Around 12:46 am this morning emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of the 500 block of Market. Scanner traffic is saying there is an accident near this location. Injuries reported. A gun was recovered from a vehicle that was involved in the accident. A black male fled the scene westbound on foot.
Rockford PD is encrypted, so no other information is available
RS fan Brendon MarstonI was In a car right behind the white car that crashed. a black suv blew the stop sign, forcing the white car to swerve into a pole. Then the black suv ran into a truck and then the guy got out and ran.
Around 11:50 pm tonight several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of S Madison and Walnut. Scanner traffic is saying there is a serious auto accident near this location. Multiple injuries being reported. At least one person is unconscious. Multiple ambulances en route. Still developing
This afternoon, emergency personnel were dispatched to a rollover accident on Mulford in Loves Park. At the time of dispatch scanner traffic said a black Jeep has rolled over and injuries were being reported. Sounds like the injuries are non-life-threatening via scanner traffic. The cause of the rollover accident is under investigation. No other information is available
Around 2 PM today, several emergency personnel were dispatched to the Goodwill store at N. 2nd St. in Harlem. There was a fire inside the compactor. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and was able to quickly get the situation under control. At the time of writing this it is not yet known, the extent of the damage or the cause of the fire.
North Park Fire Protection Dist. units responded to a trash compactor fire at Goodwill this afternoon. Fire was contained to the compacter unit, but smoke did spread throughout the store. The MABAS Mobile Ventilation Unit was requested to help remove the smoke from the occupancy and allow normal operations to resume as quickly as possible. Huge thanks to Harlem Roscoe for their automatic aid assistance, Boone District #2 for bringing the MVU and to the other automatic aid companies that were in route but returned once the fire was under control.
On Thursday, October 27, 2016 at approximately 2:10 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to a residential alarm in the 3000 block of Lapey Street. Upon arrival, officers located a door to a detached garage partially open, with the garage lights on, and located 54-year-old Russel G. Newble in the garage. Officers detained Newble while they spoke with the homeowner who advised that he had locked the garage door, and Newble did not have permission to be in the garage. Newble was also found to be in possession of a crack pipe. Newble was arrested and charged with Burglary and Possession of Drug Equipment.
Newble was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.
No further information will be released at this time.
All charges are merely allegations and parties are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
On October 26, 2016, members of the Rockford Police Department and Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police conducted a joint prostitution investigation in the area of 7th Street and 12th Avenue, and other locations throughout the city. As a result of this investigation, the following subjects were arrested:
Rebecca Zeller, 30, Dekalb, IL
Charge: Soliciting Rides on a Roadway
Haley Brink, 24, Dekalb, IL
Rachel Koper, 33, Rockford, IL
Charge: Soliciting Rides on a Roadway/Resisting a Police Officer
Misti Teston, 35, Rockford, IL
Charge: Prostitution/Winnebago County Contempt of Court warrant
Corine Medders, 53, Rockford, IL
Teah Gates, 19, Rockford, IL
Charge: Soliciting rides on a Roadway
Michael Haldiman, 47, Monroe, WI
Charge: Solicitation of a Sex Act
Jeffrey Rauber, 39, Caledonia
Charge: Solicitation of a Sex Act
Christopher Paulsen, 25, Clare, IL
Charge: Solicitation of a Sex Act
Michael Salazar, 25, Belvidere
Charge: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Possession of Cannabis
Patrick Jones, 60, Rockford
Charge: Winnebago County warrant for Promoting Prostitution
All subjects were lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.
Koper was issued a notice to appear. Photos of Teston and Koper were not available at the time of this press release. Jones was arrested during the early morning hours of October 27, 2016.
This is an on-going investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
All charges are merely allegations and parties are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Rockford Scanner fan Hunter Cardot said there was the SWAT team that raided a residence in the 4000 block of Bunker Hill rd in Loves Park this morning. They said the police had their rifles out and arrested one male subject. This happened a little before 6 am this morning. The reason for the raid is not yet known. The person in custody, is not yet identified or the reason of the arrest is not yet known either. This is still developing. We will post updates as they become available
We are investigating an armed robbery that occurred last night (10/26) just after 8pm at Rocky’s Grocery on St. Lawrence. During this robbery, male subjects entered the store and one of them struck the owner with a handgun before robbing him of cash from the register. The 2 then ran off from the area. Fortunately, the owner was treated at the scene by BFD Paramedics for minor injuries.
