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Arrests made in three Rockford sexual assaults

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Three men have been arrested in three sexual assault cases, the Rockford Police Department reported Monday.  Ricky Pickett, 48, of Rockford, is charged with four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and…

Rockford man wanted in 2019 sexual assault

UPDATE: Michael Rodriguez, who was wanted on a warrant, is now in custody following an ongoing investigation by the Rockford Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Unit. He was arrested Saturday afternoon. Staff Report ROCKFORD -  A…

Two arrested in Rockford burglary

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Two men face burglary charges after officers with the Rockford Police Department responded to an incident on the city's east side. At around 9:50 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, officers were called to the 6700 block of…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 12: Closure

Editor’s note: The following is the 12th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in…

Gunman takes hostages inside Rockford bank

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police are on the scene of hostage situation inside an east-side bank.  According to police, the incident unfolded Friday, at Heritage Credit Union at the corner of East State Street and Mulford…

One man arrested, another wanted in Rockford home invasion

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man was arrested in a home invasion that occurred on the city's south side last fall.  Shane Swick, 27, was taken into custody Wednesday in the 200 block of James Avenue and booked on charges of home…

Suspect in Rockford homicide found dead in Mexico

Staff Report A Rockford man wanted in connection with a nearly 10-year-old murder case has been found dead in Mexico. Police say Alfonso Salgado Jr. was killed Dec. 3 in Puebla, Mexico. He was wanted in the 2010 killing of…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 10: A small-town secret

Editor’s note: The following is the 10th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in…

Rockford man accused of sexually abusing child

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man is now in custody following an investigation by the Rockford Police Department’s Sensitive Crimes Unit. Last month, investigators learned a victim younger than 13 was sexually abused at a…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 9: The lost scent

Editor’s note: The following is the ninth installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store. Her car was found in…

Indictments announced in Rockford homicide

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross on Thursday announced that a grand jury has returned an indictment against Joseph Benjamin, 30, and Clarence Benjamin, 25, for first-degree murder,…