BPD: We are investigating an armed robbery that occurred shortly after noon today (Monday) at the VFW on Afton Road. The suspect entered the bar area, pointed a handgun at several occupants inside, and took cash from the bar. No injuries were reported.
The suspect is described as a black male who was wearing dark clothes and left the area in a blue van.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. We are asking the community’s help in identifying this individual. Anyone with information can contact the Dispatch Center at 608-757-2244
The National Weather Service in Chicago shared a great graphic explaining what to look for and how to report Severe Weather. We have shared it below! We highly suggest submitting severe weather reports, but remember, SAFETY FIRST!
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 10 pm for the counties listed below:
ILLINOIS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
ADAMS BOND BOONE
BROWN BUREAU CALHOUN
CASS CHAMPAIGN CHRISTIAN
CLINTON COOK DE KALB
DE WITT DUPAGE FAYETTE
FORD FULTON GREENE
GRUNDY HANCOCK HENDERSON
HENRY IROQUOIS JERSEY
KANE KANKAKEE KENDALL
KNOX LAKE LA SALLE
LEE LIVINGSTON LOGAN
MACON MACOUPIN MADISON
MARSHALL MASON MCDONOUGH
MCHENRY MCLEAN MENARD
MERCER MONROE MONTGOMERY
MORGAN MOULTRIE OGLE
PEORIA PIATT PIKE
PUTNAM ROCK ISLAND SANGAMON
SCHUYLER SCOTT SHELBY
ST. CLAIR STARK TAZEWELL
WARREN WHITESIDE WILL
Scattered Hail up to Lime size and Scattered Wind Gusts up to 70 mph is possible!
The Storm Prediction Center issued a mesoscale discussion for parts of the region with a 95% issuance of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch just before 3 pm. It is possible this watch will be issued just to the South of the Rockford area. Full discussion is posted below!
Mesoscale Discussion 0413
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
0237 PM CDT Mon May 14 2018
Areas affected...central/northern IL
Concerning...Severe potential...Severe Thunderstorm Watch likely
Valid 141937Z - 142030Z
Probability of Watch Issuance...95 percent
SUMMARY...Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop across the
discussion area the remainder of this afternoon with a risk for
large hail and damaging winds. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch will be
issued prior to 20Z.
DISCUSSION...Latest visible imagery shows deepening cumulus in the
vicinity of the front over central/northern IL at 1935Z, and
modification of the special KDVN sounding for current conditions
shows little remaining CINH. Thunderstorms are expected to develop
and will likely become severe over the next few hours given an
environment characterized by moderate surface-based instability and
40-45 kts of deep-layer wind shear. Damaging winds and large hail
will be possible, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch will be issued
prior to 20Z.