Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

UPDATE: Rantoul woman found safe

RANTOUL — A missing 87-year-old Rantoul woman was found Tuesday morning — 19 hours after she was last seen.

Lela M. O’Brien, a resident of Eagle’s View Supportive Living and Memory Care, was found at 8:30 a.m. on the third floor of the building. She was last seen in the lobby of the building at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

L.A. businessman pulls out of deal to buy former Chanute hangars

RANTOUL — Los Angeles businessman John Van Der Velde has informed the village of Rantoul he is pulling out of a deal to buy the four hangars and the building that houses the AT&T call center on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Punkin Chunkin officials poised to move world championships to Rantoul

RANTOUL — Morton calls itself the "pumpkin capital of the world." Rantoul might become the pumpkin-launching capital of the world.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association announced this week on its website that the event, founded in 1986, would be moving from Delaware to the grounds of the former Chanute Air Force Base in November.

Ludlow trustee arrested after allegedly displaying gun outside Rantoul business

RANTOUL — A Ludlow village trustee was arrested Saturday after he allegedly displayed a handgun over the weekend outside a business on Rantoul's east side.

Police arrested Ross Radke, 62, on preliminary charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm with a revoked firearm owner's identification card and disorderly conduct. He was due to be arraigned Monday afternoon.

Rantoul police arrest 16-year-old in shooting on village's east side

RANTOUL — Police have arrested a 16-year-old Rantoul resident for allegedly firing a handgun at an east-side home Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police Chief Tony Brown said surveillance-camera footage led to the arrest of the teen. The video showed three males running from the scene.

Former Rantoul trustee and mayoral candidate back on village board

RANTOUL — Former village Trustee Gary Wilson, who mounted an unsuccessful run for mayor two years ago, was returned to the village board Tuesday night.

With 873 votes, Wilson was tops among four candidates for three four-year seats.

Rantoul firefighters respond to four fire calls

RANTOUL — A problem with a fireplace heater was pinpointed as the cause of a Sunday morning fire that gutted an east-side Rantoul home.


It was one of four fire calls to which Rantoul firefighters responded Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Gifford and Thomasboro firefighters also responded to three of the calls.

Penfield man hospitalized for smoke inhalation in house fire

PENFIELD — A Penfield man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation after fire destroyed his house Saturday afternoon.

Gifford Fire Chief Rich McFadden said Jim Evans was "up and walking around and talking," but McFadden convinced him to be checked out. Evans was taken by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, before being transferred to a Springfield hospital.

Rantoul police: Shooting involving vehicle wasn't random

RANTOUL — Police don't believe a Thursday evening shooting in which a Rantoul woman was injured while riding in a vehicle was a random incident.

"The targets are known to each other," Lt. Justin Bouse said Friday evening. "There appears to be some issue between at least individuals, maybe groups."

Probe into Rantoul shooting incident ongoing

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

No injuries were reported.

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.

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