Rockford Scanner™: Port-A-Potty On Fire


Sources are reporting a fire at a local park. 

It happened around 10:30 pm at Sawyer Park, on Sawyer.

Reports originally said a structure was fire at the park, then it was updated as a port-a-potty that was on fire and had completely burned down to the ground. The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Rockford Scanner™: RFD En Route To A House Fire

Sources are reporting a house fire in Rockford.

It happened around 9:40 pm in the 1500 block of Grant in Rockford.

Reports of flames and smoke are visible inside the residence.

No reports of injuries.  RFD is en route. Still developing.



Rockford Scanner™: Children In A Pool, On Top Of A Vehicle. Woman Arrested

Endangering the Health or Life of a Child Arrest Press Release:‬

The Dixon Police Department announces the arrest of Jennifer A. Janus Yeager, age 49, of Dixon, Illinois on 7/9/19 at approximately 3:07 p.m. The Dixon Police Department received a complaint from a concerned citizen about an Audi passenger car driving north on the Peoria Avenue Bridge with children inside of a pool, on the roof of the vehicle.

Officers searched the area and observed a white Audi Q5 driving westbound on IL Route 2, just west of Palmyra Road, with a blue inflatable pool on the roof with two juveniles inside of the pool.

​Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on River Lane, just south of IL Route 2 where they made contact with the driver, Yeager.

​During the course of the investigation it was learned that Yeager drove into town to inflate the pool at a friends’ house and had her two juvenile daughters ride inside of the empty pool to hold it down on their drive home.

​Yeager was placed under arrest for two counts of Endangering the Health or Life of a Child and two counts of Reckless Conduct. Yeager was also cited for failure to secure a passenger of the age of 8 and under the age of 16.

Yeager was transported to the Dixon Police Department where she was processed and released after posting bond.

Citizens are reminded to call the Dixon Police Department at (815)288-4411 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-Caught-U. (1-888-228-4488) Callers can remain anonymous and receive rewards of up to $1,000.00 if their information leads to an arrest.

All charges are merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty


Rockford Scanner™: Fire At A Local Gas Station

Sources are reporting a possible fire at a local gas station.

It happened around 8:50 pm in the 3400 block of N Main at the Fas Fuel.

Small flames are on the Charlie Delta corner, possible electrical fire.

RFD is on scene now getting the situation under control.

No injuries, they have evacuated.

Photos by Raven Reed


Rockford Scanner™: Rollover Accident on RT 2

Sources are reporting a rollover accident near Rockton early this morning on RT 2.   A vehicle has rolled over into a nearby field.  It was approx 100 feet into the field. We have been told there was injuries, but unknown on the severity of the injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Steph Martin It was a silver car upside down 100ft into the corn field just south of Roscoe road on the west side. There’s a couple skid marks that go off the road. They hit one of those gas line marker poles also. Not sure what happened but there were a lot of cars pulled over to help. It probably hit the ditch and caught air and tumbled a few times


Rockford Scanner™: House Fire Near Roscoe

HRFD:  ”  “Chief Shoevlin reports, “Harlem-Roscoe Firefighters were dispatched at approximately 10:45 PM for a possible structure fire on July 7th. Upon arrival of our first piece of apparatus, we encountered a basement filling with thick black smoke. Fire was located involving a dehumidifier and extinguished quickly with no injuries. Occupants were awakened by smoke detectors and exited the home with their pets prior to our arrival. The home sustained smoke damage but no structural damage.” Photos by Mckenna Donovan


Rockford Scanner™: 2 Motorcycle Accidents


Sources are reporting a couple of motorcycle accidents.

The first one happened near 251 and Bridge, near Roscoe.  The other one was on 11th st, we have had conflicting reports on the cross street.

Update from RS Source:  11th st and 20th ave.

Both scenes were reporting injuries. Unknown on the severity of the injuries.



Rockford Scanner™: NASA: A New Plan for Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going


NASA: A New Plan for Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going

With careful planning and dashes of creativity, engineers have been able to keep NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft flying for nearly 42 years — longer than any other spacecraft in history. To ensure that these vintage robots continue to return the best science data possible from the frontiers of space, mission engineers are implementing a new plan to manage them. And that involves making difficult choices, particularly about instruments and thrusters.

