• County
    County board approves new deputies, ISC funding

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Report Winnebago County will spend more than $1 million to hire nearly 20 sheriff’s deputies over the next three years, the county board approved Thursday. Board members approved 18 new deputies and pay...

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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  • Rockford Public Schools
    Settlement reached in sexual harassment lawsuit involving Jefferson High School principal

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer Rockford Public School District 205 has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit involving a high school principal and former teacher. According to the suit brought against the district in November 2010, former Jefferson...

    • Posted February 27, 2014
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    Arrest made in Craigslist robberies

    Online Staff Report A 22-year-old man is responsible for several incidents of theft and robbery involving items listed for sale on Craigslist, police announced Thursday. Trivell A. Smith faces charges of aggravated robbery and theft in a...

    • Posted February 27, 2014
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    Man caught in Flinn Middle School has prior convictions for child abduction, burglary

      By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer The 47-year-old Rockford man arrested earlier this month for allegedly harassing women and lurking in the halls of Flinn Middle School has prior convictions for child abduction and burglary. Police say...

    • Posted February 27, 2014
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  • Robert Henry Lower
    Didier killer Lower denied parole for 19th time

    Online Staff Report Convicted child killer Robert Henry Lower will stay behind bars for another five years, the state parole board decided today. Lower kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed 15-year-old Joey Didier back in  1975. Didier was...

    • Posted February 27, 2014
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  • Scam Alert
    Police warn of phone scams

    Online Staff Report Rockford authorities are warning area residents of a phone scam involving ComEd customers, police announced Thursday, Feb. 27. According to police, several customers have contacted the Rockford Police Department to report that male called...

    • Posted February 27, 2014
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    Police ID suspect in attempted child abduction

    Online Staff Report Police say they have identified a suspect in what is being called an abduction attempt that occurred on Rockford’s west side Monday, Feb. 24. According to police, a man in his 40s attempted to...

    • Posted February 27, 2014
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  • Police Lights
    Rockford man jailed on burglary charges

    Online Staff Report A Rockford man was jailed Wednesday after police responded to a burglary alarm in the 1400 block of Latham Place. Wednesday, Feb. 26,  officers with the Rockford Police Department responded to 1428 Latham Place...

    • Posted February 26, 2014
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  • Mature bobcats are between 2 and 3 feet long and weigh as much as 40 pounds.
    Illinois House committee passes bill legalizing bobcat hunting

    By Jim Hagerty Staff Writer An Illinois House committee, on Tuesday, approved a bill allowing hunters to kill bobcats for the first time in more than 40 years. The bill would allow licensed hunters to take one...

    • Posted February 26, 2014
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    Local women win at ‘Shark Tank’ event

    Online Staff Report Three local women took home top honors and more than $2,000 in prizes at the inaugural Enactus Rockford Women’s Shark Tank event Feb. 19. A first-place honor was awarded to AnnDee Nimmer, for her...

    • Posted February 26, 2014
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