Rockford Scanner™: Truck Crashes Into A Tree in Rockford, Extrication Needed

Sources are reporting an accident that needs extrication. 

It happened around 12:45 am on School st, near Albert in Rockford.

A truck hit a tree near this location.
It appears that it may have been a head on collision with the tree.

Witnesses said they saw the truck driving recklessly just prior to the accident.

There was extrication needed, to pop the door open to get the victim out of the vehicle.

Sources said the man was possibly under the influence, and the injuries were non life threatening.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Watch the video from the scene, below


Rockford Scanner™: Fire At A Rockford Hotel

Live video has some good scene content, be sure to watch it below.

Rockford Fire Department is on scene at 3909 11th Street for a commercial structure fire. First unit on scene reporting working incident.

Heavy smoke and flames were showing.

No reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Rockford Scanner™: Many Jurisdictions Working A Scene in Machesney Park, Police Told Me “Huge Misunderstanding”

Update: You can clearly see the officer saying “nothing is happening” and it was a “huge misunderstanding” on my body camera footage.  Wrex just said this was some burglary suspects that were caught.

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


Rockford Scanner™: Check Out These Amazing Light Pillars In The Rockford Area!

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Some amazing views have been spotted in the Rockford area!
Light Pillars have been spotted and photographed by several fans!

Check out these amazing photos!

A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in which a vertical beam of light appears to extend above and/or below a light source.

The effect is created by the reflection of light from tiny ice crystals that are suspended in the atmosphere or that comprise high-altitude clouds (e.g. cirrostratus or cirrus clouds).

If the light comes from the Sun (usually when it is near or even below the horizon), the phenomenon is called a sun pillar or solar pillar.

Light pillars can also be caused by the Moon or terrestrial sources, such as streetlights.


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Rockford Scanner™: Police Need Your Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

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On 12/6/18 at approximately 8:30 PM the Janesville Police Department was investigation thefts from motor vehicles near N. Parker Dr.

Security cameras identified a suspect entering a newer white 4 door vehicle in the parking lot adjacent to the Rock River Brewing Company on N. Parker Dr. Suspects were identified in this incident.

The police department is looking for help identify the owner of the vehicle in the attached photo.

The victims vehicle is the white 4 door car on the top half of the photo.

If this is your vehicle, please contact the Janesville Police Department at 608-755-3100.

 parking lot adjacent to the Rock River Brewing Company on N. Parker Dr.
Parking lot adjacent to the Rock River Brewing Company on N. Parker Dr.

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Rockford Scanner™: Do You Recognize This Person? Wanted For Burglarizing A Local Business. Owner Offering A $10.000 REWARD

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Do You Recognize This Person?

Wanted For Burglarizing A Loves Park Business.

Owner Of The Business Is Offering A $10.000.00 REWARD

Recognize the clothing?  Recognize the person?  Recognize the bag?
You can remain anonymous, if you turn this suspect in!

Burglary happened December 2nd 2018 around 8:20 pm.

You can send us the tip at  and we can relay it to the police for you anonymously.

or call 779-238-1268
Watch the security camera footage below

Rockford Scanner™: Several Police Officers Working A Medical Assist Scene

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Several Police Officers Working A Medical Assist Scene

Sources reporting numerous police working a scene near the 2300 block of Fremont st in Rockford. That is near Fremont and Fulton ave.

At the time of writing this, RPD said it was a medical assist.

All we can confirm right now is, several police officers working a medical assist call on Fremont in Rockford.




Rockford Scanner®: Update Forecast From the NWS, Chance of A Winter Storm This Weekend

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216 PM CST Fri Nov 23 2018

Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Oregon,
Dixon, and DeKalb
216 PM CST Fri Nov 23 2018


* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations in excess
of 6 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

* WHERE…Portions of north central and northeast Illinois.

* WHEN…From Sunday morning through Sunday evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Snow
covered roads and significantly reduced visibility are possible.


A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue
to monitor the latest forecasts.

Update from the NWS

Through Saturday…

Concerns center on a period of generally lighter rain this evening
into the overnight hours.

A broad upper trough extends through the nation’s heartland this
afternoon. High pressure to our east ahead of this system is
leading to a period of breezy southeast winds. The strongest
forcing and better moisture will pass by to our south, but the
trough axis will drive an area of rain through the area tonight.
We could start to see some spotter rain fall out of the mid to
higher cloud deck in the evening, though confidence is higher in
the more organized rain shield spreading through the area late
evening into the overnight hours. Some areas may see a few tenths
of an inch of rain.