If you live around that area and remember any suspicious people, cars, or anything else that might be helpful, we would love to know about it. We know that many folks may have cameras on the outside of your house, so if you live near that area and can check for just before that time, and a few minutes after, we would really appreciate it. Officers were out in the area knocking on doors after this occurred, but we know we might not have talked to everyone. If you have any information about this case, we really want to talk to you, so please call in to either Crimestoppers, or to us at 757-2244.
A Tennessee law that took effect earlier this year bars voters from taking photographs or video while they’re inside a polling location.
While secrecy in the voting booth has become a thing of the past for those ready to share their views and daily lives on social media, laws nationwide are mixed on whether voters are allowed to take pictures of themselves voting and their ballots.
Federal courts have struck down bans in New Hampshire and Indiana, and on Monday, a judge in Michigan blocked enforcement of a ban on ballot selfies, saying it violates free speech.
Tennessee Secretary of State spokesman Adam Ghassemi said officials are “thrilled Justin can’t stop the feeling” but reminded voters to use their phones inside polling locations only to help them vote.
Timberlake lives in California, but grew up in the Memphis area and owns property near Nashville.
How states handle the question:
States where ballot selfies are allowed
CONNECTICUT: No law bans ballot selfies, according to Patrick Gallahue, a spokesman for Secretary of State Denise Merrill. But election moderators have discretion to prohibit activity “that threatens the orderly process of voting or the privacy of another voter’s ballot.”
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: There’s no ban. Election officials discourage people from taking pictures but won’t do anything to stop them, said Tamara Robinson, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Board of Elections.
HAWAII: A law passed this year allows voters to share a digital image of one’s own marked ballot.
IDAHO: There’s no law banning them, the secretary of state’s office said.
INDIANA: A federal judge last year barred the state from enforcing a new law prohibiting ballot selfies.
KENTUCKY: Secretary of State spokesman Bradford Queen says state law does not allow people to record the likeness of a voter, but the law does not say whether voters can record their own likeness. Therefore, the secretary of state’s office routinely tells county clerks the law does not prohibit ballot selfies.
LOUISIANA: Secretary of State Tom Schedler says ballot selfies are allowed in the state, though he’s not a fan of them.
MAINE: The secretary of state discourages ballot selfies because there’s a ban on making unauthorized ballot copies, but there’s no law against voters posting photos of their marked ballot.
MICHIGAN: A federal judge on Monday blocked enforcement of a ban on ballot selfies, saying it violates free speech. Lawyers for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson predicted “chaos” at polling places and asked the judge to consider freezing her order while they pursue an appeal in a higher court.
MINNESOTA: Allowed as long as they’re not shown to fellow voters at the polling place or capture another person in the photo.
MONTANA: Law does not specifically prohibit the use of cameras at polling places, but election administrators and judges have broad authority to limit disruptive activity, according to Emily Dean, spokeswoman for the secretary of state. Sharing photos of absentee ballots is also not banned.
NEBRASKA: Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill in April that allows someone to show their marked ballots to others without risking a $100 fine.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston last month upheld a decision that a ban was unconstitutional, saying it suppresses a large swath of political speech and there was no evidence to support the state’s concerns.
NORTH DAKOTA: Photos inside polling places are allowed.
OREGON: All voting is done through mail-in ballots, which voters are free to photograph. A state law prohibiting showing a marked ballot to another person was repealed in 2014, according to Molly Woon, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins.
RHODE ISLAND: The Board of Elections adopted new rules in time for November’s election that allow for selfie-taking inside polling places. The updated regulations allow voters to take photos as long as they don’t show another person’s ballot.
UTAH: Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill last year that makes it legal for people to snap pictures of themselves with their ballots. The law makes it a misdemeanor to photograph someone else’s ballot.
VERMONT: No rules regarding photos in polling places. Clerks are encouraged to adopt specific rules for their polling places to maintain order, according to Jim Condos, a spokesman for the secretary of state.
VIRGINIA: Attorney General Mark Herring issued a formal opinion last month that says ballot selfies are legal in Virginia. Nothing in Virginia law prohibits voters from taking pictures of themselves, fellow voters or their ballot within the polling place, he said.
WASHINGTON STATE: It’s not against the law in Washington, but a spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman said the office doesn’t recommend it.
