Rockford Scanner™: Structure Fire On The East Side




Sources are reporting a structure fire on the East side.

It happened around midnight in the 2200 block of 22nd st.

A garage was reported to be on fire. Flames and smoke were showing.

No reports of injuries at the time of writing this.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Credit: Jeremy W





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Rockford Scanner™: Dash Camera Video Of An Accident Near Roscoe




Source Jennifer Ames sent us a video of an accident caught on video near Roscoe around 6:30 pm on Thursday night.  You can watch the video below.

Jennifer had a dash camera in her vehicle.

She were headed Northbound on N Second (251) and was in the turn lane at Hononegah when the accident happened.

The lady in front of Jennifer put her vehicle into reverse and hit the gas, running into Jennifer’s vehicle. Then the person in the vehicle then pulls forward and gets out of the vehicle.  When doing so, she forgot to put the vehicle into park. The vehicle then rolls forward hitting another vehicle.

Editors Note:  This is why we really recommend everyone owning a dash camera. A camera never lies and tells the whole story without any lies or variations. Please invest into a dash camera, you never know what you might catch on camera or it tell your side of the story if anything ever happens.





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Rockford Scanner™: 3 Suspects Commit An Armed Robbery in Rockford, Get Away




Sources are reporting an armed robbery in Rockford.

It happened in the 1100 block of N Avon around 8 PM.

Suspects are 3 black males approx. 15 years old.  One of them had on a black mask and blue jeans. 2nd one had on a blue shirt and blue jeans. 3rd one had on a green shirt and blue jeans.

Last seen southbound.

 

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Structure Fire On Rockford’s West Side, Still Developing




RFD

UPDATE: Confirmed structure fire in the 800 block of Concord ave. The fire started in a back bedroom. The exact cause is under investigation, but they think it might have been electrical.

 

Sources are reporting a scene near Concord ave around 8 pm tonight.

We have been told this might be a structure fire call, but not yet confirmed.

All we can confirm right now, is a lot of emergency personnel working a scene near Concord ave.

Please avoid the area or expect delays. Check back later for possible updates.

RFD

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Turkey Terrorism Part 2: At Rockford Memorial Hospital




Credit: Betty Webster Lopez
Credit: Betty Webster Lopez

Sources have sent us more turkey terrorism information and photos.

As you may recall, we did a brief story on the turkey terrorism in Loves Park. You can find that info at CLICK HERE

Several sources at the hospital told us earlier today some wild turkeys were terrorizing the parked vehicles in the parking lot of Rockford Memorial Hospital on Rockton ave. (Mercy Health)

As you know, turkeys are pretty much harmless. But they have been pretty bold in the last few months. Chasing vehicles, and as you can see chilling on top of them too.

We have not heard anyone being injured by turkeys. Only citizens being terrorized by them.   The one near Forest Hills rd (Tom The Turkey) chases moving vehicles.

The ones at Rockford Memorial Hospital appear to only stake claim to parked vehicles. Which it appears they have good tastes in jeeps too.

On a more serious note, if you do see some turkeys.
Please do not hurt them. They are pretty much harmless.

Share your photos/videos/ and turkey experiences with us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com

Video by Morgan Lynn. By the Cherry Valley feed store

Credit: Betty Webster Lopez
Credit: Betty Webster Lopez

Photos by Rockford Scanner Source Betty


Below are some turkey jokes

  • Q: Why did the police arrest the turkey? A: They suspected it of fowl play
  • Q: Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”? A: Because they never learned good table manners!
  • Q: What sound does a space turkey make? A: Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!
  • Q: What would you get if you crossed a turkey with an evil spirit? A: A poultrygeist!
  • Q: What’s more amazing than a talking turkey? A: A spelling bee!
  • Q: What do turkeys like to do on sunny days?  A: Have peck-nics!
  • Q: Which type of key won’t open any door?  A: A turkey!

 

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Structure Fire in Rockford, Rockford Fire Department On Scene




 

Update: State fire marshal is headed to this scene. He is coming from Chicago.

Sources are reporting a structure fire in Rockford.

It happened around 8 am in the 3300 block of Derby Lane in Rockford.

Red Cross has been called in to assist the victims.

Unknown on injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.





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Rockford Scanner™: Possible 2nd Shooting Victim in Rockford




Sources are reporting a shooting victim that arrived at Swedish American Hospital.  It is not yet clear where the actual shooting took place at yet.

The hospital went on lock-down for safety precautions.
That is normal for any shooting victims that arrive to any local hospitals.

There was a shooting on Auburn just before 4 am.