The rain will taper to drizzle with some lingering low level
clouds into Saturday morning. Certainly some areas will clear out
behind the system, and with mild west southwest winds in place,
temperatures will again top out in the 40s northwest to the 50s
across Chicago and points south and east.



209 PM CST

Sunday through Friday…

Winter storm system will be the primary concern during the long
term forecast period. Several inches of accumulating snowfall
expected across portions of northern Illinois, though details in
precise placement and timing still remain in flux. From 24 hours
ago, guidance has had a pronounced southward shift in the surface
low track, bringing more favorable conditions for accumulating
snowfall farther south across the forecast area, including the
Chicago metro area. Upper wave that will be responsible for the
late weekend snow is still over the northern Pacific and may be
sampled by the 00Z RAOB network this evening, though more likely
sampled by the 12Z launch tomorrow. Guidance should hopefully have
a better handle on the details in the next 24 hours as a result.

What we know… Strong upper level disturbance over the northern
Pacific is progged to move over the Pacific Northwest this evening
and tonight and dig into the southern/central Great Plains early
on Sunday. Surface low will deepen in response lifting from
Missouri early Sunday morning across the Midwest Sunday evening.
Warm advection wing will overspread the region early in the day
Sunday allowing the column to saturate and for precipitation to
eventually reach the surface. P-type details will still have to be
worked out, but precip may start off as rainfall in some areas
before transitioning over to snow for the remainder of the event.
There will likely be a swath of heavy snow left of the surface low
track. Confidence is highest in accumulating snow over far north
and northwest Illinois and diminishes farther south.

Details that still need to be worked out… Surface low track is
the main area of uncertainty. While there has been a pronounced
southward shift from yesterday’s guidance, the latest suite of 12Z
guidance still has important inter-model differences that will
impact the location of heaviest snow. Meso-scale banding will be a
concern within the axis of heaviest snow. Guidance indicates a
corridor of strong f-gen which will help enhance snow totals for
some locations. In addition, lapse rates above 700/600mb remain
steep at times and could help to promote a deep vertical response
to forcing. SREF/GEFS plumes really highlight the uncertainty well
showing a broad range of no snow to over a foot of snowfall in
some members.

Bottom line… A winter storm appears likely somewhere across
eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and southern Wisconsin, though
details in the placement of the heaviest snow remains low within
50- 100 miles. Rain/Snow line is favored to set up over the CWA,
but again confidence is low within 50-100 miles. Either way,
travel impacts Sunday are likely, and may potentially become
significant for some locations.

Monday through Thursday… Slow moving upper low over the Great
Lakes will keep the local area locked into a colder but primarily
dry pattern through most of the upcoming week. Surface ridge axis
will extend from the Canadian Prairies into the lower Mississippi
Valley Monday through Wednesday keeping us under colder northwest
flow. May have to keep an eye out for some lower amplitude
clippers that could bring some snow into the CWA or nearby, but
primarily expect dry weather to prevail. The ridge will gradually
shift east to the midwest Thursday. Another southwest low may
impact the region late in the week.




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Rockford Scanner®: Stroll On State Street Event Information & Parking

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If you plan on attending the Stroll on State Street event, here are a few things you should know!  We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful time down at the event.

  • 3 p.m. – Stroll on State’s Merry & Bright Holiday Parade
  • 4 – 9 p.m. – Randy Finch Ice Brigades live ice sculpting
  • 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. – Fire & Ice displays
  • 6 p.m. – City of Rockford Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 6:15 p.m. – Sky Lights Fireworks Show


The parking lots and garages labeled in red are recommended parking lots for guests attending Stroll on State. Parking in downtown parking decks will be $5 per car. Surface lots are free of charge. On street parking is free and posted regulations apply.

The shuttle bus locations include:

  • Illinois Bank & Trust
    4048 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108
  • Heartland Community Church
    1280 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108
  • YMCA 
    200 Y Blvd., Rockford, IL 61107




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Rockford Scanner®: Accident With Injuries, Vehicle On Fire

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Mike B. sent us this:
“Multiple MVA on I-90 at 6:20 pm (Thurs night) at mile marker 27. Car vs semi. Car hit rear of semi causing the vehicle to go airborne, smashing the cab and landing in the grass. The car was in fire when I got to the scene.

I was able to get a male victim out of the car, and then rush to get the fire extinguisher from the semi and put the fire out before Belvidere Fire actually got there.

Happened on Thanksgiving Day.

Everyone seemed to be ok, minus one male who had a hip injury. The other three occupants were not injured.”



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