2 People Hospitalized After a Shooting in the Rolling Green Neighborhood




AGG. BATTERY WITH FIREARM-BEACH ST. AND S. ALPINE RD

On November 29, 2016 at 11:12AM members of the Rockford Police Department responded to the area of Beach St. and S. Alpine for reports of shots fired. As officers responded a victim called the Communication Center to say she and a second victim had been shot. The victim said she was in a vehicle and they were driving a local hospital. Officers met with the two victims at a the hospital.
Officers spoke to several witnesses who said the incident happened near the intersection of N. Alpine Rd. and Beach Street. Officers located a scene just north of this intersection. Witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a newer grey, possible Chevrolet Impala, with an unknown license plate number. The witnesses were unable to describe the only occupant of the suspect vehicle.
One victim was a 29 year old hispanic male with a critical but not life threatening gunshot wound to his face. The second victim was a 25 year old hispanic female with a non life threatening gunshot wound to her lower right leg.
The investigation is still on going and there is no further information for release at this time.






Armed Robbery to Business

Officers responded to the Family Dollar (North Rockton) in reference to an Armed Robbery. Officers learned a black male in a blue jean jacket and light blue stocking cap pointed a handgun at the female employee and demanded money. Suspect fled the scene with a small safe containing an unknown amount of USC.

Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking On Cumberland

On November 15th., 2016 at approximately 7:09 PM., the Rockford Police Department responded to the 1900 block of Cumberland Street for an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking that had just taken place. At the scene the female victim advised officers that she had gone to her car to retrieve some property when she was confronted by two suspects who demanded her car keys. At the time she noted both suspects were armed with a handguns. The victim dropped her car keys and ran back towards her residence. The suspect retrieved her keys, entered her vehicle, and drove off in it.

One suspect is described as a white male, unknown age, wearing dark clothing and armed with an unknown type handgun.

The second suspect is described as an unknown race male, a mask covering his face, and armed with an unknown type handgun.

The vehicle taken is a 2005 Chevrolet Impala with an Illinois License Plate of G356514.
At the time of this post no additional details were available.

Anyone having information on this incident is asked to call the Rockford Police Department at 815/966-2900 or Crime stoppers at 815/963-7867.

Electrocution Call At Montague and Weldon








At approximately 12:50 call for medical assistance went out for an ComEd employee that had been electrocuted and was not breathing, CPR was being performed on site. ComEd was called to come out, a supervisor called for crime scene to come to the scene as well, and shortly after that a radio transmission notifying Win-Ber-Sew fire department had a helicopter in route. This is all I have at this time, this is still developing.








Nightmare On Chicago Street Festival




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On Saturday October 22nd Elgin hosted it’s annual Nightmare On Chicago Street Festival. The event coordinators were kind enough to invite Rockford Scanner Staff to attend. The zombie apocalypse themed event featured many live bands, vendors, food, beer, liquor, and other attractions. Many of the thousands of people attending the festival were wearing all sorts of costumes, really too many to list.

As the sun set over the town of Elgin, the streets filled with people, the aroma of fried foods filled the air, and the sound of rock n roll was everywhere. Visitors were greeted and had to go through white containment tents and be “scanned” by people clad in full-body bio-hazard suits to make sure you haven’t been “infected”. I walked down the six city streets designated as a zombie “Safe Zone” checking out all the sights and attractions.

This was the I believe fifth year that the city of Elgin hosted this event and the first time I’ve had the honor of attending. Truthfully, this is one affair that my article, pictures, and videos can’t really do justice and this is something that really needs to be experienced first hand in order to fully appreciate the detail and care put into this event by the incredibly creative promoters and event coordinators that put this all together.

I personally had a great time at the Nightmare on Chicago Street festival. There was plenty of good music, cool costumes to check out, friendly people, great food, and drinks. Which were reasonably priced I might add.

As a Rockfordian attending this event for the very first time it felt a lot like Rockford’s discontinued On the Waterfront festival attended by many people from locals and visitors from hundreds of miles away and some even more, but with a zombie twist.

I personally recommend attending next years Nightmare on Chicago Street in Elgin as an alternative to the (discontinued) On the Waterfront festival loved by many.

While there was a general zombie theme, there were costumes of all kinds to be seen, Ted the bear from the movie “Ted”, Duffman from the Simspons, Stormtroopers from Star Wars, the plant “Audrey II” from the movie Little Shop of Horrors just to name a few with many many more to be seen.

I want to say thank you to Special Events Manager Barb Keselica and the rest of the very talented coordinators, and volunteers, for having us. I know I am already looking forward to attending next years Nightmare on Chicago Street and can’t wait to see what the talented people that put that festival together come up with for 2017!

Admin Will

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Shots Fired at Cherryvale Mall








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UPDATE: There was an argument between 2 groups of people. Shots rang out. Police originally said noone was hit by the gunfire, but now are saying they believe there is at least one victim. Police are searching for the suspects. Bullets hit JC Penny, Bergners’s and Granite City.  The mall will be open tomm. at normal business hours.


MANY MANY fans are reporting that there has been a shooting / shots fired at the mall Cherryvale Mall, this is still developing and details are VERY limited right now, the mall is on lockdown. I will update as information becomes available, check back for updates.

