Rockford Scanner™: Doorbell On Fire At A Residence in Rockford

Sources are reporting a possible fire at a residence in the 1600 block of 16th st around 9:35 pm.

Homeowner smells smoke and sees a little bit of smoke coming from their doorbell.  Rockford Fire Department is on scene investigating.

The residents have evacuated the house.


Rockford Scanner™: RPD Thanks The Citizens For Attending Their Event Last Night

From the Rockford Police Department:
Thanks to everyone who came out last night to La Chiquita Market and chatted with officers! We enjoyed meeting you and learning about any concerns you have for your neighborhood. The next copstoyou will be in April, so stay tuned to see where we will be!



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

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!


Rockford Scanner™: Flooding in Winnebago County

Email us your flooding photos and videos to us at 

Update: They have opened up the Fordam Dam in Rockford. It has been wide open for the last 48 hours. 

Forecast flooding Changed from Moderate to Major severity for the
following rivers in Illinois…

Pecatonica River near Shirland affecting Winnebago County
Rock River at Latham Park affecting Winnebago County

The following forecasts are based on observed precipitation as well
as forecast precipitation 24-48 hours into the future.


Safety message…If you encounter a flooded roadway…turn around and
find an alternate route.

Additional information can be found at

1054 AM CDT Thu Mar 14 2019

…Forecast flooding increased from Moderate to Major severity…
The Flood Warning continues for
The Pecatonica River near Shirland, or from Winnebago County line
downstream to confluence with the Rock River.
* until further notice.
* At 1000 AM Thursday the stage was 14.3 feet.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
* Forecast…The river will continue rising to around 15.5 feet by
early Sunday morning then begin falling.
* Impact…At 15.7 feet…The Shirland Harrison road floods

Photos by the WCSO & Monique Delph


Rockford Scanner™: Possible Severe Weather Today, Tornado Watch To Our East

A Tornado Watch has been issued through mid afternoon for the yellow highlighted counties. While severe weather and tornadoes are possible for the entire watch area, the higher severe risk is focused roughly along and southeast of Interstate 55. Stay weather aware and have multiple ways to receive warnings if any are issued for your area.

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
1250 PM CDT Thu Mar 14 2019

1031 AM CDT

Arcs of scattered storms should increase in coverage through
noon, especially along and east of I-55. More showers and possible
storms are likely just ahead of the cold front to push across the
area from noon to 3 pm. So in other words, sort of messy with
multiple rounds of very fast moving storms especially along/east
of I-55, but the primary message continues with a few hour window
of a strong to isolated severe weather threat.

The surface cold front is pushing over western Illinois as of
1015 a.m., with a gusty warm sector in advance. Some areas of
clearing have helped with warming too, and low 60s should move
into the southern forecast area by 11 a.m., with dew points near
60 by noon. A couple small arcs/clusters of convection have
developed in the warm sector as a mid-level jet over 100 kt
overrides this area. We should continue to see an increase in
coverage, as evidenced on visible satellite trends in upstream
central Illinois, and in updraft intensity. Low-level CAPE has
stair-stepped northward into the southern CWA, and should peak
12-1 pm around 700-800 J/kg using modified RAP soundings, which is
impressive with these dynamics. It’s this area east of I-55 with
more of a backed 160-170 degree gusty wind that if the
shear/instability balance is enough, there will be a brief tornado
concern through 1 pm or so…and we have seen some brief storm
structure so far that hints at that too. The less worked over any
areas are in the 1-2 hours in advance the better chances of this
slight risk, and that may be more so east of I-57. Of course
there is an isolated 60+ mph wind threat as well given the

Confidence in strong storms is high but on reaching severe limits
in this area is somewhat low, as the warm sector there had
earlier rain and fairly frequent clouds…so the question is still
will instability reach to a point for deeper updrafts to support
better storm structure.

Further to the southwest with storms developing along the front
north of St. Louis, we are expecting to see more convective
updrafts develop northward as the front pushes into our area.
These will have an isolated 60+ mph threat given the dry air
starting to undercut them and the strong synoptic winds along and
immediately behind the front. The severe threat should end from
west to east fairly quickly between 1-3 p.m. However, the synoptic
winds will then surge, especially in the few hours after the
front, and 45-55 mph southwest gusts are forecast with high



250 AM CDT

Today through Friday…

Forecast concerns in the short term include shower/thunderstorm
trends and timing today, the degree of severe thunderstorm threat
along/ahead of the occluded front, and strong synoptic wind field.
Areas of north central/far northern IL have likely seen their
heaviest rainfall already, though in agreement with MKX will
maintain flood watch across our far northern counties with some
additional rain possible today.

