Rockford Scanner®: RPD AWARDS AND PROMOTIONS






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AWARDS AND PROMOTIONS: Congratulations to Officer Kathyrn Kubik who received the Letter of Commendation (unable to attend the ceremony), and Officer Bryce Davis who received the Medal of Lifesaving for dislodging an object from the throat of a choking infant in August.

Today, RPD also celebrated the promotions of Officers Robby Hatfield and Michael Fitzgerald to investigators, Detectives Apostolos Sarantopoulos and Mark Jimenez to sergeants, and Sergeants Robert Reffett and Ty Eagleson to lieutenants







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Rockford Scanner®: Congratulations Lieutenant Eric Bruno






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CONGRATULATIONS:

Lieutenant Eric Bruno retired after spending 25 years with Rockford Police. His accomplishments with the department are numerous, but we hope the best is yet to come for Lt. Bruno.

Best of luck in your retirement!







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Rockford Scanner™: Who Wants To Smash Some Pumpkins?

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New Milford Fire Protection District will be hosting it’s Annual Pumpkin Smash on November 3rd. From 11-2

We will have Pumpkins or you can bring you own to drop from 30 feet in the air on to a car. We will also be displaying our new Ladder Truck. We will have chilli, cornbread, hot chocolate and soda available. We will also have information regarding the proposed tax referendum coming up on the November ballot. Thank you for your continued support.

 

 







Rockford Scanner™: People Needed To Hand Out Candy At The Ken-rock Community Center Halloween Spooktacular Event!

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RS fan Savannah Palmer

Ken Rock Community Center needs candy donations!

Hey Friends if any of you can support our mission I’d be forever  grateful. Our mission this Halloween is to keep our children safe and warm all while having a blast at Ken-rock Community Center Halloween Spooktacular🧡
This Wednesday is Ken-Rock HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR!
I’m looking for about 10 AWESOME people to hand out candy at all the game stations with me 🙂
This is my 4th year hosting the SPOOKTACULAR at KRCC. and it’s a blast!
AFTER THE SPOOKTACULAR I BUY PIZZA FOR ALL OF MY VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR KIDS AND WE HAVE OUR OWN LITTLE PRIVATE HALLOWEEN PARTY IN THE GYM, GAMES AND BOUNCE HOUSE ALL TO OURSELVES!
🧛‍♂️🧚‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧙‍♀️IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT ME IN MESSENGER FOR MORE DETAILS🧙‍♀️🧛‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧛‍♂️
I COULD SURE USE EVERYONE’S HELP. I WOULD BE FOREVER GRATEFUL.
Happy Halloween

 







Rockford Scanner™: Local Man Giving Free Rides To The Polls

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Call or text Pat at 815-540-1593

“My name is Pat. I have been an Uber Driver for over 3 years. I am willing to give anyone a ride to and from any polling place in the Rockford area on November 6th.

I will be available from noon till 5pm.

Please text to request a ride and I will confirm ride as long as it doesn’t conflict with an already scheduled ride. 815 540 1593″

 

 







Rockford Scanner™: Look up as Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

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Look up as Orionid meteor shower peaks this weekend!

(CNN)The night sky will showcase shooting stars this weekend, visible in all parts of the sky, around the world.

The Orionid meteor shower may not be the most spectacular of the year, but it delights in other ways. The Orionids appear each year between October 2 and November 7.
The peak occurs when the Earth passes through a debris stream left by the Comet Halley as we intersect it’s orbit each year at this time.

They radiate from the well-known Orion constellation, but you don’t have to look in the direction of the constellation to see them. In fact, you probably shouldn’t because those meteors will have short trails and be harder to see.
The best time to see this meteor shower, which could produce 10 to 20 meteors per hour during the peak window this weekend, is when the moon isn’t dominating the night sky. That’s because these meteors are more faint than the Perseid meteor shower.

While the meteor shower will peak in the overnight hours of early morning on October 21 and 22, the best view will be during a brief window between the setting of the moon and the beginning of morning twilight. Allow yourself an hour or two to observe. You can check timeanddate.com to see when the shower peaks in your area.
Orionids are also hard to see because they’re so fast. They zip into our atmosphere at 41 miles per second, vaporizing in our upper atmosphere about 60 miles above the Earth’s surface. Some have been clocked at 148,000 miles per hour. But there’s no danger of these bright meteors colliding with Earth. Some of the meteoroids are only the size of a grain of sand.
But they leave beautiful gas trails that can stretch out for seconds after the meteor itself is gone. Or they can break up into bright fragments.
Find an open area away from the city that will afford you a wide view of the sky, and don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair and dress for the weather. Allow yourself time for your eyes to adjust to the dark. And you won’t need binoculars or telescopes to enjoy the show.

