Rockford Scanner wants to send a shout out to these officers and the citizen.
From the LPPD:
A police officer never knows what their next call will be. It could be a call that puts them in harm’s way, or it could be something a little more heartwarming…
We would like to give a shout out to two of our officers and to an area resident, Christopher Lobdell. While conducting school zone patrols in front of Maple School, Officer’s Eric Jacobson and Jordan Hayes noticed that sidewalks were not shoveled from the previous snow storm and school children were walking in the street to get to the cross walk.
The officers gathered up some shovels and started to clear the sidewalk around the cross walk so the school kids would not have to walk in the street to get to the crosswalk. That’s when a resident, Christopher Lobdell, drove by and saw the officers shoveling the snow. Christopher drove home, got his snow blower and returned to the school zone. After the trio finished the job, the officers decided they were going to run down to Windsor School to clear the snow around the crosswalk there.
And after loading the snow blower back into his vehicle, Christopher followed the officers to Windsor School, where he helped clear the snow from the sidewalk and the entrance to the crosswalk, so the kids would have safer access to the crosswalk.
To this trio, we thank you for caring about your Community.
And by the way, when we learned about their morning activity, we had to coax the officers into posing for the photo.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY (IL) UNSOLVED MURDERS Joshua Range January 12, 2002 Rockford IL
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“He was my everything.”
Eight years and a month ago, Kathy Collins lost her best friend when Joshua Range lost his life, the victim of a brutal murder.
“He was my son; he was my best friend. He’s a good kid. I don’t know how anyone could have done something this horrific,” says Range’s mom, Julie Range.
On the morning of January 12, 2002, the 19-year-old Rochelle resident was
found stabbed to death in a drainage ditch at Rockford’s Summerdale Park near 2815 Overdene Ave.
“We feel very strongly the person who killed Josh, Josh knew,” says Rockford Police Deputy Chief Greg Lindmark.
Range’s car was found four hours later about three miles from the murder scene.
“We were able to determine he was killed in the park. His car was taken, from what we believe, from the suspect and taken to the 1100 block of Winnebago,” says Lindmark.
Back in Rochelle, the news of Range’s death came as a total shock. “I thought you were all joking. I was making deviled eggs. I never made them since. I can’t even boil an egg,” says Range’s best friend Kathy Collins. Josh’s friends remember the recent Rochelle High School graduate as someone who loved his cars.
“Had to be a Baretta with tinted windows.”
“Very wide variety, just very musical in general.”
And loved to work his magic in the kitchen.
“Making the best Banana Splits.”
“This is his 8th grade graduation.”
While Julie Range vividly remembers a phone call she made to her youngest of two sons the afternoon before Josh’s murder.
“I told him I loved him, and he of course said ‘Oh Mom, quit you know. I love you too,’ and that’s the last I talked to him,” says Range.
According to police the investigation suggests that Range’s death may have been a date gone bad.
“And he had come to Rockford for what he told friends was a date. We were never able to determine who this date was with. It was a male friend of his.
And they liked to meet in various parks in Rockford. In this particular case he was supposed to meet with an individual later in the evening,” says Lindmark.
Obviously there’s someone out there with information. What would you say to that person who’s watching? “Help me heal, let me get closure. I’m tired of crying,” says Collins.
“They say it gets better; it doesn’t. It eats away at you. When he died, your life does change,” says Range.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police Detective Bureau at (815) 319-6400 or Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867.
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This is what sources are reporting so far. The police chase was first reported in Machesney Park near N Second. Reports of the vehicle was traveling over 100 MPH. During this time a Department of Homeland Security vehicle was rammed. Unknown on injuries. The suspect vehicle proceeded to keep fleeing from police. They had a government helicopter in the air and was following the suspect vehicle. A short time later, reports were saying the vehicle crashed near Forest Hills and Landstrom. Also reports of a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle at the same location. Unknown on the severity of the injuries. Sources said they were able to catch a suspect at the scene. It is not yet known what the suspect was originally wanted for. (Possibly drug related according to sources) Please avoid this area, numerous officers are working the scene and are diverting traffic. We will post updates as they become available
The vehicle crashed near Forest Hills and Landstrom. Police have the alleged suspects in custody. Unknown on injuries. Sounds like they might have hit a pedestrian near this location as well. Still developing, avoid the area
Video by Collin
Sources reporting a scene in Machesney Park
Several sources reporting numerous police going extremely fast down N Second st towards a scene near N Second and Harlem area.
At this time, it is not yet known what happened due to the police encryption.
All we can tell you is numerous police officers working a scene near this location, and to avoid the area.
We will try bringing you updates, if they become available
If you have info, please email us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com
UPDATE: This is a police chase, a police helicopter is following the suspects. The suspect rammed a Department of Homeland Security vehicle during the chase. Still developing.