Rockford Scanner™: Vehicle Hits House, 2 Vehicles And Flees From Police Over 100 MPH


A 26-year-old Janesville man is in custody after striking a residence and two vehicles while driving in the 1700 block of St. Lawrence Avenue at 3:52 a.m. today. When our officers arrived on scene, the suspect’s vehicle reversed from the fence/patio area and nearly struck a patrol car before taking off onto St. Lawrence Avenue.

Our officers attempted to stop the vehicle and it fled from officers. Officers pursued the vehicle for two blocks before the pursuit was called off. However about 30-40 seconds later, the vehicle was spotted again being driven erratically and swerving all over the road. The Town of Beloit Police Department assisted our officers in setting up stop sticks near Newark and McKinley roads before we attempted to safely pull over the suspect again.

After the suspect hit the stop sticks, the suspect stopped for a moment but then fled onto Afton Road at a high rate of speed that reached 100 miles per hour. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office set up a second set of stop sticks as the suspect was coming into Janesville. The man was arrested in the 500 block of South Washington Street with the help of a Rock County Sheriff’s Office K9 and a taser deployment after he attempted to flee on foot.

The man, Thomas D. Weidner, was arrested for operating while intoxicated-second offense, hit and run to property, hit and run to unattended vehicle, operating while suspended, and felony fleeing.

Thank you to all of the agencies that assisted us with this call today.



Rockford Scanner™: Police are investigating several “In Progress” calls in Winnebago County

Police are investigating several “In Progress” calls in Winnebago County. 

In the past police have labeled the following crimes under “In Progress”: Murders, Shootings, Stabbings, Robberies, Home Invasions, Death Investigations, Etc… 



Rockford Scanner™: Fatal Accident Near Janesville


On 8/9/19 at 8:53 PM, the Janesville Police Department and Janesville Fire Department responded to a car vs pedestrian crash in the 1200 Block of N Parker Dr. The pedestrian, a 45 year old Janesville resident did not survive.

The crash was witnessed by a Janesville Police Officer. The Officer was traveling north and observed a south bound vehicle strike the pedestrian. The Officer had not observed the pedestrian prior to the crash. The Officer exited his vehicle and flagged down a Janesville Fire Department ambulance which was also traveling north on Parker Dr. The pedestrian began receiving medical care in less than a minute from the impact and was transported to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.

The crash was witnessed by a Janesville Officer, several employees of Panoramic, and another motorist. None of the witnesses reported any unsafe driving by the vehicle and none reported having observed the pedestrian prior to the impact. The driver of the vehicle exhibited no signs of impairment and there was no indication that would suggest distracted driving as the officer observed that the vehicle appeared to be yielding to the approaching ambulance that was coming from the south with its emergency lights and siren

A Janesville Police Crash Reconstructionist responded to investigate the crash. Preliminary calculations suggest the vehicle was traveling between 27 and 31 MPH in the posted 35 MPH zone at the time of the crash. The driver of the vehicle was not issued any citations.

The possibility of alcohol being related to the pedestrian’s movements is being investigated.



Rockford Scanner™: Several Vehicles Were Stolen,Police Investigating


Rock County: On August 8, 2019 at 5:57 a.m., Rock County Deputies responded to the 1200 block of W. Bullard Road in the Town of Porter for a reported motor vehicle theft. The victim reported that sometime between 10:00 p.m. on 8/7/19 to 5:50 a.m. on 8/8/19, an unknown suspect(s) stole a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, white in color, from his driveway. The victim was able to track the vehicle via OnStar GPS and notified the Rock County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the area and located the vehicle in the area of W. Gibbs Lake Road and N. Wilder Road and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed southbound. Deputies continued to attempt to overtake and stop the vehicle, however the vehicle continued to flee the area.

The victim’s OnStar GPS provided an updated location and the vehicle was found abandoned on S. Dickey Road near W. Lang Road in the Town of Spring Valley. Deputies set up a perimeter and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office K-9 responded. The suspect(s) were not located and it is believed they were picked up and driven out of the area. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Identification responded to the vehicle location to collect evidence prior to returning the vehicle to its owner.

At approximately 7:03 a.m., a second vehicle was reported stolen from a driveway in the 5600 block of N. Tuttle Road. The victim reported between 9:00 p.m. on 8/7/19 to 12:00 a.m. on 8/8/19 suspect(s) stole a 2010 Nissan Maxima, white in color. This vehicle has not been recovered.

At approximately 7:38 a.m., a third vehicle was reported stolen from a driveway in the 10000 of W. Wheeler Road. The victim reported between 10:00 p.m. on 8/7/19 to 7:30 a.m. on 8/8/19 suspect(s) stole a 2019 Ford F150 STX pickup truck, black in color. This vehicle has not been recovered.

At approximately 8:02 a. m., a fourth vehicle was reported stolen from a driveway in the 7000 block of N. Eagle Road. The victim reported between 8:30 p.m. on 8/7/19 to 6:30 a.m. on 8/8/19 suspect(s) stole a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado C1500 pickup truck, blue in color. This vehicle has not been recovered.

