Rockford Scanner™: Over 100 Planes Taking Off In Formation in Groups Of 3, This Weekend. Keep Your Eyes To The Sky!



Information of where you can watch this from at http://rickietraeger.com/rockford-airport-krfd-planespotting/

Rockford Airport (KRFD) Planespotting

Keep your eyes on the sky this Saturday around noon!

Witness the largest gathering of Bonanza aircraft from all over the country
depart RFD en route to the AirVenture at Wisconsin’s Wittman Field in Oshkosh, WI.

Nearly 130 Beechcraft Bonanzas will take off in groups of three and fly in formation to the group’s destination.








Rockford Scanner™: RS Fans Rescue Baby Ducks From The Drain in Machesney Park



 

 

 

RS fan Crystal sent us the following video and information. 

Her husband and her rescued some baby ducks from the drainage ditch near the Target on 173 yesterday. After rescuing the baby ducks, the Winnebago County Sheriff office arrived on scene and transported the baby ducks to their mother. 


She sent us the following: “My husband and I crawled down in the sewer at the Target on 173 in Machesney Park and rescued baby ducks! We saw a duck frantically running around and we got out and heard the little chirps down in the sewer! My girls were so proud of us! Some of the shoppers thought we were committing a crime and next thing we knew the Winnebago Sheriffs were watching us as we climbed out of the sewer. We explained and showed them the ducks we put in a box that we rescued. The Sheriffs helped us locate the Mama duck and reunite the little adorable duck family!”

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: 4th Of July Fireworks Show in 4k Quality! Watch it Here



 

You all been waiting for it, here they are! 4th of July High Quality fireworks video from the Rockford fireworks! Video by Rockford Scanner admin Will.

Be sure to change your settings to 4K!
And watch in full screen!

 


 

 

Here is Rickie’s video from his Go Pro from Davis Park.

 

 

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Happy 4th of July!



 

 


Happy 4th of July! 

Today is one of my favorite days of the year! 

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!

Send us your 4th off July celebration or firework videos, to RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

It is going to be a beautiful day out there, High of 90 degrees.  There is a slight chance of storms between 3pm and 6 pm. But that should not effect the fireworks displays.  

I plan on attending the Downtown or Shorewood Park fire works.  I have yet to make up my mind. Both are good.  So if you see me, feel free to stop and say hi! 🙂 

I will probably be streaming LIVE, the fireworks display on our Facebook page at  Rockford Scanner Facebook Page

If you fly your quad-copter (AKA: Drones)  I would love to see those videos!  
Note: Just be sure to call the RFD tower to request flight clearance if you are within 5 miles of the airport. They do grant clearance all the time to quad-copter pilots.
The RFD tower number is: 815-484-5312

Remember, if you are lighting off fireworks, the police plan on cracking down on that again this year.  So do so at your own discretion. 

I hate to be the Debbie Downer and tell you that, because I love fireworks. But the law is the law.  

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!  ~ Rickie Traeger


(WIFR) – The Fourth of July means family time, cookouts and most notably, fireworks.

Here is a list of fireworks happening around the stateline. All shows are on the Fourth of July unless otherwise noted. Some events may come with a fee.

– Rockford at Davis Park, 211 N. Main Street.

– ComEd Independence Day Spectacular at the Starlight Theatre, 3301 N. Mulford Road. The show starts at 8 p.m. on July 3. Purchase tickets by clicking here or call 815-921-2160.

– Fireworks Extravaganza at Rockford Speedway, 1601 West Lane Road. The show starts at 7:05 p.m. on July 4. Purchase tickets by clicking here or call 815-633-1500.

– Cherry Valley at Baumann Park

– DeKalb at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road

– Freeport at Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut Road on July 7

– Kirkland at Hiawatha High School, 410 First Street

– Winnebago at Winnebago High School, 200 E. McNair Road

– Mount Morris at David L. Rahn Jr. High School, 105 W. Brayton Road

– Byron at the Byron Dragway, 7287 River Road

– Dixon at the Petunia Festival in downtown Dixon

– Janesville at Traxler Park

– Beloit at Riverside Park, 1340 Riverside Drive

– Sharon, Wis. at Goodland Park

– Stockton at Stockton Memorial Park on Highway 20

If you are not able to attend the fireworks tonight, our good friends at WTVO is also going to be doing their thing on TV.

