Rockford Scanner™: Sources Reporting 2 Scenes in Rockford, Possible Shooting & Police Chase

Sources are reporting 2 different scenes.

1st scene is near Carthage, that is near Alpine and Harrison. Sources said there was a shooting incident. Numerous gunshots were heard in the area.

2nd scene is near the laundromat on S Main. Sounds like someone might of fled from police and police had a perimeter setup.  Police had a dark colored vehicle stopped in from of the laundromat. And had officers setup for several blocks. Unknown on the suspect description at this time.


Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Dam Flood Video, Possible Dam Problems?

Local drone 107 pilot Dj Jkey took his drone up for a flight today to check out the Rockford Dam (Fordam Dam) in downtown Rockford.

He said he read online at About how poor of the condition the dam was in and wanted to get drone footage to share with everybody.  (Scroll Down To Watch The Video) 

According to that website it shows several problems with the dam.

Listed below are some of the current problems with the Dam:

  1. High and low water alarms have not worked for years
  2. The ability to automatically open and close the gates from Joliet has not worked for a decade. This mean that Com-Ed must send an Operator out to manually operate the gates as needed
  3. The Control Room at the Dam has press-on labels saying what to add or subtract from the digital displays to make the number match.
  4. Gate #1 (gate closest to the West bank) is no longer working. The gate would not stay up due to bad hydraulics and in the fall of 2016 Com-Ed brought in a Contractor to manually raise the gate ½ open. They also had to install chains to keep the gate in this position. During the Flood of 2017, this meant that 50% of the water this gate was meant to discharge was not possible. After the Flood event was past Gate #1 was passing excessive water causing low water condition and watercraft being damaged by increased amounts of Sand Bars.
  5. The spill way of the Dam has only been cleared of trees and debris once in the last 10 years. Debris was piled up so much that it was visible on Google Maps Satellite!
  6. Com-Ed is responsible for up keep and repairs to the Dam as long as they own it according to their permit.

The Rock River is a valuable natural resource to the Rockford region.  Towns such as Loves Park, Machesney Park, and Rockton enjoy the river’s beauty as well as recreation it provides.  This not only brings money into the region but also increases home values.  If the river heights are not managed in a good way, there are many results that hurts our community such as:

  • Flooded parks reduces revenue with cancelled sporting events
  • Lost hotel and restaurant revenue due to cancelled events
  • Relocation of families due to homes being flooded
  • Loss of property values with loss in tax revenue for cities and state
  • Health issues with floods affecting septic systems and farm lands with fertilizers
  • Debris in the river affecting boating, swimming, and docks
  • Damage to personal property causing increases in Insurance claims
  • and may more

We reached out to Com Ed for a statement and have yet to hear back from them. We will update this if they provide us with any information.


Rockford Scanner™: Victim injured during an armed robbery in downtown Rockford


Around 4 PM today emergency personnel or responded to the 500 block of Jefferson Street in downtown Rockford.

Initial reports were saying a man was down near this location and injured.

Rockford Police Department are confirming an armed robbery.
But they would not confirm the injuries at this time.

Sources nearby sent us a photo of a man being handcuffed in the Dollar Tree Parking lot. It is not yet confirmed if this is related to the armed robbery or not.


Rockford Scanner™: Traffic Alert: Low Hanging Wires, Avoid The Area


RS Source is reporting a traffic hazard. Please avoid the following area. 

Source said:
“Low hanging power lines across Kilburn between Glendale & Central.
Avoid the area”


Rockford Scanner™: RS Source reporting a suspicious person/incident, Possible robbery in Rockford.

RS Source reporting a suspicious person/incident, possible robbery in Rockford.

Source said: ” Approx. 12:30 pm today, I  saw a short stocky black man walking swiftly through the Swedish American’s Renaissance bdlg parking lot with what appeared to be bank bag. He was dressed in all black including black baseball cap. I believe he left in small maroon SUV. ”

No other information at this time.


Rockford Scanner™: One man dead after fleeing from police, Another arrested for burglary

Sources are reporting a fatal accident in Ogle County.

It happened one day around 1 AM In ogle County in the area of the 1700 block of Liberty Hill.

Oregon Police Department were responding to a burglary call near Mount Morris. While en route to the scene they saw a vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 64 between Mount Morris and Oregon at an extremely high rate of speed and went to chase it.

The officer came upon a vehicle that rolled several times and found the occupant outside the vehicle. He is identified as 34-year-old Joshua Denning of Oregon. He was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

A few hours later police were responding to an unconscious man laying in a yard in the area of Franklin and 5th. That person was identified as Jason Marks. He was later arrested on burglary charges stemming from a January accident.

Police believe he was in the vehicle with Joshua Denning when it crashed.


Rockford Scanner™: Multiple injuries being reported at an accident scene

Sources are reporting a bad accident in the Machesney Park.

It happened just before 11 AM this morning in the area of Harlem and N. 2nd St.

Two vehicles were involved in the accident and heavy damage is being reported.

Multiple injuries are being reported into ambulances have been dispatched to the scene. It is not yet known on the severity of the injuries at this time.

The accident is blocking traffic and causing traffic delays. Please avoid the area or expect delays.

The cause of the accident is under investigation


Rockford Scanner™: Emergency Personnel Battling A Fully Engulfed Vehicle Fire

Sources are reporting a vehicle fully engulfed.

It happened around 10 am this morning on I-39 near McNeal rd.

Unknown on injuries at the time of writing this.

The fire is causing some traffic delays, avoid the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Rockford Scanner™: Accident With Injuries in Rockford

Sources are reporting an auto accident with injuries in Rockford.

It happened around 8 am in the area of Sandy Hollow and 20th.

Injuries were being reported. Unknown on the severity of the injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.


Rockford Scanner™: One Person Ejected, Rollover Accident. Still Developing

Sources are reporting a serious accident near Freeport.

It happened around 12:30 am in the 3600 block of N Dakota rd.

A vehicle has rolled over and at least one person has been ejected from the vehicle.  Injuries were being reported. Sounds like they might be life threatening, but not yet confirmed.

This is still developing, check back later for updates.