Category: Police Department Press Releases

Champaign Police Officer Michael Alvis Retires

Following 25 years of honorable service to the City of Champaign, Officer Michael Alvis is retiring from the Champaign Police Department. Officer Alvis was sworn in as a Champaign Police Officer on April 11, 1994 and his final day of service is today, April 18, 2019. “Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of working […]


Champaign Police Investigating Bank Robbery

Today, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Champaign Police responded to Regions Bank, located at 111 S. State St., for a reported bank robbery. The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the bank, passed a note to the bank employee and fled with an undetermined amount of currency. The suspect was observed fleeing westbound to the south […]


Champaign Police Investigating Bank Robbery

Today, at approximately 10:18 a.m., Champaign Police responded to the First Midwest Bank, located at 812 West Springfield Avenue, for a reported bank robbery. The preliminary investigation has revealed the suspect entered the bank, passed a note to the bank employee and then fled with an undetermined amount of currency. No weapon was displayed in the […]


The Champaign Police Department Announces St. Patrick’s Day ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Enforcement Results

The Champaign Police Department announced the following citations were issued during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period: 1 Aggravated D.U.I arrest 17 seat belt citations 6 cell phone citations 7 uninsured motorist citations 8 speeding citations 3 suspended/revoked citations 5 miscellaneous citations In addition to the citations issued, one stolen vehicle was recovered. “Because of […]


Don’t Rely on the Luck o’ the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day

The Champaign Police Department announced it will conduct special patrols on St. Patrick’s Day to arrest impaired drivers and to encourage use of seat belts. “We’re urging you to plan ahead for St. Patrick’s Day festivities,” said Sgt. Geoff Coon. “Don’t ever drive under the influence of alcohol or any drug. It’s not just about […]


Nov. 18, 2018 Shooting Suspect in Custody

This morning, at approximately 10:59 a.m., the Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force with assistance from the United States Marshals Service arrested 26-year-old Dante D. Pickens (pictured left) of Champaign in the 1100 block of West Bradley Avenue. An arrest warrant was previously issued for Pickens for the offense of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm […]


Feb. 3, 2019 Shooting Suspect in Custody

Today, at approximately 2:05 p.m., 18-year-old Khalid Purnell (pictured left) surrendered to police at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Feb. 23, 2019 for the charge of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm in connection to a Feb. 3, 2019 shooting in the 1200 block of West Beardsley Avenue. […]


Champaign Police Arrest Four Individuals for Weapon and Drug Offenses

During the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, the Street Crimes Task Force, with assistance from Champaign Police and the Champaign Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), served a search warrant in the 1200 block of West Bradley Avenue leading to the arrest of four individuals. Several firearms and narcotics were seized during […]


Police Seek Public’s Assistance Locating Missing Woman

The Champaign Police Department is seeking public assistance locating 35-year-old Crystal L. Redd. She was last seen Feb. 13, 2019 at approximately 8:30 p.m. near West Beardsley Avenue in Champaign. Police encourage media to share her missing person flyer to assist locating her. There is no information to suggest she is in any immediate danger […]


Suspects Identified in Feb. 3, 2019 Shooting Investigation

On Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at approximately 11:26 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 1200 block of West Beardsley Avenue following several reports of shots fired. Soon thereafter, police were notified an 18-year-old male had arrived at a local hospital suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Upon arrival at the hospital, police discovered a vehicle with […]