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Rockford juveniles charged with armed robbery, gun offenses

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Four Rockford juveniles have been charged with armed robbery and other crimes after police respond to an incident on the city's west side Friday. According to police, just before 1 p.m., Rockford officers were called to Auburn Manor, an apartment complex in the 4200 block of Auburn Street, after receiving a report that a citizen had been robbed. "Officers learned that the 21-year-old victim attempted to purchase a video game system via a popular social…

Wisconsin escapees captured in Rockford after showing up at Miss Carly’s

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Two prisoners who escaped from Columbia Correctional Institution in Portage, Wisconsin, were arrested in Rockford Friday after showing up at Miss Carly's. "This morning two men showed up at our door shivering, frozen, wearing prison issue sweats and thermal shirts. They had emergency blankets stuffed under their clothing. They looked just like the kind of people we want to help....but they weren't," Miss Carly's posted on Facebook. Those men are Thomas E.…

Rockford man charged in 8th Street home invasion

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man is behind bars, charged with home invasion, aggravated assault with a firearm and resisting arrest. Mario Davis, 31, is accused of firing a gun as he kicked his way into an apartment building in the 1200 block of Eighth Street Wednesday afternoon. Police say at 4:15 p.m., Rockford officers located a suspect, a man authorities say was Davis, fleeing on foot from the scene. Officers took him into custody after a brief chase. "During the investigation,…

Rockford stabbing suspect in custody

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A man is behind bars after allegedly stabbing two people at a Rockford Walmart. At about 5 p.m.,  Wednesday, officers responded to the Walton Street store and were told a man purchased a box cutter inside the store before stabbing a male employee in the chest and a female Walmart worker in the shoulder. The suspect, identified as 27-year-old Ocyrus Oats, was located and arrested in the parking lot following the stabbing. He's charged with two counts of aggravated…

Rockford teen charged in shots-fired incident

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford teen faces criminal charges after police respond to a shots-fired incident on the city's southwest side. Adrian Almaraz, 18, is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, allegations that stem from an incident police say happened outside La Chiquita grocery store. "At around 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, patrol officers heard numerous shots being fired in the area of 1300 South Main Street," Rockford Police Public Information Officer Michelle…

Rockford men indicted in beating case

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Winnebago County grand jury has indicted two men for allegedly beating another man and leaving him for dead in Rockford last month, Winnebago  County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Wednesday. Harry Lawson Jr., 58, and Dylan Myers, 27, both of Rockford, are charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery after a March 25 incident when police discovered a badly beaten man in the parking lot of a south-Rockford industrial…

Arrests made in HobbyTown USA burglary

By Jim Hagerty Rockford ROCKFORD - Two people are now in custody following a burglary that took place at a Rockford hobby store last week. Michael Day, 29, of Rockford, is charged with burglary and is being held on $50,000 bond. Twenty-nine-year-old Cassandra Werntz, 29, of Freeport, is also charged with burglary. Her bond is $10,000. Both subjects were arrested in Freeport. Charges against Day and Werntz stem from an incident that happened last Friday at HobbyTown USA, 3782 N.…

Man charged with weapons offenses

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man has been charged with weapons offenses after an incident on the south side of the city last week. Isaac Fricks, 26, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon; aggravated assault with a weapon; and reckless discharge of a weapon. At approximately 6:34 a.m., April 2, the Rockford Police Department responded to a shots-fire report near Kishwaukee Street and 23rd Avenue and  met with a woman who claimed a man she knows, a man…

Man sentenced to prison for 2019 police chase

Staff Report ROCKFORD -  A man has been sentenced to prison for a police chase that happened last year in Rockford. Jabare L. McChristian,  26, was sentenced Thursday, March 26,  to one year in the Illinois Department for aggravated fleeing to elude a police officer. At approximately 2 a.m., Nov. 4, 2019,  Rockford Police officers responded to a report that a suspicious man was looking in cars in the area of 1500 Seventh Street. Officers later approached the driver of a vehicle who…

Rockford man sent to prison for aggravated DUI

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, on Friday, announced that a 58-year-old man has been sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated DUI. Timothy Buchanan was sentenced Thursday, March 26, by Judge Philip J. Nicolosi. At approximately 1:13 a.m.,  April 22, 2017, Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle in for expired registration. The driver was identified as Buchanan. Deputies conducted an…

Convicted sex offender sentenced to prison for failing to register

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man has been sentenced to two five-year prison terms after twice failing to register as a sex offender. Victor Britton, 38, was sentenced March 27 by Judge Joe McGraw. The sentence stems from a January 2018 report that Britton was overdue to update his information on Illinois' Sex Offender Registry. The report was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized. The Rockford Police Department received another…

Police investigate fatal shooting in Rockford

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on the city's east side Thursday. Police say the occurred in the 2100 block of Oregon Avenue, and that one victim, a man, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities do not believe the incident was random. Police say the vicim and suspect knew each other. The victim's name is not being released at this time. The incident marks the city's third homicide…

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 another,” O’Shea said. “The officers and investigators have been working diligently to apprehend the offenders and seize the illegally possessed weapons. We are striving to keep violent crime down and we need the continued support of our community to do so. While…

Rockford men charged with attempted murder, ‘badly beaten’ man found in parking lot

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Two Rockford men are charged with attempted murder after police investigate a battery complaint on the city's near-east side. Police say at approximately 9:30  p.m., Wednesday, officers responded to the 2200 block of 20th Avenue and learned that a badly beaten man had been been dumped off in the parking lot of a nearby industrial building. "The victim was subsequently transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition," Rockford…

Rockford man jailed after allegedly firing gun during police chase

Staff Report ROCKFORD - A Rockford man was arrested Friday morning after allegedly firing a  gun while being chased by police. At approximately 1 a.m., Rockford SCOPE officers observed what they reported as a suspicious suspect, identified as 20-year-old Kewon Woods, in the 800 block of Whitman Street. Police allege that as officers approached him, Woods fled on foot and discharged a handgun during the pursuit. No injuries were reported. Woods, of Rockford, is charged with unlawful…