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Peaceful Rockford protest ends with destruction of property, arrests

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Peaceful, yet boisterous protests became destructive Saturday as more than a thousand demonstrators converged on Rockford Police District 1 headquarters. The events began just before 4 p.m., at Haskell Park, where a crowd of a few dozen quickly became several hundred within the hour. Some held signs honoring George Floyd that bore phrases like "I can't breathe" and "Say his name," while the Black Lives Matter slogan was even better represented. Several…

ARRESTED: Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin in custody in death of George Floyd

By Tim Sullivan and Amy Forliti Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday. Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Derek Chauvin. He's charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.  The arrest comes after three days of protests,…

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…

3 people found dead inside Machesney Park apartment

By Jim Hagerty Reporter MACHESENY PARK - Three people were found dead inside an apartment building  in the 1100 block of Minns Drive Wednesday. Winnebago County deputies arrived at the scene just after 4 p.m., and discovered the bodies. How the people died has not been reported, however, Chief Deputy Rick Ciganek told reporters at the scene that a preliminary investigation indicated that there is not a threat to the community. "We believe what happened was contained in the apartment,"…

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey: Derek Chauvin should be charged with murder in death of George Floyd

By Amy Forliti and Jeff Baenan Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges to be filed against the white police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man during an arrest, even after the man said he couldn't breathe and stopped moving.  Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said he believes officer Derek Chauvin should be charged in Monday's death of George Floyd. Chauvin and three other officers were fired…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…