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Rankin man sentenced to 39 years for attempted murder

DANVILLE — A Rankin man accused of the attempted murder of his former father-in-law pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 39 years in prison.

Vernon Scott Lee, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder for shooting his former father-in-law, Don Frazier of rural Rankin, on Nov. 5, 2015.


Rankin man accused of attempted murder opts for jury trial

DANVILLE — A Rankin man accused of the attempted murder of his former father-in-law nearly one year ago appeared in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Monday for a possible plea agreement but opted for a jury trial instead.


Paxton man charged in Rossville home invasion

ROSSVILLE — A Paxton man has been charged in connection with a home invasion in Rossville that happened early Tuesday morning, according to the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department.


Attempted murder charges added in Rankin attack

DANVILLE — A Rankin man accused of shooting his step-father-in-law and his wife’s boyfriend now faces two more felony charges of attempted murder.


Rankin man formally charged after release from hospital

DANVILLE — A Rankin man accused of shooting two people, holding another hostage and turning a gun on himself has been arraigned on charges of aggravated battery and unlawful restraint.


Police: Rankin gunman was in in-laws’ home for eight hours

RANKIN — A gunman who police say shot two people Thursday was inside his in-laws’ house for eight hours while he beat his stepfather-in-law, eventually shot him and held his mother-in-law at gunpoint and used her cell phone to text his wife and lure her to the house, according to police.


Invenergy sells 90 percent stake in Vermilion County wind farm

FITHIAN — Invenergy will no longer be the majority owner of the California Ridge Wind Project in Champaign and Vermilion counties, but the Chicago-based company will continue to operate it and explore the possibility of an expansion, according to company officials.


Quorum missed for third time over Vermilion wind ordinance

DANVILLE — For a third time, a majority of Vermilion County board members failed to show up for the meeting of an ad hoc committee that’s considering changes to the county’s wind-farm ordinance.


IKEA purchase of wind farm won’t delay construction

HOOPESTON — The purchase of the Hoopeston Wind farm by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will not delay construction on the 98-megawatt project that’s expected to be operational early next year.


Most area clerks waiting before issuing same-sex marriage licenses

CHAMPAIGN — Most county clerks in East Central Illinois do not plan to join Cook and Champaign counties in issuing same-sex marriage licenses before the new state law takes effect in June. But one clerk has asked Illinois’ Attorney General to clarify what is becoming an increasingly complex issue.


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