Category: Police Department Press Releases

Arrest Made in Sexual Abuse Investigation

Champaign Police have arrested Herbert J. Howard, a Unit #4 School District employee, wanted in connection with a sexual abuse allegation involving a 13-year-old student. On the afternoon of January 28, 2014, Howard reported to the Champaign Police Department after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Howard was subsequently questioned by an investigator and […]

Warrant Issued in Sexual Abuse investigation

On November 22, 2013, the Champaign Police Department received a report regarding a sexual abuse allegation involving a 13-year-old student and a staff member for Unit #4 school district. The alleged incident occurred on November 8, 2013, at Edison Middle School, located at 306 West Green Street, Champaign, Illinois, during school hours. Since the initial […]

Champaign Police Respond to Bomb Threat (1501 S. Neil Street)

On January, 23, 2014, at 12:56 p.m., Champaign police officers were dispatched to the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1501 S. Neil Street, for a bomb threat. At approximately 12:54 p.m., an unknown man telephoned the hotel to report that a bomb had been placed inside the hotel. During the call, he also demanded money […]

Champaign Police Investigate Home Invasion (2000 Block of N. Mattis)

The Champaign Police Department is investigating a home invasion. The incident took place in an apartment complex, located in the 2000 block of N. Mattis Avenue, on January 21, 2014, at approximately 12:46 p.m. Reports indicate that three unknown masked males entered an apartment and robbed three men at gunpoint. All three offenders displayed handguns. […]

Champaign Police Dept Participates in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

From December 20, 2013 through January 5, 2014, officers from the Champaign Police Department will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on intoxicated drivers. The statewide crackdown will include high-visibility alcohol and belt enforcement throughout the Champaign area.  The statewide crackdown will also be […]

Champaign Police Department Reports Successful Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Mobilizations

Who: The Champaign Police Department & Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) What: From November 18 – December 1, 2013, IDOT supported enforcement Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to remind motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired, both day and night, during the merged “Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilizations. The Champaign Police […]

Champaign Police Make Arrest in Roper Street Homicide

On December 4, 2013, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Champaign Police arrested Darmel L. Smith, 33, of Urbana, Illinois, for his involvement in the murder of Sheena Williams. Mr. Smith was arrested in the 200 block of South Mattis on a Champaign County warrant for Murder/Intent to Kill/Injure.  Mr. Smith’s bail has been set at $2,000,000. […]

Champaign Police Investigate Bank Robbery (PNC Bank, 1771 W. Kirby Avenue)

On November 20, 2013, at approximately 4:20 PM, officers were dispatched to PNC Bank located at 1771 W. Kirby for a report of a bank robbery.  Officers received information about a man entering the bank and demanding money from a teller, while displaying a dark-colored handgun. He then exited the bank with an undisclosed amount […]