Rockford Scanner™: Launch of ULA Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-4 satellite

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Launch of ULA Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-4 satellite


Launch time: 12:15 AM EDT (0415 UTC/GMT) Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Destination: Geostationary orbit A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-073, will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 15, 2016. Delayed from Jan. 26, May 4, June 22, June 29 and Oct. 11, 2017. Delayed from July 2018. Moved up from Oct. 18. Delayed from Oct. 4.

 







Rockford Scanner™: Amber Alert For Missing Girl, Parents Killed

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Jayme Closs (13 years)
Last seen Oct 15, 2018 in Barron, WI

On Monday, October 15, 2018 at 12:53AM, a 911 call was received from Barron, WI. Upon arrival law enforcement found 2 adults deceased, and their 13 year old daughter, Jayme Closs, missing, and is considered endangered. Anyone with information about her whereabouts or anyone that has contact with her is asked to contact the tipline at 1-855-744-3879.

 







Rockford Scanner™: The Latest on an active police situation at a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles

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Listen to it live at https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/26040

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on an active police situation at a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

Police believe a man involved in a standoff with officers at a Los Angeles supermarket shot his grandmother and girlfriend before firing at officers during a pursuit, then crashing outside the supermarket and running inside the store.

Officer Mike Lopez, a police spokesman, says the man had fled from the scene after the Saturday afternoon shooting in South Los Angeles.

He says officers tried to pull the man over and were led on a pursuit. Lopez says the suspect shot multiple rounds at officers during the chase but no officers were struck.

At least one officer returned fire.

Lopez says the man crashed outside of a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Silver Lake and then ran into the store.

He says the situation is still unfolding and it isn’t clear if employees are still inside the store.

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5 p.m.

Bystanders in the area of a Los Angeles Trader Joe’s that is surrounded by police and emergency vehicles say someone fired off gunshots outside.

Lorraine Perrotta, who lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood, says she was getting ready to park her car Saturday afternoon when she heard six gunshots.

Some witnesses took to social media.

Devin Field, a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” tweeted he was walking inside when a car crashed into the entrance and a man “got out shooting.”

Los Angeles police say there is an “active” incident at the store and that the public should stay clear of the area. Some people could be seen exiting the store through a side window and down a ladder.

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4:40 p.m.

A large number of police and rescue personnel were responding to a Los Angeles supermarket, amid numerous media reports of possible gunshots.

The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted there was an “active incident” at a Trader Joe’s in the Silver Lake area.

Calls to the department’s public information office were not immediately answered. Reports of gunshots could not immediately be confirmed.

An Associated Press employee who lives in the area reported seeing a crashed car into a utility pole outside the store.

One tweet showed people attempting to exit the Trader Joe’s out a window. Other views from TV helicopters showed people leaving through the front door with their hands up.

No further details were immediately available.

 

 








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™: Power Outages And Trees Down

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As of 9:15 pm, COMED is reporting a large power outage in the area. 

Winnebago County has almost 700 customers without power. 

Stephenson County has almost 500 customers without power. 

The cause of the power outages are under investigation. Majority of them are believed to be storm related. 

Estimated restore time frames, vary on each scene. 

Some reports of numerous trees down in the Freeport area. 

Also a tree down across RT 75 by Wheeler rd near Durand. 

 

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Youtube Cracking Down On “Fake News”

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YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations.

The company said Monday it will make “authoritative” news sources more prominent, especially in the wake of breaking news events when false information can spread quickly.

At such times, YouTube will show users a short text preview of a news article in search results. This is aimed at countering the quick and often fake videos that can proliferate immediately after shootings, natural disasters and other major happenings.

Company executives announced the effort at YouTube’s New York offices.
Source:AP

 

 








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™: National Comcast Outage

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Comcast is reporting a National service outage due to a fiber cable being cut at one of it’s “main backbone suppliers.” It is affecting both residential and business internet, video, and voice customers. They are working to fix the problem, but do not have an ETA of when that might be yet.

The majority of the problems seem to stretch from Chicago east to Philadelphia, Washington, D.C, and New York City.

Any Comcast customer experiencing problems in the Rockford area?








Rockford Scanner™: Sources Reporting An Armored Vehicle Robbed, Suspects Flee

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Sources are reporting an armored vehicle was robbed earlier today. 

