Rockford Scanner™: COLD CASE: Joshua Range

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Cold Case

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.”

Loved music…
“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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Rockford Scanner™: Sources reporting a scene in Machesney Park

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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

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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

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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.

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Rockford Scanner™: Accident With Multiple Injuries, Several Ambulances En Route

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Accident With Multiple Injuries

Around 2:45 pm today several emergency personnel were responding to an accident with multiple injuries in Rockford.

It happened in the area of Park and Church

Multiple injuries are reported, at least 3 ambulances have been dispatched.

Avoid the area.




Rockford Scanner®: 2 Package Thieves Arrested & Released

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Yesterday we had a call of a package thief in the area of the 600 block of Park. Two very vigilant people noticed a young woman and a couple of guys taking a package off of a porch and run away with it. One of the vigilant neighbors got out her phone and shot multiple pictures of the subjects, while the other (who was in a car) followed the bandits. Later, the witness returned and told us that it seemed out of the ordinary that someone would be running with a package, because normally people wouldn’t run with them. Seemed super logical, and she was totally right.

This witness saw the subjects run into a house. She provided a perfect description and we were able to make contact with, and arrest 2 subjects from the house. The property was recovered, and returned to the rightful owner.

This case is a perfect example of how you all know what looks out of place in your own neighborhood. Good people did the right thing and called us, and we were able to go and catch the bad guys. That is perfect partnership, and we rely on you all for that.

With the holiday season upon us, lots of packages will be delivered. Please look out for one another. Most of the delivery services have alerts that you can get for when your package is delivered. That is a good idea. Certainly the camera systems work well, and good ol’ fashion looking out for each other works amazing.

Both of the suspects in this case were arrested for Theft and were released.

Neither had considered that they might have stolen someone’s Christmas gift, or even more importantly critical medicine that some folks have delivered.

We also informed them that they were clearly terrible criminals as they were not only followed by our awesome citizens, but we also had pictures of them being terrible criminals.

Be safe and be vigilant
Sergeant Flanagan


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Rockford Scanner®: MABAS Toned Out For Structure Fire In Rockford

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around 12:40 PM several emergency personnel from several fire departments were in route to battle a structure fire.

It happened in the area of the 4100 block of Prairie rd

Reports of a structure fire near this location.

Unknown on injuries at this time.

A MABAS was toned out

Several units from several fire departments are in route to assist


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Rockford Scanner®: Numerous Police & SWAT Team Working A Scene In Rockford

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UPDATE: RPD call log said it was a warrant service. Jose Trejo was arrested for drug charges stemming back in 2017.  He was charged with five counts of distributing cocaine from July to September 2017.  He is considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.

Sources reporting numerous police officers and the SWAT team and animal control working a scene. It happened near Cunningham and Pierpont.

Sounds like it is a possible standoff or raid, but not confirmed.

Source: “Very Large police presence with swat ( like alot! Over 50 vehicles & swat) at residence on cunningham just before coming up onto Springfield. While turning on springfield seen 3 win co animal vans turning left onto cunningham.”

All we can confirm right now is numerous police officers, SWAT team and animal control are working a scene near this location.  Due to the encryption

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Rockford Scanner®: CVS Robbed In Rockford, Suspect Gets Away

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On 11/13/2018 at 9:59 PM, Officers from the Rockford Police Department were dispatched to the CVS Pharmacy, 110 S Alpine Rd, in regards to an armed robbery to the business. Officers met with employees of the business who reported that a single suspect approached a cashier, displayed a knife, and demanded money from the register. The suspect obtained a small amount of money and fled the area on foot.

No injuries were reported during this incident.

The suspect was described as being a white male, around 25 years of age, 6’00” tall, with a medium build, wearing a black jacket and hat, and a scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department.

Update: Source said the man came in and went to the cashier and brandished a knife and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene. No injuries were reported.

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Rockford Scanner®: Two Shooting Victims At A Rockford Business

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Update from the Winnebago County Coroner:

From the RPD:

MURDER INVESTIGATION: On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 shortly after 9:30 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to Taco Bell (2602 Auburn Street) in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 25-year-old male and a 37-year-old female victim in a vehicle in the parking lot. Both were transported to a local hospital where the male was pronounced deceased. His identity is not being released at this time pending family notification. The female’s injuries are considered serious, but non-life-threatening. At this time, the incident does not appear to be random.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit are conducting a follow-up investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Rockford Police at 815-966-2900. No further details are available at this time.

Details are still minimal right now.

Sources reporting 2 confirmed shooting victims at a Rockford business.

It happened at Taco Bell in the 2600 block of Auburn st

One of the victims has life threatening injuries, doing CPR on the victim.  Unknown on the other victims condition.

Update:  One of the victims is a female that was shot in the stomach area. The other is a male shot in the lower right region, possibly the hip.

Unknown on suspect information, due to the encryption

Still developing

UPDATE ON SUSPECT INFO: Dark Chevrolet older model S-10. Occupied by several black males, last seen westbound on Auburn

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Rockford Scanner®:judge ordered an investigation Tuesday into allegations that Rockford police intentionally gave prosecutors the wrong gun to send a man to prison for more than two decades for murder.

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(AP) — An Illinois judge ordered an investigation Tuesday into allegations that Rockford police intentionally gave prosecutors the wrong gun to send a man to prison for more than two decades for murder.

Winnebago County Judge Joseph McGraw gave the order the day Patrick Pursley’s retrial was slated to start. He was convicted in 1994 for the murder of Andy Ascher, 22, during a robbery in Rockford, but last year Pursley, 52, won a new trial because ballistic testing proved the gun prosecutors used as evidence was not the homicide weapon.

The allegations against police arose after Ascher’s mother informed prosecutors a detective said to her after Pursley’s first trial that investigators never found the gun used to kill her son. She told prosecutors about the information last year after a judge ordered a new trial, but it was not disclosed to Pursley’s attorneys until days before the retrial was set to begin.

Now, prosecutors and the Rockford police department must turn over all paper and electronic records that mention Pursley’s case by Dec. 20, when an evidentiary hearing is scheduled. Pursley’s attorneys have also asked for the personnel records of the detectives who investigated Ascher’s death

But, in the meantime, defense lawyers want the case dismissed, citing misconduct by police and prosecutors.

“His life should not continue to be hijacked by their misconduct,” Andrew Vail, one of Pursley’s attorneys, argued in court.

Assistant state attorney James Brun agreed to the investigation into whether the detective’s statement to Ascher’s mother is true, but he pushed back on the request to dismiss the case entirely.

“The credibility of the statement needs to be determined before the court makes an appropriate ruling,” Brun said.

Rockford police spokeswoman Laura Madher did not immediately return a call for comment.

Pursley spent years representing himself during his prison sentence and successfully lobbied state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow him to use the Integrated Ballistic Identification System to retest the shell casings used to prosecute him. IBIS, which became available five years after his conviction, compares high-resolution, multi-dimensional images of shell casings to find markings unique to a specific weapon.

“I’m grateful but I’m also just dismayed,” Pursley said after Tuesday’s hearing. “I feel like this is never going to stop.”


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Rockford Scanner®: Very Cold Temps Tonight

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Across the region overnight, clear skies and diminishing winds set the stage for favorable radiational cooling. Anticipate lows falling into the teens area-wide overnight with some spots falling into the single digits. Afternoon highs in the low to mid 30s will continue to be much colder than normal Wednesday.

If you live in a mobile home, you might want to let your water drip from the faucets so they don’t freeze. Also bundle up the little ones (and yourself) when you go out in the morning!


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