News & Events
|4/18/2017 - Crime Stoppers Shred/Drug Drop Off Event|
Crime Stoppers of Champaign County and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are joining together to provide a one-stop opportunity for you to protect yourself from identity theft and to safety dispose of old prescription drugs.
Crime Stoppers is sponsoring a Shred Event in conjunction with the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 29, 2017, 9-11am, at the southwest corner of St. Mary’s Road/Fox Drive and Neil Street, in Champaign.
The best way to protect yourself against identity theft is to make sure your personal information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. Shredding old personal documents can get rid of the potential risk permanently. Crime Stoppers is working with Triad Shredding to provide off-site shredding of up to 2 banker’s boxes of documents to help you protect yourself. Crime Stoppers is also asking for a small donation of $5 to help pay future rewards to tipsters who help solve crimes.
The following documents will be accepted: medical records, financial statements, credit applications, bank statements, documents with social security numbers or driver license numbers, bank checks, tax records, and legal documents over 8 years old.
At the same time, the DEA will give you an easy way to prevent pill abuse and theft through the Drug Drop Off. You can rid your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills and patches, but the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that remain in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. In addition, usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the Shred Event and Prescription Drug Take Back Day is available at 373-tips.com.
|11/14/2016 - Crime Stoppers Announces New Mobile App|
|Crime Stoppers of Champaign County is adding a new weapon in its fight against crime, while continuing to keep the identity of the tipster anonymous. Beginning Tuesday, November 15, 2016, a new free mobile app will provide citizens with an easier and more efficient way to submit information to help solve and prevent crimes or other serious or life threatening matters. |
Crime Stoppers is partnering with Texas-based Anderson Software to provide the upgrade in technology to better meet the needs of smart phone users. Anderson Software leads the industry with its latest secure and anonymous tip acquisition and management solution, called P3 Intel. This partnership allows Champaign County to foster a relationship between law enforcement and the public to proactively create safer neighborhoods.
Crime Stoppers of Champaign County will continue to accept tips at our TIPS phone line 373-TIPS, and at our website 373tips.com. But tips will no longer be accepted via SMS text messages. Instead, tips will be accepted through the new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms, greatly enhancing the mobile tip submission process. Still completely anonymous, tips submitted through the P3 mobile app, unlike SMS text tips, have no length limitations and allow images, video and documents to be uploaded with the tip. Anderson Software’s sophistication encryption processes obscure any and all identifying information and provides assured anonymity for tipsters.
|9/27/2016 - Champaign County Crime Stoppers Coordinator Wins National Award|
Crime Stoppers of Champaign County is very proud to announce that our former Law Enforcement Coordinator, Troy Daniels, has been named as the recipient of the highest honor awarded by Crime Stoppers USA. Daniels, who serves as Deputy Chief of the Champaign Police Department, received the Chairman`s Award, on September 27, 2016, at the Crime Stoppers USA Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
John Lamb, former chairman of Crime Stoppers USA, nominated Daniels for the award to recognize Daniels’s work for Crime Stoppers throughout his career. He said, "Troy Daniels has gone above and beyond on the national level for Crime Stoppers. That is what the award recognizes. He has sacrificed his time and energy on trips to Washington DC and multiple meetings with Congressmen and Senators as well as White House Officials trying to make this country a safer place to live. I also chose him because of his level of commitment to the organization."
"It’s been my honor and pleasure to work with these men and women from across the country with Crime Stoppers USA", Deputy Chief Daniels said. "I feel Blessed to be able to work with something I really believe in and I know Crime Stoppers helps a lot of people stay safe by keeping them anonymous. There have been a lot of people arrested through Crime Stopper tips that would not have been arrested without Crime Stoppers."
Daniels served as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for Crime Stoppers of Champaign County for 15 years, and continues to serve as an advisory member to the Board of Directors. "We are extremely pleased that Troy has received national recognition for his work that has moved the Crime Stoppers program forward on a local as well as a national level", said John Hecker, President of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Champaign County. "Troy has been a tireless leader for the betterment of the program and richly deserves this prestigious award."
|7/28/2016 - Dave Benton Crime Fighter of the Year and Crime Stoppers/Busey Mills Scholarship Winners Announced|
Crime Stoppers of Champaign County today announced the winner of the Second Annual Dave Benton Crime Fighter of the Year Award at the organization’s Annual Meeting held at the Urbana Country Club. Also, the recipient of the first Crime Stoppers/Busey-Mills Community Foundation Criminal Justice Scholarship was announced.