It happened near the mall at 1470 South Peace Road in Sycamore around 9:45am. 

Details are minimal. Two males wearing all dark clothing and ski masks and gloves have robbed an armored truck. While a third suspect was the get-a-way driver. 

The suspects then fled in a Silver Ford Edge with no license plates. 

Sources reporting almost a half million dollars was stolen from the truck. 

Still developing

 

 

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Source Reporting A Possible Business Scam In The Area




 

 

 

A well known and respected person in the community contacted us and wanted us to post this, warning citizens on a possible scam artist. He wanted to remain anonymous, because of his political position in the area.  But felt it was needed to help warn citizens of this business activities because he was allegedly scammed by this company recently. And contacted us and asked if we would post this.

We first want to say this is not from Rockford Scanner, but from a well known source in the community that asked us to post this to help citizens use their own personal decisions to use this business, or to not too.

And what is posted below is a personal  experience review from this person, via the 1st amendment. 

 

They sent us this, and asked if we could post it:
“Fraud alert. These guys r scamming people and stealing their stuff. They got me a couple years back and now they changed there name from dago fast to this. They got me for $10,000.00. Please don’t let any one else get scammed. They also stole my mower they were supposed to be fixing. Please post this, so everyone can be aware and hopefully not go through what I had to go through with this company.”

 



Rockford Scanner™: POSITIVE NEWS: Ham Radio Field Day




  1. Locations:
    Northern Illinois ARES/SKYWARN 
    Laona Heights Forest Preserve 
    15402 Anderson Road, Durand, IL
  2. Rockford Amateur Radio Association 
    VFW in Roscoe
    11385 2nd St, Roscoe, IL

Everyone is welcome to attend


Field Day is ham radio’s open house.

Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.

It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in
the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than
35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to
operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest
and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat
it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent
opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in
abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons;celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned,non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so
complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really
matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster
and post-disaster situations.

What is the ARRL?
The American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA, representing over
170,000 FCC-licensed Amateurs. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham
radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.

What is Amateur Radio
Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a
worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications
technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two
are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to
transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on
commercial systems.

The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.
For More Information visit: www.arrl.org



Rockford Scanner™: Fly in a Historic Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft in Rockford Today Thru this Weekend!

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Fly in a Historic Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft in Rockford

 

Place: Chicago/ Rockford International Airport

Public Flight Information

Dates: Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24, 2018

Times: Thursday: 2-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FORD TRI-MOTOR FLIGHT ~ CLICK HERE



Flight Rates
$70
$75

$50 Adult (advance)
Adult (walk-up)

Children 17 & under
Climb aboard one of the first mass-produced airliners and step back in time to aviation’s golden age.

A flight on EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor is a flight back to an era where air travel was considered a luxury.

Revenues from the Ford Tri-Motor tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to keep the “Tin Goose” flying for many years to come.

Flight Experience Questions ~ https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/flight-experiences/fly-the-ford-eaa-ford-tri-motor-airplane-tour/ford-tri-motor-flight-experience

 


FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR
Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.

All ticket proceeds support the Experimental Aircraft Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing The Spirit of Aviation with everyone. Our tour stops are hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the Ford Tri-Motor’s stories.

We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization. Viewing the aircraft is free, so be sure to bring your camera along.

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Rockford Scanner™: Rockford ranks as the most dangerous in the state, with a violent crime rate of 1,658 incidents per 100,000 residents




 

Top 50 Worst Cities To Live In, Rockford Is #16

 

16. Rockford, Illinois
> Population: 147,404
> Median home value: $89,200
> Poverty rate: 22.6%
> Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 22.6%

The city of Rockford, Illinois, has an unemployment rate of 7.7%, the highest of any city in the state and well above the 4.9% annual U.S. jobless rate. The city also ranks as the most dangerous in the state, with a violent crime rate of 1,658 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2016 — which is more than four times the U.S. violent crime rate.

The week jobs picture and high crime likely depress property values in the city. The typical home in Rockford is worth just $89,200, less than half the median home value of $186,500 across the state.

 

Source: https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/06/10/50-worst-cities-to-live-in-3/8/ 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Massive Mars discovery: Organic molecules ‘fundamental to our search for life’ found by NASA rover

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Organic molecules are the molecules of life and are built around chains of carbon atoms that are often quite long. There are four main groups of organic molecules that combine to build cells and their parts: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids.