WYOMING: No laws against ballot selfies. Law does allow judges of elections to “preserve order at the polls by any necessary and suitable means.”
States where ballot selfies are illegal
ALABAMA: Not allowed because voters have “a right to cast a ballot in secrecy and in private,” said a spokesman for Secretary of State John Merrill.
ALASKA: A state law bans voters from showing their marked ballots, but Division of Elections Director Josie Bahnke says there is no practical way to enforce it.
COLORADO: Ballot selfies or any public dissemination of a marked ballot are considered a misdemeanor. A 2016 bill to repeal the ban failed.
FLORIDA: Photographs are not allowed in polling places or of mailed ballots.
GEORGIA: Law prevents photos of ballots or the screens of electronic voting machines.
ILLINOIS: Banned by a law that considers “knowingly” marking your ballot so that another person can see it is a felony that carries a prison sentence of one to three years.
KANSAS: Secretary of state says a selfie showing a picture of the actual ballot violates state law.
MASSACHUSETTS: Taking a photo of a completed ballot in a polling location is banned in Massachusetts. But the state’s top election official, Secretary William Galvin, says there’s little the state can do to prevent it. Photos of mailed ballots are also banned.
MISSISSIPPI: Photos showing how someone marked their ballot after voting are prohibited.
NEVADA: Photos inside polling places are not allowed, except by the media. Photos of mailed ballots are also banned.
NEW JERSEY: Law prohibits voters from showing their ballot to others. A pending legislative measure would allow voters to take photos of their own ballots while in the voting booth and share it on social media.
NEW MEXICO: Law prohibits voters from showing their marked paper ballot “to any person in such a way as to reveal its contents.”
NEW YORK: Photos showing a completed ballot or indicating how a person cast their vote are not allowed.
NORTH CAROLINA: Photographing or otherwise recording a voted official ballot is not allowed.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Law bars voters from allowing their ballots to be seen. A 2012 state attorney general’s opinion says that makes it illegal to reproduce a ballot by cellphone, video camera or iPad.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says ballot selfies are not allowed because they can be considered influencing a vote or forcing someone to show proof of voting.
WISCONSIN: State law prohibits sharing photos of ballots.
States where legal status is mixed or unclear
ARIZONA: Bars photography within 75 feet of polling places. But the Legislature changed the law that barred showing photos of completed ballots in 2015 to allow posting of early ballots on social media.
ARKANSAS: Nothing in state law prohibits taking photos while in a polling place as long as it’s not disruptive or being used for electioneering purposes, but state law on sharing voter choices is unclear.
CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last month that repeals a 125-year-old law barring voters from showing people their marked ballots. The change will take effect nearly two months after the presidential election, but legislative analysts have found no occasion of the ban being enforced. The author of the bill, in fact, has been sharing constituents’ photos of marked ballots on social media since the law passed.
DELAWARE: Has a policy against cellphones in voting booths, but elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove said: “I don’t know that we can control what happens behind the curtain.”
IOWA: Law prohibits the use of cameras, cellphones or other electronic devices in voting booths, so Secretary of State Paul Pate has asked voters not to take selfies with ballots. Photos of absentee ballots are OK.
MARYLAND: Bans electronic devices in a polling place except for the media. And even media members aren’t allowed to photograph a ballot that shows how someone is voting. But photos of mailed ballots are OK.
MISSOURI: Law prohibits voters from allowing others to see their ballots if the intent is to show how they voted. Secretary of State spokeswoman Stephanie Fleming described ballot selfies as a “gray area” and advises voters to check with local election authorities.
OHIO: Has a longstanding prohibition against voters letting their ballot be seen with the “apparent intention” of letting it be known how they are about to vote. The state elections chief has advised local election boards to consult their own attorneys about how to apply the law. Two Republican lawmakers are sponsoring a bill they say will let voters photograph and make public their marked ballots.
OKLAHOMA: Officials recommend against it, noting that state law dating back about 40 years suggests it is illegal but outlines no penalties.
PENNSYLVANIA: Law prohibits someone from revealing their ballot “letting it be known how” they’re “about to vote.” But officials recently released guidance on electronic items in polling places that noted the recent court cases that “found a First Amendment right to take ‘ballot selfies.’”
TENNESSEE: Voters are not allowed to take photos or videos while in polling places. They’re only allowed to use electronic devices for informational purposes to assist during voting, according to Adam Ghassemi, a spokesman for Secretary of State Tre Hargett. The state’s law doesn’t address mail-in ballots.