It is not yet clear if this is the victim that arrived at Swedish American Hospital, or if there is a second shooting victim.

There were 3 different medical assist calls around the same time the victim arrived at Swedish American Hospital.

  • 300 block of N 6th st
  • 1500 block of N Court
  • 2100 block of Sharon
    (Note: RPD did say Aggravated Battery With A Firearm for the Auburn shooting)

It is not yet clear if these medical assist calls are related to this story or not yet.

More information on the Auburn shooting at http://rockfordscanner.com/2019/03/14/rockford-scanner-one-victim-shot-on-the-west-side-police-investigating/





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Rockford Scanner™: One Victim Shot On The West Side, Police Investigating




UPDATE: The male victim is approx. 30 years old. The suspect and victim allegedly got into a physical altercation. During the fight, the suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim in the stomach area. He was found laying on the ground in the parking lot. Police have yet to release suspect information.


On Thursday, March 14th, at around 3:40 AM, a Rockford man was the victim of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm when he was struck one time by gunfire, in the 4000 block of Auburn St.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information concerning this incident is encouraged to contact the Rockford Police Department, or Crime Stoppers at 815 963 STOP (7867).

 





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Rockford Scanner™: Scene Involving The US Marshalls in Rockford, Possible Shooting




RS Source

UPDATE:

(AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy and wounding a woman at an Illinois hotel was taken into custody Thursday after an hourslong standoff that began when he crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway, authorities said.

Floyd E. Brown, 39, was arrested hours after the crash in central Illinois, State Trooper Sean Ramsey said. Officers employed flash grenades to disable Brown after trying for hours to negotiate with him to surrender, police said.

Brown, of Springfield, was taken to a hospital to be treated for several injuries. It wasn’t immediately known what caused the injuries, Ramsey said.

Brown is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Deputy Jacob Keltner, a 12 ½-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office in northern Illinois. Keltner was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours after he was shot, spokesman David Dezane said.

Police said a 25-year-old woman described as an acquaintance of Brown suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening after being hit with one of Brown’s rounds. She was treated at a hospital and released.

No shots were fired by law enforcement during the incident, authorities said.

The shootings happened Thursday morning at a hotel as a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force tried to serve Brown with an arrest warrant for burglary and parole violation charges. Brown fled the hotel in Rockford in Winnebago County, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northwest of Chicago, and traveled about 170 miles (274 kilometers) to Logan County in central Illinois, police said.

Prosecutors in Winnebago County in northern Illinois initially issued a warrant with $5 million bond against Brown for attempted murder. State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross said the charge was upgraded to first-degree murder after Keltner died. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said Brown also will face a federal murder charge in the death of the deputy, who was assisting federal law enforcement when he was shot.

McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim called Keltner a “great guy” whose father and brother serve in law enforcement in suburban Chicago.

“Jake was a fine young man who leaves a wife and two young children,” Prim said. “We are going to miss him.”

Keltner was the first officer in the department to die in the line of duty in three years, Prim said.

From 2009 to 2019, 73 officers were killed nationwide while attempting to serve warrants, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit group that keeps track of officer fatalities nationwide.


ILLINOIS STATE POLICE PURSUE AND ARREST WANTED SUSPECT

After a Multi-County Pursuit and a Six- Hour Standoff Wanted Suspect is now in ISP Custody

Springfield, IL- On March 7, 2019, at approximately 9:15 a.m. Illinois State Police (ISP) officials responded to the Extended Stay America Hotel in Rockford, Illinois to assist with reports of an Active Shooter.

At some point during the ongoing incident at the hotel, the suspect fled the area in his vehicle. At approximately, 10:45 a.m., ISP District 6 Troopers spotted the suspect traveling on Interstate 39 at Milepost 8, and a pursuit ensued; during the pursuit, the suspect displayed a rifle. The pursuit lasted approximately thirty minutes at speeds well in excess of 100 mph in inclement weather and adverse road conditions. The pursuit came to an end on Interstate 55 at Milepost 132.5, after which ISP officers on scene struck the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to terminate the pursuit for the safety of the public.

After the suspect’s vehicle was struck, the vehicle came to a rest in a ditch. The suspect exited and re-entered the vehicle, before proceeding to barricade himself inside of the vehicle for approximately 6 hours. Additional ISP officers, including ISP SWAT personnel and ISP crisis negotiators, as well as various other law enforcement agencies assisted in various aspects of the incident including the following: Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police, Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, McLean County Sheriff’s Office, Springfield Police Department, Bloomington Police Department, and the Lincoln Police Department.

