Rockford Scanner™: Anniversary Of The Devastating Belvidere Tornado




April 21st will mark the anniversary of the devastating Belvidere tornado that hit back in 1967. An EF-4 tornado with wind speeds over 250 MPH hit the Belvidere area and hitting the school.

The tornado killed 24 people and injured over 500 people. It struck when the school was letting out and many children were caught inside the buses at the Belvidere High School at 1500 East Ave, as the tornado hit the school.

Jackie Krause said she witnessed three tornadoes turn into one huge tornado.

Classroom doors were used as stretchers.
The high school gym became a morgue.

13 of the 24 deaths were at the school. 300 of the 500 injured, were also at the school.

NWS:

The Belvidere Tornado

The tornado first struck at 350 PM two miles southeast of Cherry Valley. The tornado passed the Chrysler plant near I-90 where 300 new cars and 100 employee cars were destroyed.

The tornado continued east northeast through the southeast side of Belvidere. One hundred twenty seven homes were destroyed, and hundreds more were damaged.

The most notable and horrific part of this tornado was the mayhem at the Belvidere High School. Buses had already picked up the elementary school children and were loading the high school students when the tornado struck. Twelve buses were rolled over. Students were flung like leaves into the muddy field.

Thirteen of the 24 fatalities and 300 of the 500 injuries in this tornado occurred at the high school.

According to Tom Grazulis of The Tornado Project, this was the nation’s sixth worst school death toll from a tornado. (Numbers one and two were also in Illinois – from the great Tri-State Tornado of 1925.) The tornado ended in McHenry County, about two miles north of Woodstock

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Source: NWS





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Rockford Scanner™: Rollover Accident, Unknown On Injuries




One Vehicle Roll Over
On 04/16/19 at 5:42 PM the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office along with the LSR and Rochelle Fire Departments responded to a one vehicle roll over crash on Rte 64 just east of Hwy 251.

Investigation by Deputies revealed that a west bound vehicle driven by Rebecca Spring, age 32 of Davis Junction, went off the north side of the roadway and overturned.

Spring and her two minor children were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Rockford. A passenger, Wendall Reves, age 32 also of Davis Junction, was transported to Rochelle Hospital.

All of the injuries appeared to be non life threatening. Investigation is continued by the Sheriff’s Office.


Sources are reporting a rollover accident.

It happened near 251 and 64, near the Grubsteakers.

Unknown on the severity of the injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Please avoid the area or expect delays.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Shooting In Ogle County, Suspect Last Seen in Rockford




Sources are reporting a shooting in Ogle County earlier tonight.

Suspect is in the Rockford area.

Suspect is Ethan J. Eklund,  white male, 21 yrs, 6’2, 180 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes. Armed with a gun and is wanted for a shooting in Ogle County and resisting police.

He was last seen in the 2200 12th ave in a stolen black vehicle with a plate number of AG11279

Last known addresses are on Indian Heights Drive in Oregon and also Keefe St and also Marshall st in Rockford.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Two Vehicle Roll Over Accident




ON April 3, 2019 AT 7:53AM HOURS THE OGLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, LEAF RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND LEAF RIVER AMBULANCE RESPONDED TO A TWO VEHICLE ROLL OVER ACCIDENT IN THE 8000 BLOCK N. PECATONICA ROAD.

A SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER COMBINATION WAS NORTHBOUND ON PECATONICA ROAD FROM LEAF RIVER FOLLOWED BY A BUICK ENCLAVE. THE SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER COMBINATION SLOWED TO MAKE A LEFT TURN INTO A PARKING LOT WHEN THE BUICK ENCLAVE ATTEMPTED TO PASS THE SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER COMBINATION ON THE LEFT.

THE SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER COMBINATION STRUCK THE BUICK ENCLAVE ON THE PASSENGER SIDE CAUSING THE BUICK ENCLAVE TO ROLL OVER INTO THE WEST SIDE DITCH AND STRIKING A UTILITY POLE.

THE BUICK ENCLAVE CAME TO A STOP ON ITS SIDE.

