Rockford Scanner™: Rockford MUFON Meeting, presentation by David Finkbeiner, MUFON CFI




 

Rockford MUFON Meeting
Saturday JUNE 22nd, 2019
Open to the Public

Cherry Valley Library
755 East State Street
Cherry Valley, Illinois 61016
Saturday JUNE 22nd, 2019
10:00AM to 1:00PM

Mysteries in the Fields
Throughout the Midwest and the World, unusual formations have appeared in a variety of crops most commonly wheat. Many of them are the result of weather related phenomenon or other obvious rational explanations, yet some on the other hand remain a mystery.

On Saturday, JUNE 22nd, 2019 at the Cherry Valley Library, the Rockford MUFON Chapter will be hosting a presentation by
David Finkbeiner, MUFON CFI
on this very topic. Highlighted will be a number of accounts that he has personally investigated along with those of his long time friend and mentor who is a renown Investigative Researcher in this field.

Again, this meeting is open to the public and there is no charge.

 








 

Rockford Scanner™: EF-4 Fairdale Tornado 4 Year Anniversary




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Today marks the 4 year anniversary of the devastating EF-4 tornado that ripped through the areas of Rochelle, Fairdale, etc…


The 2015 Rochelle–Fairdale, Illinois tornado was an extremely violent and long-lived tornado that tore through the communities near Rochelle and in Fairdale, Illinois throughout the evening hours of April 9, 2015.

Part of a larger severe weather event that impacted the Central United States, the tornado first touched down in Lee County at 6:39 p.m. CDT (22:39 UTC). It progressed through the counties of OgleDeKalb, and Boone before finally dissipating at 7:20 p.m. CDT.

Along the tornado’s 30.14 mi (48.51 km) path, numerous structures were heavily damaged or destroyed, especially in the small town of Fairdale where two fatalities and eleven injuries were recorded.

A few well-constructed homes were swept completely away, indicative of peak winds near 200 mph (320 km/h), the upper bounds of an EF4 tornado.

In the aftermath of the event, hundreds of citizens assisted in cleanup and recovery efforts. Economic losses from the tornado reached $19 million (2015 USD).


The strongest tornado in the United States during 2015 first began at 6:39 p.m. CDT (23:39 UTC) on April 9, just northeast of Franklin Grove, Illinois. It touched down over a field, producing swirls in crops, before moving northeast and causing EF1 damage to the Crest Foods plant.

The tornado soon exited Lee County and entered Ogle County, inflicting EF1 damage to two farm outbuildings that were completely destroyed and EF0 damage to a similar structure that had a portion of its roof uplifted.

Intensifying to EF3 strength, much more severe damage was noted along South Skare Court as the tornado entered an area of semi-rural subdivisions to the northwest of Rochelle.

A few homes in this area were destroyed at EF3 intensity, with other homes nearby sustaining EF2 damage. One large house had a room ripped off on its second floor, while a split-level home was almost completely leveled.[13]

As the tornado crossed South Richard Road, it intensified to very high-end EF4 strength and inflicted catastrophic damage to several large homes as it impacted the Deer Creek subdivision.

Well-built homes along South Richard Road and East Kuehl Court were leveled and swept from their foundations with debris strewn downwind. Several vehicles parked at these residences were moved some distance or tossed, and wind rowing of debris occurred.

One house had its concrete walkway pulled a few inches from its original location, and notable scouring of lawn grass was observed in the subdivision. These structures were estimated to have been impacted by winds near 200 mph (320 km/h), the upper bound of an EF4 tornado.

The homes swept away in this area were bolted to their foundations and there is some speculation that the tornado may have reached EF5 intensity at this point, though close inspection revealed that some of the washers were missing from the anchor bolts, and that low-lying shrubbery near the homes was left mostly intact, preventing a higher rating.

Continuing northeast, the tornado temporarily weakened, producing EF2 to EF3 damage as it destroyed a few large barns or outbuildings, ripped the roof off two brick residences, and collapsed most walls of another house, but once again gained strength as it approached and crossed Illinois Route 64. A large restaurant and a residence had their exterior walls collapsed in this area.[13]

Image of a concrete reinforced silo that was completely demolished by the tornado

A reinforced concrete silo that was completely destroyed by the tornado.

