Vehicle crashes into a pole, causing a power outage in Rockford

Just before 3 PM, several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of School Street and Avon.  Scanner traffic is saying a vehicle has crashed into a pole.  Injuries were being reported.  A person involved in the accident fled from the scene, the police were able to quickly capture them.. There is a power outage in the area

UPDATE: Approx. 642 customers are without power. 


School Bus Accident With injuries In Rockford, Extrication Requested

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Note: Original scanner traffic said it was a school bus full of children.

Update: Company bus, the driver of the bus was allegedly of their cell phone when the accident happened. More than 20 people were reporting injuries and taken to a local hospital.

Around 1:51 pm today several units were dispatched to the area of Main and Springfield. Scanner traffic is saying there is an accident near this intersection. Injuries are being reported. A school bus is involved. The people in the car are trapped and need extrication. Many units are en route to the scene. There are children on the bus, approx. 30 children on the bus. Still developing. Please avoid the area.

Update: They are requesting more units to the scene. They said the school bus is full. A city bus has came to the scene to transport the students. A few Rockford Scanner fans said they witnessed the school bus run the red light at the intersection. 

Juli Barta I saw this happen, the bus driver was speeding severely threw the light and bounced off the top of the Car! Thank god the driver of the car survived!


Vehicle Crashes into A Building in Machesney park


Statement from the Harlem School District

UPDATE via RS fans: It was at Machesney Elementary School.

It was Machesney Elementary school, Looked like an older Ford pickup crashed into the southeast corner of the building

We did not hear the location, but several emergency personnel were on scene of an accident.

A vehicle has crashed into a building in Machesney park. Unknown on injuries. North park Fire Department said the occupant(s) had self extricated from the vehicle.

The vehicle crashed into the B side of the building.

Once we hear the location, we will update it.

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Juvenile Arrested And Released After Burglarizing Rockford School


On Saturday November 5th., 2016, at 5:16 PM, the Rockford Police Department responded to Bloom School, 2900 Brendenwood Road, for a report of a subject breaking into the school. Upon arrival officers found a door to the school forced open. A perimeter was set up and as the officers went to enter the school to conduct a search the suspect surrendered. The male suspect was found to be a juvenile and was subsequently charged with Burglary, Criminal Trespass to State Supported Property and Criminal Damage to State Supported Property. After processing the suspect was released to a parent. The Rockford Police Department received assistance from the Loves Park Police Department and the Rockford Park District Police.
At the time of this release no additional details were available.


Suspect Flees From police, Captured

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This afternoon several Rockford Scanner fans contacted us and said police were chasing a suspect that fled from them. It happened near Huffman and Halsted by West view elementary. The police was able to capture the suspect a short time later.


RS Fans Reporting Shots Fired, Possible Shooting Victim



Several Rockford Scanner  fans have contacted us and said there were multiple shots that were fired near the Fairground housing.  At least seven shots were reported to have been heard.  The suspects fled in a white vehicle.  Possible shooting victim, but not confirmed

The Rockford Police Department are encrypted so no other information is available

RS Fan: Rockford School Goes on lock-down, Because Shots Fired

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RS fan reporting: “My school (West middle school) just went into soft lockdown due to shots fired in the area”

Rockford police are encrypted, so no other information is available

Update: RS fans are saying the lock down has now been lifted

One Man Shot, Injuries Believed To be Non Life Threatening



Around 1:50 am last night multiple shots rang out in the 1600 block of Dewey ave in Beloit. This is approx. a block away from a school. One person was shot and his injuries are believed to be non life threatening. The suspect is described as a male black around 6 foot tall.







RS Fan Reporting Large Mob Fight (With Video) Near Local School

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Justin R sent us this video from last night. He said “Large mob fight behind West Middle School”


Violent Threat Posted on Social Media, About Violence At Rockford Schools

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Several Rockford Scanner fans sent us the following below.

