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Rockford Police Department seizes illegal guns

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department has seized several illegal guns over the past two weeks, Chief Dan O'Shea reported Tuesday. “Over the last couple weeks we’ve seen an increase in criminals shooting at one…

Local woman attacked by man she met on ‘dating’ app

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A local woman was attacked by a man she met online, police reported Thursday. Wednesday, March 25, Rockford police officers responded to the 1700 block of 12th Avenue and spoke to the 23-year-old victim, who…

Men charged with multiple weapons offenses

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Three men were jailed Wednesday and charged with multiple weapons offenses after police responded to a shots-fired call on the northwest side. At around 1:15 p.m., officers were called to the 2300…

Teen killed at Rockford housing complex

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Police are investigating a shooting on the city's west side, where officials say a 16-year-old boy was killed. Police say at around 3 a.m., officers responded to a shots-fired report on the 1000…

Rockford man wanted after shots-fired incident

Staff Report ROCKFORD - An arrest warrant was issued for a Rockford man Tuesday after a gun incident on the city's west-side. At approximately 10:40 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to the 1400 block of Mulberry Street…

Man sentenced to 30 years for sexually abusing child

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Paul Mathis, 59, has been sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces Thursday. Mathis was…

Rockford man jailed after police find gun in his car

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man was jailed Friday after a gun was allegedly found in his car during a traffic stop. March 13, officers with the Rockford Police Department located 23-year-old Darionte Hallom operating a vehicle…

Rockford teen charged with drug-induced homicide

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A Rockford teen faces homicide charges in a drug overdose that occurred on the city's east side last year. Carzell Lewis-Curtis, 18, is charged with two counts of drug-induced homicide and two…

Man sentenced to 25 years in Rockford homicide

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in a homicide that occurred in 2016 on the city's west side. Javontavious Benford, 21, was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Debra Schafer. He was found guilty of…

Man killed in shooting on Rockford’s northwest side

Staff Report ROCKFORD - One man is dead after being shot Wednesday night on the city's northwest side. According to early reports, at around 9:30 p.m., police were called to the 1600 block of Overdene Avenue to investigate a…

Rockford man accused of sexually abusing child

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man has been charged with sexually abusing a child, allegations that stem from an incident last December. Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Rockford Police Department was contacted to investigate a report of…