Rockford Scanner™: One Person Arrested After A Serious Accident Near Byron

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On October 6th, 2018, Deputies, along with Byron Fire/EMS personnel, responded to the 12000 block of Kennedy Hill Rd for a one vehicle accident.

Both occupants were transported by Byron Ambulance to RMH for treatment of serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

At the hospital, the driver of the vehicle, Mitchell A. Wessels, 33 of Sterling, was charged with Driving Under the Influence and Driving While License Suspended, and cited for Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident. He was released in IBond.

The passenger, Lucas W. Hopkins, 37, of Rockford, was cited for Failure to Wear Seatbelt and given a civil citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.



Rockford Scanner™: Sources Reporting A Shooting Victim in Byron

On August 3rd, 2018 at about 0140 hours the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office responded to 5482 N. German Church Rd, rural Byron in reference to a report of a male at that location with a gunshot wound. Deputy’s found Chase Cooper (age 19), with a gunshot wound. Cooper was transported by Byron EMS to Mercy Hospital in Rockford with non-life threating injuries. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office Detectives continue to investigate the incident and confirm the information provided by witnesses. The investigation is ongoing.


Several sources are reporting a shooting victim in Byron. 

It happened just before 2 am in the 5400 block of N German Church Rd

Reports of at least one shooting victim near this location. 

No other details were provided. 

Rockford Scanner™: Two More Bad Accidents in The Area

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UPDATE: Officials confirm 78-year-old Lavon H. Eytalis of Byron, was taken to Mercyhealth where she passed away.

In reference to the Route 2 accident scene. 

Several sources reporting two more bad accidents in the area. 

  • Bad accident on Route 2 near Kennedy Hill 
  • Multiple vehicle accident On Bypass 20 near Irene

Both accident scenes reporting injuries.

Other accidents in the area 

Rockford Scanner™: Couple Of Bad Accidents Today in Rockford

Rockford Scanner™: Local Officer Passes Away In An Auto Accident

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It is with deep regret and profound sadness I wish to inform you of the passing of Lt. Randy Hilliard. Randy passed away this morning from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident (off duty) on IL Rt 72 just outside of Byron.

Randy began his career with the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office on February 6, 1991 as a Correctional Officer. He was promoted to Sergeant and later Lieutenant holding many different positions within the Office. Randy will be deeply missed by his family at the Sheriff’s Office but more importantly his family at home.

I would ask during this very difficult time you keep Randy’s wife, children, parents and siblings in your thoughts and prayers.

The occupants of the second vehicle were extended members of the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office.

Again please keep the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office family, Hilliard family and Sgro family in your thoughts and prayers

Sheriff Brian VanVickle

Rockford Scanner™: Police Arrest Several People On Warrants




On 05/30/18 the following were arrested for Ogle County Outstanding Warrants:

Bronson D Hughes, age 35, of Sterling for Failure to Appear. Hughes has a bond of $1101 and will return to court on 05/31/18 at 1:00 pm.

LLoyd W Martin, age 38, of Mt. Morris for Failure to Appear. Martin had a bond of $503. Martin did post the $503 bond and was released from the Ogle County Jail. Martin does not have to return for court.

On 05/31/18 the following were arrested for Ogle County Outstanding warrants:

Kole E. Mowry, age 19, of Oregon for Failure to Appear. Mowry had a bond of $307. Mowry received a $50 purge bond and was released from the Ogle County Jail. Mowry will have to return to court on 06/25/18 at 9:00 am.

Donovan M. Holsinger , age 39, of Byron for Failure to Appear. Holsinger had a bond of $556. Holsinger received a partial purge for $75. Holsinger was released from the Ogle County Jail. Holsinger will have to return to court on 06/25/18 at 9:00am.

Zachary Grove, age 24, of Stillman Valley was arrested for Failure to Appear. Grove had a bond of $567. Grove posted the $567 bond and was released from the Ogle County Jail. Grove does not have to return for court.




Rockford Scanner™: Water Rescue: Two Jet Skiers Need To Be Rescued From The River, Trapped In A Railroad Trestle

Around 3:30 pm today several emergency personnel were dispatched for another water rescue. 

This one happened in the area of Brooke ct and Ashelford. 

Reports of two jet skiers were trapped in a railroad trestle in the river, and needed assistance. 

One of them is reported to be upside down in the water without a life jacket. 

Several emergency personnel are en route. 

Still developing




Rockford Scanner™: Several Emergency Personnel On Scene of A Drowning Victim Call, Still Developing



Update from RS fan Steven Parson: Approx 16 year old male. 
According to people in the crowd he was revived and sent to the hospital in ambulance grandmother had a heart attack so she left in another ambulance

A MABAS (Mutual Aid) was toned out for local fire departments to assist with the search.

Details are minimal right now.

Several sources are reporting a person drowning at Lake Louise, near Byron. 

Several emergency personnel are on scene. 

They were able to recover the victim. Unknown if the emergency personnel were able to revive the victim or not. 

Still developing.