Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross sat down for an interview with Northern Public Radio Anchor/Reporter Guy Stephens. The topic was in regards to Illinois’ recreational marijuana legislation that takes effect in January 2020. If you’d like to listen to the piece, it’s scheduled to air on Tuesday, August 13th, on Northern Public Raido.
The interview is set to air at several different times so tune in to the Morning Edition at 6:45am & 8:45am. The interview will also be on in the afternoon on All Things Considered at 4:45pm.
Anchor/Reporter Guy Stephens will also post a narrative edition of the interview on the Public Radio website.
This next story comes from a local security guard who was patrolling a local mental health facility in the area.
Several Police Officers & Security Go Running For Their Lives, When They Encounter A Paranormal Experience in A Local Mental Health Facility
“In December 2016, I was assigned to secure a mental health facility in Rockford. We were located across the street from sheriff station.
My shift was over night hours. On December 16th at 3 am I was working my rounds on all 10 floors. When I had gotten between 3rd and 4th floor my radio begins to come alive.
Listening to the broken garble, I did not recognize the voice at all. Not from staff, nor any agency. I squawked back, please identify yourself. Voice comes 10 seconds later,”hahahaha. Shhhhhhh….identify yourself!”
I felt my massive muscular legs turn into pudding in an instant. I tried to catch my breath, I said,”This is Security Officer Starry. ” not a second later the little voice says,”Come find me..Haha!”
I frantically began to search the 3rd floor. Nothing. Once I got to the 4th floor, papers began to fly in the offices.
I radioed to the 1st floor to contact pd for disturbance in the floor. Possible multiple persons looting building. I raced to the 1st floor.
I waited less than 2 minutes police arrived. All 8 of them.
I explained what I observed. We had 4 going up stairs to one end, 4 in elevator including myself to the other end and catch them, whomever.
We searched all the offices and just paper every where. When the officers were leaving the 4th floor to the elevator, all of the office doors slammed so hard, we all heard next”Get out! Get out! This is my floor!”
I have never seen 8 cops scramble down 4 flights so fast. Last officer tells me, Its your problem now.
I avoided 4th floor for the duration of my tour at that mental health institution.
A few months later they moved to a new location. ”
Security Officer S.
So now this poses a question: WHO is lying?The officer who said “nothing is happening” and is was a “huge misunderstanding” that you can clearly see and hear on my body camera footage, or the local news?
Around 5 am this morning sources told us about a scene that involved numerous officers in Machesney Park.
It happened near Ventura blvd. Just North of Ralston.
I got out of my vehicle to work the scene and just set up my camera when a WCSO officer and a Illinois State Trooper approached me and said to not go any further. I was a ways back and did not plan on going any further.
He then said that “absolutely nothing going on here” and I responded back and pointed and said “that’s nothing” (referring to all the police on scene) and laughed. The officer then responded back and said “it was a huge misunderstanding” and walked away. (body cam footage below)
I saw 3 jurisdictions on scene from my vantage point. Winnebago County Sheriff, Illinois State Police, Loves Park and what appeared to be a white van, possibly a crime scene unit but I wasn’t able to tell because an officer had the view blocked with his squad..
So it is unclear exactly what happened.
But police said it was a “huge misunderstanding”
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Call log shows it to be a suspicious auto call, with several area police departments responding to assist with a suspicious auto
On June 14, 2019 at approximately 2:00pm, South Beloit Police Officers conducted a search warrant at 821 Marvin St. A search of the residence revealed approximately 6 pounds of suspected cannabis and 3.8 grams of suspected cocaine.
This case was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office whom authorized the following charges:
Arrested: 20 year old Jalen K. Olander of South Beloit, IL
Charge: Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance within 500 feet of a Park (Class X Felony)
Charge: Possession with the Intent to Deliver Cannabis (Class 1 Felony)
Charge: Obstructing Justice (Class 4 Felony)
Charge: Contributing to the Delinquency or Criminal Delinquency of a Minor (Class A Misdemeanor)
Charge: Endangering the Life or Health of a Child (Class A Misdemeanor)
Jalen was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail.
The charges against him are accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Sources are reporting a possible police chase/accident this morning.
It happened in Boone County this morning. Several sources said approx. 20 squad cars were chasing a vehicle that had flat tires on I-90 and also on Bypass 20.
It is not yet known if the subjects were caught or what they did besides fleeing from police. No other information at this time.
After we posted this, a source sent us the following: There was a low speed chase (20 mph) past our house on Genoa Road in southern Boone county heading north about 0500. Eight police all full lights and sirens following a white car riding on it’s rims going north towards Belvidere. My neighbor said they laid spike strips down at DeWayne Road. Apparently he ended up in the ditch up by Poplar Grove Road.