Very high-end EF4 damage was again observed near the intersection of Illinois Route 64 and Illinois Route 251, where a row of five homes was completely leveled, two of which were swept away.

Anchor bolts were again present at these residences, though the foundations were of cinder-block construction. Intense ground scouring was evident nearby, a car was thrown a full mile, and debris was wind-rowed long distances through fields in this area.

Winds were again estimated at around 200 mph (320 km/h), with the damage at this location again being near-EF5 in intensity. Further to the northeast, the tornado inflicted high-end EF4 damage as a large farmstead was completely destroyed.

A well-constructed barn was completely obliterated, and a 40 ft (12 m) reinforced concrete silo was reduced to a pile of rubble. A large farmhouse on the property was completely swept away, and nearby trees were severely stripped and debarked.

The tornado weakened as it crossed North Moore Road, where a warehouse building had a collapse of its non-bearing exterior walls. One small barn or outbuilding had a collapse of exterior walls while another had a few metal roof panels ripped off. After crossing Interstate 39, it caused moderate roof damage to a large residence and tossed and rolled a heavy barn.

The tornado continued to produce generally EF1 damage to trees and outbuildings before exiting Ogle County, and it was briefly accompanied by an EF0 satellite tornado that damaged crops to its southeast.[13]

After entering DeKalb County, the large tornado directly impacted the small community of Fairdale.

Approximately 71 homes sustained some degree of damage, including 13 that were destroyed. Several houses on the northwest side of town sustained damage consistent with an upper-end EF3 tornado, with all walls collapsed. A few houses that were nailed to the foundation—not bolted—were swept clean.

A 67-year-old woman and her 69-year-old neighbor were both killed in their homes, and an additional 11 people were injured throughout the town.

Continuing northeast across Wheeler Road, one residence had a large portion of its roof ripped off, a second residence had its exterior walls collapsed, and a two-story 80-year-old well-constructed barn was destroyed.

A large garage was destroyed and had its debris deposited well downstream, and significant denuding and debarking of trees was evident. Near the intersection of Irene Road and McNeal Road, a well-built seven-year-old house lost its second story and many exterior walls.

A two-story well-built barn with cinder block attachment was totally destroyed, and a nearby two-story rebar-reinforced cinder block silo was ripped apart.

Large farm equipment was tossed 0.25–0.5 mi (0.40–0.80 km), and convergent scouring of road pavement was noted in this area.

After passing over rural terrain, the tornado finally dissipated at 7:20 p.m. CDT (00:20 UTC) over Cherry Valley Road, ending its 30.14 mi (48.51 km) and 41-minute path of destruction.[13]


Fast Facts

  • Eleven tornadoes were confirmed across Illinois: seven in north central Illinois in the NWS Chicago County Warning Area (CWA), two in northwest Illinois in the NWS Quad Cities CWA, and two in central Illinois in the NWS Lincoln CWA.
  • Six of the tornadoes across north central Illinois formed from one supercell thunderstorm. This includes the strongest tornado that was a long track EF-4 with maximum winds of 200 mph. This tornado began from near Franklin Grove (Lee County), through the northwest side of Rochelle (Ogle County), across I-39, through Fairdale (DeKalb County), and ending south of Belvidere (far southern Boone County).  This tornado caused two fatalities, both in Fairdale, and a total of 22 injuries.
  • A tornado of this magnitude is quite rare. This was the first EF-4 or stronger tornado in the NWS Chicago County Warning Area in 25 years, since an F5 tornado struck Plainfield on August 28, 1990.   This was the strongest tornado on record (since 1950) for both Ogle and DeKalb Counties.
  • This was the first EF-4 tornado or stronger in Illinois since two EF-4 tornadoes occurred on November 17, 2013, including one that struck the community of Washington.  This was the 33rd EF-4 or stronger tornado in Illinois on record (since 1950).
  • The atmosphere was ripe for severe weather due to highly anomalous moisture and instability for early April across the region.  A strong low pressure system advanced into this favorable air mass. Combined with robust wind shear, this helped to trigger these potent storms.
  • The potential for severe weather was mentioned in NWS forecast graphics and products as early as Saturday, April 4th.


NWS DAMAGE SURVEY RESULTS FOR 04/09/15 TORNADO EVENT...