TEXAS: Bars photography within 100 feet of polling stations, so selfies are not allowed. Photos of mail-in ballots are OK.
WEST VIRGINIA: Electronic devices are banned inside voting booths, according to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Nothing in the law prohibits photos of mail-in ballots.
Around 12:36 AM this morning. The Rockford fire department were dispatched to the area of Broadway and 11th St. Scanner traffic is saying there’s an automobile accident near this location. Injuries are being reported at the time a dispatch. Extraction is being requested . No other information is available. Please avoid this area or expect delays.
UPDATE: A second ambulance has been dispatched to the scene
UPDATE: According to Rockford police, one subject was arrested for DUI. Below is the photo of the alleged suspect via RPD
Earlier tonight emergency personnel were dispatched to 970 block of W State st in Sycamore. There is a structure fire near this location. Several emergency personnel were dispatched and en route. No other information is available
Scanner is slow here locally, due to the Rockford police being encrypted. Also we have a lot of fans outside the Rockford area
Around 8:23 PM several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Superior in Machesney Park, scanner traffic, said a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle near this location. At the time the dispatch injuries were being reported. It is not yet known on the severity of the injuries. This is still developing. Several emergency personnel are en route.
“Around 4 pm today the Dollar General on Charles St was robbed and then the suspect robbed Dollar General on Kiswaukee just after that, that robbery was around 4:20pm. Believed to be the same suspect”
Note: Rockford police are encrypted. They will not confirm anything
On Wednesday October 26, 2016 shortly before 4:00 p.m., patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to Dollar General, 1015 Charles Street, in reference to an armed robbery to the business. When they arrived officers learned that the suspect entered the store and approached a cashier. The suspect then displayed a silver handgun and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene after obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency.At short time later at approximately 4:15 p.m., another call for an armed robbery was received from the Dollar General, 1405 Kishwaukee Street. Upon arrival, officers learned that a suspect, who matched the description of the suspect from the first incident, entered the store and approached a cashier. The suspect again displayed a silver handgun and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene on foot after obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency. No one was injured in either incident.
Based on the information available at this time the suspect is described as follows:
Black Male in his late 20’s to early 40’s
5’10 to 6’0 tall with a medium build
Wearing a Black knit cap, Dark Jacket, Black shirt, and Blue Jeans
Skin discoloration on his bottom lip
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect responsible for these two incidents.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department Detective Bureau 779-500-6551 or Crime Stoppers 815-963-7867.
Around 4:20 pm today a MABAS (Mutual Aid) was toned out for a structure fire in the 500 block of N Ash near Forreston. It was a dryer fire that spread and is now a structure fire. Several fire departments are en route
On 10/25/16 at 2045 hours a 20 year old male shooting victim was dropped off at local hospital for treatment. Rockford Officers made contact and determined the victim was suffering from a gunshot to his left leg that was nonlife threatening. The victim said he was walking on Kilburn Ave in the area of Liberty when he was approached by the suspect who then attempted to rob him. The victim fought back and the suspect fired a gun once striking the victim in the leg. The suspect then ran from the area and is described as a black male 6’ tall with dreads. Officers checked the area and could not locate a scene.
At the time of this post there was no additional details.
Around 11:30 pm tonight am armed robbery happened near the 4800 block of Creekview rd. The suspect fled in a black ford fusion eastbound. Suspect is described as a Hispanic male, wearing dark clothing and a red bandanna.
Thanks to the ISP/Winnebago County un-encrypted airwaves, we were able to hear the suspect description. RPD is encrypted and hasn’t released any information on this at the time of writing this
On October 25th, 2016, at around 11:40PM., the Rockford Police Department responded to an armed robbery that took place in the 4800 block of Creekview Rd. Upon arrival officers met with the victim who was a delivery driver for a local pizza restaurant. The victim advised that he had exited his vehicle to make a delivery when he was approached by one suspect. The suspect was armed with a handgun and demanded his money. The victim turned the money and food over to the suspect. The suspect then fled on foot from the area. Food and money were taken in the robbery. The victim was not injured. The suspect was described as a hispanic male, 20 to 40 years of age, wearing a red bandana covering his face, a black hoody and dark pants. The suspect was armed with a black handgun.
This is an ongoing police investigation.