Two Third Marine Aircraft Wing single-seat F/A-18 Hornets Collide in Mid-Air



Two third Marine Aircraft Wing single-seat F/A-18 Hornets, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, experienced a mid-air collision during a training mission over the water in the vicinity of San Diego, California, at approximately 11:43 a.m. (PST), Nov. 9, 2016.

Beloit Funeral Home Director Allegedly Cremated Bodies Without A Permit, And Is Arrested



RS fans have contacted us and said “The funeral director from Hansen-Gravitt Funeral Home on Prospect Street, Jay Gravitt has been arrested for cremating bodies without a permit. Three charges of forgery and five counts of cremating a body without a permit. Reports of up to 17 cases over the last 2 years, where corpses were cremated using faulty permits or before a permit was even issued.




Accident With Injuries in Loves park



Around 12:40 pm today several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Forest Hills and E Riverside in reference to an auto accident with injuries. Scanner traffic is saying the injuries are believed to be non life threatening. Several units are en route





BREAKING: Death Investigation in Rockford

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On Wednesday November 9, 2016 at about 11:45 a.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to Kent Creek adjacent to the 3100 block of Auburn Street in reference to a Death Investigation. The body of 36 year old, Cedric Merriweather, of Rockford was found in the creek by a work crew.

On Thursday November 10, 2016 an autopsy was conducted by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office. The results revealed that Merriweather died as a result of blunt force trauma and drowning, making his death a Homicide.



Update: A man has been found under the nearby bridge. Reported to have been found by the Winnebago County Inmate Work Crew. Still developing

Still no information from the Rockford police

Credit: Katherine N

Credit: Katherine N

Rockford police are encrypted so no information from the RPD.

Around 11:55 am this morning the RFD were dispatched to the 3100 block of Auburn st for a person who had passed away. Rockford Fire Department arrived on scene, and said that the RPD were handling the scene and they were going back in service. It is not yet known how the person died. The RPD have not released any information. We will try to post an update if we can.

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Rockford Scanner Fan Reporting A School Bus Accident

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RS Fan

Around 7:30 am
“Multi vehicle accident at the intersection of Dickenson Rd and Eddie Rd. 3 vehicles that I could see, a black Cadillac Sedan, white SUV, and a school bus. Cannot confirm if there were children on board the bus or not but there was another bus parked at the opposite corner that may have been called to transfer students…but again, that is just an assumption. I think it was a RPS district 205 bus.
Bus was facing west on the northeast corner, Cadillac facing east on the southeast corner, and the SUV was in a yard facing south on the southwest corner.

The second bus was facing east on the southwest corner, behind an ambulance. Several rescuers on scene, good idea to avoid the area. That area may be experiencing heavier than usual traffic due to Telegraph road closed between Winnebago Rd and Kilburn Rd”



Recap Of Yesterdays Violent Day In The Rockford Area

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Yesterday was a pretty violent day in the Rockford area.
Below is a recap of some of the violence:





Armed Robbery To A Citizen At A Local Bar


On 11/8/16 at 1723 hours Officers responded to Central Park Tap, 3523 Auburn St. for an Armed Robbery to Citizen. Upon arrival Officers spoke to the Victim, who informed them he was parked in the north parking lot of Central Park Tap looking at Facebook on his phone when Suspect 1 tapped on the passenger side window. When he looked at Suspect 1, Suspect 2 and 3 approached the driver side door of his vehicle with semi- automatic handguns pointed it at him. He exited his vehicle and Suspect 2 and 3 went through his pockets and removed U. S. Currency. All three suspects then ran northbound on foot from the scene. Winnebago County Sheriff K-9 conducted a track for the Suspects which ended with negative results.