The winner of this year’s Dave Benton Crime Fighter of the Year Award is Jorden Moore, who as a mentor to a young girl who was legally adopted by her foster parents, was told by the girl that she had been sexually abused by her adoptive father Daniel Baltierra over a period of years. When Moore learned Baltierra denied the abuse, the girl’s mother hid the abuse from investigators, and had instructed her daughter to mislead authorities, Moore made a commitment to expose the sexual abuse, including recording conversations where the crimes were discussed. Moore’s actions led to a confession by Baltierra and to his eventual felony conviction of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison on the Class X Felony in May, 2016.
Jorden Moore was nominated by two investigators with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office who worked the case, Sgt. Christopher Darr and Investigator Dwayne Roelfs (pronounced rollfs). In their nomination, they stated that Moore’s actions ultimately led to the re-examination of the suspect and to his conviction. They also said, "Moore initially volunteered to mentor a young girl in our community which then led to her protecting and pursuing justice for that girl. We would like to thank Jorden Moore for making our community a better place with her positive character, sound integrity, and commitment of protecting children."
The Dave Benton Crime Fighter of the Year Award was established by Crime Stoppers of Champaign County in 2015 in honor of the late WCIA-TV anchorman Dave Benton for his crime-fighting spirit exhibited during his award-winning newscasts and programs and as a Crime Stoppers board member. Dave lost his battle against cancer in May, 2015.
The winner of the 1st Annual Crime Stoppers/Busey-Mills Community Foundation Criminal Justice Scholarship is Chloe Buttry, a 2016 graduate of Centennial High School in Champaign. She will attend Parkland College this fall, majoring in Criminal Justice. As part of the application process, Buttry wrote a personal essay and submitted two letters of recommendation. The underlining purpose of this scholarship program is to promote criminal justice as a career and to financially assist a graduating senior in their pursuit of an education in the field of criminal justice.
|7/25/2016 - Crime Stoppers of Champaign County 30th Annual Meeting|
CRIMESTOPPERS OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY
30th ANNUAL MEETING
DAVE BENTON CRIME FIGHTER AWARD PRESENTATION
CRIME STOPPERS/BUSEY MILLS SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION
As Crime Stoppers of Champaign County celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, Crime Stoppers is proud to announce the winner of the Second Annual Dave Benton Crime Fighter of the Year Award at its Annual Meeting to be held on July 28th. The award is given to a citizen of Champaign County who most exemplifies the crime-fighting spirit that Dave exhibited during his award-winning newscasts and programs on WCIA-TV, and as a Crime Stoppers board member. Dave lost his battle against cancer in May 2015. Also during the Annual Meeting, the winner of the first Crime Stoppers/ Busey-Mills Community Foundation Criminal Justice
Scholarship will be introduced.
Members of area law enforcement agencies are among the invited guests. Plus, this year’s guest speaker is long-time News-Gazette reporter Mary Schenk, who covers crime and courts and “breaking news” for the newspaper and website.
The Annual Meeting will be held from 12-1:30 p.m. on July 28, at the Urbana Country Club, 100 E. Country Club Road.
The winner of the Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award, the person who nominated the recipient, and John Hecker (President of the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors) will all be available to the media during a news conference to be held on the front lawn of the Country Club immediately following the meeting.
|6/12/2016 - Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Arrest of Alleged Shooter|
(From a news release from the Champaign Police Department 6-12-2016)
Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to the Arrest of Suspect in Holly Hill Drive Shooting, along with Two Additional Wanted Subjects
Today (6/12/2016) at approximately 5:10 PM, Champaign Police Officers and Detectives arrested 37-year-old Peter L. Campbell, who was wanted for the June 10,2016, Holly Hill Drive shooting of a Champaign woman.
An anonymous Crime Stoppers tip led Police to the 2700 Block of Wellington Drive. As officers approached the home, Campbell attempted to flee from the residence through a back window; however, Police were able to apprehend the subject before flight, and without incident.
Campbell was transported to the Champaign County Jail for the offense of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Bond is set at $150,000.
In addition to the arrest of Campbell, Police also arrested 21-year-old Raekwon Collins and 21-year-old Marcus Merriweather who were both wanted in Vermillion County on unrelated outstanding arrest warrants.
