Another Person Stabbed In Rockford



Around 7:19 pm tonight the Rockford Fire Department were dispatched to an address on Broadway. Sounds like the 1000 block of Broadway, but not confirmed yet. At Off The Top Barber Shop
Scanner traffic is minimal only saying there is a stabbing victim near this location. The victim is at a barber shop. The victim has been stabbed in the stomach area. He has lost consciousness

UPDATE: The victim has been stabbed many times in the chest and stomach area.  The vitals on the victim are very weak. They have called everyone available at the ER to be ready. The victim was transported to a local ER. The victim is a male around 40 years old.  The injuries are life threatening.

Sounds like the stabbing happened at a different location, and the victim walked into the barber shop, to seek help.

No suspect information, due to RPD being encrypted……..

Rockford police are encrypted, so no information from them


On Saturday, December 03, 2016 around 1915 hours Rockford Police Officers responded to Off the Top Barber Shop at 1024 Broadway in reference to a stabbing victim.  Upon arrival officers located a 48 year old black male suffering from multiple stab wounds. Rockford Fire arrived and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment.

During the course of the investigation officers learned the stabbing occurred in an alley to the south of Broadway and 9th St.  At the time of this posting the victim was in serious condition.  No suspect information is available at this time.

Death Investigation in Machesney Park




Around 4 pm today emergency personnel were dispatched to an address on Wood ave in Machesney park.  Details are minimal, only saying there is a person that has passed away. Police did confirm 10-79.  The cause of death is under investigation




77 year old Man Dead, After A Fatal Accident in Loves Park


Update: The victim has been identified as 77-year-old Michael Brown

This morning we posted a serious accident that happened near Paulson and E Riverside.  Officials have now confirmed a 77 year old man is now dead.  Officials are saying, He was reported to be traveling northbound on Paulson rd when he pulled out in front of a vehicle that was traveling east on E Riverside.  The incident is still under investigation.




Fidel Castro, Cuba’s longtime revolutionary leader, dies

(CNN)Fidel Castro, the Cuban despot who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90.

Castro’s brother, Raul, announced his death on Cuban TV.
At the end, an elderly and infirm Castro was a whisper of the Marxist firebrand whose iron will and passionate determination bent the arc of destiny
“There are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba,” Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s, told CNN in 2012.

“He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good,” said Pastor, who died in 2014. “Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died.”
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro
Photos: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro
Castro lived long enough to see a historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the United States. President Barack Obama announced in December that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and urged Congress to lift a 52-year-old economic embargo.
Cuban President Raul Castro — who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier — announced the breakthrough to the nation, but observers noted Fidel’s silence on the matter.
Castro’s stage was a small island nation 90 miles from the underbelly of the United States, but he commanded worldwide attention.
“He was a historic figure way out of proportion to the national base in which he operated,” said noted Cuba scholar Louis A. Perez Jr., author of more than 10 books on the island and its history.
“Cuba hadn’t counted for much in the scale of politics and history until Castro,” said Wayne Smith, the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba from 1979 to 1982.
Castro became famous enough that he could be identified by only one name. A mention of “Fidel” left little doubt who was being talked about.
No other nonroyal ruler clung to power as long as Castro did.
Castro and the road to power
It was a bearded 32-year-old Castro and a small band of rough-looking revolutionaries who overthrew an unpopular dictator in 1959 and rode their jeeps and tanks into Havana, the nation’s capital.
They were met by thousands upon thousands of Cubans fed up with the brutal dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and who believed in Castro’s promise of democracy and an end to repression.
That promise would soon be betrayed, though, and Castro held on to power for 47 years, until an intestinal illness that required several surgeries forced him to temporarily relinquish his duties to younger brother Raul in July 2006. Castro resigned as president in February 2008 and Raul took over permanently.
One Castro or another has ruled Cuba over a period that spans seven decades and 11 U.S. presidents. Fidel Castro outlived six of those presidents including Cold War warriors John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
At the height of the Cold War, Castro used a blend of charisma and repression to install the first and only Communist government in the Western Hemisphere, less than 100 miles from the United States.
Cuba and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations on May 8, 1960, further eroding the relationship with the United States. Castro, who had long blamed many of Cuba’s ills on American influence and resented the U.S. role in hemispheric politics, quickly intensified cooperation with the Soviet Union, which began sending large subsidies.
“Fidel Castro came to power with a conviction that he was going to have a major revolution in Cuba, that he was going to stay in power indefinitely, that he was going to fight American imperialism and that he needed a ‘daddy’ and his ‘daddy’ was the Soviet Union,” said James Suchlicki, the director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami.
‘Taunted, antagonized and irritated’
In doing so, Castro defied a hostile U.S. policy that sought to topple him with a punishing trade embargo that started in 1962 and continued for the rest of his life.
“He taunted, antagonized and irritated the United States for more than a half-century,” said Dan Erikson, a senior adviser for Western Hemisphere affairs at the U.S. State Department and author of “The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States and the Next Revolution.”
Castro also survived numerous assassination attempts by the Central Intelligence Agency and anti-Castro exiles in the early 1960s. He took delight in pointing out how none of them succeeded, not even the plot that called for explosives to be placed in the ubiquitous cigars he later would quit smoking for health reasons.
“I have never been afraid of death,” Castro said in 2002. “I have never been concerned about death.”
Until his last breath, Castro held tightly to his belief in a socialist economic model and one-party Communist rule, even after the Soviet Union disintegrated and most of the rest of the world concluded state socialism was a bankrupt idea whose time had passed.