At approximately 5:00 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect is being transported to a local area hospital for non-life threatening injuries he sustained during the crash. The suspect is currently in ISP custody, and will eventually be turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“First and foremost, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the family of Deputy Keltner,” stated ISP Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly. “The men and women of the Illinois State Police, including responding Troopers from District 16, District 1, District 15, District 6, District 8, and District 9, all responded with seamless professionalism alongside the law enforcement of this state. ISP’s SWAT team in particular showed incredible tactical restraint, bravery and boldness today. This dark day has come to an end, and this defendant can now be brought to justice,” concluded Acting Director Kelly.


Police did a press conference around 6:30 pm

UPDATE: Suspect is now in custody. (Unknown on his status)

The officer has passed away. Officer Jacob Keltner.  The sheriff’s deputy was critically wounded and later died. He had been with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department for 12 years and had been part of the United States Marshal Service Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force since 2014


Video by Verna Santiago


Two confirmed victims.  One police officer and also a female.  Suspect is now wanted for an attempted murder on a police officer and is now wanted on a $5 million dollar bond.  He is still currently held up in his crashed vehicle in Logan County. Swat has surrounded the vehicle and are negotiating with the alleged suspect. He is reportedly waving a white towel, which means surrender. But is not yet in custody.


ISP is Assisting with Active Shooter Incident which began in Rockford, IL. ISP officers engaged in a pursuit with the suspect. The suspect is currently stationary inside of his vehicle on I-55 SB at MP 133 in Logan County. I-55 NB and SB at this location are temporarily shut down. Route 66 is also temporarily shut down. ISP SWAT is on scene and crisis negotiation officers are en route.

Reports from troopers involved in the chase, which reached speeds over 100 mph, said the suspect crashed his car near Lincoln around 11:30 a.m. but was refusing to leave his car. One report said he was pointing a rifle out the car.

A SWAT team has been called in, and all lanes of I-55 have been shut down.

“The suspect is currently stationary inside of his vehicle on I-55 southbound at mile post 133 in Logan County,” the state police said in a statement. “SWAT is on scene and crisis negotiation officers are en route.”

Reports are saying the officer is a  McHenry County sheriff’s officer that is a part of the US Marshal task force and is in serious condition at the new hospital on E Riverside.


Suspect crashed into a ravine. Police have the suspect surrounded. They are trying to negotiate with the suspect. He is reported to be waving a white towel in the air. Still developing.

Sources are reporting: State police have shut down interstate 55 outside of Lincoln Illinois at mile marker 132 currently a negotiating team


Attempted murder on a police officer in Rockford. Suspect is Floyd Brown and in a Silver vehicle with a plate of or similar to BF13112 or a temp plate of 485U256 . He is the alleged shooter at the hotel on N Bell School, for the active shooter scene. Armed with a rifle. This is the suspect info, please share.  Police have confirmed this is the suspect and who they are currently searching for.

UPDATE:  Suspect vehicle wrecked and is in a ravine. Unknown on the status of the suspect.

Sources said US Marshall service fugitive taskforce officer was shot.
He was serving a warrant to a fugitive.


A source told us the alleged suspect may have gotten away in a  gray or silver mercury. Possible plate number of BF13112.  2006 mercury 4 door. Suspect is a black male named Floyd Brown and is wanted for attempted murder on a police officer.
(Police have yet to confirm this)


Police confirmed an “Active Shooter” situation. And advised the public to avoid the area.  One confirmed victim, Possible multiple victims. Sources said an officer may be one of the victims, but police have yet to confirm this.  Numerous police, Fire, Medical, SWAT, etc… are on scene.


Sources are reporting numerous police including the US Marshalls.

It happened in the 700 block of N Bell School, on the 3rd floor of the Extended Stay Hotel.

Sources said there are numerous police, US Marshalls, and also medical on scene. Including three ambulances.

We have unconfirmed reports saying this is a possible shooting scene.
Again, not confirmed yet.

Confirmed “Officers in Distress”   via sources, unknown what exactly what that means. But sources said at least one officer is injured.

Sources are reporting this is an active shooter scene.
Again, not yet confirmed.

All we can confirm is a major scene at the hotel and pretty much the whole police force is on scene, from several jurisdictions.

Still developing.

UPDATE: We been told the new hospital on E Riverside is on lockdown, one of the victims has been transported to this location.  Several emergency personnel are on scene.

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Sources: ABC7Chicago, Governor Pritzker, RPD, ISP, Fox32, WGN, Winnebago COunty States Attorney Office, Witnesses at the scene, AP, Sources, and police scanner.