The FB profile who posted it is called GangGangTheClown

RPS 205 Administrators are aware of a hoax connected to the Internet. District officials are working with Rockford Police to vet these threats and don’t believe they are credible. As a precaution, the district has increased staff and security levels to ensure our schools remain safe. We have also encouraged staff to report any suspicious activity to authorities.

We’re sharing this information to inform parents and community members – not to alarm them. We take all threats seriously – whether they appear to be a hoax or not.

Safety is a top priority in Rockford Public Schools. If you have specific concerns, please contact your building principal.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


UPDATE: There is another clown page threatening the Harlem High 9th grade campus. The profile who posted the Harlem threat is called Rockford Clowns at

Harlem School district send out a mass phone call to parents letting them know they are aware of the threat and are taking precautions and investigating the threats.




It was posted on social media yesterday. The threat is saying these people plan on going into a Rockford School (Appears to be Auburn) and start knocking people out. And several parents and students have saw it and are scared. Many parents have called in their children from school, or plan on going to get them from school.

The Rockford police are encrypted, so there is no way to tell if this incident will happen, or maybe has happened……….

Let’s pray that this is only a threat, and this will not actually happen. And police are able to handle this situation before it happens.

NOTE: Scary clown sighting in Rockford:

Update from the RPD:

Following a national trend of “creepy” clown sightings for the past few months, the Rockford Police Department has received numerous calls regarding suspicious clown sightings around the area. The clown sighting trend began in late August and has gained local momentum during the past several days. While most reports across the country have been unfounded, there have been some instances of criminal activity and victimization.

Rockford Police officers are investigating all local reports, all of which have been unfounded at this time, with the exception of a radio promotion of which it has been made aware.

“We appreciate the fact that during this season leading into Halloween, people are using clowns as a fun way to celebrate,” said Chief Dan O’Shea. “However, conveying threats on text or social media that infringe on other people’s rights to feel safe is a crime and will be investigated as such.”

Citizens are encouraged to use caution during unfamiliar encounters and are reminded to call the non-emergency number at 815-966-2900 to report a suspicious sighting, or call 911 to report a crime in progress

The Beloit Police Department is looking into the Twisty the Clown Facebook social media account. As it stands right now the department has not read anything that is illegal or cause for concern. The police department understands the fear that this type of free speech can create and appreciates the concerns that have been expressed. We are partnering with the School District of Beloit to help alleviate and address the fears and concerns that have been voiced. The police department will continue to monitor this Facebook page and take appropriate action should it rise to the level of criminal activity. If anyone happens to know the identity of Twisty the Clown, please lets us know through our Facebook account.
Thank you.

There have been recent reports in the national media concerning subject dressing as clowns with the intent to scare the public, commonly described as “clowning.” These incidents are not simple cases of kids in costumes enjoying a party and trick-or-treating, but more deliberate acts designed to cause a disturbance in our community.
The DeKalb Police Department has also had some recent reports of “clowning” and will investigate each report fully. While it is not illegal to wear any costume, intentional acts that alarm the public may result in criminal charges. The Police Department will also have additional officers working during the Halloween holiday to ensure that everyone enjoys it safely.
The DeKalb Police Department encourages everyone to enjoy the Halloween season responsibly and discourages any “clowning” activities. We further encourage any person to report all suspicious activity to the police department at 815-748-8400 or report all emergencies to 911

On October 4, 2016 the Roscoe Police Department took a report of a suspicious incident/threat put out on the social media platform Instagram towards Roscoe school district students. The threat was from user siggy.the.clown with a photograph of a clown stating: Im coming for you students located in the Roscoe School District…watch out. Another post claims of a sighting in Roscoe. There has been no sighting reported to the Roscoe Police Department, and there is no credible information that anyone is in danger.

The police department has been in contact with the school district, as always we will work closely with them in regards to school safety.
These posts have been circulating all across the country. As you would in any circumstance involving your children advise them not to speak with strangers and to report suspicious incidents to police.