoul gas station

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

Ronald K. Poke was arrested on charges of aggravated stalking, unlawful restraint and domestic battery. He is being held in the Champaign County Jail.

Duckworth sentenced to probation, ordered to pay back $95,331 in Rantoul fraud case

URBANA — A Rantoul man found guilty a year ago of nine counts of felony theft related to services and goods he took from eight contractors has been sentenced to probation.