A Thanksgiving evening incident in rural Rantoul has two Loda men and another from Rankin facing felony weapon charges. The Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office reports 19-year-old Austin Flessner and 20-year-old Tristan Zoller of Loda have been charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm.
21-year-old Wyatt Morris of Rankin was charged Monday with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Bond for all three men was set at $15,000.
Prosecutors said police reported Morris was driving an SUV north near a rural Rantoul intersection at 7:30 pm when the vehicle made a U-turn and traveled back to Rantoul.
Flessner, who was a passenger, was observed putting a firearm out of the window and firing one shot into the air. Rantoul police and Champaign County sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle. Police found a spent shotgun shell inside the vehicle and also recovered a firearm containing live ammunition.
Tammy Hubert, Executive Director of Iroquois County Farm Service Agency said December 15, 2017, is the final date for farmers to file a crop report for 2018 crop year wheat, rye, hay, pasture (including clover and alfalfa) and other fall-seeded small grains.
“Accurate acreage reports are necessary for program eligibility for many of FSA’s programs,” Hubert said. “To maintain eligibility, and to avoid paying a late fee, producers are encouraged to make an appointment to do their acreage report immediately.”
To make an appointment for acreage reporting, contact the Iroquois County FSA office at (815) 432-3946.
23-year-old Angel Paiz of Urbana died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon. It happened just past noon in rural Ford County.
County Coroner Doug Wallace reports Paiz was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on Illinois 9 near County Road 2400 E, about a mile east of Paxton. Her car, according to State Police, was westbound when the vehicle left the road. The car overturned several times. Paiz was ejected.
The Watseka Park District will be hosting a Let’s Gain It Back drive in the parking lot of the Watseka Park District on Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The drive is an effort to replace at least 1000 pounds of food lost to theft and vandalism at the Martinton Food Pantry.
The drive came from discussion in the park district office regarding how awful the act was and especially during the holiday season and as the discussion continued the only reasonable was to help right the wrong was to replace some of the items that were taken.
“Bill Wilczynski and I were talking about what happened at the Martinton Food Pantry and about the fact today was the day to give back and we decided everyday should be a day to give back”, said Executive Director Sherry Johnson, so I called Carla Pritzey, and I asked her if she would be upset if we did a food drive to replace some of the items that they lost and she elaborated on what was taken and destroyed and she said she would be thankful.” It was Let’s Gain it Back on. We started making phone calls and made a flyer and before an hour passed we had a trailer donated for the collections, a tent for the parking lot and a list of volunteers started for the day.
“I am so excited! I’m energized at the thought of how much good we can accomplish!” said Johnson, “Everyday we can turn things around!”
Donations will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot at the Watseka Park District on Wednesday, December 6. We will also accept checks made out to the Martinton Food Pantry. Our goal is replacing 1000 pounds of non-perishable food. We will also have our Toys for Tots collection boxes available and will still accept pajamas for our Jammin Christmas. Giving is not just about making a donation. Giving is about making a difference.