 

 







Rockford Scanner™: The North Park Fire Protection District has added a rescue tax to the upcoming ballot. If passed, the additional dollars would help support equipment maintenance and provide volunteers with on-call pay.

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The North Park Fire Protection District has added a rescue tax to the upcoming ballot. If passed, the additional dollars would help support equipment maintenance and provide volunteers with on-call pay.

Despite what many think – we receive our funding only from property taxes from residents, billing of non-residents, through the Illinois Tollway billing contract and a relatively small amount comes from the state in the form of Foreign Fire Tax (projected at $44,400 for this fiscal year).

We receive no funds from the county’s public safety tax, from sales tax in any of the areas we serve, etc.

And in no way, shape or form is our referendum a veiled attempt to provide a fire district tax funded ambulance service.

Our ambulance service will continue to remain provided by a private contractor at no cost to taxpayers unless utilized, which will result in direct billing for their services.

Voting yes on our referendum would allow us to continue to be able to insure we have top notch equipment and vehicles, pay our volunteers as true paid on call firefighters and save for future large capital expenses.

 







Rockford Scanner™: Three D.N.R. Snowmobile Safety Education Courses beginning in October 2018

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Sheriff Spoden is pleased to announce the Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be offering, three D.N.R. Snowmobile Safety Education Courses beginning in October 2018. Anyone born on or after Jan 1st, 1985 is required to complete this course in order to legally operate a snowmobile in places open to the public.

There is a class fee of $10.00 per student, which will be collected at the time of registration. A parent/guardian signature is required for all persons under the age of 18 and the underage student must be present with an adult parent or guardian at time of registration.
Class size is limited to thirty (30) students. After completing the online enrollment form, you will receive an email with confirmation and the mandatory class registration information.

Enroll online at http://www.co.rock.wi.us/sheriff-snowmobile-education

Snowmobile Education Courses:

Class #1:
Mandatory Registration: October 29th, at 6:00 p.m. @ Rock County Sheriff’s Office
Class: November 10th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Rock County Job Center

Class #2:
Mandatory Registration: November 26th, at 6:00 p.m. @ Rock County Sheriff’s Office
Class: December 8th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Rock County Job Center

Class #3:
Mandatory Registration January 7th, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. @ Rock County Sheriff’s Office
Class: January 19th, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Rock County Job Center

Any questions concerning registration, or the course itself, should be directed to Deputy Krahn at christopher.krahn@co.rock.wi.us .

 

 







Rockford Scanner™: Ten New Officers Sworn Into The Rockford Police Department

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SWEARING-IN:Ten new officers were sworn onto the Rockford Police Department today, and eight current officers received a Certificate of Recognition. Congratulations to all!

 







Rockford Scanner™: POSITIVE NEWS: Good Samaritans Hand Out Food to The Homeless

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Positive News:

Every Tuesday night from 4-7 pm a couple of good Samaritans hand out burgers to the local homeless.

Louie Lee,  Darius Barker,  Tyshema Mcintosh  buy 300 burgers every Tuesday with their own money and hand the burgers out to the local homeless.

They hand out the burgers to people at the McDonalds on E State and Jefferson and also the Rockford Rescue Mission.

Louie said a family member was homeless and understands and all three of them buy the burgers and hand them out, because they want  to give back to the community as a whole. All three of them chip in $100 each every week to do this great deed.

Editors Note: I personally want to send a shout out to these 3, for doing an amazing good deed. Keep up the amazing work! ~ Rickie

Watch the unedited videos they have done while handing out the burgers

 

 







Rockford Scanner™: Over 100 Planes Taking Off In Formation in Groups Of 3, This Weekend. Keep Your Eyes To The Sky!



Information of where you can watch this from at http://rickietraeger.com/rockford-airport-krfd-planespotting/

Rockford Airport (KRFD) Planespotting

Keep your eyes on the sky this Saturday around noon!

Witness the largest gathering of Bonanza aircraft from all over the country
depart RFD en route to the AirVenture at Wisconsin’s Wittman Field in Oshkosh, WI.

Nearly 130 Beechcraft Bonanzas will take off in groups of three and fly in formation to the group’s destination.








Rockford Scanner™: Two Active Meteor Showers, Fireballs And Lots Of Meteors!



Alpha Capricornids
Active from July 11th to August 10th , 2018

Peak night
Jul 26-27 2018

The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 11 through August with a “plateau-like” maximum centered on July 29. This shower is not very strong and rarely produces in excess of five shower members per hour. What is notable about this shower is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period. This shower is seen equally well on either side of the equator.

