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Major Earthquake in Italy, Major Destruction

Mayor of Amatrice, in central Italy, says residents buried under debris after quake. “The town isn’t here anymore.”
JUST IN: 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports, with tremors reportedly felt in Rome.

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck central Italy early Wednesday, with reports of damaged buildings and blackouts near the epicenter Rieti and residents fleeing their homes and running into the streets.

The quake struck just after 3:30 a.m. and was felt across a broad section of central Italy, including the capital Rome where people in homes in the historic center felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center put the magnitude at 6.1 and said the epicenter was northeast of Rome, near Rieti. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.2.

The mayor of Amatrice near Rieti, Sergio Perozzi, told state-run RAI radio that there were downed buildings in the city center and that the lights had gone out. He said he was unable to get in touch with emergency responders or reach the hospital.

“What can I tell you? It’s a drama,” he said.

In 2009, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the same region and killed more than 300 people. The earlier earthquake struck L’Aquila in central Italy, about 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of the latest quake.


McDonald’s recalls millions of Happy Meals fitness bands

NEW YORK ( — McDonald’s is recalling millions of fitness bands that had been given away in Happy Meals because they might cause skin irritation or burns to children.

The fast-food chain said last week that it would stop distributing the bands in Happy Meals. Now it’s recalling 29 million of them in the U.S., and 3.6 million in Canada.

The Oak Brook-based company received more than 70 reports of incidents after children wore the bands, including seven reports of blisters, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Step-It Fitness plastic wristbands, in blue, green, purple, orange and red, look like watches and are supposed to track physical activity.

Customers should return the wristbands to McDonald’s for a free replacement toy, and either a yogurt tube or bag of apple slices, the CPSC said. The wristbands, which were made in China and distributed exclusively by McDonald’s, were sold between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17.

The promotion had turned heads even before the recall, given the reputation of McDonald’s Corp. as a seller of junk food. The company has been trying to change that reputation over the years, in part by including fruit in its Happy Meals.

The company has also been running TV ads saying its Chicken McNuggets are now made without artificial preservatives.

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Mystery Helicopter In Rockford Possibly Identified

N62PD at the Rockford Airport ( KRFD ) on 8/23/16 Registered to the Stephenson County Police Department


Special Thanks to Rockford Scanner fan Todd Burton and other fans, for the information

Many Rockford Scanner fans have been inquiring about the helicopter over on the west side today.  

This helicopter was out at the Rockford Airport today.  The helicopter belongs to the Illinois National Guard to help Homeland Security and to mainly used to combat drugs . The UH-72 Lakota helicopters are used by the US Army and Homeland Security. 

The reason why it was in our area it not yet known.  Could have been just a quick refuel stop at the airport. The Rockford Airport services many different types of aircraft: civilian, emergency personnel, military with fuel and repairs.

But we wanted to let everyone know, this is probably the helicopter everyone saw earlier. 

Rockford Scanner fan Taylor Norris It’s a uh-72 Lakota helicopter.

Some information on it


While out at the Rockford Airport we also photographed the Elite Airways parked at the Rockford Airport as well.  As you know the Elite Airways is one of the newer airlines to operate out of the airport.  Be sure to check out the Rockford Airport website for their destinations!  

Subject Jumps From Bridge On To Train Tracks, Technical Rescue En Route




Around 4:40 pm today several units are en route to the area of Harrison and 20th on the bridge. Scanner traffic is saying a subject is trying to commit suicide. The subject jumped from the bridge. The Rockford Fire Department is requesting more units to the scene to assist with the jumper. They also told the trains, to stop all traffic because he is on or near the train tracks. They also have the technical rescue unit en route as well. They are on the north side of the bridge. Still developing


Motorcycle Accident With Injuries in Boone County


Around 3:13 pm today several emergency personnel were dispatched for a motorcycle accident on Business 20 near Shaw rd in Boone County. Scanner traffic is saying there is a motorcycle accident and injuries were being reported. No other information, still developing.

UPDATE: Shaw and Spring Creek area



Home Invasion Just Happened


Just before 1:30 pm today several officers were dispatched to the area of the 1100 block of Roxbury. Scanner traffic is saying a suspect forced his way into a residence and stole the victims wallet. The suspect was last seen headed towards a golf course. Sounds like the victim may know the suspect. Several officers are en route.


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Victim Stabbed & The Suspect Arrested


On August 23, 2016 at 4:16 am Janesville Police responded to Mercy Hospital for a report of a stabbing. On arrival we learned the victim had been at 222 N. Franklin St #201 and was stabbed in the neck, chest and back. The victim was in the apartment when a fight ensued with the suspect who was also visiting the apartment. The suspect stabbed the victim and left the apartment.

The suspect was located and arrested without incident.

Erik L. Reents
Age 27
230 Milton Av.
Janesville, WI

Aggravated Battery while Armed ss. 940.19(5)
Location: 222 N. Franklin St.
Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3:6 Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.



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Motorcycle accident with injuries on Rockford Westside

Around 9:30 AM several emergency personnel were responding to the area of Locust and church in reference to an automobile accident. Initial scanner traffic is saying there is an automobile accident near this location. A motorcycle is involved. At the time a dispatch injuries were being reported. No other information is available at this time. Please avoid the area or expect delays.


Accident With Injuries on Rockford East Side



Around 8:50 am this morning the RFD were dispatched to the area of 3rd and Jefferson. Scanner traffic is saying there is an accident near this location. injuries are being reported. please avoid the area or expect delays.



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