This is the initial release of Rockford Scanner’s iOS App.
This application will be updated on a regular basis and we will implement the ideas that you guys have to make the app better. You can either leave your suggestions in the comments or use the contact link to send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
– View posts from rockford scanner in a native application
– Report news that you see and also take a picture
– make it possible to go back further in time to view older posts
– ability to add videos to send to Rockford Scanner
– better design of the application to look better
– and more…
Note: It is the first app. on Apple, so if you do encounter any issues. Please let us know about it, so we can fix them. Also let us know if there is anything you like or dislike. Or want added.
Around 1:15 am this morning the RFD were dispatched for a fire alarm on 16th ave. When the Rockford Fire Department arrived on scene they confirmed a stove was on fire, but was extinguished. They needed ventilation. No other information at this time.
The Loves Park Police Department will conduct Evening and Nighttime Joint Agency Enforcement Patrols in Loves Park, the week of April 24, 2017.
Loves Park Police has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. Therefore, officers working patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages and Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. In addition to impaired drivers, officers will be watchful for motorists using the roadways to commit other criminal activity that jeopardizes the safety of citizens using the roadway and of our neighborhoods.
These nighttime patrols are designed to keep our roads and community safe by taking dangerous DUI and other criminal offenders off the road.
“Hi. I have a cat stuck in a tree by my house. I have called several different people in the rockford area. Mayor fire stations and different district representative, none of them will help. The cat has been stuck in the tree for 27 hours now. Any ideas?”
We suggested that she call the local fire department or animal control.
She replied back with: “No they told me it’s not something they do. They said you don’t drive around Rockford and see cat skeletons in trees.”
If you or someone you know that is willing to assist in helping getting the cat out of the tree:
Location is near: 1216 6th ave in Rockford.
Contact here on FB at https://www.facebook.com/vivian.rodden
Disclaimer: This is a citizen, nothing to do with Rockford Scanner. If you do assist, you do so at your own risk
Tomorrow (Friday) we will be marking 50 years since Northern Illinois’ worst tornado disaster, the April 21, 1967 tornado outbreak.
The winter of 1966-1967 had been a harsh one. In fact, it was a record setting winter. The record 23 inch snowstorm of January 26 and 27 led to Chicago’s snowiest winter, with a total of 68.4 inches. (The current record of 89.7 inches was set in 1978-1979). There was continuous snow cover on the ground from January 26 until March 9, a 42 day stretch! But the weather pattern had changed by late March and April. Spring had arrived. Chicago saw five straight days in the 70s the previous weekend – April 13 through 17. Rockford even hit 80 degrees during the mid-April warm spell. People in northeast Illinois were looking forward to another mild spring weekend Friday April 21.
Friday morning, April 21 a strong west-southwest upper level jet stream was in place from the southwest U.S. to the Great Lakes. At 500 millibars (about 18,000 feet) a short wave trough was moving rapidly northeast from the southwestern U.S. In response to the short wave, at the surface a wave of low pressure developed over the central Plains and moved northeast along a nearly stationary front which was draped across the Midwest. As the wave of low pressure approached northern Illinois, the stationary boundary surged north of Chicago as a warm front, bringing mild and humid air to the area. Temperatures climbed into the low to mid 70s across north and central Illinois on strong south winds and dew point temperatures reached the lower 60s. As the wave of low pressure approached during the warmth of the afternoon, surface winds backed slightly to the south-southeast. This likely increased the low level wind shear – the change of wind speed and direction with height – an important factor in producing rotating supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes. By late afternoon the mid level short wave was approaching and the upper level jet maximum of 120 knots (250 millibars or around 34, 000 feet) moved into the upper Great Lakes, which put northeast Illinois in the right-rear region of the jet – a favorable location for vertical development of thunderstorms.
This fatal combination of factors led to explosive development of rotating supercells along a line of storms that was moving across northern Illinois that afternoon. This line had already produced wind damage and tornadoes across Missouri, Iowa and northwest and north central Illinois. It would continue producing tornadoes across lower Michigan into the evening. But by far the most devastating tornadoes occurred in northeast Illinois and the Chicago area during the mid and late afternoon.
In the wake of the storms, much colder air poured into the area on northwest winds. Two days later northern Illinois had a very rare late April snow! A total of 3.8 inches fell at Rockford and 3.1 inches fell at Chicago (Midway) on April 23. This is the latest 3 inch snow on record for both locations.
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.
STREET CLOSURES SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 OSF HERITAGE RUN
Rockford, IL – The 33rd Annual OSF Heritage Run will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 in downtown Rockford, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Street Closures will start at
9:00 a.m. and traffic will be impacted as follows:
• The OSF Heritage Run will begin and end on Wyman Street near Elm Street, will proceed north on Wyman, north with a lane closure only on Main, go northeast on Harlem, onto the bike path, into Loves Park, back down the bike path and on to Madison St., south to State St., and west to Wyman St. Street closures will begin one hour before the run and smaller streets that intersect the route will also be closed during that time period.
• Police traffic control on arterials such as Jefferson and Whitman Streets will allow traffic to cross periodically, but traffic is urged to find alternate routes.