Radiant: 20:28 -10.2° – ZHR: 5 – Velocity: 15 miles/sec (slow – 24km/sec) – Parent Object: 169P/NEAT


Perseids
Active from July 13th to August 26th , 2018

Peak night
Aug 11-12 2018

The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26. They reach a strong maximum on August 12 or 13, depending on the year. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 shower members per hour at maximum.The Persesids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system. They are called Perseids since the radiant (the area of the sky where the meteors seem to originate) is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus the hero when at maximum activity.

Radiant: 03:12 +57.6° – ZHR: 100 – Velocity: 37 miles/sec (swift – 60km/sec) – Parent Object: 109P/Swift-Tuttle

Late evening to dawn on August 11, 12 and 13, 2018, the Perseids
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a rich meteor shower, and it’s steady. Best of all, the slender waxing crescent moon will set at early evening, providing deliciously dark skies for this year’s Perseid meteors. These swift and bright meteors radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero. As with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. These meteors frequently leave persistent trains. Perseid meteors tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. In 2018, the peak night of this shower will be totally free of moonlight. Predicted peak in 2018: the night of August 12-13, but try the nights before and after, too, from late night until dawn.

All you need to Know: Perseid meteor shower

 


 

What is a meteor shower?
A meteor shower is a spike in the number of meteors or “shooting stars” that streak through the night sky.

Most meteor showers are spawned by comets. As a comet orbits the Sun it sheds an icy, dusty debris stream along its orbit. If Earth travels through this stream, we will see a meteor shower. Although the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, if you trace their paths, the meteors in each shower appear to “rain” into the sky from the same region.

Meteor showers are named for the constellation that coincides with this region in the sky, a spot known as the radiant. For instance, the radiant for the Leonid meteor shower is in the constellation Leo. The Perseid meteor shower is so named because meteors appear to fall from a point in the constellation Perseus.

How can I best view a meteor shower?
Get away from the glow of city lights and toward the constellation from which the meteors will appear to radiate.

For example, drive north to view the Leonids. Driving south may lead you to darker skies, but the glow will dominate the northern horizon, where Leo rises. Perseid meteors will appear to “rain” into the atmosphere from the constellation Perseus, which rises in the northeast around 11 p.m. in mid-August.

After you’ve escaped the city glow, find a dark, secluded spot where oncoming car headlights will not periodically ruin your sensitive night vision. Look for state or city parks or other safe, dark sites.

Once you have settled at your observing spot, lie back or position yourself so the horizon appears at the edge of your peripheral vision, with the stars and sky filling your field of view. Meteors will instantly grab your attention as they streak by.

How do I know the sky is dark enough to see meteors?
If you can see each star of the Little Dipper, your eyes have “dark adapted,” and your chosen site is probably dark enough. Under these conditions, you will see plenty of meteors.

What should I pack for meteor watching?
Treat meteor watching like you would the 4th of July fireworks. Pack comfortable chairs, bug spray, food and drinks, blankets, plus a red-filtered flashlight for reading maps and charts without ruining your night vision. Binoculars are not necessary. Your eyes will do just fine.

https://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors


Meteor Shower Calendar

 

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: RS Fans Rescue Baby Ducks From The Drain in Machesney Park



 

 

 

RS fan Crystal sent us the following video and information. 

Her husband and her rescued some baby ducks from the drainage ditch near the Target on 173 yesterday. After rescuing the baby ducks, the Winnebago County Sheriff office arrived on scene and transported the baby ducks to their mother. 


She sent us the following: “My husband and I crawled down in the sewer at the Target on 173 in Machesney Park and rescued baby ducks! We saw a duck frantically running around and we got out and heard the little chirps down in the sewer! My girls were so proud of us! Some of the shoppers thought we were committing a crime and next thing we knew the Winnebago Sheriffs were watching us as we climbed out of the sewer. We explained and showed them the ducks we put in a box that we rescued. The Sheriffs helped us locate the Mama duck and reunite the little adorable duck family!”

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: 4th Of July Fireworks Show in 4k Quality! Watch it Here



 

You all been waiting for it, here they are! 4th of July High Quality fireworks video from the Rockford fireworks! Video by Rockford Scanner admin Will.

Be sure to change your settings to 4K!
And watch in full screen!

 


 

 

Here is Rickie’s video from his Go Pro from Davis Park.

 

 

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Happy 4th of July!



 

 


Happy 4th of July! 

Today is one of my favorite days of the year! 

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!

Send us your 4th off July celebration or firework videos, to RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

It is going to be a beautiful day out there, High of 90 degrees.  There is a slight chance of storms between 3pm and 6 pm. But that should not effect the fireworks displays.  

