On Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at 0101 hours Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 700 Island Ave. reference numerous cars in the area. Upon arrival Officers heard gunshots.
An occupied vehicle was later located struck by gunfire once. No injuries were reported. Occupant of vehicle advised having heard gunshots and vehicle had been struck once. A dark colored vehicle was seen fleeing the area.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department @ (815) 966-2900
On Monday, December 10, 2018 at approximately 1:20 p.m., the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the 9200 block of Knapp Rd. in rural Winnebago County for a deceased male. Deputies found a deceased male off the roadway in a tree line. It appeared as if the male was intentionally disposed of at this location and did not live in the area.
An autopsy was performed by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office and the victim was identified as Jamie R. Stephens (age 31) of Rockford and the cause of death was due to several gunshot wounds.
On January 23, 2019, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Nickles T. Parks 4/22/92 and charged him with 1st Degree Murder, Armed Robbery and Concealing a Homicidal Death. He is currently in the Winnebago County Jail.
On March 20, 2019,Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilynn Hite Ross authorized charges against a second suspect and Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for the following person:
~Joshua J. Whittie 1/2/00 of Rockford
-First Degree Murder
-Concealing a Homicidal Death
**Whittie is currently in Custody at another corrections facility**
The charges against Parks and Whittie are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.
Just after 11 pm tonight several area fire departments were battling a house fire in Rockford.