Category: Police Department Press Releases

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 […]

Champaign Police to Enforce Seat Belt Safety and Impaired Driving Laws During Thanksgiving

Police and safety officials in Champaign are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday or run the risk of receiving a ticket. The Champaign Police Department (CPD) is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state […]

Champaign Police Warns Public to Secure Your Vehicles

The Champaign Police Department is currently investigating multiple cases involving vehicles being stolen from public streets and residential driveways. Over the past month, the department has taken 11 reports of stolen vehicles occurring in Champaign. Nine of the crimes occurred in the campus area. Some of these burglaries occurred when victims left their keys in […]