On Monday November 14, 2016 shortly after 6:30 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to the Happy Wok, 2815 11th Street, in reference to an Armed Robbery investigation. When they arrived officers learned a black male suspect entered the restaurant armed with a handgun. The suspect approached the counter and demanded money from the employees. The suspect then fled the scene after obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency.
Detectives from the Rockford Police Department have been actively investigating this incident. The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation in reference to the Armed Robbery at Happy Wok. As a result the State’s Attorney’s Office authorized charges and the Rockford Police Department obtained a warrant for Stokley C. Bledsoe. On Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at about 3:00 p.m. Rockford Police Detectives arrested Bledsoe.
ARRESTED: Stokely C. Bledsoe Age 50, Rockford, IL
CHARGE: Armed Robbery
BOND: $250,000 @ 10%
Bledsoe was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.
Two other similar Armed Robbery incidents occurred at the following locations on the listed dates:
Family Dollar, 3124 N. Rockton Avenue, Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Fas Fuel, 3429 N. Main, Thursday, November 17, 2016
Rockford Police Detectives continue to investigate the possibility these incidents are related. This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
ON MONDAY, 11/14/16, AT ABOUT 1838 HOURS OFFICERS RESPONDED TO HAPPY WOK RESTAURANT 2815 11TH STREET IN REFERENCE THE BUSINESS BEING ROBBED. UPON ARRIVAL OFFICERS LEARNED A BLACK MALE ENTERED THE STORE AND GAVE A NOTE DEMANDING MONEY TO THE EMPLOYEE WORKING THE REGISTER WHILE POINTING A HANDGUN AT HER. THE SUSPECT TOOK USC FROM THE REGISTER AND FLED NORTH OUT OF THE STORE.
THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS A BLACK MALE, 30’S WEARING BLACK STOCKING CAP, JEAN JACKET, BLUE JEANS ABOUT 5′ 06″, 150 POUNDS ARMED WITH A BLACK HANDGUN.
On 11/14/2016 at about 4:30pm officers were dispatched to an address in the 1400 block of Montague Street in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located a 71 year old female suffering from a stab wound to her arm. Investigation revealed that the female victim was stabbed by her 34 four year old son, Christopher J. Buckley, during an argument. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. As officers arrived on scene, they observed Buckley run back into the residence. He then attempted to jump out of a second story window. Officers surrounded the residence and members of the Rockford Police Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT team were contacted to assist. Officers attempted to speak with Buckley for several hours to no avail.
The incident was simultaneously reviewed with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, who authorized charges of Home Invasion and Aggravated Domestic Battery against Buckley. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. After approximately seven hours of failed negotiations, SWAT officers entered the residence. Buckley was located hiding in a crawl space. He was taken into custody without further incident. He was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond.
The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.
This is an on-going investigation. No further information is available at this time.
No photo of Buckley is available at this time.
The charges against Buckley are merely accusations. He is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Around 5:30 PMRockford fire department were dispatched to the area of Reed and Marshall. Scanner traffic is saying there is a fully engulfed car fire near this location.. While en route to the scene the dispatcher said there was a fight in the area and they believed the car engulfed was involved. No other information
Unseasonably mild conditions will continue until Friday when a strong cold front hits, bringing a dose of temperature realness to the region for the weekend. There is a chance of showers and perhaps a thunderstorm with the front Friday, otherwise mainly dry conditions are expected
Credit: Dave Lindberg
The jet that was flying around the area earlier today is a MIG-21 that is based out at the Rockford Airport. It is privately owned.
More about the MIG-21 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-21
Rockford Scanner fan : That is a MIG and it is a privately owed plane. It is a show plane and has dummy missiles. Seen that around locally a few years.
Credit: Dave Lindberg
Credit: Dave Lindberg
Several Rockford Scanner fans have said they heard a military jet in the Rockford area. At the time of writing this, it is not known what type of jet is making the noise.
We can confirm there is a BlackHawk helicopter to the north, near the Beloit area, approx. 4000 feet.
But fans are saying this is a military jet, like a fighter plane. So it is not known if there are 2 different military aircraft in the area, or just the one.
If you have information or photos/video, please email us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com
Update: The fans are certain it is a military jet fighter. One fan is reporting they saw 2 jets.
