Couple of automobile accidents in Rockford, With injuries being reported

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This morning there were a couple automobile accidents in Rockford that had injuries.

The first one was in the area of Whitman and N. 2nd St. Possibly medical related

Another one was in the 200 block of Y Blvd. near the YMCA

Both accidents had injuries being reported. The injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening


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Daily Weather Forecast – March 22, 2017

Cooler today than yesterday thanks to the winds being out of the East, Northeast off the lake, but we will rebound by Friday!
Otherwise sunny, with a high near 40. Winds, again, out of the East, Northeast at around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Winds out of the East, Southeast at around 10 mph.

Multiple people injured in an accident in Rockford. Multiple ambulances dispatched to the scene

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Around 8:24 AM this morning several units from Rockford fire department were responded to an automobile accident. It happened in the area of N. 2nd St. and Lafayette. Multiple injuries are being reported and multiple ambulances have been dispatched to the scene. Please avoid the area or expect traffic delays.



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Serious automobile accident in Belvidere, Vehicle on fire with the subject unconscious inside

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Update: The victim has been identified as 41-Year-Old David D’Alessandro

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at approximately 11:40 pm, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Newburg Road east of Irene Road for a one vehicle accident.

Deputies arrived and discovered that a vehicle had struck a tree and was fully engulfed in fire. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office as well as officers from the Belvidere Police Department attempted to get the driver out of the vehicle but were unsuccessful. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation shows that the vehicle, a 2016 Buick Regal was traveling westbound on Newburg Road east of Irene Road when it left the roadway and struck a tree. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, who was described as a white male, was the only occupant in the vehicle. The identity of the driver is not being released at this time. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017, by the Boone County Coroner’s office.

UPDATE: The driver passed away on scene. The name has not been released, pending family notification.
Update: The vehicle is fully engulfed. This sounds like a very bad scene, AVOID THE AREA

Around 11:43 PM several emergency personnel were dispatched to Newburg and Irene in reference to a serious automobile accident. Scanner traffic is saying a vehicle has crashed into a tree in the vehicle is on fire and a subject is unconscious in the vehicle for the door is locked and windows rolled up. Several emergency personnel are en route. Still developing


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Missing on 3-16-17 around Sandy Hollow/ 11st area. White with two brown spots, 9 years old male pitbull. Friendly and missed dearly. Contact 815-703-2636 reward if found

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Rockford Scanner Supports Chief Hallstrom Statement

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Rockford Scanner stands behind Chief Hallstrom and the North Park Fire Department. Chief Hallstrom posted a statement on social media earlier today and Rockford Scanner stands behind Chief Hallstrom and the North Park Fire Department.  Keep up the good work NPFD. You guys do an awesome job keeping the city safe.  Next time you wash your cars, call me I will come help wash them with you!  Stay safe and keep up the good work!

Chief Hallstrom statement:

This afternoon, I received a phone call from a concerned citizen complaining that one of our volunteer personnel was washing his car outside of one of our fire stations and wasting tax payer money. I feel this needs to be addressed on a larger scale, so here it is.

For those that do not know, North Park Fire is staffed primarily by volunteer personnel, who do not earn an hourly wage for their services on nights and weekends. And by staffed, I mean we have personnel in house in a fire station ready to respond to calls for assistance, so our response times are very good. We do staff three part time paid personnel weekdays from 6a to 6p to compensate for when most folks are at their full time jobs, but the firefighters that run calls nights and weekends receive a very minimal annual stipend for their services that amounts to very little vs. the hours they contribute.

Our annual revenue was under $720,000 for 2015 from property taxes. We ran 1557 calls last year. For comparison, the next busiest fire department in the county runs around 1,900 calls a year, but with a property tax income over $3,000,000. No, that’s not a typo. North Park Fire’s residents get a very large bang for the buck, especially with you start looking at comparable departments. We do not waste your tax dollars.

As a volunteer based organization, we’re focused on retention of the quality personnel that have made North Park Fire a home. So if you see a firefighter washing his car, or with a personal vehicle pulled into one of the bays being maintained or repaired, etc. – it is because it is the least we can do to support our folks that give so much to our community. If you disagree with our efforts to reward and give incentives to our firefighters, or if you wish to further discuss the matter, feel free to call the office and speak to me at 815-636-3051. As always I’m happy to hear your concerns and discuss them with you, as it seems most complaints are based on incorrect assumptions or misinformation.