NWS METEOROLOGISTS HAVE NOW CONFIRMED SEVEN TORNADOES ACROSS
NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS FROM THE EVENING OF APRIL 9. NWS CHICAGO
WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO NASA SPORT FOR THE SATELLITE
IMAGERY...NOAA REMOTE SENSING DIVISION FOR THE HIGH RESOLUTION
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY...THE CIVIL AIR PATROL FOR AREAL
PHOTOGRAPHY...AS WELL AS THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE AND THE MCHENRY
COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR THEIR AERIAL DAMAGE PHOTOS
AS WELL. ALL OF THIS REMOTE SENSING DATA ALONG WITH THE GROUND
SURVEYS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN IDENTIFYING THE TORNADO PATHS LISTED
BELOW AS WELL AS THE DAMAGE INTENSITY.

THE FIRST TORNADO WAS SPAWNED OVER FAR SOUTHEAST WINNEBAGO COUNTY
INTO BOONE COUNTY BY THE FIRST SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM...WHILE THE
NEXT SIX TORNADOES FORMED FROM ONE POWERFUL AND LONG DURATION
SUPERCELL STORM...INCLUDING THE VIOLENT LONG TRACK EF-4 FROM
NORTHERN LEE COUNTY...THROUGH OGLE AND DEKALB COUNTIES...AND
ENDING IN FAR SOUTHERN BOONE COUNTY.

THE TORNADO COUNT FROM THE APRIL 9TH EVENT FOR THE NWS CHICAGO
COUNTY WARNING AREA STANDS AS FOLLOWS...

EF-4: 1
EF-1: 3
EF-0: 3

TORNADOES WERE ON THE GROUND FOR A TOTAL OF 43.5 MILES ACROSS
NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS.

HERE IS A LISTING OF THE CONFIRMED TORNADOES...

.TORNADO 1...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    65 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  2.8 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   25 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APRIL 09 2015
START TIME:6:37 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         2.9 MILES S CHERRY VALLEY
START LAT/LON:          42.1926/-88.9548

END DATE:               APRIL 09 2015
END TIME:6:40 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           2.5 MILES SE CHERRY VALLEY
END_LAT/LON:            42.2174/-88.9106

AN EMERGENCY MANAGER AND TRAINED SPOTTERS PHOTOGRAPHED A
TORNADO THAT TOUCHED DOWN SOUTH OF CHERRY VALLEY. THE
TORNADO DID NOT PRODUCE ANY DAMAGE.

Cherry Valley Tornado



.TORNADO 2...

RATING:                 EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    200 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  30.2 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   700 YARDS
FATALITIES:             2
INJURIES:               22

START DATE:APRIL 09 2015
START TIME:6:39 PM CDT
START LOCATION:0.9 MILES NE FRANKLIN GROVE
START LAT/LON:          41.8530/-89.2896

END DATE:APRIL 09 2015
END TIME:7:20 PM CDT
END LOCATION:5 NNW KIRKLAND
END LAT/LON:            42.1623/-88.8792

THIS LONG TRACKED VIOLENT TORNADO DESTROYED NUMEROUS HOMES AND
FARMSTEADS...AS WELL AS TOSSED VEHICLES...ALONG ITS PATH FROM
NORTH CENTRAL LEE COUNTY ACROSS EASTERN OGLE...NORTHWEST
DEKALB...INTO EXTREME SOUTHERN BOONE COUNTY. THIS INCLUDED ACROSS
THE FAR NORTHWEST SIDE OF ROCHELLE...ACROSS INTERSTATE 39...AND
DIRECTLY THROUGH FAIRDALE.

Rochelle Fairdale Tornado
Path Segments of the EF-4 Tornado
EF-4 First EF-4 Second EF-4 Third EF-4 Fourth EF-4 Fifth
.TORNADO 3...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    65 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  1.9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:APRIL 09 2015
START TIME:7:05 PM CDT
START LOCATION:2.9 MILES E LINDENWOOD
START LAT/LON:          42.0583/-88.9752

END DATE:APRIL 09 2015
END TIME:7:08 PM CDT
END LOCATION:4.6 ENE LINDENWOOD
END LAT/LON:            42.0739/-88.9457

THIS BRIEF SATELLITE TORNADO OVER FAR EASTERN OGLE COUNTY WAS
CONFIRMED USING AERIAL SURVEY INFORMATION AND RADAR DATA.