I plan on attending the Downtown or Shorewood Park fire works.  I have yet to make up my mind. Both are good.  So if you see me, feel free to stop and say hi! 🙂 

I will probably be streaming LIVE, the fireworks display on our Facebook page at  Rockford Scanner Facebook Page

If you fly your quad-copter (AKA: Drones)  I would love to see those videos!  
Note: Just be sure to call the RFD tower to request flight clearance if you are within 5 miles of the airport. They do grant clearance all the time to quad-copter pilots.
The RFD tower number is: 815-484-5312

Remember, if you are lighting off fireworks, the police plan on cracking down on that again this year.  So do so at your own discretion. 

I hate to be the Debbie Downer and tell you that, because I love fireworks. But the law is the law.  

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!  ~ Rickie Traeger


(WIFR) – The Fourth of July means family time, cookouts and most notably, fireworks.

Here is a list of fireworks happening around the stateline. All shows are on the Fourth of July unless otherwise noted. Some events may come with a fee.

– Rockford at Davis Park, 211 N. Main Street.

– ComEd Independence Day Spectacular at the Starlight Theatre, 3301 N. Mulford Road. The show starts at 8 p.m. on July 3. Purchase tickets by clicking here or call 815-921-2160.

– Fireworks Extravaganza at Rockford Speedway, 1601 West Lane Road. The show starts at 7:05 p.m. on July 4. Purchase tickets by clicking here or call 815-633-1500.

– Cherry Valley at Baumann Park

– DeKalb at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road

– Freeport at Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut Road on July 7

– Kirkland at Hiawatha High School, 410 First Street

– Winnebago at Winnebago High School, 200 E. McNair Road

– Mount Morris at David L. Rahn Jr. High School, 105 W. Brayton Road

– Byron at the Byron Dragway, 7287 River Road

– Dixon at the Petunia Festival in downtown Dixon

– Janesville at Traxler Park

– Beloit at Riverside Park, 1340 Riverside Drive

– Sharon, Wis. at Goodland Park

– Stockton at Stockton Memorial Park on Highway 20

If you are not able to attend the fireworks tonight, our good friends at WTVO is also going to be doing their thing on TV.

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Police Are Arresting People For Fireworks

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LEAVE ‘EM TO THE PROS: Rockford Police and Rockford Fire Departments want to remind residents that most fireworks are illegal in Illinois.

Not only do they pose health and safety threats, but those involved with illegal fireworks activities will be investigated and issued the appropriate citations and/or arrested.

Fireworks that are prohibited include bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles, and sky lanterns among others.

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Rock Cut Plans On Opening The Beach For 4th Of July



 

It is official. We passed the last health department inspection last night. Shower is up and running. More are coming.

Olson beach will open today at noon.

$5 a person/day, under 48″ $2.50, and children under 3 are free.

We are looking for more help. We need 2-3 more people to help with this expansion. Contact the concession for more information. 815-885-4740

 

 


 If you have heard the news, we are taking over Olson Beach.

Our target to open is July 4th. We will limit beach use to 400 people at a time. These are health department guidelines.

We are also keeping it family friendly and affordable. It will be $5 a day, anyone 48″ or shorter will be half price or $2.50 and anyone 3 years old or younger will be free.

Spread the work and let your friends know.

This is a work in progress but we hope to make the best beach in the area.

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Loves Park Residents Get New Garbage Carts



 

 

 

 Beginning on Friday, July 6th, residents of the City of Loves Park will notice something new with curbside garbage pick-up.

The City of Loves Park and Rock River Disposal have agreed to provide all residential customers with new garbage carts. Each resident, over the coming weeks, will be provided a 96 gallon garbage cart and a 65 gallon recycle cart.

These carts are being provided free of charge to be used by residents for curbside pickup.

If you are on a discounted senior rate, and these carts are too large, please contact Rock River Disposal at 815-965-2489 to find out options for smaller carts.

If you have any further questions, please contact Rock River Disposal at 815-965-2489.

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Two Events This Morning, Be Careful Driving



 

 

 

 Good morning everyone.  I wanted to remind everyone there are two events this morning that involves several people walking and running. 

The first event is the Pink Heals Winnebago 3rd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk. That is being held at Martin Park at 8am.  http://www.pinkhealswinnebago.org/

 

The other is a road race that is starting at 9 am 
Paws for a Cause 5K Race. It is a 5k road race.  Which means there will probably be a lot of people on or near the roads nearby. It starts at Sportscore One on Elmwood at 9am.  I was unable to find a map of their route.  

You can find out more info at https://www.rockfordroadrunners.org

 

If you are traveling in these areas this morning, please be very careful. 

If you are participating in these events, please dress appropriately and drink lots of water. And have fun!