Suspect 1 – black male, 5’6”, 18-20 years old, wearing a black hoodie with red lining
Suspect 2 – black male, 18 – 20 years old, wearing a black coat with fur around the hood, blue jeans
Suspect 3 – black male, 18-20 years old, wearing light blue jeans, gray hoodie, and black hat


Strong Armed Robbery on Rockford East Side


Strong Armed Robbery, 7th street and 11th ave, 3 suspects
Suspect 1 is a black male 23 6 foot tall wearing a purple hoodie
Suspect 2 is a black male 23 5’10” wearing a black hoodie
Suspect 3 is a black male 20 6′ tall wearing a blue hoodie
Source, unencrypted ISP and county radio traffic.
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Vehicle hijacking in Rockford



Vehicle Hijacking 2500 block of Alpine.
White Yukon with tinted windows, unknown license plate, suspects are 4 Hispanic males, one armed with a shotgun. If you see this vehicle do not approach them and call 911

Edit: with updated information.
Q369042 is the plate, updated information is 3 males black mask dark clothing, one armed with shotgun. One male hispanic black mask, dark clothing, some suspects left in a tan jeep Westbound on Harrison.
Source: Unencrypted ISP and county transmissions.

Admin Will

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at around 11:30 P.M., Rockford Police responded to the 4200 block of Harrison Ave in reference to a Vehicular Hijacking. Upon arrival, Officers learned an adult female (23yrs old) and an adult male (25yrs old) were sitting in their vehicle listening to music when 3 subjects approached their vehicle.  One of the suspects had a shotgun and pointed it at the male driver, telling him to exit the vehicle.  Two other suspects then pulled the male out of the vehicle and began punching him.  The female passenger was able to get out and run from the vehicle. The male victim was able to run away from the suspects.   One of the suspects then took off in the victim’s vehicle which is a White 2004 GMC Yukon (IL- Q369042).  The other suspects entered a tan or gray Jeep model SUV with unknown registration and also fled the area.  The victims were both Rockford residents and did not sustain any major injuries.

Suspect Descriptions:

Suspect 1: hispanic male, around 6’0” tall, around 160 lbs, around 20 years old, long black hair, thin beard, wearing dark clothing and in possession of a shotgun.

Suspect 2: unknown male, around 5’5” tall, unknown weight, around 20 years old, wearing dark clothing and a black mask

Suspect 3: unknown male, wearing black clothing and black mask, unknown further

This is an ongoing police investigation.

Multiple injuries reported at an accident scene on East Riverside




Around 5 PM, several emergency personnel were dispatched to Perryville and East Riverside.  Scanner traffic is saying there is an accident with multiple injuries being reported.  At least two ambulances have been dispatched to the scene.  The severity of the injuries are not yet known.  The accident is causing traffic delays so please avoid the area


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Two Victims Robbed and Pistol Whipped In Rockford


Around 4:20 pm today the Rockford Fire Department were dispatched to the 1300 block of Broadway. Scanner traffic is saying there was a robbery and two people were pistol whipped. No other information at this time.

Update from Rockford Police

On Tuesday November 8, 2016 shortly after 4:15 p.m. patrol officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to LC Auto Sales, 1334 Broadway, in reference to an Armed Robbery. When they arrived officers learned that two armed suspects entered the business and demanded money from employees. During the incident one of the suspects struck a male employee on the back of the head with an unknown type handgun. The employee was later transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects fled the business after obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency.

Based on information available at this time the following description of the suspects was developed:
Suspect #1: Black Male 18-25 years old 5’9 tall with a medium build
Black Hooded Sweatshirt / Black Pants / Unknown Handgun
Suspect #2: Black Male 18-25 years old 5’9 tall with a medium build
Gray Hooded Sweatshirt / Black Pants / Unknown Handgun

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department are conducting a follow-up investigation
into the incident. Anyone with information regarding this Armed Robbery is asked to
contact the Rockford Police Department Investigations Bureau (779/500-6551) or Crime
Stoppers (815/963-7867).

Surveillance photos of the suspects attached.



RS Fan Reporting A Local Hospital On Lockdown

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RS fan Ashley Hancock: My friend was there. A man came in shot bad

A Rockford Scanner fan said that Swedish American Hospital was on lockdown. At the time of writing this, it is not yet known exactly why. They usually only lockdown a hospital when a shooting victim arrives. We will try updating this, if we can. If you have any info please email us at 


ROBBERY: Business Just Robbed in Rockford


Just after 1 pm today several officers were en route to the 3300 block of N Main at Mollies. Scanner traffic is saying the business was just robbed at gunpoint. the suspect is a white male, 6’1, 160 lbs, in his 20’s, wearing dark hoody and a bandanna over his face. Armed with a black semi automatic gun. (Sounds like the same description from last nights armed robbery in Loves Park) Last seen on foot from the business headed eastbound.

