UPDATE: Public records show Stanley Turner, the man who allegedly robbed the Dollar Tree last night and had a several hour standoff, has a long criminal history including 2nd degree murder. Turner pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder in 2014
From RPD: On Sunday, shortly after 9 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to Dollar Tree (6340 E. State St.) for a possible robbery in progress. Everyone inside the store made it out, but officers learned the male suspect was still inside with what appeared to be a firearm. Officers are working to make contact with the suspect at this time. The incident is ongoing and more information will be released when possible. Please avoid the area.
RPD, SWAT, RFD and many other officers are on scene. The SWAT team is trying to communicate with someone inside the Dollar Tree.
The business is surrounded by many officers.
Police said there is an armed man inside the business, armed with a handgun. This was originally called in as a robbery in progress around 9 pm.
Officers saw the armed man running inside the store with a gun.
No other details at this time.
Sources are reporting approx. 20 police officers with their guns drawn at a business on the East side.
It happened at the Dollar Tree/Pet Smart area on E State.
Sources said there is 20 + police officers on scene and they all have their guns drawn.
It is not yet clear what is going on. But it is obviously a dangerous situation. So please avoid the area.
Update from source: They brought in some big swat tank and multiple squads from different areas with many of them outside the doors between petsmart and dollar tree
Sources are reporting a Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at the Rockford Airport around 11 am this morning.
It was experiencing mechanical issues a source told us.
Thankfully, It was able to land safely as many emergency personnel were on scene just in case.
We are not able to confirm it yet, but there was a Boeing 737 that did land at the Rockford Airport around the same time. It is registered to Southern Air. (ATLAS AIR INC) Southern Air 362, SOO362 / 9S362 / N362GT
It appears it was circling the SE area of Iowa for awhile before making the emergency landing, possibly to burn off fuel so it could land.
The Rockford Airport has a 10,000 foot runway capable of handling any kind of aircraft for any situation.
Just before 9 :30 pm tonight several fire departments were responding to a structure fire near Rockton.
MABAS box 12 to the 2nd alarm.
Reports of a structure fire near 12158 Old River rd near Rockton.
Several fire departments are en route to assist.
Cristi Meyers-ArnoldIt’s fully engulfed. We think it’s a barn. This is from my home about 0.5 mile away. There are multiple fire trucks there- blocking Old River Rd. May want to avoid the area and find an alternative way to get home. They aren’t leaving any time soon.
Sources have told us the victim (Male in his 50’s) was transported to a local ER and the driver remained on scene until the RPD released them. The vehicle that hit the pedestrian was registered out of Florida.
Sources are reporting a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in Rockford.
It happened around 8:10 pm near the Walgreens on 11th st.
Sources said the injuries were possibly life threatening and not breathing. And then was able to be revived and is now breathing.
Several emergency personnel are on scene. Avoid the area.
Aggravated Battery: On Sunday, February 3, 2019, shortly before 12:30 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to the 1000 block of Hess Court in reference to a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers learned a 25-year-old male and a 42-year-old male got into an argument. The 25 year old was then stabbed once in the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 42-year-old suspect, identified as Taiwan Jones, remained on scene and was taken into custody.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and authorized the below listed charges against Jones.
Taiwan Jones, 42, Rockford: Aggravated Battery with a Knife
Jones was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Jones are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Sources Reporting A Man Stabbed In Rockford
It happened in the area of the 1000 block of Hess ct.
Sources said a man was stabbed near this location around 12:30 am.
The victim was stabbed in the head.
Unknown on the severity of the injuries.
The victim is approx. 28 years old and stabbed in the left side of his head.
Witnesses said he was bleeding very heavily, possible arterial bleeding.