Courts Police Fire

Courts Police Fire

Expert's talk will highlight jail diversion

URBANA — A nationally recognized expert on delivering mental health services to people who often end up in local jails will speak at a public meeting in Urbana on Thursday.

Marcrum arrested for residential burglary

URBANA — An Urbana man is due back in court on June 9 following his arrest in connection with one residential burglary earlier this month and an attempted residential burglary on Friday.

Jeffrey L. Marcrum, 46, who listed an address in the 400 block of East George Huff, was charged on Monday with felony residential burglary.

Marcrum's bond was set at $10,000.

Hairston charged with murder of Champaign man

URBANA — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 12 for the second man arrested in connection with a shooting death of a Champaign man last fall.

6 from Minnesota charged with trying to join Islamic State

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Six Minnesota men have been charged with terrorism in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, the latest Westerners accused of traveling or attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

Few details about police encounter that led to man's death

BALTIMORE (AP) — Relatives, activists and even Baltimore city officials have more questions than answers about what happened to Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died one week after he was rushed to the hospital with spinal injuries following an encounter with four Baltimore police officers.

Californian arrested for trying to scale White House fence

WASHINGTON (AP) — A California man has been arrested after trying to scale a White House fence, according to the Secret Service.

The agency said the incident happened at 10:25 p.m. Sunday. Fifty-four-year-old Jerome R. Hunt of Hayward, California is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Washington on a charge of unlawful entry.

Fire destroys Rantoul home

RANTOUL — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a home in Rantoul early Sunday morning.

The single-story frame house at 1109 E. Champaign Ave. was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived about 3:20 a.m.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said Rantoul police were able to get the occupants out of the house safely.

UPDATED: Traffic reopens on all lanes on I-57 near Rantoul

RANTOUL - State police report that all crashes on I-57 in the Rantoul area have been cleared, and traffic is open in both lanes.

In addition, a crash site on Illinois 130 at Curtis Road has also been cleared, and that highway is once again open.

Fire destroys home in Rantoul

RANTOUL – Fire of an undetermined origin destroyed a home in Rantoul early Sunday morning.


The single-story frame house at 1109 E. Champaign Ave. was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived about 3:20 a.m.


Fire Chief Ken Waters said Rantoul police were able to get the occupants out of the house safely.

John Roska: Laws spell out rights of pregnant women

Q: What are my rights at work if I'm pregnant? Can I be fired? Can I be required to take leave?

A: You can't be fired, or required to take leave. Both federal and Illinois law make that clear.