Category: General Press Releases

Police Investigate Overnight Shooting – 900 Block of Pomona Drive

This morning, at approximately 2:57AM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the 900 Block of Pomona Dr. after receiving multiple reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police identified a 25-year-old female victim who had been shot during an argument with a nearby resident. The victim was transported to an area hospital for what appears to be […]

UPDATE: Suspect Identified in September 12 Bank Robbery

Champaign Police have identified 38-year-old Derek L. Watson of Champaign as the primary suspect in a robbery that took place yesterday at Regions Bank (111 S. State St). Bank staff reported that a suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.  An undetermined amount of currency was given before the suspect […]

2017 Immigrant Welcome Award Recipients Announced

As co-sponsors of the 4th Annual Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the CU Immigration Forum, and the Urbana Free Library are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Immigrant Welcome Awards.  The award recipients will be honored during the Immigrant Welcome Award Ceremony and Celebration on September 23, 2017, at […]

Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify Bank Robbery Suspect 

Today at approximately 3:12PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to Regions Bank, located at 111 S. State Street for a reported bank robbery. According to bank staff, the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money.  An undetermined amount of currency was given to the suspect before he fled on foot in […]

Arrest Made in Fatal September 1 Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

Today at approximately 11:50 AM, Jaki Pearson of Champaign surrendered without incident to detectives of the Champaign Police Department for the offense of Murder. An arrest warrant was issued for 20-year-old Pearson on September 4, in connection with the September 1, 2017 shooting of 19-year-old Brandon J. Smith in the 1200 Block of N. McKinley […]

Police Identify Suspect in September 1 Fatal Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

On September 1, 2017 at approximately 12:44 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave. after nearby officers heard multiple gunshots in the immediate area. Officers located 19-year-old Brandon J. Smith in critical condition. He was transported to Carle Hospital, but would succumb to his injuries a short time later. Since […]

IDOT – Neil Street Resurfacing

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that improvements to Neil Street from Edgebrook Drive south of Interstate 74 to Anthony Drive will begin Sept. 5. At least one lane will remain open in each direction during the project duration, and the work will be performed at night on weekdays. The project is expected to […]

Police Investigate Fatal Shooting – 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave.

On September 1, 2017 at approximately 12:44 AM, Champaign Police responded to the 1200 Block of N. McKinley Ave., after nearby officers heard multiple gunshots in the immediate area. When officers arrived on scene, police found a 19-year-old male victim suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to Carle Hospital, where he […]

City of Champaign Welcomes Public Input on Council Goal Setting

The Champaign City Council will meet in September to discuss their goals for 2017-2019, and the public is encouraged to share its thoughts and ideas to help guide the discussion.  Every two years the City Council identifies a set of goals, which the City Manager and Executive Staff use to set priorities, direct work activities, […]

Police Ask for Witness Support in August 3 Homicide Investigation

On August 3, 2017 at approximately 8:10 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the area of Elm St. & Beardsley St. after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found 53-year-old Gus Edwards who suffered from a gunshot wound.  Edwards would later succumb to his injuries hours later at Carle Hospital. Champaign Police […]