Rockford Scanner™: Fireworks Accident During An Event At A Local School


Madison who is a senior at Hononegah sent us the following video from last night’s fireworks mishap at the Hononegah High School Purple & Gold Fest 2019 at the Hononegah High School.   

As you can see there was a fireworks mishap, unknown on injuries. Watch the video below. 

The firework show was from 9:45-10 pm according to their website


Rockford Scanner™: Police Investigating A Possible Active Shooter Situation In A Local School

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, at approximately 8:30 am, the Boone County 911 Center received a 911 call from an individual who referenced a safety concern at Belvidere North High School. Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies along with School Administrators responded to the concern and the school was immediately placed on lockdown. The School District sent out information as soon as it was possible advising parents on the situation.

Note: We have been told the threat was a student who posted a threat on a social media platform threatening to shoot another student those around her. But police have yet to confirm this, but the video has been shared numerous times on social media sites.

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies secured the building as Sheriff’s Detectives began to investigation. Deputies along with several officers from Belvidere Police, Illinois State Police, Rockford Police, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and the Secretary of State assisted with various tasks. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all the jurisdictions that assisted during this emergency.

Securing the school was done in a calm and orderly fashion. The students and staff at Belvidere North High School are to be commended on their patience, calmness and professionalism during this very stressful event. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the parents for being patient and understanding while law enforcement and school officials secured the school and create a safe environment. Lastly, the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media for getting the information out to the public as soon as possible.

These type of threats are taken very seriously by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and Belvidere School District 100. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the case. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone having information on this or any crime to call 815-544-2144 or Boone County Crime Stoppers at 815-544-7867.

The Boone County Sheriff wants to update you on a situation that is happening at Belvidere North High School. Boone County 911 received a call about a safety concern regarding the school. School administration partnered with local law enforcement to investigate the matter immediately. Currently schools in the area are on lockdown and surrounding roads have been closed until the investigation can be completed.
We will update parents as we have more information. Thank you for your patience and concern.

Initial reports were saying there was a fire alarm and an active shooter situation (2 shooters)  inside the school and teachers and students have barricaded themselves inside the school.  You can see chairs and other items blocking entrances to classrooms.

The police have the area blocked off, numerous police from several agencies on scene.

The police said everything is calm and no need to worry.

No reports of gunfire or injuries.

Everyone is asked to stage at the Shopko

Note: Years ago there was an active shooter incident where the students pulled the fire alarm to get the students to come outside, and then they shot the students as they exited for the fire alarm.


Rockford Scanner™: Accident With Injuries in Rockford, Temp. Shuts Down School st

Around 11:30 pm tonight there was an auto accident with injuries in Rockford. 

It happened on School st just East of Forest ave.  

Two vehicles were involved in the accident.  

3 Ambulances were requested to the scene.
Sounds like the injuries were non life threatening, but not yet confirmed. 

We were told there was possible extrication needed. But from what I saw at the scene, it appeared that they did not need to extricate anyone from any of the vehicles. 

There was a large crowd on scene, so several officers were on scene for the accident and also to help with crowd control. 

The cause of the accident is under investigation. 

The accident temporarily shut down School st for approx. an hour while emergency personnel worked the scene. It has since re-opened. 


Rockford Scanner™: Amazing Capture On Video: Dust Devil At A Local School

RS Source Sheila Hoffman sent us this amazing video of a dust devil on Aug. 3rd 2019 around 12:15 pm at the Welsh School on Huffman blvd.

Dust devil, also called sand devil, small, brief whirlwind occurring most frequently in the early afternoon when a land surface is heating rapidly. Dust devils are occasionally made visible by the lofting of dust, leaves, or other loose matter from the surface.


Rockford Scanner™: Possibly More Than Just A Routine Traffic Stop?


Earlier tonight several officers had a vehicle stopped on Central, just North of School st.

The officers had the vehicle stopped in the northbound lanes of traffic.

Police had 2 subjects out of the vehicle and on the curb.

It appeared it was more than just a routine traffic stop, because the amount of officers on the scene. But it is unclear if it is just a traffic stop or more to it.

There was approx. 8 police officers on scene, for a traffic stop.

Note: Police log traffic stops in their call logs.
This scene was not in their call log.

RPD has not released any information.


Rockford Scanner™: Man Holds Police At Bay in Rockford, While Standing On Garage Roof

Just before 9 pm tonight several officers were working a scene on the West side. 

It happened on Central, just North of School st.

Initial reports are saying there is a suicidal subject with a hand injury near this location.

The man climbed up on top of his garage and was screaming at the police. He was saying he just wanted to be left alone. The man had experienced a tragedy recently. He told the police to get off his property.  And was screaming other things at the police as well.
(Some we can not put in the article, we will just say he wasn’t happy with the police being there)

Several officers had the garage surrounded.

Around 11:30 pm, the scene was clear.
Unknown how the man came down.

Note: This call was not logged into the the RPD call log.


Rockford Scanner™: Possible Officer Involved Shooting In Rockford

UPDATE: (Wait a second for the video to load below)

A suspect fired a gun at 2 Rockford Police officers.

The suspect is reported to be in custody.

Sources are reporting a scene on the West side. 

Sources said a person was shot near Washington School in Rockford.

That is near West st.   1421 West st.

Unconfirmed reports are saying this is an officer involved shooting incident.

Many officers from numerous jurisdictions are on scene.
Sources said there are approx. 30 different squad cars and officers working this scene.

RPD has yet to confirm this or release any information.

This is still developing.


Rockford Scanner™: Another Local School Playground Goes Up In Flames

RS Source

Sources are reporting another school playground has gone up in flames.

This one happened at Mcintosh School in Rockford. That is located in the 500 block of N Pierpont.  Reports of the whole playground has burnt to the ground. Unknown on injuries.

There have been multiple incidents at local playgrounds recently.

Note: We are in the process of going through all the photos/videos everyone has sent in, and hope to have them all posted soon. Much appreciated for sharing your content with us!


Rockford Scanner™: Couple of Robberies In Rockford, Police Are Investigating


Sources are reporting a couple of robberies in Rockford recently.  They happened at the following locations:

  • 1500 block of School st (Carjacking)
  • 600 block of Salter ave

We have been told injuries were reported at these scenes, but RPD has yet to confirm this. No suspect information.  RPD is investigating these robberies.