• Lot 7 (BMO Harris Bank Center Lot) at Main & Elm St. will be closed for activities
Attempted Aggravated Robbery Over A Drug Transaction
On Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the DeKalb Police Department received a 911 call of a subject armed with a handgun at an apartment located in the 800 block of Edgebrook Dr. The victim told officers he invited a suspect into his apartment. Upon coming inside, the suspect implied a handgun and demanded money from him. The victim and roommates fled to the second floor of the apartment to safety. As they did this, the suspect left the scene without the victims’ property. The suspect was not located. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.
Through investigation, it was learned the suspect was at the victims’ apartment over a drug transaction. Evidence obtained by investigators aided in the identification of the suspect, Rickey Harmon, 40 years of age, of DeKalb.
On Thursday, April 20th, 2017, Harmon was located while walking in the 800 block of Crane Drive. Harmon was transported to the DeKalb Police Department where he was interviewed. Further evidence was obtained against Harmon which led to State’s Attorney approval of charges for Attempt Aggravated Robbery, Class 2 Felony. Harmon was processed, and transported to the DeKalb County Jail to await a bond hearing.
The contents of this press release are based upon the best information available to the DeKalb Police Department. The statements regarding the conduct of any person identified above are allegations until affirmatively proven in Court. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty
Around 4 PM Rockford fire department were dispatched for a stove fire in the 2900 block of Oak Grove Ln. Details are very minimal at this time. The only information is the caller is reporting there stove on fire and the Rockford fire department is en route to investigate. No other information is available.
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the area of West Jefferson Street and Henrietta Avenue in reference to an armed robbery attempt that had just occurred. Upon arrival officers met with the victim who told officers that a white male had just tried to rob him at gunpoint. The victim further stated he was hit in the head with the gun by the suspect. The victim ran away from the suspect and nothing was taken. The victim suffered a minor injury. Patrol officers located a juvenile suspect that matched the description of the suspect in the 400 block of Royal.
Detectives from the Rockford Police Department conducted a follow-up investigation into the incident and the results were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, Attempt Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery charges were authorized and the suspect was lodged in Juvenile Detention.
No picture will be released due to the suspect’s juvenile status
Detectives continued the investigation on April 20, 2017. The results were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and further charges were authorized and a warrant was obtained for the following individual:
WANTED: CHRISTOPHER JACKSON, 24-years-old, Rockford, Ill.
CHARGES: CONSPIRACY-ARMED ROBBERY
Around 3:20 PM several units from the Rockford fire department were dispatched to the area of East State Street and Trainer. Scanner traffic is saying there is a serious accident near this location. At least one person is trapped inside the vehicle and extrication is needed. Injuries are being reported at the time of dispatch. Please avoid this area or expect traffic delays
Update: Rockford fire department has canceled the extrication
On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1338 hours, Rockford Police responded to the 2300 block of N. Central Ave in reference to an accident involving two vehicles, one which was now on its side. Subsequently, as units responded to the scene, a squad was struck by another vehicle in the intersection of N. Central Ave and Auburn St before it could reach the initial accident scene located at 2300 N. Central Ave.
No injuries were reported as a result of the accident involving the squad as the investigation is on-going. No injuries were event from the initial accident located at 2300 N. Central Ave as that particular investigation is also on-going.
Around 2 pm today several Rockford Scanner fans were reporting a rollover accident, and a police squad car involved in an accident.
The accidents are in the area of Auburn and Central. And also on Kilburn near Central.
The rollover accident there were reports of someone being trapped inside the vehicle, extrication was being requested to get the person out of the vehicle. injuries were also being reported. unknown on the severity of the injuries at this time.
No details are available on the police car accident
On Thursday, April 20, 2017 at hours, the Rockford Police responded to the 1700 block of Chestnut St in reference to a Home Invasion. Upon arrival, officers located a 14 year old teen who advise three unknown black male suspects entered his residence by forcing a rear door. One of the suspects held the teen from behind and pointed an unknown type handgun at him as the other two suspects took a gaming system from the living room. The suspects then left the residence in an unknown direction. The teen was not injured and was reunited with his mother shortly thereafter. This is an on-going investigation.
Around 4:20 am this morning the RFD were dispatched to the area of the 800 block of Cambridge. Scanner traffic is saying there is a fire inside the basement of a residence. The occupants of the residence, have evacuated. RFD are en route.
Update: RFD are on scene, the residents have evacuated. They need a fan to clear the house. Sounds like the situation is quickly under control.
From the RPD: Officers responded to the Rockford Memorial Hospital in reference to an Armed Robbery. Officers learned a 25 year old male subject was walking on Custer when at least two subjects tried to take money from him. He fought back and in the process was stabbed once in the neck and once in the right shoulder. The victim was unable to provide any suspect description and injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
Details are minimal due to the RPD being encrypted. Around 8:15 pm tonight emergency personnel were responding to the 1800 block of Latham st in Rockford for a stabbing. A man has been stabbed in the neck area. Unknown on the severity of the injuries at the time of writing this. No suspect information, due to the RPD being encrypted. Still developing
From the RPD: On 4-19-17 at 1921 hours officers responded to the 1500 block of Log Cabin in reference to shots fired calls. Upon their arrival they located shell casings in the street. Witnesses observed two vehicles following one another, southbound, on Log Cabin. Occupants of the lead vehicle began shooting out the back window of the vehicle, towards the vehicle that was behind them. Several shots were fired as the vehicles fled southbound on Log Cabin. No one was injured and no property was damaged during the incident. There was no further suspect description.