Satellite Tornado #1
.TORNADO 4...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  4.0 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   100 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APRIL 09 2015
START TIME:             7:15 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         3.1 MILES NW KIRKLAND
START LAT/LON:          42.1334/-88.8776

END DATE:               APRIL 09 2015
END TIME:               7:21 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           6 MILES S BELVIDERE
END_LAT/LON:            42.1786/-88.8287

THIS TORNADO PATH WAS IDENTIFIED USING STORM CHASER VIDEO...GROUND
SURVEY AND AERIAL SURVEY INFORMATION. THE TORNADO FORMED IN FAR
NORTHWEST DEKALB COUNTY AND LIFTED IN FAR SOUTHERN BOONE COUNTY.

Satellite Tornado #2
.TORNADO 5...

RATING:                 EF-0
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    85 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.4 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APRIL 09 2015
START TIME:7:24 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         3.8 MILES S BELVIDERE
START LAT/LON:          42.2073/-88.8425

END DATE:               APRIL 09 2015
END TIME:               7:25 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           3.9 MILES S BELVIDERE
END_LAT/LON:            42.2020/-88.8465

THIS TORNADO WAS SPAWNED BY THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED THE LONG
TRACK EF-4 SHORTLY AFTER THAT TORNADO LIFTED.

Belvidere Area Tornado
.TORNADO 6...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    110 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  3.9 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   50 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APRIL 09 2015
START TIME:7:25 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         6 MILES SE BELVIDERE
START LAT/LON:          42.2442/-88.7386

END DATE:               APRIL 09 2015
END TIME:7:31 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           5.6 MILES ESE BELVIDERE
END_LAT/LON:            42.1942/-88.7748

THIS TORNADO WAS SPAWNED BY THE SAME STORM THAT PRODUCED THE LONG
TRACK EF-4 SHORTLY AFTER THAT TORNADO LIFTED.

Belvidere Garden Prairie Tornado
.TORNADO 7...

RATING:                 EF-1
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    90 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  0.3 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   30 YARDS
FATALITIES:             0
INJURIES:               0

START DATE:             APRIL 09 2015
START TIME:             7:50 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         4.4 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF HARVARD
START LAT/LON:          42.3982/-88.5309

END DATE:               APRIL 09 2015
END TIME:7:51 PM CDT
END LOCATION:           4.6 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF HARVARD
END_LAT/LON:            42.4019/-88.5272

THIS BRIEF TORNADO SNAPPED AND UPROOTED 6 TO 7 TREES AT A
PROPERTY ON MCGUIRE ROAD SOUTHEAST OF HARVARD THEN CAUSED MINOR
TREE DAMAGE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ROAD BEFORE ENDING.

Hartland McHenry County Tornado
EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES
TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES.

EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
EF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH

NOTE:
THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

$$

NWS CHICAGO

 

Aerial Damage Photos

Near I-39
Landsat-8 Satellite image clearly showing the track of the tornado (Darkened line area northwest of Rochelle, IL)

 

Near I-39 Damage from the Air
Northwest Rochelle Tornado Damage (Courtesy Civil Air Patrol) Northwest Rochelle Tornado Damage (Courtesy Civil Air Patrol)

 

Damage to a neighborhood northwest of Rochelle showing high-end EF-4 impacts to homes.
Another view of damage to a neighborhood northwest of Rochelle showing high-end EF-4 impacts to homes.
(Courtesy Air-One and photographer Dave Youngblut)

 

Damage Photo Aerial of Fairdale looking Northeast. Courtesy of NGS/NOAA
Fairdale (Courtesy Civil Air Patrol) Aerial of Fairdale looking Northeast. Courtesy of NGS/NOAA

 

Ground Damage Photos

Damage Photo Car North of Rochelle
Northwest Side of Rochelle North of Rochelle

 

Fairdale Area

 

Fairdale Area Fairdale Area
Fairdale Area Fairdale Area

 


Reports

LSR Map LSR Map

 


Photos

 

NWS Chicago Facebook April 9, 2015 Photo Album

 

Near Dixon
East of Dixon. This is the base of the storm that would soon thereafter produce the long-lived tornado that would track into Ogle and DeKalb Counties. Courtesy of Lora Ludwig.

