Rockford Scanner™: At Least One Person Shot in Rockford During A Robbery, Police Are Investigating






On Sunday 5-20-2018 at approximately 9:16 p.m. Rockford Police Officers responded to the 1400 block of Green Street in reference to a shooting victim. Upon their arrival, officers located a twenty-one year old male victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the left leg. The victim told officers he was walking in the area when he was approached by what he described as two light skinned black male subjects who were wearing all dark clothing. The victim was subsequently robbed of an undisclosed amount of United States Currency and during the course of this robbery, was shot a single time. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. As this is an on-going investigation, no additional information is available at this time.

 


Around 9:19 pm tonight several emergency personnel were on scene of another shooting victim call in Rockford.

This shooting scene happened in the area of 1318 Green st.

A victim around 21 years old was shot at least one time in the lower left leg.

Unknown on the severity of the injuries.

Sources say approximately 10 shots were heard. 

The suspects robbed the victim, during the robbery they shot the victim. 

No suspect information at this time. 

Note: Unknown if it is related, but there was a shooting incident about a month ago in the same area.





Rockford Scanner™: Accident With Injuries Near S. Beloit





Around 8:13 pm tonight emergency personnel were responding to an accident near S Beloit.

It happened in the area of Prairie Hill and S Bluff

There is an accident with injuries near this intersection

One person is unresponsive

They are putting a medical helicopter on standby

Several emergency personnel are en route

 

Video by Tracy B.





Rockford Scanner™: Suspicious Incident, Possible Attempted Abduction





 

 

Carly Rice of Rockford: Tonight human traffickers tried to abduct me. I knew this was a thing that was happening here in our city, but now I know that it’s really serious. Ladies…BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. I am still reeling from the experience and will put it into words with more detailed descriptions tomorrow, but I just need time to regroup and be with my family. Be alert for a newer white SUV with at least three men in it and a very dark skinned man, white hoodie with black graphic design. He has a very strong African accent on is on foot. PLEASE SHARE!

 

What happened: I was standing outside our building on 5th ave just near 7th st, smoking a cigarette (sorry, to a certain someone. I allowed the stress of moving mid-remodel to get the better of me). We have been in this neighborhood for a few weeks now and I have noticed a lot of prostitution and drug sales happening, but that is my personal history, as well, so I am not easily scared by it. In fact, I want people to see us out here picking up trash, planting in the community garden, going on walks as a family, feeding people, talking with neighbors, having friendly/supportive relationships with the local police and being generally observant. I know we can initiate change by doing these things, but that change hasn’t come to fruition yet.

As I am standing against our building I notice a car pull up down the street and open one of it’s passenger side doors. I can hear at least three men talking loudly inside and I am assuming they are dropping someone off to the bar just around the corner, which they do, but this man comes directly up to me and is trying to start a conversation. He was speaking oddly, slowly and with a heavy African accent. As I am trying to make sense of what he is saying, I locate the doorknob to our home behind my back and grip it. I firmly say “NO” to him, as he reaches his hand out to grab me and simultaneously notice the car with the other men in it was slowly approaching behind him and they have opened the rear passenger door. Fortunately, my partner, Jacob, was right inside the house and I was able to unfreeze (the fear of realizing what was happening had paralyzed me) and swing the door open behind me. I kind of fell into the house because my legs felt like jello and mumbled an odd choice of words to Jacob, who went promptly out the door at my request, the man was still lingering and having found a few words, I yelled whatever happened to come out “NO! Not in this neighborhood!” The car saw Jacob come out and took off speeding towards 8th st while the man who approached me took off running towards 7th st as he got on his phone and started yelling at someone.

It happened fast and my mind was telling me that I was overreacting, that this could not be happening.

Things I have learned so far:

Minimizing those feelings of something being wrong is dangerous. I feel like a strong person, but now I am questioning my constant insistence in standing firm. Sometimes running and yelling is the best option. If something feels wrong, GO WITH THAT. I will not be taking chances on assessing situations as long as I did last night.

Rockford Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation – RAASE, Inc. has informational sessions which I will most definitely be attending to learn how to be prepared/educated and inform others on the same. I hope you do, too.

I want to be able to defend myself. Last night I was standing inches from safety, even though the suspect likely thought I was standing in the dark doorway of a closed business…what if I hadn’t been at the front door to my house? I now feel like it is my responsibility to learn what legal and appropriate ways I can be prepared. I will be looking into self-defense classes and pepper spray.

Above all, I learned that this could happen to anyone. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Have your phone on you with and emergency dial option at the ready, if you are out alone and especially…especially if something doesn’t feel right. Trust your gut and be vigilant.

As I learn more about RAASE and the other resources available to us here in Rockford, I will share that information. See, I was not prepared and I hope that people will see this and educate themselves, so that they do not have to experience what I got away from and so many others have not.

A big, huge thanks to Danial Petrie, who had informed me that this was a thing happening and a real problem. If he hadn’t, I don’t know if I would have reacted as fast as I did (which felt like an eternity in the moment). Like a weirdo, I called him before I even called the cops because I was just so blown away that what we had just been talking about happened. I was in a state of shock and the logical conclusion of calling the police didn’t even occur to me (more of that minimizing behavior).

The cops take this seriously. Officer Roser was wonderful and listened with genuine concern to a rambling and frightened person. I saw him out doing increased patrols in the area after the incident after he made a thorough report.

Feel free to share. I certainly never thought this would happen to me.

 





Rockford Scanner™: Several sources are once again reporting several vehicles being broken into at local parks





 

Several sources are once again reporting several vehicles being broken into at local parks

(Hopefully someone will setup a bait car and catch these criminals)

 

If you recall awhile back ago, we covered the story about this same topic that plagued local parks for several months.

The suspects were never caught. And now they are back to breaking into vehicles again.

We received several reports of numerous vehicles being broken into at the local parks recently again

Parks effected: Rock Cut, Sinnissippi, Shorewood, Sportscore, Keiselberg, Atwood, etc…

At one time Rock Cut State Park had a sign posted about locking your doors because of the burglaries.

But once we posted  the story, they removed the sign.

How to prevent your vehicle from being broken into: 

  • LOCK your doors!
  • Do NOT put anything of value in sight.
  • Before going to the park, leave any valuables at home.
  • If you have to bring a purse or any valuables, put it in the trunk BEFORE you go to the park.
  • Invest into a hidden camera and stick it in your vehicle. More info at Superior Spy – CLICK HERE

 

 





Rockford Scanner™: Local Fire Departments Battle House Fires

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Local Fire Departments Battle House Fires

 

Around 9:30 pm Saturday night the Rockford Fire Department were battling a house fire in the 1000 block of Woodlawn ave in Rockford.

RFD were able to quickly get the fire under control. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Credit: RFD

Harlem Roscoe FD did another live training exercise this weekend

HRFD Firefighters got another opportunity for a second week in a row to train with some live fire out on Free Church Road.

HRFD
HRFD

Around 9:30 am Sunday morning emergency personnel were dispatched for a house that was struck by lightning near Congress Dr. 

 

Around 10:30 am Sunday morning emergency personnel were dispatched for a house fire in the 200 block of Waveland Ave

 

No other information is available