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: Two Events This Morning, Be Careful Driving



 

 

 

 Good morning everyone.  I wanted to remind everyone there are two events this morning that involves several people walking and running. 

The first event is the Pink Heals Winnebago 3rd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk. That is being held at Martin Park at 8am.  http://www.pinkhealswinnebago.org/

 

The other is a road race that is starting at 9 am 
Paws for a Cause 5K Race. It is a 5k road race.  Which means there will probably be a lot of people on or near the roads nearby. It starts at Sportscore One on Elmwood at 9am.  I was unable to find a map of their route.  

You can find out more info at https://www.rockfordroadrunners.org

 

If you are traveling in these areas this morning, please be very careful. 

If you are participating in these events, please dress appropriately and drink lots of water. And have fun! 

 

 








Rockford Scanner™: POSITIVE NEWS: Ham Radio Field Day




  1. Locations:
    Northern Illinois ARES/SKYWARN 
    Laona Heights Forest Preserve 
    15402 Anderson Road, Durand, IL
  2. Rockford Amateur Radio Association 
    VFW in Roscoe
    11385 2nd St, Roscoe, IL

Everyone is welcome to attend


Field Day is ham radio’s open house.

Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.

It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in
the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than
35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to
operate from remote locations.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest
and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat
it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent
opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in
abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons;celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned,non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so
complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really
matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster
and post-disaster situations.

What is the ARRL?
The American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA, representing over
170,000 FCC-licensed Amateurs. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham
radio. It provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.

What is Amateur Radio
Often called “ham radio,” the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it’s grown into a
worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications
technology. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two
are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks like you and me who enjoy learning and being able to
transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on
commercial systems.

The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where you as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create whole new ways to do things.
For More Information visit: www.arrl.org



Rockford Scanner™: Fly in a Historic Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft in Rockford Today Thru this Weekend!

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Fly in a Historic Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft in Rockford

 

Place: Chicago/ Rockford International Airport

Public Flight Information

Dates: Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24, 2018

Times: Thursday: 2-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FORD TRI-MOTOR FLIGHT ~ CLICK HERE



Flight Rates
$70
$75

$50 Adult (advance)
Adult (walk-up)

Children 17 & under
Climb aboard one of the first mass-produced airliners and step back in time to aviation’s golden age.

A flight on EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor is a flight back to an era where air travel was considered a luxury.

Revenues from the Ford Tri-Motor tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to keep the “Tin Goose” flying for many years to come.

Flight Experience Questions ~ https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/flight-experiences/fly-the-ford-eaa-ford-tri-motor-airplane-tour/ford-tri-motor-flight-experience

 


FORD TRI-MOTOR TOUR
Recall the energy, passion, and excitement of the Roaring ’20s by flying aboard the Ford Tri-Motor. Known as the first luxury airliner, the Ford Tri-Motor redefined world travel and marked the beginning of commercial flight.

All ticket proceeds support the Experimental Aircraft Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing The Spirit of Aviation with everyone. Our tour stops are hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the Ford Tri-Motor’s stories.

We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization. Viewing the aircraft is free, so be sure to bring your camera along.

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Rockford Scanner™: Three Ambulances Dispatched To A Serious Accident Scene




 

 

 

UPDATE: Sources reporting this was a police chase, that resulted in the auto accident. 

 

 

 

 


Around 10:30 pm tonight several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Ridge and Whitman.

There is an auto accident near this intersection.

Injuries were being reported. At least three ambulances have been dispatched to the scene.