 

Near Ashton
Near Ashton.  Courtesy of PBrooks Photography.

 

Northwest of Rochelle Hail
Looking northwest of Rochelle.  Courtesy of Dean Schultz. Large hail at McHenry Country Club.  Courtesy of Jeff Grubich.

 

Jodi Mair Photo
Near I-39 Looking North of Rochelle.  Courtesy of Jodi Mair.

 

Near I-39
Near I-39.  Courtesy of Walker Ashley.

 

Scott Prader
Near Hillcrest.  Courtesy of Larissa Sebree.

 

 


Radar

Radar Loop
Radar loop from 3:30 pm – 8:45 pm on April 9, 2015

 

Hail Swaths

Rotation Tracks

 

The four panel radar images below display: radar reflectivity (top left), radar storm relative velocities from two different radars (top right and bottom right) and Correlation Coefficient (CC).  Storm relative velocity tells us if a storm has rotation. The green colors in the imagery represent winds blowing towards the radar, while the red colors indicate winds blowing away from the radar. Therefore, strong rotation can be inferred in the storms showing bright red colors directly adjacent to bright green colors in the storm relative velocity images.  This is also the area of the storm where the tornado is most likely to be occurring.   Reflectivity and storm relative velocity used together with CC data can indicate the presence of debris resulting from a tornado.  In basic terms CC is the correlation between the reflected horizontal and vertical power returns that the dual pol weather radar provides.  CC data tends to be near one with most precipitation type echoes.  Therefore, when the CC data is found to be very low (represented by the blue colors), it suggests that the radar is not sampling precipitation.

Notice that in the second radar four panel for the Franklin Grove to Margeno supercell time stamped 6:59 pm that a clear area of low CC data (Blue area) is identifiable within the radar reflective hook echo just north of Rochelle. This area also corresponds with the area of strong rotation as noticed in the storm relative velocity image in the top right. The Low CC in this area tells the radar operator that the strong reflectiveives within the hook echo in the top left panel is not precipitation, but is actually the radar seeing the debris being lofted from a tornado.

Near Rockford Airport to Cherry Valley to Harvard Supercell
Radar Radar
6:37 pm 6:52 pm

 

Franklin Grove to Fairdale to Belvidere to Margeno Supercell
Radar Radar
6:45 pm 6:59 pm
Radar Radar
7:15 pm 7:29 pm

 

 


Meteorology

  • The atmosphere was ripe for severe weather due to highly anomalous moisture and instability for early April across the region.  A strong low pressure system advanced into this favorable air mass. Combined with robust wind shear, this helped to trigger these potent storms.

Surface Weather Map

 


Climatology

  • The peak tornado season in Illinois is April through June.
  • This was the first EF-4 tornado or stronger in Illinois since two EF-4 tornadoes occurred on November 17, 2013, including one that struck the community of Washington.  This was the 33rd EF-4 or stronger tornado in Illinois on record (since 1950).
  • This was the first EF-4 or stronger tornado in the NWS Chicago County Warning Area in 25 years, since an F5 tornado struck Plainfield on August 28, 1990.
  • This was the strongest tornado on record (since 1950) for Ogle County, where EF-4 damage was observed. The previous strongest tornado on record in Ogle County since 1950 was an F-3 on August 5, 1979.  The last tornado in Ogle County prior to April 9, 2015 was May 22, 2011, when three EF-1 tornadoes occurred.
  • This was the strongest tornado on record (since 1950) for DeKalb County, where EF-3 damage was observed. The previous strongest tornado on record in DeKalb County since 1950 was an F-2 on June 18, 1975.  The last tornado in DeKalb County prior to April 9, 2015 was an EF-0 on May 13, 2011.

North Central Illinois Significant Tornadoes

    • Sources:
    • Charles Russell
  • NWS https://www.weather.gov/lot/15apr09
  • SPC
  • Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Rochelle%E2%80%93Fairdale,_Illinois_tornado
  • Youtube  http://youtube.com

 

 

 

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Importance of Dash Cameras




Hey everyone. I want to remind you all of the importance of dash cameras.

With all these unlicensed drivers, as well as all the hit and run accidents that have been happening lately. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you have a QUALITY dash camera recording at all times when you’re driving.