Update: They are searching for the Tan van from last night. They think it is the same suspect and vehicle involved.  They are also checking out a suspect in the 3500 block of Normandy.

Loves Park Robbery

On Tuesday November 8, 2016 around 1:00pm, Rockford Police Officers responded to Molly’s Deli and Slots, 3315 N. Main St, in reference to an armed robbery to the business.  Through the investigation, officers learned that the suspect entered the business and approached the employee who was at the counter.  The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the money from the register.   The employee complied with the suspect’s demands and gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of United States Currency.  The suspect was last seen running northeast from the business.    There were three patrons in the business at the time of the robbery.  Neither the employee or patrons were injured during this robbery.   The suspect was described as a white male 20-30 years old, 6’00” 160 wearing all black with a hooded sweatshirt covering his face

UPDATE: They are chasing the vehicle near Alpine and Rural. Sounds like the Sargent is about to have them terminate the chase.

At 1:32 pm he is southbound at E State and Fairview.

Westbound on Charles doing 60 mph at 1:33 pm almost crashing into a Rockford squad.

Doing 70 mph westbound near 11th st. at 1:35 pm. they are requesting stop sticks.

He cut through Uncle Nicks. And west on Jefferson near 3rd running red lights.  Crossed over the bridge.  He ran several red lights and the officers had to stop at them, so he got distance from the officers and they lost him.

The suspect is gone……

Update: The 10-68 that just came out at 2:01 pm said the driver is a black male.

UPDATE at 2:12 pm They located the vehicle at the sportscore on Elmwood and many officers are en route to setup a perimeter. While en route a witness said:

The white male got out of the vehicle and walked southbound and got into a white buick van that was occupied by a white female in her 20’s with long blonde hair and wearing a white shirt and grey pants.

RS fan Wendy HartyThe van has child seats in it but no kids.


Note: They had to relay information via different agencies, due to the RPD being encrypted, and the information was disorganized a bit at times due to having to relay information.  One channel said there was children in the vehicle and to terminate the chase. Another freq. said he got distance from the officers because he was running red lights.  Either way, the suspect is still on the loose after a lengthy high speed chase through the city of Rockford.



Shooting Victim, SWAT Team Takes Suspects into Custody


On 11/7/16 at 1:28 p.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired and a person injured in the area of Lincoln and Wilson in the City of Janesville. Moments later officers were informed that a gunshot victim had arrived at Mercy Hospital. Arriving officers found bullet casings at the scene of the shooting. Further, officers learned that the victim, a Janesville resident, had driven himself to the hospital. The victim is expected to survive his injuries.

Witnesses at the scene reported that four individuals, the victim and three others, were observed at the scene of the shooting. The four individuals fled in two vehicles after the shots were fired. One vehicle was described as a silver sedan.

Another witness reported hearing the sounds of two gunshots and observed a speeding silver sedan flee the area of the gunshots and abruptly stop in the driveway of 416 Johnson Street. Two suspects fled the vehicle and entered 416 Johnson Street. Officers surrounded the home awaiting the assistance of other officers.

The Janesville Police Department’s SWAT team was deployed to 416 Johnson Street. The Beloit Police Department and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT teams both assisted with the operation.

At 6:10 p.m., a juvenile male exited the residence and surrendered to officers. He was arrested on an outstanding capias’ for battery, theft, disorderly conduct, and robbery. He is a Beloit resident that was visiting an acquaintance at the residence. A search of the home later in the evening revealed no additional suspects in the home. OC and CS gas was inserted into the home prior to the search.

Officers learned the identity of one of the suspects, Nando Enis. He was subsequently taken into custody in the 200 block of E. Racine Street at 10:00 p.m.

At this time the investigation reveals that the shooting was a result of dispute over the sale of illegal drugs. The suspects were texting each other trying to determine a location to meet and complete the drug sales transaction. They ultimately met at Lincoln and Wilson.

This investigation continues. Detectives are interviewing additional witnesses and are searching 416 Johnson Street and two vehicles that were seized for additional evidence.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Janesville Police Department at (608)755-3100 or Crime Stoppers at (608)756-3636. Citizens can also download the FREE “P3 tips” app at the Apple store or Google Play store to submit crime tips ANONYMOUSLY.

