Category: Police Department Press Releases

Champaign Police Investigate Fraudulent Activity, Seek Assistance Identifying Suspects

The Champaign Police Department is investigating fraudulent activity after being alerted by two local businesses that their payment machines were compromised by skimming devices – a malicious credit/debit card reader attached to the real payment terminal, or inserted inside, by scammers to steal financial and personal information from unwitting customers. Following police investigation, surveillance video […]


Champaign Police Alert Public to Recent Increase in Delivery Robberies

The Champaign Police Department is reminding local businesses and delivery drivers of important safety tips and to remain vigilant. Since Nov. 1, 2018, Champaign Police have received nine reports of delivery robberies, mostly to pizza delivery drivers completing an order. In each known event, the suspects are believed to have only stolen food after verbally […]


Suspect Identified, Warrant Issued in Dec. 24, 2018, Shooting Investigation

  Champaign Police have identified Mario Turner (pictured) as the suspect in a Dec. 24, 2018 Christmas Eve shooting investigation that resulted in one individual being hospitalized. On the evening of Dec. 24, at approximately 10:33 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1400 block of North McKinley Avenue after receiving reports of a shooting. Upon […]


Champaign Police Department releases holiday traffic enforcement numbers

The Champaign Police Department conducted additional traffic enforcement over the holidays from Dec. 17 to Jan. 2., reminding motorists to drive sober and buckle up as part of the Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. The Champaign Police joined the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce […]


Police Seek Assistance in Overnight Shooting Investigations

On December 24, 2018, at approximately 10:33 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1400 block of North McKinley Avenue after receiving reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers did not locate a victim but were later informed that a 32-year-old male had arrived at a local hospital with a non-life-threatening injury from a gunshot wound. […]


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for friends, family and coworkers to come together in celebration. Wherever you are — at an office party, a family member’s home or out at a bar — it is essential that you make the lifesaving choice to drive sober when the party ends. To help spread the message about […]


Champaign Deputy Police Chief Joseph Gallo Retires

Champaign Deputy Police Chief Joseph Gallo has retired from the Champaign Police Department after 24 years of devoted public and police service to the Champaign community. His official retirement date is today, Dec. 11, 2018. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve alongside the extraordinary men and women of the Champaign Police […]


Suspects Identified, Warrants Issued in Nov. 18 N. Hickory Street Shooting Investigation

Champaign Police have identified three suspects in connection to the Nov. 18 N. Hickory Street shooting investigation that hospitalized a 25-year-old female victim with serious gunshot wounds. Arrest warrants for the following individuals have been issued for the offense of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm. Bond on the warrant for each was set at $500,000. […]


Police to Hold SWAT Training Thursday, Dec. 6.

Thursday, Dec. 6, the Champaign Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team will be holding training exercises in and around the 1200 block of West Park Street. The training, which will begin in the morning and potentially carry over into the afternoon, will be conducted using abandoned residences awaiting demolition in the area, including […]


SWAT Deployed to an Armed Subject Barricaded in a Private Residence

On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 2500 block of West Springfield Avenue for a report of domestic battery by an armed male subject, who is identified as 25-year-old Jerry O’Neal, of Champaign. Upon arrival, officers learned O’Neal threatened a female with a firearm inside a private residence. […]