Michael DeArmond, Patricia Avery, and Champaign City Council member Will Kyles
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March 26, 2017

CU Area Project Rallies To End Gun Violence

A rally to end gun violence over the weekend in Champaign also served as a tribute to a local gun violence victim. Michael DeArmond was among those leading a march of 35 people on the city’s north side Saturday, on what would have been his daughter Desirie DeArmond Austin’s 25th birthday.

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Panelists for Thursday's Call-In at the Illinois Terminal Building in Champaign.
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March 10, 2017

11 Offenders In Initiative's Second 'Call-In' To End Gun Violence

Community and law enforcement leaders in Champaign-Urbana hope they’ve successfully appealed to 11 more young people to turn their lives around. The CU Fresh Start Program held its second quarterly "Call-In" Thursday night, with hopes of deterring gun violence. The panel of those with a history of gun-related behaviors came face to face with family members of gun violence victims, like community leader Seon Willams. "When you act in an inhumane way, the suffering is just beginning," he said.

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Tracy Parsons with the City of Champaign discusses goals of the CU Fresh Start Program with reporters, along with Mayor Deb Feinen, Rev. Ricky Parks, and Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly.
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October 07, 2016

C-U Anti-Violence Initiative Holds First 'Call-In'

Community leaders in Champaign-Urbana have been working on the CU Fresh Start approach to gun violence for nearly a year. Thursday marked the program's 'Call-In', giving offenders with a background tied to gun crime a chance to connect to community resources and reform their lives. "We recognize that we can't arrest our way out of this problem," says Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly.

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Dallas police detain a driver after several police officers were shot in downtown Dallas, Thursday, July 7, 2016. Snipers apparently shot police officers during protests and some of the officers are dead, the city's police chief said in a statem
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July 08, 2016

Dallas Police Chief Says Shooting Suspect Was Upset Over Police Shootings

Dallas Police Chief David Brown says a suspect in the overnight attack that killed five police officers, wounded seven others and wounded two civilians said he was upset over the recent police shootings of black men and wanted to kill white people. The suspect who died in a parking garage has been identified as Micah Xavior Johnson.

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August 01, 2014

Third Suspect Arrested in Redding Murder

A third suspect in the Allen Redding murder was arrested Thursday in Arkansas.

Champaign Police report that Micah J. Hopkins, 30, of Champaign, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in Blytheville, Arkansas. U.S Marshals were assisted by Blytheville Police in making the arrested. Blytheville Police also picked up two people for questioning.

Police have already arrested Devon Craig, who is charged with Redding's murder, and his brother Paul Craig, who faces charges including unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated intimidation of a witness. Markeeta McFarland was arrested earlier this week on the intimidation charge. All three are from Champaign.

Champaign Police Lieutenant Robert Rea said in a new release that investigators are making progress in the case, with helps from other law enforcement agencies and tips from the public. "However, we still need the public's help", said Rea.

Anyone with information on the Redding murder is asked to contact Champaign Police at (217) 351-4545. Information can be sent anonymously to Champaign County Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.373tips.com, or by texting keyword "CCTIP" plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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