Rockford Scanner™: Shooting Victim in Rockford


Winnebago County Coroner has identified the victim as 30-year-old Desiree Weir-Stephens from Rockford. She passed away from a gunshot wound to the head.


Source is saying: “The woman was shot in the head from behind, the bullet came out the front. The young man who was involved has been cleared and released on self defense.

People at the women’s home came out and start shooting at the young man who’s image was on RRStar. He started shooting back in self defense.

He did not shoot her, it was someone with her that shot her from behind. The young man surrendered after the shooting and has been home since yesterday night, with no charges.

And the individual described as the shooter never had a gun, his is also home.”



On Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, shortly before 4:30 p.m. patrol officers and detectives from the Rockford Police Department responded to a residence in the 200 block of Royal Avenue in reference to a shooting investigation. When they arrived, officers located a 30-year-old female victim who had apparently been shot in the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she later died as a result of her injuries. The name of the victim is not being released pending the notification of family.

The Rockford Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Investigations Bureau (779-500-6551) or Crime Stoppers (815-963-7867).

This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available at this time. Further information will be released should it become available.

The victim has passed away. 

Autopsy will be performed tomorrow. Her name has yet to be released. 



One person was confirmed shot.

A female in her 30’s. Sounds like the victim was shot in the head.

Transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries.

Suspect information: Black male in his 20’s that fled the scene on foot. 

Police and emergency personnel are on scene.

Still developing.

Reports just came in of a shooting victim at 215 Royal Avenue in Rockford.  We have a crew en route to the scene. Still developing. More details to come!


Unrelated note: This is the second shooting scene in Rockford this afternoon. Earlier ~ CLICK HERE

Rockford Scanner™: Car vs Pedestrian Accident in Rockford

Update from RS Fan:  The pedestrian was a male with at least an arm injury.  Did not seem to be conscious, several people were on the scene trying to help.  Still developing!

A report just came in of a Car vs Pedestrian at N Main and Belmont in Rockford.  Emergency personnel are en route. Please avoid the area.  Still developing.

Rockford Scanner™: Another Accident in Rockford

Reports of another two car accident in Rockford at 15th Avenue and S 6th street.  Emergency personnel are on scene and just canceled for the response of an ambulance so it does not sound like there are any injuries.  They are requesting for PD to be en route.  They are reporting one vehicle will need to be towed.  Please avoid the area. Still developing.


Rockford Scanner™: Auto Accident in Rockford

Two car Auto crash at S Alpine Rd and Manhelm Rd in Rockford.  Reports are saying one vehicle has one bad front end damage.  Unknown on injuries. Emergency personnel are en route. Please avoid the area!  Still developing.


Rockford Scanner™: Reports Of A Shooting Victim in Rockford, Crime Scene Roped Off A Local Emergency Room Area


Around 2:30 pm today we were getting reports from sources there is a shooting victim in Rockford. 

The scene right now is at Swedish American Hospital ER. Sounds like the victim was shot somewhere and brought to the ER. 

Several officers and detectives are on scene. They have crime scene tape up bear a vehicle at the ER. 

Unknown on the victims condition at this time. We will post updates as they become available 

Update: RPD on scene of a shooting scene near Kishwaukee and 17th. Unknown if it is related to the scene at Swedish American Hospital.  Sources said RPD told them the police may have caught the alleged shooting suspect, but not confirmed.  Still developing.

Photos & video credit: Abbie Bambii Ray


Rockford Scanner™: Subject Arrested For Marijuana & A Gun After A Traffic Stop



On May 15th, 2018 at about 5:30 p.m., members of the Rockford Police Housing Authority Unit were on patrol in the 1000 block of Hess Court in the Fairgrounds Valley Housing Development when they stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Officers discovered two occupants inside the vehicle.

The driver was identified as 29-year-old Chicago resident, Lashaun Lashley. The front seat passenger was identified as 23-year-old Rockford resident, Trashone Townsend. A Rockford Police K9 officer arrived to assist.

During the investigation officers found Lashley to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. They also discovered Townsend was in possession of a handgun and a quantity of marijuana. Townsend was taken into custody.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office was contacted. They authorized the following charges against Townsend:

Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon
Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member
Possession of Cannabis more than 10grams less than 30 grams
No FOID card

Lashley was given a civil citation possession of marijuana and a traffic citation for Disobeying a Stop Sign. He was then released from the scene. Townsend was transported to the Winnebago County Jail and lodged.

This is an on-going investigation. No further information is available at this time.