UPDATE: Sounds like the original reports of a shooting victim is unfounded.
RS Fan Sally Tiesman “No shooting victim and it was 3 cars silver nissan newly registered plates, black chevy, black mercedes, all with black out windows”
Details are minimal right now, Around 7:30 pm tonight some suspects in two different vehicles were shooting at each other in the area of Log Cabin in Rockford (See map below) .
Some fans are reporting a shooting victim, but it is not yet confirmed.
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at about 1127 hours, the Rockford Police responded to the area of Jefferson St and Henrietta Ave in reference to the report of an Armed Robbery. Upon arrival, officers located at victim who sustained an injury to his head from being hit with a handgun. The victim explained as he was walking to the bus stop he was approached by the suspect who pointed a handgun at him and demanded him to give him everything he had in his pockets.
The victim attempted to run from the suspect but was struck by the suspect in the head with the handgun. The victim flagged down a vehicle occupied by an unknown person as he ran down the street and ask for a ride indicating he had just been robbed. This unknown person agreed to give the victim a ride but proceed in a slow manner allowing the suspect to catch up to the vehicle on foot and enter the rear passenger door. The victim was able to get out of the vehicle and run to his residence where police were called.
Officers identified the suspect and was able to locate him a short distance from the scene and took him into custody. The vehicle driven by an unknown person was also located a short distance from the scene. The suspect is now being interviewed by the responding Detectives.
Around 11:35 pm tonight several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Keith and West State. Details are minimal right now, but a white van or suv has rolled over near this location. At least one person is injured. The caller said the driver is bloody and needs an ambulance. Emergency personnel are en route.
AVOID THE AREA, this sounds like a pretty serious accident.
Update: After we posted this, RS fan Tracy Lynn Mayfield Rollette said: “A drunk driver in a white truck hit the car in video, which was just sitting empty on N Main in the road with no flashers on. The truck tried to leave but some guys got him stopped in front of animal shelter where I called police. I witnessed the entire thing. The car must of ran outta gas and ppl left it just sitting in road but the driver of truck was drunk. He could barely stand when he finally stopped.”
Rockford Scanner fan :
“On North Main just north of W Riverside. The driver tried to flee from police but was stopped near the animal shelter. Lots of police on the scene.”
On Tuesday, April 18th., 2017, at 5:25 PM, the Rockford Police Department responded to the 1000 block of S. 6th. Street in regards to a subject who had been shot. Upon arrival officers found a male subject suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. This subject was transported to a local hospital for treatment and at the time of this post no additional information existed on his condition. Preliminary information indicates the subject was walking on foot in the area when a vehicle passed by him and an occupant fired an unknown type gun at him. The vehicle is described as a maroon Chevrolet Impala, or similar style vehicle, with tinted windows. The vehicle fled south on 6th. Street and it was occupied by two black occupants.
This is an active police investigation so once additional information becomes available it will be released.
Around 5:25 pm tonight a shooting happened in the area of the 1000 block of S 6th st. A person was shot near this location. Unknown on the severity of the injuries. The suspect vehicle is a Maroon Impala with tinted windows. No other information at this time
Update: Sounds like it is in the Rockton area.
Around 2:50 pm today officers were called in to investigate a watercraft (boat) floating down the river and it is believed to be unoccupied. We did not hear the exact location. But a couple of officers were en route to investigate. No other information at this time.
On Easter Sunday someone hit my car in the parking lot at Walmart in Loves Park and left (Happy Easter to me huh?) As you can see they left a pretty nice dent. (Left front door)
I’m going to file a police report today and review the security video of the parking lot, but I’m hoping you’ll all share this in hopes that someone who may have seen this or the person who did it sees it and comes forward before the police are notified. I know it’s a long shot, but I worked hard for this car and I don’t feel as though I should have to pay out of pocket to fix it.
It’s a grey 2013 Chrysler 200, parked at Walmart in Loves Park on Easter Sunday around noon.
If you all could do me a favor and share, share, share this on your page? It only takes a second.. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks, Heather M Daeger
Several Rockford Scanner fans are reporting a lot of police officers and several detectives at a residence in the 1500 block of 8th ave in Rockford.
Unknown what is going on due to the police encryption.
It is safe to assume this is a potential dangerous situation, due to the overwhelming amount of police officers at the scene according to RS fans. Avoid the area.
RS fans reporting a murder, some are reporting a drug raid. Unknown at this time.
Around 7:20 AM this morning a vehicle rolled over near the area of Montague and Springfield. At the time of writing this injuries were being reported. It was not yet known on the severity of the injuries. The cause of the accident is under investigation.