Thanks for reading this far! Chief Joel Hallstrom

Multiple officers & Police K-9 At A Scene Near A Rockford School

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Around 3:20 PM today Rockford Scanner fans were reporting multiple officers and a police K-9 unit in the area of Arthur Froberg Elementary School at 4555 20th St. the Rockford Police Department are encrypted so it is not yet known exactly what happened.

If you have any information please contact us.

We want to thank everyone for keeping the community informed. An informed community is a safer community. Keep up the good work.

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Another Armed Robbery In Rockford, No Suspect Info Due To RPD Being Encrypted

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On Tuesday, March 21st, 2107 at 5:20pm Officers with the Rockford Police Department responded to the 2900 block of Conklin Drive in response to an armed robbery. Initial investigations revealed that the 31 years old male victim came to the area in response to a vehicle listed for sale on the internet. While waiting, the victim was confronted by two male suspects and one was armed with a gun. There was a brief struggle and the victim suffered a minor laceration. The suspects ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

This is an ongoing investigation

UPDATE: The victim was hit in the head with the gun. 2 suspects. 2 black males around 20 years old and wearing dark clothing. 1 fled eastbound and the other fled westbound.

Around 5:20 pm tonight there was an armed robbery to a citizen in the 2900 block of Conklin Drive in Rockford. Sounds like the victim was injured during the robbery. No suspect information, due to the RPD being encrypted. It is safe to assume the suspect fled the scene. If you live in the area, please stay inside and lock your doors.


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One person injured during a house fire in Rockford

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Around 2:45 PM the Rockford fire department were dispatched to the 700 block of Linden Avenue. There is a house fire near this location and one person is reported to have been injured. When the fire department arrived on scene they confirmed smoke was showing and were laying a booster line to battle the fire. They were able to clear the house of life. Unknown on the severity of the injuries of the one person who is injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. This is still developing

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Woman Arrested For A Warrant And Possession Of A Stolen Gun in Rockford

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On March 20, 2017 shortly before 5pm, members of the Rockford Police Department Housing Authority Unit were on patrol in the Orton Keys Housing development. Officers
observed a female sitting in a vehicle in the 600 block of Score Street. Officers made contact with the female, who was identified as 25 year old Rockford resident, Valeisa Jones. Officers learned that Jones was wanted on a Stephenson County warrant. Further investigation revealed that Jones had a loaded handgun in her vehicle. It was later discovered that the handgun had been reported stolen out of West Chicago.
Jones was taken into custody without incident. She was charged with the following offenses:

– Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon
– Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon
– Possession of Stolen Firearm

Jones was transported to the Winnebago County Jail. A photo is attached.This is an on-going investigation. No further information is available at this time.

The charges against Jones are merely accusations. She is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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Multiple injuries reported at an accident scene in Rockford, Extrication needed

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Around 1 PM several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Auburn and Johnston. There is a serious accident near this location. Multiple injuries are being reported and at least three ambulances have been dispatched to the scene. At least one person is reported trapped and extrication is needed. Please avoid the area or expect delays

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Rockford Police Make 4 DUI Arrests And 2 Agg. Dui Arrests, During The St Patrick “No Refusal Weekend” Campaign

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The Rockford Police Department made four DUI and two aggravated DUI arrests during the recent St. Patrick’s Day enforcement effort.
In addition to DUI charges, Rockford Police partnered with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office for a special “No Refusal Weekend” law enforcement traffic detail. Rockford Police handled two refusals, both of which resulted in felony obstructing justice charges.
Impaired driving causes tragedies year round. According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,265 people died in impaired driving crashes on our nation’s roads in 2015.
“DUI arrests are very preventable,” said Traffic Sergeant Ben Boeke. “Don’t ever get behind the wheel when impaired by alcohol, drugs or both. It takes everyone doing their part to make zero fatalities a reality in Illinois.”
Rockford Police Department joined forces with other state and local law enforcement and highway safety partners in the St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown.
The enforcement effort was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns


Related: The Winnebago County Sheriff Results

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Accident with injuries near Belvidere

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Around 9:30 AM this morning several emergency personnel were dispatched to the on-ramp of  Genoa and I-90 for an automobile accident. There are reports of injuries, injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. The cause of the accident is under investigation



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Daily Weather Forecast – March 21, 2017

Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Winds out of the North, northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Winds out of the North at around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Look at the Week Ahead:
Cooler tomorrow, as our winds shift to out of the East off the lake, but we will rebound by Friday with highs in the 70s possible!

