Category: Police Department Press Releases

Champaign Police Announce Safe Zone to Exchange Internet Purchases

Now open to the public, CPD encourages use of its Internet Purchase Exchange Location The Champaign Police Department welcomes citizens to use their newly created “Internet Purchase Exchange Location” in support of a more safe and secure venue for residents to exchange goods sold through online sites, such as Craigslist. The designated zone includes two, […]


Police Make Arrest in Attempted Aggravated Robbery

Champaign Police arrested 19-year-old Othar Taylor of Chicago with Attempted Aggravated Robbery. On Saturday, Sept. 8, at approximately 3 p.m. near the 1300 block of South Neil Street, Taylor approached a victim and demanded money while implying he was carrying a weapon. A Champaign Police officer in the area observed Taylor and engaged in a […]


Champaign Police to Reinforce Bicycle Safety Sept. 5

 The Champaign Police Department will be conducting a specialized bicycle safety enforcement day on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to emphasize proper rules of the road for bicyclists. The enforcement zone will be on Green Street between Neil and Wright Street. As more individuals are bicycling to commute, for exercise, or […]


Sympathies Extended to Families and Students Impacted by Student’s Tragic Death, Central-Centennial Football Game Rescheduled to Saturday

Champaign Unit 4 School District and the City of Champaign extend their heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and classmates of David Sankey, a READY student and former Central High School student who was fatally shot the evening of August 28, 2018.  Champaign Schools, the City, and the community are coming together to console and […]


Police Respond to Shots Fired Call, Seek Public Assistance

Tonight, at approximately 8:31 p.m., Champaign Police Officers responded to the area of Paula Drive and Larkspur Lane after receiving reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found a teenage male suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Carle Hospital and is in critical condition. There are no suspects at this […]


Arrest Warrant Issued for N. Hickory Street Homicide

An arrest warrant has been issued for 48-year-old Shoen Russell (Champaign) for charges of First Degree Murder in connection to the death of 48-year-old Darin Mitchell (Champaign). Bond on the warrant is set at $5 million. On Aug. 23, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 700 Block of N. Hickory Street following reports […]


Police Seek Information in N. Hickory Street Homicide

Last night, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 700 Block of N. Hickory Street following reports of a shooting. Arriving officers discovered a 48-year-old male suffering from a serious gunshot wound. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was rushed into surgery but would later succumb to his injuries. […]


This Labor Day, and Every Day, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Champaign Police Department today announced its plans for a traffic safety campaign focusing on drunk, unbuckled and distracted drivers. The high-visibility crackdown will run from Aug. 20 through the early morning hours of Sept. 4 to include the Labor Day holiday, an often-deadly time on Illinois roads. “We need our community to understand that […]


Charges Filed in Aug. 3, 2017, Homicide Investigation

The Champaign Police Department have identified an individual believed to be responsible for the death of 53-year-old Gus Edwards (Champaign). On August 3, 2017, at approximately 8:10 p.m., Champaign Police Officers responded to the area of Elm St. and Beardsley Ave. after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police found Edwards suffering from […]