THE DRIVER OF THE BUICK ENCLAVE, DIANE HEMMERSBACH AGE 51 OF LEAF RIVER, WAS EXTRICATED FROM THE VEHICLE BY THE LEAF RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT.

HEMMERSBACH REFUSED MEDICAL ATTENTION AND WAS RELEASED AT THE SCENE.

THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Rollover Accident With Injuries On 251




On 03/22/19 at approximately 5:05 p.m., Ogle County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Lynn-Scott-Rock Fire Department were dispatched to the intersection of IL Rte. 251 and Lindenwood Road in rural Lindenwood, for the report of an accident with injuries.

A blue 2009 Honda SUV was driving north on IL Rte. 251, attempting to turn right onto Lindenwood Road. A gray 2010 Dodge truck was also northbound on IL Rte. 251 following the Honda. Prior to the Honda completing its right turn, the Dodge truck drove onto the right shoulder of IL Rte. 251 striking the Honda.

The Dodge truck then lost control and rolled over, coming to rest on its roof in the northbound lane of IL Rte. 251. The driver of the Honda, Katrina Weir, 24, of Monroe Center, was not injured.

The driver of the Dodge, William Doane, 71, of Davis Junction, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ogle County Coroner. Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Illinois State Police, Rochelle Fire Department and REACT helicopter.

Accident remains under investigation.





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Rockford Scanner™: Victim Stabbed During A Fight in Forreston




Sources are reporting a stabbing that happened in Forreston in Illinois on Tuesday morning approximately 1:30 A.M..

It happened near the BP gas station in the 300 block of Walnut.

There was a fight that happened and during  the fight a man was stabbed. Officials say the injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

No suspect information at this time and no arrests have been made.

 





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Rockford Scanner™: One man dead after fleeing from police, Another arrested for burglary




Sources are reporting a fatal accident in Ogle County.

It happened one day around 1 AM In ogle County in the area of the 1700 block of Liberty Hill.

Oregon Police Department were responding to a burglary call near Mount Morris. While en route to the scene they saw a vehicle traveling eastbound on Route 64 between Mount Morris and Oregon at an extremely high rate of speed and went to chase it.

The officer came upon a vehicle that rolled several times and found the occupant outside the vehicle. He is identified as 34-year-old Joshua Denning of Oregon. He was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

A few hours later police were responding to an unconscious man laying in a yard in the area of Franklin and 5th. That person was identified as Jason Marks. He was later arrested on burglary charges stemming from a January accident.

Police believe he was in the vehicle with Joshua Denning when it crashed.

 

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Police Investigating Daytime Burglaries





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Yesterday and today, the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office received reports of two daytime residential burglaries that took place in rural Stillman Valley.

The suspect is described as a white male, 19-23 years of age, clean cut, between 5’8-5’10 in height with a slender build.

A suspect vehicle has been described as a black, older model Dodge pick-up with the word “Dodge” in red lettering on the tailgate.

As always, we urge everyone to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity.

Be aware of anyone coming to your residence asking for directions, claiming to be out of gas, etc.

 

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Train Derailment In Ogle County, Still Developing





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On Saturday 02/23/19 at approximately 9:50pm the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a train derailment at the Pines Rd crossing just west of Devils Backbone.

This railway is owned by Illinois Railway and operated by Omni Track. 99 empty rail cars (no locomotive) were being stored on the rail between Gale Rd and Oregon Trail.

For an unknown reason the rail cars began to move southeast towards Pines Rd were the unaccompanied cars struck a derailing device causing 17 of the 99 empty rail cars to derail.

During the derailment a car caused damage to a ComEd power pole. The cars came to rest on Pines Rd and the north ditch.

Pines Rd is expected to be closed all day Sunday.


Several sources are reporting a train derailment in Ogle County.

Sources said a train had 6 cars derailed around 10 pm tonight. The cause of the derailment is not yet known and is under investigation. No injuries have been reported.

Ogle County Sheriff has confirmed a train derailment.
Pines Road at Devils backbone Is closed due to a train derailment
Please find an alternate route of travel

No other information is available right now, still developing.

 


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