A dash camera turns a “He said she said” incident where who knows what comes out, to a no doubt about it, this is exactly what happened situation.

A dash camera records and tells only the truth. So if the other driver that caused the accident tries to lie and say things happened differently and it’s YOUR fault.

Your dash camera puts them in their place real fast, hopefully with an additional falsifying a police report charge tacked on.

What’s important to look for? Where should I get one? How much should I spend? I know…. There’s lot’s of questions. I’m going to cover these as best as I can.

What’s important to look for? Well, you want a good quality camera for starters. NO This does not include the cheap $10-$20 dash cameras at Walmart for example. If this is all you can afford, ANY camera is better than no camera, get that and save up for a better one.

Ideally though you’re looking for 1080P MINIMUM. A good quality 1080p dash camera will get a license plate readable to a decent distance, roughly 60-75 feet, I really think anything beyond 75 feet is pushing the limits of even a good 1080p camera.

Now if you get a good 4k camera, this distance increases a bit. Note I have not tested my gopro hero to an exact length but I believe you can extend that to 75-100 feet maybe more that you can read a license plate on video.

Another feature you’re really going to find useful is GPS, GPS records your coordinates, speed, and heading on the screen.

This can be useful to prove if you were, or were not speeding. This often times can be a factor in contributing accident fault, or innocence.

Wifi is a useful feature for using a larger cell phone or tablet screen to aim and adjust the camera, but I’ve found it to be really slow for file transfers. I ALWAYS suggest either plug the camera into your computer, or put the memory card into a memory card reader, this will be MANY times faster.

Where should I buy a dash camera? Well, any time we suggest a link, people whine and complain about it.

So you decide, Ebay, and Amazon, are good suggestions. When you get there search “Dash Camera” and when you find a model you think you like, don’t click buy just yet!!!

There’s still a little bit more homework to do still. But this is pretty easy. Take the company name and model of the camera over to YouTube.

You’re going to find examples of footage, and reviews on that specific camera. If it sucks, they’ll tell you it sucks.

YouTube is brutal in this aspect, but an extremely valuable tool for the same reason. If you’re still happy with what you see, click buy.

Get a good size memory card, I rarely suggest anyone use anything smaller than 16 gigs. 32 gigs is a good size for most peoples needs. Class 10 for 1080p. And Class U3 for 4k cameras.

Good luck and safe driving.

 





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Rockford Scanner®: 2 Package Thieves Arrested & Released






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Yesterday we had a call of a package thief in the area of the 600 block of Park. Two very vigilant people noticed a young woman and a couple of guys taking a package off of a porch and run away with it. One of the vigilant neighbors got out her phone and shot multiple pictures of the subjects, while the other (who was in a car) followed the bandits. Later, the witness returned and told us that it seemed out of the ordinary that someone would be running with a package, because normally people wouldn’t run with them. Seemed super logical, and she was totally right.

This witness saw the subjects run into a house. She provided a perfect description and we were able to make contact with, and arrest 2 subjects from the house. The property was recovered, and returned to the rightful owner.

This case is a perfect example of how you all know what looks out of place in your own neighborhood. Good people did the right thing and called us, and we were able to go and catch the bad guys. That is perfect partnership, and we rely on you all for that.

With the holiday season upon us, lots of packages will be delivered. Please look out for one another. Most of the delivery services have alerts that you can get for when your package is delivered. That is a good idea. Certainly the camera systems work well, and good ol’ fashion looking out for each other works amazing.

Both of the suspects in this case were arrested for Theft and were released.

Neither had considered that they might have stolen someone’s Christmas gift, or even more importantly critical medicine that some folks have delivered.

We also informed them that they were clearly terrible criminals as they were not only followed by our awesome citizens, but we also had pictures of them being terrible criminals.

Be safe and be vigilant
BeloitProud
Sergeant Flanagan

 







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Rockford Scanner®: MABAS Toned Out For Structure Fire In Rockford






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around 12:40 PM several emergency personnel from several fire departments were in route to battle a structure fire.

It happened in the area of the 4100 block of Prairie rd

Reports of a structure fire near this location.

Unknown on injuries at this time.

A MABAS was toned out

Several units from several fire departments are in route to assist

 







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Rockford Scanner™: The community no longer “feels safe”  as criminals use the police encryption technology against them, to commit more violent crimes. 