Police officials greatly appreciate the community’s partnership in this ongoing investigation and continue to encourage anyone with information to call the Champaign Police Investigations Division at (217) 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.
|6/6/2016 - Champaign County Crime Stoppers Hosts State Conference June 9-11, 2016|
The Illinois State Crime Stoppers Association Annual Conference will be held in Champaign June 9-11, 2016. The conference is being hosted by the Champaign County Crime Stoppers at the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Champaign. Approximately 100 guests from Crime Stoppers organizations across the state are expected to attend the conference to exchange ideas, network, and learn about new ways to promote Crime Stoppers in their communities.
“This is the third time Champaign has hosted the State Conference,” reports John Hecker, President, Champaign County Crime Stoppers. “Crime Stoppers board members, coordinators, and supporters from across the state meet each year to share ideas and experiences about what works in their communities. People then take that information back home and expand or improve upon the services they offer via their local Crime Stoppers organizations. Across the state, Crime Stoppers tips have solved more than 82,000 cases, resulted in more than 125,000 arrests, and the recovery of $172 million in property. Put simply – Crime Stoppers works.”
In addition to hosting this year’s state conference, Champaign County Crime Stoppers is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a Murder Mystery Fundraiser on June 9th. The event is called “Maybury DOA” and follows a Barney Fife-like character as he attempts to unravel the mysterious happenings in his once peaceful town. This fun event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 each and a limited number are available for purchase at 373tips.com.
“The Murder Mystery is a fundraiser to help cover the money Crime Stoppers pays out for rewards and other expenses like our phone lines and website,” added Hecker. “This event is presented by the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company, so this promises to be an entertaining, fun-filled evening and the proceeds go to a good cause. We hope to have a packed room full of people supporting Crime Stoppers.”
|5/31/2016 - Champaign County Crime Stoppers Celebrating 30th Anniversary with Murder Mystery Fundraiser|
In celebration of 30 years of service to our community, Champaign County Crime Stoppers invites the public to a unique night of fun and mystery. Attend Crime Stoppers’ Murder Mystery Fundraiser on June 9, 2016, starting at 6:30 pm at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Champaign. Tickets are $50 each and available for advanced purchase at 373tips.com.
The case: Maybury DOA –Usually, not much happens in Maybury, but lately life has been a bit different. In the past week, there’s been an infestation of rats, a fiery car crash, an accidental shooting, and a long-awaited engagement. What more could happen? Oh, that’s just the beginning for this evening of raucous fun like you’ve never seen, especially not on TV. Presented by the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company.
Event ticket includes heavy passed hors d’oeuvres and one specialty drink per guest. Limited number of event tickets available. Order at 373tips.com.
|2/10/2016 - Champaign Crime Stoppers` Founder Gets Local Hero Award|
(Courtesy of The News-Gazette)
John Hecker will received the Local Hero Award from the 2016 Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation at their recognition gala on April 2, 2016.
Hecker is a 1969 Central High School graduate, with John Gnagey, founded the Champaign County Crime Stoppers organization in 1986 to help police solve crimes by way of tips provided by the public. He served as the first president and continues to serve in that position. With Hecker`s leadership, the organization has solved more than 1,600 cases and is now considered one of the finest Crime stopper organizations in the country.
|1/27/2016 - Nominations Sought for Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award|
Crime Stoppers of Champaign County is accepting nominations for the Second Annual Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award. This annual award has been established by the Board of Directors in honor of former board member and WCIA-TV anchor Dave Benton. The intent is to recognize a Champaign County citizen who most exemplifies the crime-fighting spirit that Dave Benton exhibited during his award-winning newscasts, programs, and during his tenure as a member of the Crime Stopper’s Board of Directors. He lost his battle against cancer in May of 2015.
Nominations are open to all residents of Champaign County. A nominee should be an individual who has made a difference in the fight against crime. The individual must have been involved in an on-going activity or program that helped to stop a crime, solve a case or made a big difference in resolving a dangerous situation that made their neighborhood, community or Champaign County safer.
The Second Annual Dave Benton Crime Fighter Award will be presented during the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors in July. The deadline to submit nominations is June 1st. Nomination Forms can be found here on the Crime Stoppers website. Printed forms are also available at the front desks of area police departments, and at the Sheriff`s Office.
The winner will also receive a monetary award of $500.
For further information, contact the President of the Board of Directors, Crime Stoppers of Champaign County, John Hecker at 217-356-8391.
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