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Rockford Scanner™: Police Officers And Crime Scene, Working A Scene On The East Side

Email your tips and photo to us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com. Sources are reporting several police officers and a crime scene unit at 3300 block of Tannenbaum Lane, in Rockford. Admin William saw at minimum 8 police officers on the scene.


Mercyhealth looking for volunteers at Javon Bea Hospital-Riverisde

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- If you're looking to gain experience in a hospital setting, Mercyhealth is offering opportunities. Mercyhealth says the new Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside is looking for volunteers for several positions.


Suspect indicted for armed robbery of Rockford Metro PCS

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Oct. 16, 2018, 3:15 p.m. Updated January 17, 2019, 10:44 a.m. A man is indicted for the armed robbery of Metro PCS on Broadway in March. A clerk told police four men entered through the door just after 5 p.m. Oct. 7. One man reportedly had a gun and demanded money.


Illinois governor signs sweeping gun reform bill into law

CHICAGO (WCIA) - Just days after being sworn in as Illinois governor, JB Pritzker signed a sweeping gun reform bill into law. The legislation requires firearms dealers in Illinois to obtain state licenses.


Plea deal offered to man accused of killing 2-year-old last seen alive in Rockford

COOK COUNTY (WREX)- The man accused of murdering a 2-year-old boy last seen alive in Rockford is offered a plea deal. The Chicago Tribune reports Cook County Prosecutors have offered Kamel Harris a deal in the death of Kyrian Knox.


Three Rockford men arrested in drug investigation

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Rockford Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of George Bailey, 42, Leon White, 43, and Ronald Wright, 59, for allegedly dealing drugs in the 1700 block of 10th Street.


Anything That Floats donates $9,000 to Rockford area non-profits

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The annual Rockford Anything That Floats Race has a big gift for three area non-profits. Organizers of the Anything That Floats Race announced the donations of the proceeds of last year’s race.


Rockford man acquitted of 1993 murder

ROCKFORD, Ill. - After 23 years behind bars, Patrick Pursley is now a free man, a 1993 murder charge against him were officially overturned Wednesday. Pursley walked into the Winnebago County courtroom this morning not knowing if he was going to walk out.


Another Illinois lawmaker hits the pension lottery

There’s a lot of talk about renewed bipartisanship and a new day in Springfield. Dozens of state lawmakers have already opted out of the pension system. The General Assembly should take the lead and phase out their own defined-benefit system and get to work on a constitutional fix for the rest of Il


Rockford Police Get Youngest Recruit Ever at Job Fair

On Wednesday, the first of three City of Rockford Job Fairs took place at the Rockford Police Department District 3 building on S New Towne Dr. Interested candidates showed up for more information on several open government positions in our fair city, including an adorable boy named Jeremiah.


Rockford Scanner™: Large Gas Leak In Ogle County

Email your tips and photo to us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com. RS fan Tim is reporting a large gas leak in Ogle County. There’s a major gas leak near Edwardsville road. Several departments are on scene: Byron, Mr Morris, Oregon, Foreston and Stillman Valley.


Salvation Army extends pantry hours to help furloughed federal workers

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Salvation Army of Winnebago County has extended its pantry services to give some relief to federal employees who have been affected by the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week.


Illinois Emergency Management Agency warns residents to brace for weekend storm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is urging residents to prepare for this weekend's blast of winter weather, which is forecasted to dump between 4"-8" of snow on northern Illinois, followed by cold arctic air that will bring single digit temperatures to the state.


Police block off portion of Auburn Street to investigate battery incident

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) -- Rockford Police blocked off part of Auburn Street Thursday night to investigate a battery. Investigators say a man was significantly battered on the street by four male suspects just before 11 p.m. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is recovering from non-life


Belvidere North, North Boone claim conference cheer crowns

ROCKFORD – The NIC-10 and Big Northern cheerleading championships are both heading to Boone Co. this year. Belvidere North won its 8th straight NIC-10 title, while North Boone dethroned defending state champ Rockford Lutheran in the BNC competition.


Boone, Winnebago authorities ask public to help keep convicted killer rapist in prison

BOONE COUNTY, Ill. - Law enforcement agencies from Boone and Winnebago counties are asking the public to sign a petition to help keep Curtis Brownell from receiving parole. Brownell was convicted of raping and strangling to death 17-year-old Louise Betts in 1977.


Illinois State Police conducting roadside safety checks in February

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Illinois State Police announced scheduled roadside safety checks for the month of February. Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers to stop what they call the fatal four violations:


Rockford Minister's Fellowship hosts MLK Day events

Rockford, Ill. - Martin Luther King Jr. fought for racial justice in America during an era of segregation and inequality. The nation honors the man who once had a dream people will not be judged based on the color of their skin.


With penalties paid off, demolition of former Essex factory in Rockford could start Monday

ROCKFORD — Demolition of the former Essex Wire factory on North Main Street should be completed by the end of next month, the city said in a news release Thursday that announced the property's owner has paid its last installment of penalties.


Owner of Essex property makes full payment to city for demolition costs

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Jan. 17, 2019, 9:53 a.m. UPDATE: The owner of the Essex properties meets the second payment deadline on time to cover the cost of demolition. The first payment was made in early January.