 


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – New Mars discoveries are advancing the case for possible life on the red planet, past or even present.

Scientists reported Thursday that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found potential building blocks of life in an ancient Martian lakebed. Hints have been found before, but this is the best evidence yet.

The organic molecules preserved in 3.5 billion-year-old bedrock in Gale Crater – believed to once contain a shallow lake the size of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee – suggest conditions back then may have been conducive to life. That leaves open the possibility that microorganisms once populated our planetary neighbor and might still exist there.

“The chances of being able to find signs of ancient life with future missions, if life ever was present, just went up,” said Curiosity’s project scientist, Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Curiosity also has confirmed sharp seasonal increases of methane in the Martian atmosphere. Researchers said they can’t rule out a biological source. Most of Earth’s atmospheric methane comes from animal and plant life, and the environment itself.

The two studies appear in the journal Science . In a companion article, an outside expert describes the findings as “breakthroughs in astrobiology.”

“The question of whether life might have originated or existed on Mars is a lot more opportune now that we know that organic molecules were present on its surface at the time,” wrote Utrecht University astrobiologist Inge Loes ten Kate of the Netherlands.

Kirsten Siebach, a Rice University geologist who also was not involved in the studies, is equally excited. She said the discoveries break down some of the strongest arguments put forward by life-on-Mars skeptics, herself included.

“The big takeaway is that we can find evidence. We can find organic matter preserved in mudstones that are more than 3 billion years old,” Siebach said. “And we see releases of gas today that could be related to life in the subsurface or at the very least are probably related to warm water or environments where Earth life would be happy living.”

The methane observations provide “one of the most compelling” cases for present-day life, she said.

Scientists agree more powerful spacecraft – and, ideally, rocks returned to Earth from Mars – are needed to prove whether tiny organisms like bacteria ever existed on the red planet.

Curiosity’s methane measurements occurred over 4 ½ Earth years, covering parts of three Martian years. Seasonal peaks were detected in late summer in the northern hemisphere and late winter in the southern hemisphere.

JPL’s Christopher Webster, lead author on the study, said it’s the first time Martian methane has shown a repeated pattern. The magnitude of these seasonal peaks – by a factor of three – was far more than scientists expected. “We were just blown away,” he said. “It’s tripling … that’s a huge, huge difference.”

Webster theorizes the methane created either now or long ago is seeping from deep underground reservoirs up through cracks and fissures in the crust. Once at the surface, the methane sticks to dirt and rocks, with more released into the atmosphere when it’s hotter.

“We have no proof that the methane is formed biologically, but we cannot rule it out, even with this new data set,” Webster said.

Scientists have been seeking organic molecules on Mars ever since the 1976 Viking landers. The twin Vikings came up pretty much empty.

Arriving at Mars in 2012 with a drill and its own onboard labs, Curiosity confirmed the presence of organics in rocks in 2013, but the molecules weren’t exactly what scientists expected. So they looked elsewhere. The key samples in the latest findings came from a spot 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) away.

As with methane, there could well be non-biological explanations for the presence of carbon-containing molecules on Mars, such as geologic processes or impacts by asteroids, comet, meteors and interplanetary dust.

Jennifer Eigenbrode, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland who led the organics study, said she’s intrigued by the possibility that life might have existed and adapted on Mars.

“I’m equally as fascinated by the idea that life never got started on Mars in the first place. That’s a harder question to address scientifically, but I think that we need to give the search for life on Mars due diligence. We need to go to places that we think are the most likely places to find it.”

 

 

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Two Suburban Chicago Residents Charged with Illegally Selling Narcotics Over the Internet; Law Enforcement Seizes Websites




 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Suburban Chicago Residents Charged with Illegally Selling Narcotics Over the Internet; Law Enforcement Seizes Websites
CHICAGO — Two suburban Chicago residents have been charged with federal drug offenses for illegally selling fentanyl or fentanyl precursors over the internet, and authorities have seized their websites.

LIANGFU “LARRY” HUANG used his company, Ark Pharm Inc., to sell controlled substances – including a fentanyl precursor – over the internet, despite not registering with federal or state authorities, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court in Chicago. Ark Pharm, which is based in Arlington Heights, Ill., offered various drugs for sale on its website (http://www.arkpharminc.com (link is external)). Huang, 53, of Northbrook, Ill., was arrested Wednesday night after arriving at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on a flight from China. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, a controlled substance.

