Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

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.

UPDATE: Motorist hurt, hogs escape after semi hits car at I-57/I-74 interchange

UPDATE, 8:26 p.m.:

CHAMPAIGN — One person was injured and several hogs were left roaming the median of Interstate 57 after a semitrailer hit a car while merging and rolled over Friday morning at the Interstate 74 interchange.

Rantoul police investigating second shooting near apartments in 3 weeks

RANTOUL — Police were called early Thursday to a report of shots fired at an apartment building that was also hit by gunfire about three weeks ago.

Police Chief Tony Brown said three bullet holes were found in the walls of a bedroom of an apartment in the 200 block of West Frost Avenue. Seven bullet casings were found outside near the building, he said.

Rantoul man facing animal-cruelty charges after dogs left out overnight

RANTOUL — A 68-year-old man is facing animal-cruelty charges for allegedly leaving his two dogs outside all night Wednesday, when temperatures were well below zero.

Police assisted the village's animal-control officer, who retrieved the two small dogs from the backyard of Vennie Q. Broadnax's property in the 1100 block of Briarcliff Drive.

UPDATE: Fire at Rantoul Walmart caused by cigarette discarded into cardboard

UPDATE, 7 p.m.:

RANTOUL — A discarded cigarette has been blamed for a Tuesday-morning fire outside the Rantoul Walmart.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said video from a camera on the west side of the store showed two employees, at least one of whom discarded a cigarette into a pallet of baled cardboard.