The FAA is also in town, they arrived just before noon. But their aircraft is a Bombardier Global 5000, not something that resembles a jet fighter.
It may be possible, there is a high profile person in town (Politician, celebrity, etc…) that we do not yet know about that flew in.
If you have any information or photo/video, please contact us
On Monday, November 14, 2016 at 1116 hours Rockford Police Officers responded to 2323 Overdene Ave in reference to a Home Invasion. The victim advised he was home alone sleeping when he heard pounding at the door to the residence. As the victim got out of bed to investigate he was confront by a black in the hallway of his residence. The suspect pointed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun at him before fleeing out of the residence. The suspect was followed by two additional suspects. All suspects were described as teenage black males with short dreads. Suspects last know direction was east on foot from the residence. Point of entry was determined to be an east side door to the residence forced open. The victim was not injured.
Around 11:34 am this morning a broadcast came over the un-encrypted airwaves of the ISP in reference to a home invasion 2300 block of Overdene in Rockford. The suspects are described as three black males, 15-17 years old, all had dreadlocks. last seen eastbound on foot.
A round 9:49 AM this morning. The Rockford fire department were dispatched to an address on Boylston. Scanner traffic is saying a construction company has struck a gas line. There is a gas leak in the area now because of it. Rockford by department is en route
Boone County Sheriff David Ernest announces the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program Grant (STEP Grant), Thanksgiving Day Campaign, which begins on November 14th and ends on November 28th.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety, awarded the Boone County Sheriff’s Office funds to conduct additional specialized patrols for occupant restraint violations and DUI.
Off-duty Deputies will be hired back to conduct roving saturation patrols and will be deployed at or near high crash and high traffic locations.
Sheriff Ernest encourages motorists to “buckle up” and to designate a sober driver if you’ve been consuming alcohol. Motorists caught un-belted or under the influence will be cited or arrested.
UPDATE: They said the ATV has been returned
Rockford Scanner fan Ashley Nicole:
“Hi my name is Ashley. I was wondering if u could help me out and spred the word. I work up this morning to take my son to school and noticed my shed doors were wide opened only to realize some has stolen my 2006 suzuki quadsport 250ATV. Will you please share the picture to see if anyone has seen it. I live in Machesney park where the four wheeler was stolen last night”
Stolen near Harlem and N Second area. If found there is a $500 reward. Contact Ashley at
On Monday November 14th, 2016, at about 1:10 a.m., Rockford Officers were dispatched to the area of 16th Street and Pershing Avenue in response to several citizens’ calls of gunshots being fired in the area. Upon arrival, officers learned from a witness that the shots were fired from a silver Cadillac travelling in the area. Officers searched and, only a few blocks away, located a silver Cadillac occupied by a female driver and male passenger parked in a driveway in the 2300 block of Reed Avenue. Officers conducted an investigative stop of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle first revealed spent cartridge casings. After further searching, officers located a partially loaded revolver. The male fled on foot, but was caught after only a short chase on foot. Information was developed that identified the male occupant of the Cadillac as the person who had possessed the revolver and fired it from the moving car. It is believed he was firing into the air and no persons or things were found to have been shot after officers checked the area.
On 11/14/16 at around 1:10 AM Rockford Police responded to the 2300 block of Pershing Ave in reference to gunshots that were fired from a car. Officers checked the area and located a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the 2300 block of Reed Ave. The car was occupied. During the course of the investigation officers located spent shell casings and a gun in the car.
Albert Dowthard was subsequently arrested and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, resisting arrest and several weapons offenses.
At the time of this post it should be noted that the charges are merely accusations and Dowthard is presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
Just after 7 pm tonight there are reports of multiple shots fired near the Fairgrounds Housing. No other information is available.
Admin Claude is reporting an accident On HARLEM just east of North Second, right at the first street next to Hamilton shopping center. (possibly Rodgers) Eastbound lanes of traffic are blocked. Injuries reported, unknown on the severity of the injuries.
Just before 11:30 AM this morning. The Rockford fire department were dispatched to 11th St. and 18th Ave. Initial scanner traffic is saying there’s an automobile accident with injuries near this intersection. Unknown on the severity of the injuries. At least one person is trapped in extrication is being requested. Several units are en route
On 11/13/16 around 0150 hours Officers met with the Victims of an Aggravated Discharge of Firearm at their residence. Officers spoke to the victims who stated the incident occurred around midnight at the intersection of Reid Farm Rd and Villagreen.