In a related case, WEI XU, also known as “Scarlett Hsu,” used her company, 1717 CheMall Corp., to illegally sell fentanyl and other controlled substances without registering with federal or state authorities, according to the complaint against her. 1717 CheMall Corp., which is based in Mundelein, Ill., offered various drugs for sale on its website (http://www.1717chem.com (link is external)), including the opioids ocfentanil, oxycodone and hydrocodone, the complaint states. Visitors to the website could search for a drug and order it from the site’s “estore,” the complaint states. Xu, 52, of Vernon Hills, Ill., was arrested Wednesday. She is charged with one count of knowingly distributing a controlled substance.

Also Wednesday, law enforcement agents carried out court-authorized searches of Ark Pharm’s and 1717 CheMall’s businesses and seized their websites.

The charges were announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions; John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Brian McKnight, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and Gabriel L. Grchan, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Mundelein, Ill., Police Department; Arlington Heights, Ill., Police Department; Skokie, Ill., Police Department; Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS); and Weapons of Mass Destruction Special Response Team North.

“Synthetic opioids killed 20,000 Americans in 2016–more than any other kind of drug,” said Attorney General Sessions. “The vast majority of these drugs originated in China and then either shipped through the mail or smuggled across our porous Southwest Border. Under President Trump’s strong leadership, the Justice Department has taken historic new steps to target Chinese drug traffickers, and today’s indictments are our next step. I want to thank DEA, U.S. Attorney John Lausch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Devlin Su, our partners with CBP, IRS, and the FDA and especially our state and local law enforcement partners who helped make this possible. The Department of Justice will remain relentless in our efforts to keep these deadly drugs out of our country and finally put an end to this unprecedented drug epidemic.”

“The charges announced today are the result of an exhaustive and far-reaching investigation,” said U.S. Attorney Lausch. “Whether it’s online or on the streets, our office is committed to aggressively stopping the flow of illegal drugs.”

“Powerful pharmaceutical medications, fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances are creating a chokehold on our society,” said Special Agent-in-Charge McKnight. “Today’s enforcement actions send a clear message to those who utilize the internet to poison our communities: We will find you and you will be held accountable.”

“There is no room in the Chicagoland area for the illegal selling of fentanyl and other pharmaceuticals,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Grchan. “IRS Criminal Investigation is committed to using its resources and financial expertise to partner with all law enforcement agencies in order to keep our communities safe from the illegal distribution and usages of these and other dangerous drugs.”

Huang and Xu appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland, who ordered them to remain in federal custody. A detention hearing is set for June 5, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

According to the complaint, authorities at the U.S. border seized a dozen packages of crystal meth and other controlled substances that had been shipped from China to Ark Pharm’s headquarters. The shipments purported to contain routine goods such as plastic toys. From November 2016 to earlier this month, law enforcement surreptitiously corresponded with email accounts belonging to Ark Pharm, and conducted five undercover purchases of controlled substances from the company. The drugs were shipped via FedEx, often with Huang’s name listed as the sender, the complaint states.

Authorities performed similar controlled purchases of narcotics at 1717 CheMall Corp. from August 2017 to earlier this month. During the ordering process, agents corresponded via email and phone with Xu, who was using her “Scarlett Hsu” alias, according to the complaint. The drugs from 1717 CheMall were shipped via FedEx, with Xu’s name listed as the sender, the charges allege.

The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The charges against Huang and Xu each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. If convicted, the Court must impose reasonable sentences under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Devlin N. Su represents the government.

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Memorial Day 2018





Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.


Rockford Scanner™: Free USA Flags For Veterans Graves, Get Them In Loves Park

 


HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.


MEMORIAL DAY TRADITIONS
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

Source: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history


 



Rockford Scanner™: Vets Roll Rolls Into Town Tonight




Vets Roll Rolls Into Town Tonight

Join the Belvidere Police Department in welcoming/thanking our true American Hero’s tonight at around 8:00 pm at WalMart on Chrysler Drive. Vets Roll will be bringing our Military Veterans back from Washington DC tonight. They will be escorted to Beloit, Wisconsin by police, fire, and 200 motorcycles

Vets Roll Website ~ https://www.vetsroll.org/