Just because you are anti-encryption, Does not mean you are anti-police.


Watch this video.  It shows police DO know things, and refuse to tell the public. How is this effectively combating crime?


NOTE:  All kinds of people do talk to us and are brutally honest.  And Yes, We do pass on tips to the local police, when we do get them.  People do send us information and tips all the time. And are brutally honest. That is how we get our information.


Do you feel safer since the police encrypted their radios? 

Since encrypting 2 officers have been seriously hurt, one was killed in the line of duty.  Before the encryption no officers were seriously injured for a very long time. The last known serious injury was to Detective Rice back in Aug. 3, 2001.

Criminals have openly talked about how they use the encryption to their advantage. 

They only have to worry about hiding from the police, and no longer have to worry about a citizen spotting them and turning them in. 

Criminals brag about how they literally just walk away from scenes.

One person  said “We no longer have to worry about 150,000 eyes and ears to turn us in, now we only have to worry about maybe 20 police officers and they are easy to spot.  And the police no longer talks to the public with information, so we can commit a lot of crimes and literally walk away scott free. ” 

Many criminals echo this very same thing

Does this make you feel safe?  

With the encryption off, the criminals had to worry about the people nearby recognizing them and turning them in. Now criminals are bragging how easy it is to literally walk away after committing violent crimes.

Because they only have to now worry about 30 very visible police officers, instead of the whole community & the police.

30 vs 150,030  eyes and ears.
Which is more effective on
combating crime?

People used to know who to look out for. People used to turn their family members and friends in.  Now the community lacks the trust with the lack of transparency (police promised would happen after encrypting, and failed to do so) and criminals using the encryption to their advantage, has now made the the community feeling very unsafe.

The community no longer “feels safe”  as criminals use the police encryption technology against them to commit more violent crimes.

On our end:  Police promised transparency since encrypting. And yet all these crimes happen and police say “no comment”  and they have labeled violent crimes in their call logs as “medical assists, service to other agency, etc….”

They call this “Cooking the books”

We have had citizens contact us out of frustration, saying they were hanging out with murderers and did not know it, because they were clueless. And are mad at the police, because if they would have known they would have turned them in. 

I can not tell you how many times people have contacted us and said they no longer trust the police, because the encryption alone.  They don’t feel safe no more not knowing what is going on their neighborhoods. They no longer have no idea who to look for.

They say “crime is down” 
How do we really know this?  We have to take the words of the very same people that encrypted and hide things from the public now. Do you trust those “stats”  they show that supposed to appear crime is going down?

Watch that video in the top of this article.  It shows police DO know things, and refuse to tell the public. How is this effectively combating crime?

Rockford Police on occasion do post blotters.  The Winnebago County Sheriff, once in a blue moon (literally) do they release crime releases.

I can not tell you how many violent crime scenes I have been to since police encrypted (too many to count) , and not a peep from police on information or suspect info. about the scene.  No blotters, no press releases, nothing…..

Police used to be un-encrypted and also encrypted.  Yes, they were encrypted before going full encryption. They would also use their cell phones, MDT’s, or the tactical channels that were encrypted. To provide sensitive information from the public.

Police have said “If we didn’t want you to hear it, we wouldn’t say it over the air”  and well that is exactly what they did, full encryption.

How do we know crime is really down?  How do we know our leaders are not once again lying to us?  How do we know the man standing next to you did not murder someone an hour ago?  Answer: You don’t know!

That brings us back to the topic: Do you feel safer with police encryption?

Wise man once said:
“If you are doing nothing wrong, then there is no reason to hide”

Watch this video.  It shows police DO know things, and refuse to tell the public. How is this effectively combating crime?

 

 







Rockford Scanner®: Numerous Police & SWAT Team Working A Scene In Rockford






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UPDATE: RPD call log said it was a warrant service. Jose Trejo was arrested for drug charges stemming back in 2017.  He was charged with five counts of distributing cocaine from July to September 2017.  He is considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.


Sources reporting numerous police officers and the SWAT team and animal control working a scene. It happened near Cunningham and Pierpont.

Sounds like it is a possible standoff or raid, but not confirmed.

Source: “Very Large police presence with swat ( like alot! Over 50 vehicles & swat) at residence on cunningham just before coming up onto Springfield. While turning on springfield seen 3 win co animal vans turning left onto cunningham.”