The Victims explained to the Officers that they were at Jacks(Jax) Pub in Loves Park when they got into a verbal argument with the Suspect.
The Suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them. The victims left in their vehicle and the Suspect followed them in his vehicle to the intersection of Reid Farm Rd and Villagreen when the Suspect fired 3 to 4 shots at the victim’s car striking it two times on the driver side doors.
Then Victims then returned to their residence where they called the police. There was no injury to the Victim’s.
The Victims described the Suspect as a white male, 180 lbs, unshaven, short hair in his early 20’s driving a dark newer 4 door sedan.
At approximately 0838 hours, Rockford Police Officers responded to a call for a stabbing victim in the 4800 block of Flintridge Court. Upon arrival, Officers located a 26 year old female suffering from numerous non-life-threatening cuts/stab wounds. The 26 year old female was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released. While investigating this incident, a 22 year old female arrived at a different local hospital with numerous non-life-threatening cuts/stab wounds. The 22 year old female was treated and released. The initial investigation indicated that the two females were involved in an altercation in the 4800 block of Flintridge Court (outside) that escalated into both females cutting each other with unknown type knives/blades. Both females were interviewed and released pending further investigation. No further information available at this time.
Just before 9 am this morning the Rockford Fire Department were dispatched to the 4800 Block of Flintridge in reference to a stabbing call. Scanner traffic said a female was stabbed in the leg area. The suspects fled in a Maroon vehicle. Unknown on the severity of the injuries.
Around 8:46 am this morning the Rockford Fire Department were dispatched to the Buffalo Wild Wings at 6275 E State St. Scanner traffic is saying the restaurant is beginning to fill up with smoke. The HVAC unit was turned on and began smoking. They are evacuating the business. Rockford Fire Department is en route.
Just before 8 am this morning the Rockford Fire Department were dispatched to 505 N Main. Scanner traffic is minimal, only saying there is a possible fire on the 3rd floor of the high rise. They switched channels, so we can’t hear anymore updates.
Around 7:49 am this morning the RFD were dispatched to the Chestnut st Bridge. Scanner traffic is saying a vehicle has rolled over at the bridge, near the west side of the bridge. Injuries are being reported. This is still developing, so it is not known on the severity of the injuries. Also unknown if anyone is trapped. Please avoid the area or expect delays.
Update: They said they are on scene of a two car rollover accident.
From the BPD: We have a couple of crime trends we are tracking and would like to mention them to you.
1) Recently we have had a couple of calls of suspicious calls which are convincing enough that people have thought that a loved one was arrested in another country or some other predicament. The callers will sometimes ask for you to send money or even put money on an iTunes account. If you get a call like this, and you aren’t sure if it is legitimate, feel free to contact us, and we can look into it before you send off some of your hard earned money.
2) We have had several reports of thefts around the Beloit College campus. We know that the students are awesome and want to be trusting, but unfortunately it appears that local thieves are being allowed into buildings. Yesterday there was a theft of a wallet from the Sports Center, but laptops, bikes and money have all been taken from various places around campus. We continue to work with the great people at Beloit College Security, but students and staff, please write down serial numbers for your electronics, keep your doors locked, and don’t let people into residence halls without an ID or a specific name of a student they are there to visit.
3) We had a burglary report yesterday in the 1600 block of Grant. The window of opportunity for the burglars was pretty short (about 9-11pm). During our survey of the neighbors, we had a few people mention 2 white males in a pickup truck who have been in that area asking to do jobs around people’s houses. They have been reported to get somewhat upset and/or aggressive when told that their help was not needed. We don’t have anything at this time to tie them to the recent burglary, but we are optimistic. If this description rings any bells, and you see the vehicle and/or subjects please call 7572244 so we can at least chat with them. Any license plate info on the truck would also be helpful Thanks.
Thanks to those of you who came out for the Public Safety mass yesterday. It was a nice showing, and we appreciate the support. A huge thank you to the First Congregational church parish and all of the volunteers that made the awesome care packs for our officers. They were a big hit.