Rockford Scanner™: Structure Fire In Janesville, Developing



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Sources are reporting a structure fire in Janesville

AVOID Blackbridge Rd between N Parker Dr and Mayfair Av for the next 3 hours due to a structure fire. Blackbridge Rd is closed.

Janesville Police Department advises you to AVOID Location due to a current traffic issue.

A fire near the Recycling Center has closed Blackbridge Rd and will require a detour of traffic for the next 3 hours (approximate.

Suggested detour, take N Parker Dr(HWY 51) to HWY14

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Shots Fired Near Dekalb



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Sources are reporting shots were fired in Dekalb.

Dekalb police confirmed it and released the following.

CITYOFDEKALB Alert: SHOTS FIRED 800 BLOCK OF EDGEBROOK DRIVE. POLICE INVESTIGATING PLEASE CALL WITH INFORMATION IF KNOWN.

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Possible Winter Storm This Weekend



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Here’s a look at the weather highlights and hazards for the upcoming weekend into early next week. A storm system will move through the plains and to the northeast during this weekend. Accumulating snow with gusty winds is expected across the region beginning Friday evening and continuing into Saturday, possibly producing significant amounts. For late Saturday into Sunday, lake effect snow will be possible with a continuation of blowing and drifting snow. After the snow, the area will deal with some bitterly cold temperatures, as minimum wind chills could get as low as twenty degrees below zero. Stay tuned as this storm gets closer, for any changes in the forecast track.


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Rockford Scanner™: Iran Satellite Launch Failed To Make Orbit in Space



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TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian satellite-carrying rocket blasted off into space on Tuesday, but scientists failed to put the device into orbit in a launch previously criticized by the United States as helping the Islamic Republic further develop its ballistic missile program.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has alleged that Iran’s space program could help it develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon to the mainland U.S. — criticism that comes amid the Trump administration’s maximalist approach against Tehran after withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

Iran, which has long said it does not seek nuclear weapons, maintains that its satellite launches and rocket tests do not have a military component. Tehran also says they don’t violate a United Nations resolution that only “called upon” it not to conduct such tests.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the launch.Getty Images
The rocket carrying the Payam satellite failed to reach the “necessary speed” in the third stage of its launch, Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said.

Jahromi said the rocket had successfully passed its first and second stages before developing problems in the third. That suggests something went wrong after the rocket pushed the satellite out of the Earth’s atmosphere. He did not elaborate on what caused the failure but promised that Iranian scientists would continue their work.

Iran had said that it plans to send two nonmilitary satellites, Payam and Doosti, into orbit. The Payam, which means “message” in Farsi, was an imagery satellite that Iranian officials said would help with farming and other activities.

It’s unclear how the failure of the Payam will affect the launch timing for the Doosti, which means “friendship.” Jahromi wrote on Twitter that “Doosti is waiting for orbit,” without elaborating.

Tuesday’s launch took place at Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province, a facility under the control of the country’s Defense Ministry, Jahromi said.

Satellite images published last week and first reported by CNN showed activity at the launch site. Given the facility’s launching corridor, the satellite likely fell in the Indian Ocean.

Iranian state television aired footage of its reporter narrating the launch of the Simorgh rocket, shouting over its roar that it sent “a message of the pride, self-confidence and willpower of Iranian youth to the world!”

The TV footage shows the rocket becoming just a pinpoint of light in the darkened sky and not the moment of its failure.

The Simorgh, meaning “phoenix” in Farsi, has been used in previous satellite launches. It is larger than an earlier model known as the Safir, or “ambassador,” that Iran previously used to launch satellites.

Ahmad Motamedi, the chancellor of Tehran Amirkabir University of Technology, which designed the satellite, told the semi-official Mehr news agency that Jahromi already has ordered them to design another satellite.

“Now, we have earned plenty of experience and we will be able to make a new satellite quicker,” he said.

Over the past decade, Iran has sent several short-lived satellites into orbit and in 2013 launched a monkey into space.

Iran usually displays space achievements in February during the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution. This year will mark the 40th anniversary of the revolution amid Iran facing increasing pressure from the U.S. under the administration of President Donald Trump.

