On December 10, 2018, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives began a homicide investigation when the body of Jamie R. Stephens, age 31, was located in the 9200 block of Knapp Rd. in rural Winnebago County.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives subsequently identified suspects and arrested Nickles T. Parks 4/22/92 of Rockford on January 23, 2019 and Joshua J. Whittie 1/2/00 on April 1, 2019, who were charged with several counts of First Degree Murder.
On October 1, 2019, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives met with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney who authorized charges on a third individual.
On October 3, 2019, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives, along with the Janesville Police Department located the suspect at a home in the 2300 block of Dartmouth Dr., Janesville, Wisconsin. The suspect was taken into custody and lodged in the Rock County Jail awaiting extradition on the following charges:
~Amber N. Brewer Dob: 04/28/1992 of Janesville, Wisconsin
-Aggravated Kidnapping (2 Counts)
-Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (2 Counts)
-Concealment of a Homicidal Death (2 Counts)
The charges against Brewer are merely accusations and she is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Information: The Rock River and Pecatonica River are closed in Winnebago County
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Effective immediately, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has closed the Rock River and Pecatonica River in Winnebago County until Further Notice.
According to the National Weather Service the Rock River in Winnebago County is under a flood advisory.
The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Illinois: Rock River at Byron affecting Ogle County, Pecatonica River near Shirland affecting Winnebago County and the Rock River at Rockton affecting Winnebago County.
For current river conditions and any further updates, contact the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 319-6300 or the Rock River Information Line at (815) 319-6444.