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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…

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,"…

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…

Canada mourns rampage victims as death toll hits 18

By Rob Gillies Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Police fanned out across more than a dozen crime scenes Monday after a rampage by a gunman disguised as a police officer left at least 18 dead and homes in smoldering ruins in rural communities across Nova Scotia — the deadliest mass shooting in Canada's history. Officials said the suspect, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, also died in the weekend attack. Authorities did not provide a motive for the killings.  Royal Canadian…

16 killed in deadliest shooting rampage in Canadian history

By Rob Gillies Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — A gunman disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires in a rampage across the Canadian province of Nova Scotia that killed 16 people, the deadliest such attack in the country's history. Officials said Sunday the suspected shooter was also dead. A police officer was among those killed. Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of…

Police kill gunman who hijacked Dallas bus

By The Associated Press ROWLETT, Texas (AP) — A man opened fire on a Dallas-area public bus on Sunday, hijacking it with two people aboard and leading officers on a chase that ended in a shootout in which the man was killed and three officers were wounded, according to police officials. A man got on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus in Richardson, just north of Dallas, at around 11 a.m and opened fire, shattering windows, said Gordon Shattles, a DART spokesman. The man took the driver…

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…

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…

Teen killed at Rockford housing complex

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Police are investigating a shooting on the city's west side, where officials say a 16-year-old boy was killed. Police say at around 3 a.m., officers responded to a shots-fired report on the 1000 block of Hess Court, inside the Fairgrounds Valley housing development. There, they located the victim and pronounced him dead at the scene. The incident marks the second homicide in Rockford this year. The Rock River Times will have more on this story as…

Rockford Crime Stats: Violent crimes down; robberies up

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The number of violent crimes in Rockford dropped in January while robberies were up, city leaders reported on social media Friday. According to the City of Rockford Facebook page, there were 117 violent crimes reported in the first month of 2020, 25 less than the 142 incidents reported in January 2019. The decrease marks an 18-percent drop. "While there is still work to do, violent crime continues to decline in our community. Thank you to all of our…

Crime Roundup: Police release sketch of possible rapist; suspected drunk driver hits police van at station

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The Rockford Police Department is investigating several crimes including a string of incidents that may be have been committed by who officials are calling a possible serial rapist and a DUI crash that occurred at a police precinct. The sexual-assault suspect is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-4, 145 pounds. He was last seen wearing dark clothing at the scene of a sexual assault that occurred Feb. 12. “During this…