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Teen year’s first homicide victim

ROCKFORD -- The victim in the first homicide of the year has been identified as a 15-year-old boy. Authorities say patrol officers were called to to the 700 block of Kent Street shortly before 4 p.m., in response to a shots-fired call.…

Roscoe man charged with sexual abuse of child

ROCKFORD -- A Roscoe man has been charged with sexually assaulting a child. Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Friday that Sean L. Whippler, 25, faces three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault, charges…

Woman charged with battery of child

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford woman has been indicted by a grand jury after detectives discovered bruises on the face of a 4-year-old child. Tia M. Hunt, 36, is charged with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a child,…

Man wanted in fatal Rockford shooting in custody

ROCKFORD -- A suspect in a fatal shooting at a Rockford gas station last fall is now behind bars. Marquell Longs, 26, was arrested by the U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday  in the 1600 block of 10th Street.…

5 charged in 3 Rockford killings

ROCKFORD -- Five people have been charged in three Rockford homicides, Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Thursday.  David R. Stephens, 30, is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated discharged of a

Rockford woman charged with shooting teen

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford woman was jailed Thursday for allegedly shooting a 16-year-old boy. Samantha Holt, 33, is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated domestic battery, charges that stem from a domestic dispute…

Former RAEDC director charged with fraud

ROCKFORD -- The former director of operations for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council was charged in federal court Thursday with one count of mail fraud and one count of tax fraud. Leilani Hillis, 60, had been the subject of…

Suspect in four armed robberies still at large

ROCKFORD -- A man Rockford Police investigators say is connected to four armed robberies is still at large. The robberies occurred Tuesday, Dec. 11 with between 7 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Around 7 p.m., at Boost Mobile, 3201 Auburn St.,…

BREAKING: Woman shot to death on Horsman Street

ROCKFORD -- Rockford Police investigators are on the scene of a fatal shooting on the city's west side. Aapproximately 5:10 p.m., officers responded to the the 200 block of North Horsman Street after receiving multiple calls that shots…

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