Investigation upgraded to attempted arson

Latest: 6:30 Pm, 11/13/17, Monday 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- The FBI is investigating an attempted arson at a women's clinic as a civil rights violation. 

Police say suspicious object found at the Women's Health Practice last week was an incendiary device. Authorities are investigating the criminal action as an attempted arson.

The FBI says the attempted arson violates the FACE act, which protects people's right to reproductive health care. 

Between the hours of 5:45 pm, Monday, November 6, and 7:50 am, Tuesday, November 7, a window was broken and the device was placed inside the business in the 2100-block of South Neil.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit investigated, removed and neutralized the device.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Tipsters are always 100% completely anonymous.

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Detective Funkhouser
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Latest: 9:30 am, 11/13/17, Monday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- The suspicious object found at the Women's Health Practice last week was an incendiary device. Authorities are investigating the criminal action as an attempted arson.

Between the hours of 5:45 pm, Monday, November 6, and 7:50 am, Tuesday, November 7, a window was broken and the device was placed inside the business in the 2100-block of South Neil.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit investigated, removed and neutralized the device.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Tipsters are always 100% completely anonymous.

All tips submitted to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of any personally identifying information and processed by a third-party answering service, not law enforcement.

Cash rewards up to $1,000 are paid for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters will never be asked their name and are given a secret code number to use when checking on a possible reward. 

Champaign County Crime Stoppers  
(217) 373 - TIPS 
Online: 373tips.com
Free smartphone mobile app: P3 Tips 
Detective Funkhouser
(217) 351 - 4545
C17 - 10026 

Latest: 10:00 pm, 11/7/17, Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- The FBI is investigating a suspicious object thrown into a local business Tuesday morning. Police aren't ruling out the possibility it could have been a bomb.

The device was found at the Women's Health Practice, in the 2100-block of South Neil Street, about 8 am. The FBI is now doing additional forensic testing on it.

When employees showed up to work, they found a broken side window and the suspicious object in the window.

Police say they were able to make the device safe and eliminate any threat, but the FBI and ATF were called to respond to the scene. No one was hurt.

Employees of the business were sent home for the day. Officials aren't sure when the FBI will know what the object is.

Police say there's no word whether this was an act of opposition to the services provided by the business, like abortions, but they say it's a definite possibility. 

Latest: 3:50 pm, 11/7/17, Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Authorities were called to a private business, in the 2100-block of South Neil, about 8 am, Tuesday, for a suspicious object.

Police, including the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit and bomb technicians responded to the scene.

Staff from Women's Health Practice reported a broken side window with what appeared to be a potential bomb on the inside window seal.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Federeal Bureau of Investigation, were contacted and also responded to the scene.

The object was safely removed from the building and further evidence was collected. No one was hurt. 

Latest: 11:50 am, 11/7/17, Tuesday 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Police are investigating after a suspicious device was found at an area health clinic.

A heavy police presence was seen in the 2100-block of South Neil Street about 8 am, Tuesday.

A device was found at the Women's Health Practice. While authorities haven't released a lot of information about the device, they did say they secured it.

The bomb squad responded to make sure the device was rendered safe. People who work in the area say one of the first things to start the morning was a knock on the door asking for information about possible suspects.

They're working to get surveillance video. People say the area is usually quiet, so hearing about the investigation came as a shock.
The facility has had several cases of people protesting the services provided by the clinic. While police haven't said if that's the case, they say it's certainly possible the device was part of another act of opposition. 

Update: 10:06 pm, 11/7/17, Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- Authorities say the bomb squad was called in after a suspicious package was located.

It was found about 8 am, Tuesday, in the 2100-block of South Neil Street, near the Women's Health Practice.

No area businesses were evacuated. It's reported there is no threat to anyone. 

Original: 9:15 am, 11/7/17, Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) -- There is a heavy police presence in the 2100-block of South Neil. The bomb squad is on scene and there is an active investigation underway. It's near the Women's Health Practice. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.


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