Avoid the area. Still developing

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Police arrest Student Mentor for Sexual Assault




 

 

DeKalb Police arrest Student Mentor for Sexual Assault

On May 14th, 2018, the DeKalb Police Department was notified of a sexual assault that occurred on May 12th, in the 800 block of Edgebrook. The victim, who resides in another city, reported that he was sexually assaulted by a 25-year-old male by the name of “Cesar Leanos.” The minor child, who is under 17 years of age, met the suspect on a social media application called GRINDR. The suspect picked up the minor child from his residence in the evening hours of May 12th. The suspect drove the minor child to the suspect’s apartment on Edgebrook. Once inside the suspect apartment, the minor child was sexually assaulted. The victim reported that he was driven home by the suspect the following day.

On May 15th, investigators located video surveillance of the suspect arriving and leaving his residence with the minor child. On May 24th, investigators overheard and recorded conversations between the suspect and the minor child. The suspect was identified as Flavio C. Leanos-Macias.

On May 29th, investigator spoke with Flavio C. Leanos-Macias and learned of more victims. Through the course of the interview it was also learned that Flavio Leanos-Macias mentors students at DeKalb High School as part of the Kishwaukee College Upward Bound Program.

On May 29th and 30th, DeKalb Police worked with DeKalb School District 428 to ensure the safety of their students. Through conversations with District 428, it was learned that Flavio Leanos-Macias is not mentoring students at this time.

On May 29th, DeKalb Police spoke with another minor under the age of 16 who reported that he has had contact with Flavio C. Leanos-Macias. The minor child reported that he met Flavio-Macias on a social media application called HORNET. Over the last 10 days, conversations took place between the minor child and suspect by phone and in person. These conversations attempted to entice the minor to engage in sexual activity.

On May 30th, an arrest warrant was issued for Flavio C. Leanos-Macias, 25 years of age. Bond was set at $100,000 for the offenses of: Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Criminal Sexual Assault, Traveling to Meet a Minor Child, and Unlawful Grooming. He was subsequently arrested and taken into custody without incident.

DeKalb Police Investigators have reason to believe that there may be more victims. If you have any information regarding this investigation or information regarding other potential victims, please contact the DeKalb Police Department or Crime Stoppers.

This investigation was worked in conjunction with the DeKalb County States Attorney’s Office and DeKalb School District 428.

The contents of this press release are based upon the best information available to the DeKalb Police Department. The statements regarding the conduct of any person identified above are allegations until affirmatively proven in court. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Accident With Injuries Near Loves Park




 

From a source who was involved: 
-Location: E. Riverside & N. Alpine intersection.
-Approx. 5:15pm.
-What Happened: We were driving in the far right lane on E. Riverside east bound when were struck head on by a lady making a left hand turn on a red turn light. We didn’t have time to stop, because we were already half way through the green light. She didn’t exchange a name nor insurance information with us.. It happened so fast. Our airbags deployed right when we got struck. Hers deployed after she was out of her car. Fire personnel showed up to the scene first and then RPD and ambulance showed up shortly after. Our car took a lot of damage. My husband was the driver and came out with hip and back injuries. Myself, I came out with an injured knee, bruised tailbone, really bad bruise to my underarm and scraped my neck and stomach. I am also 18 weeks pregnant, luckily no injuries or death of the unborn.. Pretty badly shaken up as this is my husband’s and I first car accident.

 


Around 5:15 PM today several emergency personnel were responding to an accident with injuries. 

It happened in the area of E Riverside and Alpine. 

Injuries are being reported. 

Traffic is backed up, so please avoid the area. 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Funnel Clouds Possible This Afternoon In The Area, Heads Up




 

 

Conditions are favorable for the development of isolated funnel clouds, associated with the shower and thunderstorm activity over northern and central Illinois and northwest Indiana. These funnel clouds normally protrude a few hundred feet downward from the parent cloud, rotate or spin like a top, and last a few minutes before dissipating. These funnel clouds rarely touch the ground and typically do not pose any sort of hazard.

The atmospheric conditions these funnels are developing in do not support strong, damaging tornadoes. However, on extremely rare occasions these funnels can briefly touch the ground and produce very minimal, if any damage.

The National Weather Service will continue to closely monitor the situation. Please forward reports of funnel sightings to the nearest law enforcement agency for relay to the National Weather Service. If threatening weather approaches, move indoors to a place of safety.