“The most vulnerable part of his persona as a politician is precisely his continued defense of a totalitarian model that is the main cause of the hardships, the misery and the unhappiness of the Cuban people,” said Elizardo Sanchez, a human rights advocate and critic of the Castro regime.
But Castro’s defenders in Cuba point to what they see as social progress, including racial integration, universal education and health care. Instead of blaming an inept socialist system, they fault the U.S. embargo for the country’s economic woes.
“What Fidel achieved in the social order of this country has not been achieved by any poor nation, and even by many rich countries, despite being submitted to enormous pressures,” said Jose Ramon Fernandez, a former Cuban vice president.
Castro’s political staying power was a source of puzzling consternation and bitter frustration for Cuban exiles, who never imagined he would rule so long.
“We came here with a round-trip ticket … because we thought the revolution was going to last days,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who came to Florida as a child and went on to become the first Cuban-American elected to Congress. “And the days turned into weeks, and the weeks to months, and the months to years.”
Castro occasionally allowed disenchanted Cubans to leave, with most going to the United States. More than 260,000 Cubans left in a U.S.-organized airlift between 1965 and 1973. In 1980, Castro let another 125,000 leave in the chaotic Mariel Boatlift. Among them were criminals released from Cuban jails who brought a violent crime wave to Florida.
At other times, desperate Cubans fled the island nation in makeshift boats across the treacherous Straits of Florida. Thousands died from drowning or exposure to the brutal Caribbean sun.
The center of the exile community is Miami, where the Cuban American National Foundation became a powerful lobbying group courted by U.S. politicians. For nearly five decades, pressure and political donations from the exile community have thwarted any efforts to lift the embargo

Victim Possibly Passed Away in Rockford, Victim Was Burned



Just after 4 PM Rockford fire department were dispatched to an address on 18th Ave.  Initial scanner traffic is saying there is a burn victim near this location.  While en route to the scene, The dispatcher said the person has possibly passed away.  They requested a fire investigator to the scene.  It is not yet known the cause.  This is still developing

UPDATE: Confirmed fatal. RS Fan said the victim was found by his grandson in or near the yard. Officials said the man was burning leaves in the yard and it got out of control, when the victim caught on fire.



Man Killed When Hit By A Train Near Rochelle



Several Rockford Scanner fans have sent us information on a fatal accident that happened overnight near Rochelle.

A man in his 40’s was struck by a train and killed near Washington st. The train (possibly a Union Pacific) was headed westbound. The man was found dead on the tracks.

The cause of the death is under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled. The name has not yet been released.



Reports of another dead body found at the same location as yesterday


A round 3:06 PM the Rockford fire department were dispatched to the area of Auburn and Avon.

Details are minimal, only saying that there is a possible dead body near this location. This would be the 2nd dead body, at the same location in 2 days.

Rockford fire department is en route.


Another Violent Day In Rockford, Recap Of Wednesday’s Violent Day in Rockford


Below is a recap from Wednesday violent day in the Rockford area:







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.

Accident Involving A Train Near Cherry Valley

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Around 5:36 am this morning several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Perryville and Rye Ridge Trail. Scanner traffic is saying a train and a vehicle have collided near this location. Unknown on injuries at the time of dispatch, the driver of the train was getting out to check on the occupant(s) of the vehicle while emergency personnel were en route. Still developing.

Update: Police are on scene, searching for the vehicle that was hit. The train was traveling eastbound.  They are trying to locate the vehicle. As of 5:47 am, they have yet to locate the vehicle.

UPDATE: At 5:49 am this morning they located the vehicle, a White Ford. No one was inside the vehicle, they believe the victim was ejected. They are trying to find a K9 to help search for the victim. They requested the crime scene unit to the scene.

Update: At 6:31 am they made contact with the registered owner. Sounds like the vehicle was abandoned last night and the train hit it. The driver was not inside the vehicle, when the train hit it.  So there are NO injuries reported.

UPDATE:  Officials said the owner was driving the vehicle off road when it became stuck.  The driver was unable to get his vehicle un-stuck, so he abandoned the vehicle. The train hit the vehicle later on. No injuries. They are searching the area to confirm there are no victims. The area remains blocked off while officers investigate.


Traffic Alert: The train has stopped and probably will not be moving for awhile. So please avoid the area or expect long delays.