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Voter Registration Information








You can register to vote here
https://vote.usa.gov/
http://voterockford.com/

Or in person at
Rockford Election Commissioner
Address: 301 S 6th St, Rockford, IL 61104
Phone: (815) 987-5750









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2900 Block of Halsted Death Investigation








Update: This incident is now being treated as a homicide investigation.

On September 11, 2016 at approximately 0015 hours, Officers of the Rockford Police Department responded to the 2900 block of Halsted Road in reference to a medical assist. Upon arrival, Rockford Fire Department was on scene and advised officers a deceased female had been located. The victim appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending appropriate notification.

This is an active death investigation. No further information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or Crimestoppers at 815-963-7867.


On September 11, 2016 at approximately 0015 hours, Officers of the Rockford Police Department responded to the 2900 block of Halsted Road in reference to a medical assist. Upon arrival, Rockford Fire Department was on scene and advised officers a deceased female had been located. The victim appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending appropriate notification.

This is an active death investigation. No further information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or Crimestoppers at 815-963-7867.

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Chicago police asking for publics help in locating missing teen








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CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) – Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 15-year-old girl who has been missing from the Far South Side since last week.

Sheanna Murchison, who also goes by the nickname “Murch,” was last seen Sept. 3, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police. She has been known to frequent Palmer Park at 201 E. 111th St.

Sheanna is described as a 5-foot-4, 125-pound black girl with brown eyes, brown hair and medium complexion, police said. She might be wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans with cut-out knees, and maroon gym shoes.

Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911 or the Area South Special Victims Unit at (312) 747-8274.









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Hello everyone,
I am writing this article because just about everyone has a camera, usually a cell phone camera. And I constantly hear people misquoting what’s legal to do with a camera and what is not legal to do with a camera. There was recently a few months ago a big deal made about someone taking photos of some houses (For a mortgage company, actually a pretty regular occurrence.) There were police out searching for some nefarious criminal, who turned out to not only be obeying the law, but he was doing his job. I also recently had an interaction with a cashier at a convenience store that was pretty much one step away from throwing a fit about a camera that wasn’t even turned on or recording a single thing. I can’t say I’ve ever encountered that before.

There is NO reasonable expectation to privacy when out in a public place. You do NOT need someones permission before taking a photo in public place. Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they see. Public places include parks, sidewalks, grocery stores, gas stations, malls, etc. Stores and malls? Yes. Even though they’re technically private property, being open to the public makes it a public space.

Certain designated military and energy installations have been declared off limits to photography because of national security concerns. The law governing this is 18 USC Section 795 [“Photographing and sketching defense installations”] and places that a person has a reasonable expectation to privacy. Examples being medical facilities, rest rooms, inside a home, etc.

Photographing or videotaping a tourist attraction, whether publicly or privately owned, is generally considered legal, unless explicitly prohibited by a specific law and/or statute.

Photography on private property that is generally open to the public (e.g., a shopping mall) is usually permitted unless explicitly prohibited by posted signs. No signs? No permission needed. Snap those photos.

You CAN however be asked to stop photographing or filming on private property, if you do not stop, they can ask you to leave. If you don’t leave you will probably be arrested for criminal trespass, it’s best not to push this one. If you can see what you want to take a picture of from the sidewalk, there is nothing that can be done about it. If you can see it from a public space, you can take a photograph of it. Most people or places that aren’t doing anything wrong usually won’t have an issue with a camera. Because a majority of people and businesses are honest this is almost a non issue. If you’re in a business that has cameras all over, but won’t allow yours, they are likely doing something they don’t want to be caught for and you should probably take your business elsewhere to a more honest and reputable business that doesn’t have anything to hide.

Photographing accident scenes and law enforcement activities is legal. At the same time, you must not hinder the operations of law enforcement, medical, emergency, or security personnel by filming. In other words, don’t get in the way. This includes stopping in traffic to snap that picture with your phone. Please don’t do that, that’s not going to help anyone. As long as you stay a safe distance away, and aren’t hindering anyone there shouldn’t be any problems.

On May 8, 2012 the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted a preliminary injunction in ACLU v. Alvarez, blocking enforcement of the Illinois eavesdropping statute as it applies to audio recording of police performing “their duties in public places and engaging in public communications audible to persons who witness the events.” What this means is that in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, permission is not required to record (video and audio) police officers or anyone else while they are in a public place

Remember if you’re in a public place just because you, or someone else personally may not like the photo someone took, aren’t taking at all. Doesn’t mean what they’re doing is illegal. Nor is your consent required to be filmed or photographed in a public space.

What To Do If You’re Confronted
Be respectful and polite. Use good judgement and don’t escalate the situation.

If the person becomes combative or difficult HIT RECORD, it may come down to “your word against theirs”, document the confrontation, but don’t be a jerk about it. You may also want to think about calling the police at that point.

Threats, detention, and taking your camera are all grounds for legal or civil actions on your part. Be sure to get the person’s name, employer, and what legal grounds they claim for their actions.

If you don’t want to involve the authorities, go above the person’s head to their supervisor and/or the media, feel free to send a message and tell us about it.

Much more detailed and in depth information can be found here at this link http://www.krages.com/ThePhotographersRight.pdf

Will

Sources:
Illinois General Assembly
American Civil Liberties Union
ACLU Filming And Photographing The Police
National District Attorneys Association
Findlaw,com









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