Pompeo has said that Iran’s plans for sending satellites into orbit demonstrate the country’s defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution that calls on Iran to undertake no activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. There was no immediate American reaction to the launch on Tuesday.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly slammed Iran over the launch, accusing Tehran of lying and alleging that the “innocent satellite” was actually “the first stage of an intercontinental missile” Iran is developing in violation of international agreements.

Iran denies wanting nuclear weapons. A 2015 nuclear deal it struck with world powers limited its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

However, Trump pulled America out of the deal in May. While United Nations inspectors say Iran has honored the deal up to this point, the country has threatened to resume higher enrichment.

On Tuesday, Iranian state television aired footage of nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi apparently from a previous interview warning Tehran could raise its enrichment of uranium “instantly.”

“In a matter of four days we (are able) to start,” he said.

Source: nypost


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Rockford Scanner™: Vehicle Hits A Pedestrian, Still Developing



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Sources are reporting a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on the East side around 1 pm today.

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle near Reed and Lepay.

Non life threatening injuries are being reported.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Note: Be sure to shovel your sidewalks, so pedestrians can walk on them.

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Rockford police Give Gun-owners Tips



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From the RPD:
It’s your 2nd Amendment right to possess guns, but RPD wants you to do so safely. Investigator Chris Aldrich explains the simple steps you can take to avoid gun theft or accidental shootings.


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Rockford Scanner™: Fully Engulfed Semi tractor Trailer, Expect traffic Delays



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RS Source. Saying as of 9:45 am traffic is still backed up. Avoid the area

 

Sources are reporting a fully engulfed semi on I-90 near mile marker 11 3/4 in the westbound lanes.

There is reports of a fully engulfed semi near this location.

They do not yet know what is in the trailer.

Still developing, avoid the area or expect delays.




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Rockford Scanner™: Aggravated battery in Rockford, Possibly involving a police officer



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Sources are reporting several emergency personnel in the area of 10th St. and 20th Ave. on Rockford’s East-side around 2 am.

Rockford police confirmed an aggravated battery at this location around 2 AM.

We been told this incident involves a police officer, but the police will not yet confirm this at this time.

It is not yet known if these two incidents are related but the Rockford police confirmed there was a traffic stop at the same location just prior to the aggravated battery.

All we can confirm is there is a scene near this location in at least one person was injured and needed medical treatment. And the Rockford Police Department confirm there was a traffic stop and an aggravated battery at the same location. Press enter no other details are available at this time

Update: At 5 am, the RPD is reporting a resisting and obstructing a peace officer at this location. Unknown if it is related.


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Rockford Scanner™: Possible Icy Conditions During The Morning Commute



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Freezing drizzle continues to be reported early this morning. Many road surfaces are treated, and therefore impacts have mainly been limited to elevated surfaces. Freezing drizzle remains possible this morning and again later this evening. Allow extra travel time and be extra cautious, and this includes when walking on sidewalks and parking lots.


Expect some light snow or freezing rain Thursday morning. Freezing rain will likely be confined to areas along and south of US Highway 24. Light snow is favored south of Interstate 80, but may spread north through the Chicago metro area as well. Stay tuned for any forecast changes.


A storm system will move through the plains and to the northeast this weekend. A round of accumulating snow with gusty winds is expected across the region Friday night into Saturday, possibly significant amounts. Stay tuned as this storm gets closer, for any changes in the forecast track, but be prepared for winter weather again this weekend. Lake effect snow will be possible later Saturday into Sunday once this storm moves to the east coast.


As of near 9 p.m., there have been a few drizzle reports near Rockford, and a handful of glazing reports in upstream Iowa and Wisconsin. In northern Illinois and northwest Indiana, this potential for freezing drizzle will increase into early overnight. Patches to areas of glaze are expected with at least some impacts to the morning commute. Allow extra travel time and be extra cautious, and this includes when walking on sidewalks and parking lots. The chance for freezing drizzle lowers some Tuesday afternoon but looks to increase again after sunset.


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Rockford Scanner™: Fire Alarm At the Rockford Rescue Mission



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Earlier today the Rockford Fire Department were dispatched for a fire alarm at the Rockford Rescue Mission in downtown Rockford.

The residents of the rescue mission evacuated safely, and were out in the cold for awhile. While the Rockford Fire Department investigated the fire alarm.

Good news, it was a false alarm and everyone was able to go back in the warm building. Nothing was found, false alarm.

 


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