Arrested suspects:

1.) Nando M. Enis
Age 20
No fixed address

2.) Male Juvenile
Age 16
Beloit, WI

Pursuant to the directive of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3:6 Trial Publicity, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


National: Snake On An Airplane

A snake gave passengers on a commercial flight in Mexico quite the s-s-scare on Sunday.

Video captured by Indalecio Medina shows the serpent slithering from the ceiling near an overhead luggage compartment before partially dropping into the cabin of the Aeroméxico flight.

The scene garnered plenty of comparisons to the Hollywood thriller and action movie, “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

Medina told ABC News today that he “controlled the snake with a blanket” before the plane landed in Mexico City and animal control personnel arrived.

Aeroméxico said in a statement that “due to the presence of the animal and following security protocols, the flight was given priority to land” at Mexico City International Airport. Once the plane landed, airport personnel “secured the reptile.”

“The procedures carried out for this flight are currently being evaluated to determine how the animal entered the cabin and measures have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future,” Aeroméxico added. “For Aeroméxico, the security of its passengers and crew is of the highest priority and it always works to meet the highest quality standards.”

Source: ABC

106 Vehicles Stopped During Traffic Detail In Rockford

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The Rockford Police Traffic Investigation Unit and Community Services Officers conducted a traffic enforcement detail in the areas of Charles Street from 9th Street to Parkside Drive, Broadway from 9th Street to Alpine Road, Longwood Street from Crosby Street to Chamberlain Street, and Whitman Street from North Main to Avon Street, to raise awareness of safety-related traffic violations and to reduce the overall number of and severity of crashes in these areas.

These areas were selected based on data intelligence noting an increased number of injury-crash hotspots.
Officers conducted 106 vehicle stops during a two-day period, the results of which are as follows:
21 warnings
97 Speed-related citations
5 Cell phone usage citations
6 Insurance violations
4 Registration violations
2 Seat belt violations
6 Driver’s license violations
2 Sign/Signal violations
1 Window tint violation
The Rockford Police will continue to perform traffic details and remind drivers to help prevent fatalities and reduce injuries on the roadways by obeying the rules of the road at all times.




Suspect Acts Like A Police Officer In Beloit



Recently a complaint was taken of a person identifying themselves as a police officer. The person was described as a m/w approximately 6’0”, medium build, blue jeans, baseball hat and sunglasses. The male was driving a dark colored Chevy with blue and red lights in the grill. We are looking into this report still, and you should be aware these calls are very rare.

We wanted to show you what our cars look like when the lights are on. We do have a couple variations of our cars, but this is the most common one we use. If you ever have a question if you are being stopped by a real police officer, turn on your flashers, slow down, call 911 and confirm with Dispatch that the police officer stopping you is really the police. If they have all of this equipment they are likley real, and you should stop.

We will post the vidoes of our different cars, and photos of them.

Thanks for your understanding.

Have a great day
be safe and be vigilant

Stolen Vehicle Flees From police in Rolling Green Neighborhood


Around 12:57 am this morning an officer was following a stolen vehicle. It happened in the Rolling Green neighborhood near Ohio and Weslyan. Officers are following the stolen vehicle.

The vehicle took off from the officer.

The Sargent told the officers to not chase the vehicle.

They terminated the chase



Armed Robbery To Business in Loves Park, Suspect Steals Vehicle Also


Around 11:40 pm tonight a broadcast came over the scanner in reference to an armed robbery and a stolen vehicle in Loves Park. It happened at a business on N Second st. Sounded like the business was Shamrock Slots at 4901 N 2nd St. The suspect was only described as a male wearing a mask. And he stole a gold 2000 van. Last seen southbound.

Update via the ISP: White male, 5’5, 150 lbs, black hoody and black pants with cargo pockets, blue bandanna over his face, armed with a black handgun.

Update: Around 3 am officers saw the suspect vehicle near E State st and Summit, near Swedish American Hospital. They lost sight of the suspect.

UPDATE: They located the suspect vehicle on 11/8/2016. the suspect commited another armed robbery to a business and lead police on a high speed chase. They lost the suspect, and then he dumped the vehicle at the Sportscore on Elmwood. Full details