Early morning GOES water vapor imagery depicts deep upper low
over the mid-Missouri Valley near Omaha. Surface low pressure was
located directly beneath the stacked system, with a cold front
arcing from western Iowa southward through Missouri and into the
Arklatex region. The now filling surface low will lift northeast
into the northern Great Lakes region by this evening, with the
occluding cold front pushing across the forecast area during the
midday and early afternoon hours. Rain and a few embedded
thunderstorms, within the warm/moist conveyor wrapping into the
eastern portion of the system, have largely moved east of the
forecast area early this morning, with much of the cwa beneath the
synoptic scale dry slot noted in satellite imagery. However,
models are in good agreement in developing additional
showers/embedded thunderstorms across especially the eastern
portion of the cwa again by mid-late morning, in association with
a strong jet steak wrapping around the southeastern periphery of
the large scale trough.

Concern for severe weather then grows from late morning into
early afternoon, as the surface occluded cold frontal boundary
moves into the area. Questions exist with effects of any morning
activity on destabilization ahead of the front, and models do show
some differences in how quickly near-surface destabilization
occurs. Even the slower guidance shows generally good support in
the potential for at least scattered thunderstorms to become
rooted in/near the boundary layer by midday/early afternoon.
Strong unidirectional wind fields will provide more than ample
shear for organized severe storms, with damaging winds and an
isolated tornado threat for our far eastern counties. New SPC day
1 outlook includes the eastern half of the cwa. Threat should move
east of the cwa by late afternoon. As over the past several days,
current forecast soundings continue to depict strong
environmental wind profiles this afternoon and early evening.
Morning rain or convection may delay onset of the strongest winds
until this afternoon, but plan no changes to the mid-morning start
to the wind advisory.

As for temps today, we’re starting out in the low-mid 40s in most
spots this morning. While cloud cover and additional
rain/convection may complicate things, guidance maintains 925 mb
temps of +12C or better through early afternoon especially across
the eastern parts of the cwa. With deep mixing developing,
continue to favor the warmer look of MAV guidance numbers, as well
as raw model surface temps which point to an axis of 65-70 degree
temps across our southeast, and likely brief low-60s in the west
before readings fall later this afternoon.

Vort associated with upper low lifts northeast across the area
late today and tonight, with a secondary surface trough. This, and
additional short wave energy which propagates into the trough
Friday will keep the potential for some lighter rain or rain/snow
showers across the region overnight into Friday morning. Blustery
and cooler conditions can be expected, with persistent low level
cold advection limiting highs to around 40 degrees.




Friday night through Thursday…

309 AM…No forecast concerns through the period. A large area of
high pressure will move across the region Saturday. A weak trough
may move across the northern lakes Sunday with possibly a few
flurries Sunday morning but stayed dry. Another large high will
build across the region Monday and shift east Tuesday allowing
southerly flow and a return to more seasonal temperatures. Another
weak trough is possible Tuesday night into Wednesday and previous
models runs had been generating some weak qpf but current runs
are dry and maintained a dry forecast. Winds quickly swing back
around southerly with another mild day on Thursday with the models
in fair agreement of a cold front pushing south Thursday night or
Friday as high pressure builds across the northern lakes. cms


Rockford Scanner™: Several Roads Closed In Stephenson County

The following is a list of road closures that have been reported to the Sheriff’s Office.
Please remember not to drive around road closed barricades; they are there for everyone’s safety.
This list may change anytime as roads are closed and opened.
Please drive carefully.

Bolen Rd between RT 20 and Ridott Rd
Brush Creek between RT 26 and Bellview Rd
Cockrell Rd South of Cedarville Rd
Maize Rd East of Farwell Bridge Rd
Becker School Rd between Bolton Rd and Hamm Rd
Beaver Rd between Scheider Rd and Red Oak Rd
Richland Rd between Red Oak Rd and Scheider Rd
Irish Grove Rd between Brick School Rd and Winneshiek Rd
Goeke Rd between Cedarville Rd and Brick School Rd
Maize Rd between Kinney Rd and Goeke Rd
Brick School Rd between Bouray Rd and Farwell Bridge Rd
Kinney Rd between Brick School Rd and Winneshiek Rd
Van Buren Rd off of RT 26
Lancaster Rd
Bower Rd between Sabin Church Rd and Loran Rd
Mill Grove Rd Sabin Church Rd and Loran Rd
Loran Rd between Mill Grove Rd and RT 73
Schuman Rd between Loran Rd and Block Rd


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.


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


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).