 



Rockford Scanner™: Emergency personnel Responding To 2 Different Accident Scenes, Injuries Reported At Both Scenes




 

 

Around 3 pm today several emergency personnel were responding to two different accidents.

Both accident scenes were reporting injuries. 

  1. Jefferson and N Church st
  2. E Riverside and Renn Hart Hills. 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Several Accident Scenes In The Area Today




 

Today emergency personnel have been busy working several accident scenes in the area. 

Below are just a few locations that have had accidents. 

  • Windsor and Nimtz 
  • Madison and Market, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle
  • Charles and Mulford
  • E State st and 2nd 
  • Broadway and Eastmoreland
  • S Main and Chestnut 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Sources Reporting A Shootout In Rockford




 

Several sources are reporting another shooting incident in Rockford. 

It happened around 8:30 pm tonight. 

Sounds like there was a shootout that lasted several blocks. 

Sources say a residence and a vehicle were struck by the gunfire near Ashland and Ridge. 

Reports of shots fired in the areas of Ashland, Ridge, Auburn, Latham, North ave, Napoleon, Church. 

Unknown if anyone has been struck by the gunfire. 

Still developing 

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Very Serious Accident, Two Victims Hurt. Medical Helicopter On Standby.




 

Around 8:30 pm tonight several emergency personnel were responding to a very serious accident.

It happened on I-90 near mile marker 13. 

Reports of an auto accident with two people injured. 

Reports of the two victims are barely alive and and unconscious. 

They have put the helicopter on standby. 

Still developing. 

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Auto Accident Scene Near S Beloit




 

 

 

Sources are reporting a scene near S. Bluff and Prairie. 

There was an auto accident near this location. 

Reports of one of the people involved, is allegedly under the influence. 

A driver involved, tried to fight someone at the scene. 

Then they fled the scene, but officers were able to capture the man. 

Still developing
Video Credit: Arthur Passialis

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Fight & Accident With Injuries in Rockford, Still Developing




 

 

Just before 8 pm tonight emergency personnel were on scene of an accident with injuries.

It happened in the area of Brown and Freemont

Reports of a fight and an accident with injuries near this location. 

A white pickup truck has fled the scene. 

Still developing

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Man Arrested After Hearing A Noise And Firing A Shot Inside His Apartment




 

 

On Friday, May 25, 2018 at approximately 7:00 p.m. officers from the Rockford Police Department responded to an apartment building in the 900 block of McKnight Circle for a gunshot complaint.

Upon arrival officers spoke with neighbors who described hearing what was believed to be a single gunshot fired from inside an apartment. Officers went to the specified apartment and spoke to the resident, Daniel Gonzalez. Gonzalez told officers he was home alone and believed he heard a noise inside one of the apartment’s bedrooms. After hearing the noise, he fired once through the closed bedroom door.

The Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office reviewed the incident and authorized the following charges.  

ARRESTED: Daniel Gonzalez 30-years-old Rockford
CHARGES: Reckless Discharge of a Firearm and Disorderly Conduct
BOND: $ 5,000 10% applies

The charges against Gonzalez are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt. As with defendants in all criminal cases he is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.

 

 

 



Rockford Scanner™: Fireworks Explosion Caught On Video, Young At Heart Festival

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Two Videos of the explosion 


Rockford Scanner did a live video of the Young At Heart fireworks show.

We thought the fireworks were over with, and I stopped the live video.

Shortly afterwards, they lit off more fireworks for the grand finale.

During the finale, a very large explosion happened.

 



Rockford Scanner™: Vets Roll Rolls Into Town Tonight




Vets Roll Rolls Into Town Tonight

Join the Belvidere Police Department in welcoming/thanking our true American Hero’s tonight at around 8:00 pm at WalMart on Chrysler Drive. Vets Roll will be bringing our Military Veterans back from Washington DC tonight. They will be escorted to Beloit, Wisconsin by police, fire, and 200 motorcycles

Vets Roll Website ~ https://www.vetsroll.org/