Full story at

Source: NASA



Rockford Scanner™: Warmer With A Slight Chance of Severe Weather


It will be bit warmer today, but mainly dry. Some showers and a few non-severe thunderstorms are possible overnight into early Wednesday, along with increasing humidity. The heat and humidity should reach the lakefront Wednesday after morning clouds dissipate. Expect another round of thunderstorms on Wednesday later afternoon and evening, some of which may be severe. Cooler and drier conditions will return to end the work week


Severe thunderstorms are possible Wednesday into Wednesday night
across portions of the Upper Midwest into the Great Lakes region and
middle Mississippi Valley.

A prominent mid-level subtropical high center appears likely to
undergo further strengthening/expansion over the southern Rockies
and surrounding areas of the Colorado Valley, Great Basin and
central and southern Plains during this period. Around the northern
periphery of this feature, anticyclonic mid-latitude westerlies
across the Pacific Northwest through the Montana international
border area and northern Plains may broaden, in the wake of one
amplified short wave trough forecast to progress east and southeast
of the Upper Midwest/upper Great Lakes region. Another short wave
digging across northern portions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and
Manitoba may contribute to the suppression of the ridging.

A modest surface cyclone may accompany the lead trough, with a
relatively well-defined cold front forecast to advance southeastward
into the lower Ohio/Middle Mississippi Valley region and south
central Plains by 12Z Thursday. It still appears that a corridor of
moderate to strong boundary layer destabilization ahead of the front
will provide the primary focus for possible severe thunderstorm
development Wednesday through Wednesday night.

…Upper Midwest/Great Lakes into middle Mississippi Valley…
Models indicate that the larger-scale short wave trough will be
comprised of several fairly significant smaller-scale perturbations,
with lingering spread evident within the model output concerning
their evolution. This contributes to at least some uncertainty
concerning convective evolution for this period, and it remains
unclear what impact the relatively cool waters of Lake Michigan may

It does still appear that one impulse will pivot across Wisconsin
toward the upper peninsula of Michigan and Lake Michigan during the
day Wednesday. As it does, the strongest southwesterly mid/upper
flow is forecast to nose northeastward across this region and
contribute to strong deep-layer shear supportive of supercells. It
remains more unclear whether low-level wind fields will be strong
enough to contribute to sufficiently large low-level hodographs
supportive of tornadic potential, but any appreciable risk for
tornadoes during this period may become focused across northeastern
Wisconsin into the upper peninsula of Michigan.

Otherwise, gradually evolving and organizing clusters of storms
posing a risk for potentially damaging wind gusts, and some risk for
severe hail, appears the primary concern, southward across northern
Illinois, parts of eastern Iowa and northeastern Missouri. This
will be aided by inflow of air characterized by moderate to large
CAPE (2000-3000+ J/kg), and perhaps forcing for ascent and
strengthening lower/mid tropospheric flow (30-40+ kt at 700 mb) with
another smaller-scale impulse digging southeastward toward the lower
Ohio Valley through Wednesday night.

Farther north, models indicate that boundary-layer destabilization
associated with low-level moisture advection may allow for upstream
storms to re-intensify while spreading eastward into and across
lower Michigan Wednesday evening.

Tornado: 5% – Slight
Wind: 15% – Slight
Hail: 15% – Slight




Rockford Scanner™: Shooting On The East Side


Shooting On The East Side

Update: On Monday July 8, 2019 at about 11:50 PM Rockford Police responded to the 100 block of Vale Avenue North in reference to shots fired. Officers located spent shell casings in the roadway and learned a home in the 100 block of Vale Avenue North was struck by gunfire. This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Rockford Police at (815) 966-2900 or Rockford Area Crimestoppers at (815) 963-STOP (7867)

Sources are reporting approx 30 gunshots were fired around midnight in the 100 block of Vale. That is off of E State st.

There are conflicting reports of injuries.   But RPD won’t confirm anything .

The supervisor at the scene told us to call the media line. We called it and no answers. Usually they tell us to look at the call logs.  We asked the supervisor if there was any injuries, he wont not confirm no r deny anything.  I asked about suspect information, again he wouldn’t say anything.  I asked if there would be a blotter, he said possibly. As of 3 am, there still is no blotter on the incident. We have called the media line, like we were directed to do so. And no answer.

So it appears as of 3 am, RPD is not going to release any information on this incident.

We saw many officers at the scene.  A crime scene unit was processing the scene. Numerous evidence markers covered the ground on the street.  Police had Vale blocked off at E State st.  E State st was still open to traffic. As of 3 am, police were still on scene.

If the RPD releases info. we will update this.