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Rockford Police probe three armed robberies

ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is investigating three armed robberies that occurred withing the last two days. The first incident happened at 7 a.m.,Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the 3200 block of Gilbert Avenue. The victim claimed he…

New charges filed in criminal investigation

ROCKFORD - A Rockford man faces new charges linked to several crimes in the city. On Sept. 1, Rockford Police officers arrested 28-year-old Jawan Robinson-Jones for aggravated battery to a senior citizen and attempted robbery for an…

Men found not guilty in fatal Rockford shooting

ROCKFORD - Two men accused in a fatal shooting the occurred in Rockford five years ago were found not guilty Monday by a Winnebago County jury. Shazariyah F. Hibbett, 29, and 26-year-old Johny L. McFadden, both stood trial for first-degree…

One dead in Rockford shooting

ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that happened in the 2200 block of Sharon Avenue early Saturday morning, Officers arrived on the scene at approximately 5 a.m., and located a Hispanic male…

Police probe shooting incident

ROCKFORD – The Rockford Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred on the city’s west side. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, shortly before 10:30 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of South Henrietta Avenue in reference to a…

State begins case in Mernack murder trial

ROCKFORD - Emotional testimony and bloody photographs were part of the murder trial of Michael Mernack Tuesday as the Winnebago County State's Attorney Office began arguing its case. Mernack, 37, is charged with first-degree murder,…

Domestic disturbance call leads to pot bust

ROCKFORD - A domestic disturbance call led Rockford Police officers to a marijuana grow operation on the city's far-west side last Friday. Police spokesmen say officers responded to the domestic call in the 6600 block of Halley Road at…

Busy week for area law enforcement

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A double homicide in South Beloit and an armed robbery involving two former law-enforcement officers marked a busy week for area police agencies and the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office. The…

Fight at street party leads to deadly shooting

UPDATE: The victim killed in Sunday's shooting has been identified as 21-year-old Jordan Lilly. By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A fight at a large street party on the northwest side left one man dead early Sunday morning. At about 3:15…

11-year-old Rockford boy charged with burglary

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - An 11-year-old Rockford boy was jailed Monday after police say he and another juvenile broke into a auto parts store. Police responded to an alarm at State Line Auto Parts, 1000 Lee St., just after 9 p.m.…