RS Fans Reporting Police Chase, An Auto Accident With Injuries

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Rockford Scanner fans were reporting there was an auto accident in the 3100 block of S Main around 10:25 pm last night. A female was hit by a vehicle near this location. Injuries were reported.

RS fan said the Winnebago County Sheriff was involved in a police chase with the vehicle involved after the accident. They terminated the chase.


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RS Fans Reported Large Unknown Scene in Belvidere

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On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the BELVIDERE POLICE DEPARTMENT, BOONE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, and BELVIDERE FIRE DEPARTMENT responded to the Belvidere Park to search for and rescue a 29 year old Belvidere woman and her 1 year old child from a vehicle that went into the Kishwaukee River.

EMBER HALL, 29 years old, of Belvidere, Illinois was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer (Class 2 Felony), and the following Class A Misdemeanor’s; Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Endangering the Life or Health of a Child, Fleeing to Elude, Reckless Driving, and Resisting Arrest. Hall remains in the Boone County Jail in lieu of $300,000 10% bond.

At approximately 3:00 am the Belvidere Police Department responded to the 500 block of Gaynor Dr. for a report of an intoxicated female trying to drive away with her child in the vehicle.
Belvidere Officers located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle fled into the Belvidere Park where the driver drove her vehicle into the Kishwaukee River. Belvidere Officers went into the river and had to break the vehicle window to remove the 1 year old child. Belvidere Officers were able swim the child to a waiting Deputy on the banks of the river. Belvidere Officers were then able to remove the driver from the vehicle and get her to safety.
The Belvidere Fire Department’s Dive Team searched the submerged vehicle for any other occupants and confirmed there were only two occupants.
After a criminal investigation the BOONE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE authorized charges and the driver was arrested. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was notified and the child was released to a family member.
Without the quick and selfless response from all the first responders this incident could have had a tragic ending.

The investigation is on-going and charges could be authorized or upgraded. A class 2 felony is punishable by three (3) to seven (7) years in the Department of Corrections. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in an Adult Correctional Facility.

Police are saying the woman is in jail after intentionally driving her vehicle into the Kishwaukee River. She wanted to harm herself and the 2 year old child, police say.  The woman is in jail and the child is expected to be OK. The child is in stable condition at a local hospital


UPDATE:  Vehicle crashed into the water. There was a water rescue. A woman and child were in the vehicle. The vehicle was fully submerged in the water. They were able to be rescued and transported to a nearby hospital.


Around 3 am this morning several Rockford Scanner fans were reporting a large unknown scene in Belvidere. It happened near the Belvidere park area. They said there were multiple police and fire trucks in the area. Other fans said there was a strong chemical odor in the area. At the time of writing this, it was not yet known what happened. If you have information, please contact us

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Shots Rang Out on Rockford Westside, No Injuries Reported

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On Monday March 20th, 2017 at 8:08pm Officers with the Rockford Police Department responded to calls for shots fired in the 2200 block of Kilburn Avenue.  Once on scene Officers located shell casings in the roadway however nothing was discovered to have been struck by gunfire.  Initial investigations indicate that the shots may have been between two vehicles last seen speeding away from the area.  There are no known victims at the time of this post.

This is an ongoing investigation.



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Rockford Fire Department Dive Team On The River, Unknown Scene

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On March 20, 2017 around 5:45pm officers of the Rockford Police Department responded to the 200 block of Olive St for a possible body in the river.  Upon arrival officers learned that a fisherman had located a body caught in debris along the shoreline.  Rockford Fire responded and recovered the body from the river.  The body was of an unknown race male.


The investigation is in its initial stage and is on-going.  There is no further information at this time.

Around 6:15 pm tonight Rockford Scanner fans are reporting the dive team from the Rockford Fire Department are near the Lombardi club in Rockford. At the time of writing this, it is not yet known what is going on. If you have any information, please contact us.
UPDATE from RS fan: Crime scene tape is up and the Winnebago County Coroner arrived on scene. Reports are saying a fisherman located a dead body