UPDATE: They have toned out a mutual aid around 2 pm today, for local fire departments to respond with hard bottom and soft bottom boats to search for victims on Blackhawk Island. They are evacuating the Blackhawk island. Some are refusing to leave.
Sources are reporting a water rescue in Rockford.
It happened around 8 am this morning on the Blackhawk Island.
Reports of at least one victim (possibly more) that are stranded.
Blackhawk Fire Dept. and New Milford Fire Dept. are en route. They are staging at S Main and Shore.
Sounds like the river is flooded pretty bad down in that area and is quickly rising.
They have asked for the rapid response vehicle to the scene.
As you know they have opened up the Fordham Dam in Rockford, so all that water is rushing down river near this location.
ISP ARRESTS TWO AND SEIZES OVER 110 POUNDS OF SUSPECTED COCAINE
A traffic stop made by an Illinois State Police (ISP) Trooper yesterday has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of suspected cocaine weighing more than 110 pounds.
On February 21, 2019 an ISP Trooper from the Statewide Criminal Patrol Team stopped a truck tractor-semi trailer combination Northbound on I-55 near Towanda, IL to conduct a Motor Carrier Safety Inspection. During the inspection the Trooper observed indicators of possible criminal activity. A State Police canine alerted to the odor of illegal drugs within the semi-trailer.
A subsequent search of the trailer by Illinois State Troopers and McLean County Deputies resulted in the seizure of fifty (50) kilograms of cocaine hidden within the legitimate freight inside the trailer.
Arrested for Controlled Substance Trafficking, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Controlled Substance were Brandon R. Weise, 35, of Murrieta, California and Miguel Martinez, 36, of Desert Springs, California. Both subjects have been incarcerated in the McLean County Jail and have been formally charged by the McLean County State’s Attorney. A McLean County Judge has set their bond at $500,000 cash.
No additional information will be released regarding this incident.
The public is reminded that criminal defendants are presumed innocent until the government is able to prove its charges in a court beyond a reasonable doubt.
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