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At Least One Person Shot In Rockford, A Lot Of Gunshots In Rockford


Around 1:06 am this morning an officer said that security confirmed there was at least one shooting victim. (Sounds like the victim is at a local ER) Scanner traffic is so crazy right now, with a lot of shots fired all over the Rockford area.  It is not yet known exactly where the shooting victim is located at or where the actually shooting incident happened at. You can hear people crying in the background. This is still developing and we will post updates as they become available.

Note: We know information is vague, and we do apologize. But this is all via scanner traffic. This is a developing situation. They did confirm at least one person has been confirmed shot.



Child injured in an accident on Rockford Eastside

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Around 11:45 PM several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Mulford and East State Street in reference to an automobile accident. Initial scanner traffic is saying there is an accident near this location. At the time and dispatch injuries were being reported. A child is reported to be injured. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Please avoid the area or expect delays.

Vehicle Flees From police In Rockford

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Around 11:24 pm tonight an officer had a vehicle flee from them in the area of 20th and Harrison. The vehicle is described as a black hyandai. The driver is described as a heavyset black male. The plate comes back to an address on Windsor rd in Loves Park 

Rockford Fire Department dispatched to a vehicle on fire


Around 11:10 PM the Rockford Fire Department are dispatched to the area of the 3000 block of 19th St. Initial scanner traffic is saying a vehicle is on fire near this location. It is not yet known if the vehicle is occupied or the cause of the fire.

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Rockford Scanner Fan Missing Semi


Rockford Scanner fan Matt Slater: “Would u guys be able to put out a post that deals with a missing semi. One of my cousins trucks was taken by a driver. And it was last seen in rockford”

“It a black and gray 2003 peterbilt semi. License plate is P784837. Truck number 410. Says Adkins Milk Hauling on the side. Has black fiberglass fenders over the rear wheels. Reward if found. Last seen in rockford. It’s a show truck so it stands out”

Shots Fired in Rockford

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Around 8:38 pm tonight the RPD were dispatched to the area of Trevor Circle. Scanner traffic is saying several people are reporting multiple shots fired in the area. One person is reporting a silver vehicle fleeing the area. No reports of injuries at the time of writing this.

disgruntled employee intentionally set a massive fire that destroyed a RoomPlace distribution center in southwest suburban Woodridge


A disgruntled employee intentionally set a massive fire that destroyed a RoomPlace distribution center in southwest suburban Woodridge, federal investigators said Friday.

PHOTOS: Firefighters battle Woodridge warehouse blaze

Ruben Ochoa Cruz, 20, of Joliet, is facing federal arson charges in connection with the blaze that caused around $70 million in damages last week. He had worked at the warehouse as a forklift operator for only seven months, investigators said.

The blaze broke out on April 21 at the RoomPlace’s main distribution center in the 2500-block of Internationale Parkway around 5 p.m. Firefighters said more than 700,000 square feet went up in flames, and more than 100 firefighters from 30 departments were called in to help. About 65 employees who were working at the time were able to escape unharmed, but the building was reduced to ash.

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said that Cruz had an argument with management over his attendance the day the fire broke out. After returning to his duties, Cruz then allegedly lit a piece of packing slip on fire and dropped it from a forklift that had been raised high above the ground. Investigators said that Cruz has admitted to the crime.

“He was upset with management, with his supervisors, because he had just had a heated argument with them over vacation time. They were going to cut his vacation time because of days missed at work, and he was upset about that. And so he left that meeting and angrily went back to his station where he was working within the warehouse,” ATF spokesperson Tom Ahern said.

ATF investigators said they were able to identify Cruz because of a security card screener that put him in the area of the warehouse where the fire began.

Officials for The RoomPlace responded to the charges in a written statement: “We are deeply disturbed at the news one of our employees has been charged in connection with the fire that destroyed our main distribution center April 21st. We continue to cooperate with federal authorities as they search for more details around a cause and potential motive. In the meantime, we remain focused on rebuilding our warehouse and delivery infrastructure and supporting those employees displaced by the fire.”

Cruz is in the custody of U.S. Marshals and is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. If convicted on federal arson charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison. He could also face state charges.

Cruz is due in federal court on May 4.

Credit: WLS




Ongoing incident in Ogle County

Ogle County Sheriff: “On going incident in Leaf River. Residents in the northeast area of town are asked to stay in their residences.”

They did not specify what type of incident is going on.  Just telling residents to stay inside. Once we find out more info, we will post updates.

Sounds like it is near  East 2nd St

Rockford Scanner fans:

  •  Tim Berogan:  “Someone with a gun possibly hostages”  Update: 8:48 pm “Subject in cuffs”
  • Kole Bennett “Byron Fire is staging at the Citgo for ERT response”

  • The Ogle County Sheriff says a situation regarding a barricaded subject is now over in Leaf River. Sheriff Brian VanVickle said the person has been taken into custody. It’s not immediately known the circumstances surrounding the incident. Authorities are still busy with the investigation. Residents in the northeast area of town were asked to stay inside their homes while authorities were out there, but the situation appears to be resolved. 13 WREX is working on more details and will have those for you on our 10 p.m. show.

    Credit: WREX

Suspect holds a gun to a victim’s head near South Beloit

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Around 6:45 pm tonight several officers were dispatched to an address on McKinley ave near S Beloit. Via Scanner traffic: The suspect allegedly held a gun to a victims head.  The suspect then fled the scene and left the gun at the residence. Sounds like it might be domestic related. The suspect is a white male, last seen near Shirland in S Beloit. Several officers are en route

Plane Crash, Rockford Airport Drill


The Chicago Rockford International Airport will hold emergency training and disaster response exercises Saturday, April 30, in Rockford. The exercises will occur between 8 – 11 a.m. and include 150 local volunteers acting as injured passengers. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation and Security Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, local police, hospitals, and Airport Rescue and firefighter (ARFF) crews will be participating along with Greater Rockford Airport Authority staff.

The exercise will simulate the response to a crash between a general aviation aircraft and a passenger aircraft. Numerous emergency vehicles will be staged in the airport area.

All of the participating agencies will be evaluated by a team of experts at the site. In accordance with FAA requirements, the airport must conduct a full-scale disaster response exercise every three years. Exercise objectives include testing communications, fire and police response, emergency medical response, multiple casualty hospital plans, interagency coordination and the incident command system.

Commercial and other flights at RFD will not be affected and will continue to operate as scheduled.


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