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Man, woman wanted in Rockford home invasion

Staff Report ROCKFORD -  Investigators are searching for a two people they say committed the offense of home invasion in the near-east side of the city earlier this week. Police responded the scene, a home in the 1600 block of of South Fifth Street, Wednesday, June 3 to investigate the incident, which occurred the previous "When they arrived, officers learned that the victim was asleep on her couch when two unknown suspects, a male and female, entered the residence through a cut screen…

Rockford Police asking for public’s help identifying burglary suspect

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is asking for help from the public to locate a suspect they say broke into a west-side auto parts store Tuesday night. At around approximately 9:07 p.m., officers responded to an alarm at Advanced Auto Parts, 3019 Auburn St., and discovered someone smashed the glass front door. Police say the man gained entry, stole various items, and left the store. The suspect was identified as a black male wearing a white shirt, black hat, blue…

‘Making a Murder’ subject Steven Avery has coronavirus, expected to recover

By Jim Hagerty Reporter (TRRT) - Although "Making a Murderer" subject Steven Avery has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he has only experienced mild symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the infection. According to Jerome Buting, one of Avery's former defense attorneys, Avery is confined to his cell and is recovering. "Steven Avery has tested positive for COVID-19, and is confined to his cell," Buting tweeted Wednesday. But @SandyGreenman reports he only had…

Man indicted in stabbing at Rockford gas station

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man has been indicted for allegedly stabbing another man at a west-side gas station earlier this month. Darnell Baymon, 51, is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, an allegation that stems from a May 3 altercation at the Way Low Citgo, 2914 W. State St. Prosecutors say Baymon stabbed the other man in the shoulder during the exchange. Baymon is also charged with driving on a revoked license and driving an uninsured vehicle. He's…

Machesney Park deaths ruled murder-suicide

By Jim Hagerty Reporter MACHESNEY PARK - The three people found dead inside a Machesney Park apartment in the 1100 block of Minns Drive Wednesday afternoon were victims of a murder-suicide, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday. The sheriff's office said 37-year-old Michael Earls fatally shot 28-year-old Sandra Fernandez-Cardenas and her 11-year-old son before killing himself. Deputies discovered the bodies just after 4 p.m., when they responded to 911 call that…

Rockford man faces more charges in child abuse case

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A Rockford man has been indicted on additional charges in a 2019 child-abuse case. Trenton Higgins, 19, is now charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a child under the age 13 causing great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement. He also faces a single count of aggravated battery to a child under the age of 13. Higgins was initially indicted in January but authorities say information gleaned during an ongoing investigation…

Men charged with weapons offenses

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department, on Thursday, announced weapons charges against two men. At around 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, officers responded to an anonymous call regarding a man with a gun in his waistband walking near Bruner and Quincy streets. Police located the individual, identified as Demetrius Brown, recovered the weapon, and took Brown into custody without incident. Brown, 37, of Chicago, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of…

Rockford Police make arrests in weekend incidents

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Officers with the Rockford Police Department made arrests in weekend incidents as part of its Violent Crime Reduction Initiative. The first incident unfolded at around 1 a.m., Saturday, May 23, when officers attempted a traffic stop near Broadway and 18th Street. "The car fled at a high rate of speed, but was located a short time later as it had it had been involved in a one car accident on Charles Street," Rockford Police Public Information Officer…

Rockford’s ‘Violent Crime Reduction Initiative’ leads to more arrests

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department's Violent Crime Reduction Initiative recently reported more positive results. At approximately 7:35 p.m., Friday, May 22, officers conducted a traffic stop near School and Auburn streets and seized approximately 20 grams of illegal marijuana. The driver, identified as Drequan Fryer, was cited and released. Fryer, 21, of Rockford, is charged with possession with intent to deliver cannabis. At around 9:35 p.m., officers recognized a…

Rockford teens arrested in string of armed robberies

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD -  Two Rockford teens were arrested Monday after police say they committed four early morning armed robberies. At approximately 4:23 a.m., Rockford  officers responded to the Walgreens, 2323 Charles St. That's where police say two black males entered the store and one of them produced a gun. He then demanded money from a clerk and struck the clerk with the firearm. "The other suspect acted as a lookout," Rockford Police Public Information Officer…

Shooting suspect dead in Rockford hotel standoff; 1 victim killed

Update: The suspect in last weekend's incident has been identified as Antonio Wilson, 35, of Freeport. Polices say he killed a 19-year-old man and wounded two other people.  A high-powered weapon, able to penetrate walls, was used by the suspect in a firefight with officers. By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - An hours-long standoff with a suspect in a fatal shooting at an east-side hotel is over after police say the gunman killed himself. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said officers…

Rockford Police: 1 dead, 2 wounded in east-side shooting

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - At least one person is dead in an active-shooter situation on Rockford's east side. Police arrived at the scene around 12:40 a.m., Sunday, and located three victims. Two were wounded. The other was pronounced dead. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said the suspect then barricaded himself inside Super 8 Motel on Colosseum Drive. "We are currently in a standoff with the suspect," O'Shea said. "Gunfire has been exchanged between the suspect and the…

Rockford Police probe fatal shooting on Charles Street

Update: Two people have been arrested in connection with Saturday's fatal shooting. Daisean Davis, 17, of Rockford, is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder during an armed robbery, and armed robbery. Twenty-year-old Avontay Murphy, of Rockford, is charged with unauthorized sale of a firearm and no FOID. By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is investigating a shooting that left a 21-year-man dead Saturday night on the city's near-east side. Police…

Former Illinois woman arrested with knives: ‘I am the coronavirus’

By Jim Hagerty Reporter NEW YORK - A former Peoria woman is charged with multiple crimes after making what were reported as threatening statements on social media and allegedly stockpiling knives in her vehicle. Police say the incident unfolded the morning of Wednesday, April 29, when a post appeared on a Facebook page registered to  37-year-old Jessica Prim that read, "Hillary Clinton and her assistant, Joe Biden and Tony Podesta need to be taken out in the name of Babylon! I can’t be…

Police investigate Rockford’s 6th homicide of 2020

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - One person is dead after five people were shot outside a west-side gas station Wednesday night. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said at around 7:10 p.m., officers heard gunshots, responded to the Citgo Way Low station at 2914 W. State St., and located the five victims. "One of the victims has since been pronounced deceased," the chief said. "The four other victims are at local hospitals being treated. One of them has critical injuries." The other…