Rockford Scanner™: Possible Murder Investigation in Rockford

UPDATE: On Saturday, June 1, 2019, officers from the Rockford Police Department took a Missing Persons/Welfare Check report involving William Pickering, 23. Police made several attempts to locate the individual with no success; however, his vehicle was located near his residence in the 500 block of Fisher Avenue. On June 20, 2019, during the course of the investigation, detectives located several people of interest in the case. The investigation led detectives to 5200 Indianhead Avenue where a crime scene was located. During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that led officers to an undisclosed location in unincorporated Winnebago County where the remains of William Pickering were located.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the below listed charges against the suspects:

William Arzate, 22: Two counts of first degree murder, One count of concealment of a homicidal death

Manuel Ramirez, 22: One count of concealment of a homicidal death

We are currently looking for other individuals in connection with this case. One of the individuals is wanted on an unrelated warrant – Dakota Graff, 20. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

The two suspects were lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against the men are merely accusations. They are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

We got an email from William Pickering’s manager. He said: William goes by BillyDaKid079 and is a recording artist. He was formerly know as GMEBE Bandz and EBE Bandz. He is asking the public to help search for William. Please help find him! Not knowing if he’s alive or dead is a lot worse than knowing if he was dead.

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UPDATE: RPD will only say they are investigating “Suspicious Activity” 

Sources are reporting a scene on the west side near 500 Fisher ave in Rockford.   We been told this is a possible murder investigation. But police have yet to release any information on this scene.

RS Source said: “There has been a scene on Fisher and Haskell on the west side all morning. lots of police, police yellow tape and one garage door up with a red vehicle in it. Don t know what’s going on but I live around the corner n I have kids I would like to know if I should be aware of anything. Cop told me “Were doing an investigation” my response was “Well DUH”. They are there n have been there since early this morning Fisher and Haskell”

Note: They been there since at least 10 am this morning, and still on scene as of 6:30 pm. Several sources are reporting it to be a murder scene. RPD has yet to release any information.

We been told the scene is related to the missing man ~




Rockford Scanner™: Hit And Run To A Pedestrian, Pedestrian Laying In The Roadway

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On Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at approximately 7:40 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to the 700 block of Whitman Street for reports of a serious hit-and-run traffic crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian.

Preliminary investigations revealed that an 18-year-old male Rockford resident was crossing Whitman Street when he was struck by a westbound vehicle. The vehicle, described as a large, older tan SUV, fled the scene. The pedestrian was rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Rockford Police Department Traffic Accident Reconstruction team was deployed to the scene. The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.

Whitman Street between Ridge and Winnebago will remain blocked for the next several hours.

Pedestrian Hit By A Vehicle In Rockford.

It happened around 7:45 am this morning in the area of Whitman and Haskell .

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle near this location and is laying in the roadway.

Injuries were being reported, unknown on the severity of the injuries at the time of writing this.

UPDATE: Life threatening injuries.  The victim is a male, possibly a child/teen, via sources. The victim has severe head wounds.

The vehicle fled the scene, no suspect description

Update: RS fan Lightskinn Babiee  said: “It Was My 19 Year Old Brother He’s Been In ICU All Day & He Broke His Pelvis Bone In His Hip, His Upper Arm,& The 5th Bone In His Neck & His Face & Head Is Severely Scrapped Up😩He Has Severe Damage To Him But He Is Expected To Pull Through His Surgeries Thanks To Saint Anthony Hospital. Please Keep Us In Yall Prayers & Wish The Best For Us”

Photos below by Pablo Ayala

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