The charges against Lashley and Townsend are merely accusations. They are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Rockford Scanner™: Missing Teen in Rockford

Missing Teen in Rockford


UPDATE: She has been located and is back home

If you see her, call the police.


From the mother Chamberly Russell

This is my daughter. If anyone sees her please help me and let me know. She could be in three different outfits: white t-shirt with red sweatpants, white t-shirt with Jean shorts, or white shirt and white sweats with the symbol 100 written on them in red. Thank you in advance. She is reported to be with a person named Kristina Jones.  She might be in the Rockford, Loves Park or Wisconsin areas.


Rockford Scanner™: Several Officers Working A Scene Near A Local Park in Rockford, Still Developing


UPDATE:  RPD said they were at Dahlquist Park earlier today and found a body. It appears to be a suicide according to the RPD. They are not releasing anymore information on this right now, but plan on releasing a statement later on. As soon as they do, we will update this. 



Several sources are reporting a scene with a lot of police officers and a police K-9 dog.  It happened in the area of Dahlquist Park in Rockford.  Neighbors tell RS they heard gunshots in the same area last night. Also this is the same area where they unconfirmed found a missing teens vehicle. Unknown if it is related to either incident. All we can confirm right now, is numerous police officers on scene and are not letting anyone near the park. We will post updates as they become available

Rockford Scanner™: Shooting at Dixon High School

Update – Mother of Suspected Shooter Speaks Out:  

Update – Press Conference:  Chief of Police for the Dixon Police Department,  Steve Howell  – Just after 8:06AM the Dixon Police Department received reports of an armed male subject in the Dixon High School, that was sent out by school resource officer.  Dixon Police, Lee County Sheriff, Illinois State Police, and Sterling Police Department all responded to the scene.  Several shots were fired near the west gym in the Dixon High School by the suspect where he was confronted by the school resource officer [Mark Dallas].  When confronted, the suspect then fled [out the front of the school] and ran westbound on Armoury Drive. The school resource officer continued to pursue the suspect and was shot at several times by the suspect.  The resource officer then returned fire, striking the suspect [in the arm/shoulder].  The suspect was taken into custody just west of Dixon High School and received medical attention for non-life threatening injuries.  The resource officer was placed on administrative leave per policy.  Dixon High School and all surrounding Dixon schools were placed on lockdown.  Dixon High School remains the only school still under lockdown.


Update:  It is being reported that the suspect is a 19-year old former Dixon High School student.  He was confronted by the school resource officer, Mark Dallas, when the suspect pulled out a gun and fired at him.  Dallas then returned fire hitting the suspect in the arm/shoulder.  It appears the incident occurred in/near the gym where graduation practice might have been occurring.

Original Story:  Around 8 am this morning, an armed male was confronted by Dixon police officers at the Dixon High School.  It is unclear whether the male suspect was a student or not at the high school.  It is also not known at this time whether this shooting occurred inside or outside the school, it did occur on school property though.  It has been reported that the suspected initially fired at the police and the police then returned fire. Some reports are saying multiple shots were fired, but that can not be confirmed at this time.  The suspect was injured, but the injuries are non-life threatening and he is now in custody.  No other staff or students were injured.  There are some reports that the school safety officer might have been involved, but it is unclear at this time to what extent.  Dixon police say the suspected acted alone and there is no further threat to the public.

Students at Dixon High School were evacuated to Paige Park where parents can pick them up with a photo ID.  All other Dixon schools remain under lockdown while the incident at the high school is investigated.  Peoria Avenue also remains closed at this time and until further notice as the investigation continues.

This is still developing, so please check back for more updates!

Rockford Scanner™: Serious Accident in Rockford, Multiple Injuries And Extrication. Avoid The Area



Just before 2 am this morning several emergency personnel were responding to a serious accident in Rockford. 

It happened in the 1100 block of 11th st on Rockford’s East side. 

Extrication was being requested, to help cut someone out of a vehicle that is trapped. 

Multiple injuries are being reported. Two ambulances and the extrication team have been dispatched. 

Still developing

UPDATE: Three ambulances. Extrication was complete at 2:33 am

Note: Unknown if it is related, but there are reports of a couple gunshots in the same area, then the crash happened. Then they heard a vehicle speed away from the accident scene. RPD is encrypted, so we can not confirm this. 

Unconfirmed: But via our scene photos and what RS admin Will saw at the scene, it appears this might be the same vehicle ~

RS fan Alicia C. asked if we could post about her stolen vehicle on RS, so the public could help search for it. She had her vehicle stolen earlier tonight near Broadway and 25th. And it appears it might be the same vehicle, but not confirmed. RPD has yet to release information

Photos by Amy M Holt