All we can confirm right now is numerous police officers, SWAT team and animal control are working a scene near this location.  Due to the encryption







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Rockford Scanner®: CVS Robbed In Rockford, Suspect Gets Away






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On 11/13/2018 at 9:59 PM, Officers from the Rockford Police Department were dispatched to the CVS Pharmacy, 110 S Alpine Rd, in regards to an armed robbery to the business. Officers met with employees of the business who reported that a single suspect approached a cashier, displayed a knife, and demanded money from the register. The suspect obtained a small amount of money and fled the area on foot.

No injuries were reported during this incident.

The suspect was described as being a white male, around 25 years of age, 6’00” tall, with a medium build, wearing a black jacket and hat, and a scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department.


Update: Source said the man came in and went to the cashier and brandished a knife and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene. No injuries were reported.







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Rockford Scanner®: Two Shooting Victims At A Rockford Business






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Update from the Winnebago County Coroner:


From the RPD:

MURDER INVESTIGATION: On Tuesday, November 13, 2018 shortly after 9:30 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to Taco Bell (2602 Auburn Street) in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 25-year-old male and a 37-year-old female victim in a vehicle in the parking lot. Both were transported to a local hospital where the male was pronounced deceased. His identity is not being released at this time pending family notification. The female’s injuries are considered serious, but non-life-threatening. At this time, the incident does not appear to be random.

Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit are conducting a follow-up investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Rockford Police at 815-966-2900. No further details are available at this time.


Details are still minimal right now.

Sources reporting 2 confirmed shooting victims at a Rockford business.

It happened at Taco Bell in the 2600 block of Auburn st

One of the victims has life threatening injuries, doing CPR on the victim.  Unknown on the other victims condition.

Update:  One of the victims is a female that was shot in the stomach area. The other is a male shot in the lower right region, possibly the hip.

Unknown on suspect information, due to the encryption

Still developing

UPDATE ON SUSPECT INFO: Dark Chevrolet older model S-10. Occupied by several black males, last seen westbound on Auburn







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Rockford Scanner®:judge ordered an investigation Tuesday into allegations that Rockford police intentionally gave prosecutors the wrong gun to send a man to prison for more than two decades for murder.






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(AP) — An Illinois judge ordered an investigation Tuesday into allegations that Rockford police intentionally gave prosecutors the wrong gun to send a man to prison for more than two decades for murder.

Winnebago County Judge Joseph McGraw gave the order the day Patrick Pursley’s retrial was slated to start. He was convicted in 1994 for the murder of Andy Ascher, 22, during a robbery in Rockford, but last year Pursley, 52, won a new trial because ballistic testing proved the gun prosecutors used as evidence was not the homicide weapon.

The allegations against police arose after Ascher’s mother informed prosecutors a detective said to her after Pursley’s first trial that investigators never found the gun used to kill her son. She told prosecutors about the information last year after a judge ordered a new trial, but it was not disclosed to Pursley’s attorneys until days before the retrial was set to begin.

Now, prosecutors and the Rockford police department must turn over all paper and electronic records that mention Pursley’s case by Dec. 20, when an evidentiary hearing is scheduled. Pursley’s attorneys have also asked for the personnel records of the detectives who investigated Ascher’s death

But, in the meantime, defense lawyers want the case dismissed, citing misconduct by police and prosecutors.

“His life should not continue to be hijacked by their misconduct,” Andrew Vail, one of Pursley’s attorneys, argued in court.

Assistant state attorney James Brun agreed to the investigation into whether the detective’s statement to Ascher’s mother is true, but he pushed back on the request to dismiss the case entirely.

“The credibility of the statement needs to be determined before the court makes an appropriate ruling,” Brun said.

Rockford police spokeswoman Laura Madher did not immediately return a call for comment.

Pursley spent years representing himself during his prison sentence and successfully lobbied state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow him to use the Integrated Ballistic Identification System to retest the shell casings used to prosecute him. IBIS, which became available five years after his conviction, compares high-resolution, multi-dimensional images of shell casings to find markings unique to a specific weapon.

“I’m grateful but I’m also just dismayed,” Pursley said after Tuesday’s hearing. “I feel like this is never going to stop.”

 







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