At approximately 8:06 a.m., an attempted theft of a fifth motor vehicle was reported in the 3600 block of N. Coon Island Road. The suspect(s) attempted to drive over a railroad tie that is located on the property, but became stuck and left the vehicle in gear and running on the property. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Identification also responded to process the vehicle prior to releasing the vehicle to the victim.

In all these incidents, the vehicles were unlocked and ignition keys inside the vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to remove all valuables from within their vehicle and then lock their vehicle. Vehicle keys should never be left in the parked veh icle.

Anyone with information regarding these thefts is encouraged to call Rock County Communications Non-Emergency at 608-757-2244, Janesville Area Crime Stoppers at 608-756-3636



Rockford Scanner™: Suspect Fleeing From Police & Crashes, Causing Evacuations


Beloit: Shortly before midnight, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation at Wisconsin and Henry avenues. The driver did not stop for our officer and continued southbound at a low rate of speed. When the driver failed to stop at the stop sign at Harrison and White Avenue, our officer terminated pursuit. A short time later, the suspect’s vehicle crashed into another vehicle at Harrison and Woodward avenues.

The suspect’s vehicle then crashed into the gas line on Harrison Avenue while the other vehicle hit a pole and landed on its roof. Both drivers were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect driver, a 29-year-old Beloit male, was taken into custody for fleeing and other violations. The investigation is ongoing and we have asked the Rock County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the traffic accident investigation.

Update, 2:22 a.m.: The gas leak has been shut off in the area and crews are working to check all locations to ensure that there is no additional risk. We expect this to take at least 30 minutes.

Thank you to Beloit College for opening up Pearsons Hall as an evacuation site. We appreciate the help.

Original: We have evacuated homes in the area of Park Avenue, Wisconsin Avenue, Clary Street and White Avenue due to a gas leak caused by a traffic accident. Please avoid the area until further notice.



Rockford Scanner™: Several Burglaries & An Arson Attempt Near Beloit


Sometime between Wednesday, July 24, in the evening to Thursday morning, July 25, suspects committed a number of burglaries and an arson to property in the City of Beloit and the Town of Turtle.

The first burglary occurred at the Beloit College at the location on Church Street where a utility shed was entered. Taken was a Kabota orange and black UTV (Utility Task Vehicle), gas cans and a lawn mower. The lawn mower was recovered in the 1000 block of Church Street. It is likely that the suspects then went to the Meri-J-Ranch on Colley Road, forced a door of a building and took property.

The suspects then proceeded to the Springbrook Mobile Homes, also on Colley Road, forced open a shed and took property, including gas cans. The suspects then went to the parking lot of Central Christian Church at Milwaukee and Willowbrook roads, where the gas cans were set ablaze causing damage to the asphalt parking lot.

We believe that the suspects were driving on the paved roads as the moved around the southeast part of the City of Beloit and Town of Turtle, and potentially may have entered into South Beloit in Illinois.

Anyone seeing a Kabota orange and black UTV(similar to an ATV), please contact the Beloit Police Department. There is a high potential that the UTV has been abandoned within this area.

If you have information regarding this, or any crimes, please contact Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 362-7463



Rockford Scanner™: Fatal Accident in Janesville


Details are minimal right now. 

There is a fatal accident in Janesville.

The Janesville Police Department advises you to AVOID Holiday Dr. between Kennedy Rd and Sherwood Dr due to a fatal traffic crash

On 7/31/2019 at 8:49 am Janesville Police were called to a traffic accident with injury at Holiday Dr and Kennedy Rd. A 38 year old male was found deceased and pinned in his vehicle. The investigation found it was a two vehicle accident. One vehicle was in operation the other was legally parked.

The male was traveling west on Holiday Dr passing Sherwood Dr. in his vehicle. There was a legally parked and unoccupied SUV on the northwest side of the roadway near the intersection. The male crashed directly into the back of the SUV.

A Janesville Police Department Accident Reconstruction Officer, Identification Officer and Detectives responded to assist patrol officers with the investigation. There is additional information being followed up on to determine factors which lead to the cause of the accident. Since this investigation is still open and there are additional family members to be notified the name of the driver is not being releas ed at this point


Rockford Scanner™: Skydiving Accident, 1 Victim Flown From The Scene By Emergency Helicopter

Details are still minimal.

We have been told about a skydiving accident that happened yesterday near Rochelle.

Reports of a veteran skydiver that had a student attached.

The chute malfunctioned.  The 2 victims spiraled down to the ground.

1 Person was reported to have been flown by an emergency helicopter from the scene.   No other information at this time.



Rockford Scanner™: Business Robbed At gunpoint in Janesville


On Monday July 29th at 2:18 AM Janesville Police responded to a robbery at Lions Quick Mart located at 104 E. Racine St.

Upon arrival initial responding units set up a perimeter and secured the scene. The clerk reported a m/b suspect dressed in all black wearing a ski mask entered the store and demanded money. No weapon was seen or implied at the time of the robbery. The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A K9 track of the suspect was conducted but suspect was not located. The investigation remains under investigation and anyone with information on this crime should call the non-emergency dispatch phone number of 608-757-2244



Rockford Scanner™: Apartment Fire in Janesville

Holiday Drive between N. Pontiac and Carrousel Lane is currently closed due to an apartment fire in the 2800 Block of Holiday Drive

Still developing