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Dixon employees want Rita Crundwell to serve her entire prison term

By Jim Hagerty Reporter DIXON - City of Dixon employees, all 103 of them, do not want ex-Comptroller Rita Crundwell released from prison, leaders expressed in a letter to a federal warden. Addressed to Frederick Entzel and signed by City Manager Danny Langloss, the letter recalls that Crundwell stole more than $53 million and lived a lavish lifestyle while Dixon's roads and infrastructure crumbled into their own footprints. "Rita destroyed public trust and confidence and the…

Rita Crundwell asks for early release from federal prison, wants to live on brother’s farm

By Jim Hagerty Reporter DIXON, Ill. - Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell is seeking release from federal prison over fears of contracting COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. The 67-year-old is serving a nearly 20-year sentence for stealing more than $53 million from the city. “I know at my sentencing you felt I was not given a death sentence with my projected age of release of 77, but now with my deteriorating health condition, and the danger of the COVID-19…

Rock Falls man indicted on drug, gun charges

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A Rock Falls man has been indicted by a Winnebago County grand jury on gun and drug charges. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announce Friday that 32-year-old Winston Wilbanks faces charges of armed habitual criminal, armed violence, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver ecstasy, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession with intent to deliver fentanyl. "On April 27, 2020,…

Rockford man wanted in Benton Street homicide

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - An arrest warrant has beeb issued in a homicide that occurred in Rockford earlier this week. Darryl Lyles, 34, of Rockford, is charged with first-degree murder, allegations that stem from a fatal shooting that occurred at 1135 Benton St., Monday. "At approximately 7:25 p.m., Rockford Police officers responded to a shots-fired call in the 1100 block of Benton Street," Rockford Police Public Information Officer said in a release. "Upon arrival, officers…

Rockford teens charged with multiple offenses

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Two Rockford teens have been charged with multiple offenses after a single-car crash Wednesday night on the city's east side. At 10:34 p.m., officers responded to a suspicious vehicle near Reid Farm Road and Academy Trail. As officers approached the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed onto North Perryville Road. A short time later, another Rockford Police officer observed the same vehicle crash into a pole at the intersection of Alpine Road and Broadway. "The…

Rockford Police responds to recent incidents, suspects jailed

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department has responded to numerous incidents over the past week and have made several arrests. Aggravated battery At 2:15 p.m., officers, assigned to the Rockford Housing Authority Unit were patrolling in the 1000 block of Hess Court, within the Fairgrounds Development, when they became aware of a suspicious vehicle. As the RHA officers approached the vehicle, one of the male subjects, later identified as Dyshawn Jones, attempted to walk…

Large Rockford house party leads to fatal shooting

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - One man is dead and another wounded after a shooting at a house party in the 1400 block of West Jefferson Street Sunday. "A male, who we believe is 24 years old, was pronounced deceased at the hospital," Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said. Police arrived on the scene at 6 p.m. "Some individuals came to the party and had a conflict, and at that point gunfire was exchanged between several individuals," O'Shea said. According to a witness who…

Woman wounded in shooting, Rockford man charged with gun offenses

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A Rockford man is charged with weapons offenses after a woman suffered a gunshot wound on the city's southeast side Tuesday. Police say the incident unfolded around 8 p.m, in the 1900 block of South Fourth Street. That's when officers responded to a shots-fired call and learned a female shooting victim arrived at a local hospital. "After further investigation, the suspect, who was later identified as Juwan Wright, was located and taken into custody,"…

Wisconsin man accused of stealing women’s underwear to set fires

Staff Report NORTH FOND DU LAC, Wis. - A North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, man is behind bars, accused of more than two dozen crimes, including stealing underwear to set several fires. Michael L. Miller, 43, has been charged in Fond du Lac County with 27 offenses. The list include 11 counts of arson to a building, four counts of damage to property, three counts of burglary, three counts of reckless endangerment and arson to property other than a building. According to court documents,…

Suspect in Green Bay homicide caught in Rockford

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A man wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in Green Bay, Wisconsin, earlier this month has been apprehended in Rockford, police announced Monday. Saturday, April 25, the Rockford Police Department was were notified by the Green Bay Police Department that a Wisconsin homicide suspect Waylon Wayman was possibly making his way to Rockford. At approximately 4:10 p.m., Sunday, Rockford Police officers located an individual who matched Wayman's…

Multiple charges in Rockford robbery

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Four people, including two juveniles, have been charged with an array of offenses after police respond to an armed robbery on the city's south side Tuesday. At around 10:35 p.m., Rockford patrol officers responded to Rockford Food & Liquor, 1725 Kishwaukee St., and learned a man was was approached by two male suspects who demanded his money and jewelry. "After they were given the items, they drove off," Rockford Police Public Information Officer Michelle…

Rockford man charged with gun offense

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A Rockford man is in the Winnebago County Jail, charged with a weapons offense after an incident at a west-side gas station Sunday night. At around at 8:30 p.m., police responded to a shots-fired call at Waylo, 2914 W. State St., and spotted a possible suspect in a vehicle near the scene. "When officers attempted to stop it, it fled," Rockford Police Public Information Officer Michelle Marcomb said in a news release. "It was located a short time later…

Rockford youths charged with vehicle theft

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Two Rockford juveniles have been charged with vehicle theft and other offenses after police investigated a report of suspicious activity over the weekend. At approximately 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 18, Rockford officers responded to the 3000 block of Lund Avenue and learned from witnesses that two males were seen going through vehicles before leaving the area in a white Nissan Altima. "The vehicle was located a short time later, occupied by two…

Rockford woman jailed after standoff with police

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - A Rockford woman is behind bars, jailed on gun and other offenses after a standoff with police Saturday on the city's west side. Police say the incident unfolded at around 3:30 p.m., when Rockford officers responded to the 2300 block of Auburn Street after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance. A 57-year-old man at the scene told police he was shot in the arm during an argument with a woman. "The female subject, who was later identified as…

Teen arrested inside Rockford hotel after east-side gun incident

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford teen was arrested inside a Rockford hotel and charged with gun offenses after a shooting in a businesses parking lot last week. Thursday, April 16, Rockford officers responded to the Fas Fuel on South Bell School Road after receiving a report of a subject shooting at a vehicle in the parking lot. After reviewing video footage, officers located the suspect inside a room at the nearby Red Roof Inn. The suspect, a 17-year-old Rockford boy, is charged with…