Rockford Scanner™: Caught On Video: Kids Throwing Rocks At Moving Cars in Rockford




Kićo Botić sent us this video he took Thursday of 2 people throwing rocks at moving vehicles as they crossed the Jefferson st Bridge in Rockford.

 

He posted this on his social media: ” #ROCKFORD, if you know someone whose windshield was cracked driving over the Jefferson St bridge… this might help them. These 2 were throwing rocks from under the bridge and you can see them stop as 2 skaters walk by and then get back to it. WHOSE KIDS ARE THESE ?!?!?! SMFH  ”

 





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Rockford Scanner™: RPD Investigating Another Shooting, Possibly 2 Shooting Scenes




Several sources are reporting at least one shooting scene, possibly 2 scenes.

Several officers and the crime scene unit are in the 2700 block of Ashland.

The other location is near School st and Horace.

We been told there is at least 1 shooting victim, unknown on their condition.

Also reports of property damage.

No suspect information at this time.

Still developing





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Rockford Scanner™: Structure Fire in Rockford, Possibly Someone Still Inside




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Theresa Bubrick Rawaillot To all the above concerned animal lovers…..the cats and dogs that were brought out were surviving, even this little guy, at the time I left….that is me with RFD ….he worked so very hard to keep him alive!


Nicole Burton This was my house, the cat is staying overnight at the vet. Everyone is safe. But my cat ran away out of the firefighters arms so if you see her let me know.


Sources are reporting another structure fire.

This one happened in the 600 block of 2nd st in Rockford around 3 pm.

Reports of the residence on fire and someone possibly still inside on the 2nd floor.

RFD arrived on scene are were laying a booster line and were going offensive. There was smoke and flames showing.

Sounds like an animal has been injured, possibly fatally.

Still developing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

UPDATE: They have upgraded this to a 2nd alarm fire.
More units are en route. A cat has been rescued and RFD are trying to revive it.  We been told a person was possibly injured, but not confirmed yet.

Photo by Polly H.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Structure Fire, Several Emergency Personnel En-Route




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Sources are reporting a structure fire.

UPDATE: This is now a MABAS 2nd alarm fire.

It happened around 2:30 pm today on Owen Center, North of Latham.

Reports of an attached garage that is on fire.

Unknown if the residence is occupied.

Several emergency personnel are en route to the scene.

Still developing.

Video by Zizi Altamore





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Rockford Scanner™: Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford man for a sexual assault that happened at Auburn High School




State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford man for a sexual assault that happened at Auburn High School in 2013.

James Smith Johnson Mug

On March 15th, 2013, a female student reported to the Auburn High School nurse that she had been sexually assaulted by another student inside the school.

Rockford Police Detectives conducted a follow up investigation and the defendant, James N. Smith Johnson (D.O.B. 6/9/1996) was developed as a suspect. The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized against Smith Johnson.

On April 16th, 2019, a warrant was issued for the defendant and he was arrested and booked in to the Winnebago County Jail on $100,000 bond. Smith Johnson was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on Criminal Sexual Assault charges.

Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Smith Johnson is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 9:00am on April 25th, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Brendan Maher in Courtroom D at the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: 4 Suspects indicted by a Grand Jury for a murder in Rockford




April 24th, 2019

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that four individuals have been indicted by a Grand Jury for a murder that happened at a Rockford business last November.

 

On November 13th, 2018, Rockford Police were called to 2602 Auburn Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Officers located one male victim and one female victim in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Taco Bell Restaurant. Both victims were transported to a local hospital where the male was pronounced deceased. He was later identified as Zachary Reyes, 25 of Rockford. The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined Reyes’ cause of death to be from a gunshot wound. A 37-year-old female was seriously hurt, but survived.  The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and as a result, charges were authorized against two juveniles and two adults. All four defendants were recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on the charges below.

Mycarlo Gunn (D.O.B. 12/12/1996) of Chicago faces multiple counts of First Degree Murder, Attempt First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Attempt Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Mob Action Charges.

Qydennie Simmons (D.O.B. 4/10/1976) of Tennessee faces multiple counts of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Attempt Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon and Mob Action Charges.

Demarco Ford (D.O.B. 7/10/2000) of Rockford faces multiple counts of First Degree Murder, Attempt First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Attempt Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Mob Action Charges.

Shy’Marko Jackson (D.O.B. 5/13/2001) of Rockford faces multiple counts of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Attempt Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Possession of a Firearm without Requisite Firearm Owner’s Identification Card and Mob Action Charges.

 

On April 9th, 2019, Mycarlo Gunn was arrested during a traffic stop in Rockford. He is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. Gunn is scheduled to be arraigned on the bill of indictment at 9:00am on May 16th, 2019 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

Ford is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the bill of indictment at 8:30am on May 9th, 2019, in Courtroom D of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

Jackson is currently in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the bill of indictment at 8:30am on May 9th, 2019, in Courtroom D of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.

Simmons is still at large and is pictured below.  Anyone with information on Simmons’ whereabouts is encouraged to call Rockford Police (815) 966-2900 or Rockford Area Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.

Qyndinnie Simmons Mug

First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department Corrections with an additional 15 years to Natural Life followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Aggravated Battery with a Firearm is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with an additional 15 years to Natural Life followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Attempt Armed Robbery is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4 -15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Possession of a Firearm without a Requisite Firearm Owners Identification Card is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Mob Action is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Man Found Guilty Of 2 Counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, At The Cherryvale Mall




Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that on April 23rd, 2019, Marchello D. Johnson (D.O.B. 1/28/2000) was found guilty of two counts of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Ronald White.

On March 18th, 2018, Cherry Valley Police, Rockford Police and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to 7200 Harrison Avenue after a report of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and the investigation revealed that shots had been fired between two vehicles outside the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at CherryVale Mall.

Detectives conducted a follow up investigation and the defendant, Marchello Johnson, was developed as a suspect. The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, and charges were authorized against Johnson. He was subsequently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury.

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant is eligible for an extended term of 4-30 years in prison due to his prior criminal record.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in front of the Honorable Judge White at 1:00pm on April 25th, 2019, in Courtroom 316.





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Rockford Scanner™: Robbery At A Rockford Hotel, RPD Investigating




Sources are reporting a robbery at a local hotel.

It happened at the Hilton Inn on Walton in Rockford.

RPD is investigating an armed robbery.
It is unknown if it happened to the business or to a citizen.

Suspects are 2 black males. One of them is 6’0, 200 lbs

No other information at this time.

UPDATE: A guest at the hotel was robbed.





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