Sources are reporting several minor traffic accidents have already occurred.
The most recent one is near Broadway and 23rd. There is an automobile accident near this location and injuries are being reported at this time. It is not yet known on the severity of the injuries. The cause of this accident is under investigation.
Another accident just happened as were writing this up that is on East Riverside near the Burger King, just East of Alpine. A vehicle crashed into a pole near this location. Injuries are being reported, it is not yet known on the severity of these injuries.
The pole is down, electrical wires are down.
A second ambulance has been requested to the scene.
The snow has started and the road conditions are going to deteriorate quickly. Please use caution if you have to drive this evening
Sources are reporting an auto accident on the West side.
It happened around 1 pm near the intersection of Central and Riverside, near the Walmart.
Injuries were being reported. Unknown on the severity of the injuries.
The cause of the accident is under investigation
Source said: This is at Riverside and Central right now also there’s a car all smashed up on the left hand side near Dollar Tree in the Walmart parking lot towards the back I kind of have a feeling that they were the ones that started the accident and fled because the guy is in front of a tree and there’s no way his car got that smashed by the tree the paramedics and fire department are with him also or her. They were searching back at the tree alongside Sprint where they caught the car the other one I was telling you about and they were looking inside the pine tree so I think that the person may have tried throwing something
NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.
BUSTED DURING BATTLE OF THE BELLS: Rockford Police officers ringing bells for the Salvation Army stop a shoplifter trying to steal more than a thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise. On Friday, December 14, 2018, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Rockford Police officers participating in “Battle of the Bells” against Rockford Fire Department were alerted to a male suspect shoplifting goods from Walmart (3859 Northridge Drive). When confronted by an officer outside, the suspect fled on foot. He was taken into custody after a short foot chase and now faces the below listed charges.
Danuel Schumacher, 37, Rockford: Retail Theft (Felony), Resisting/Obstructing an Officer
“While officers were volunteering for a noteworthy cause, they were quickly reminded of how important it is to remain ever-vigilant,” said Assistant Deputy Chief Carla Redd. “I am very grateful for the dedication the officers show to the community on a daily basis.”
Schumacher was lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. The charges against Schumacher are merely accusations. He is considered innocent unless proven guilty in court.
Sources said Police put a man in handcuffs earlier today near the Starbucks near Forest Hills and Riverside.
Sources said the man committed a crime at Walmart on Northridge this morning then ran from police across the road near the Taco Bell and Starbucks. Police caught the man near Starbucks.
Sources said he is an alleged theft suspect.
Side note: Rockford Police and Fire Departments were hosting an event at the same Walmart. #BattleoftheBells: Come donate to the Salvation Army and help RPD beat Rockford Fire Department in this change challenge at the Walmart on W. Riverside and Northridge Dr. from 10 am – 2 pm!