Showing posts from October, 2011

Rockford Crime News Page Features Crime Stopper Information

As part of Rockford crime news coverage at Winnebago County News we have links to many local police and fire departments. We also have a link to   at .  Rockford Crime Stoppers offers up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of a wanted fugitive (contact the local Crime Stoppers office for details). However, DO NOT attempt to confront or apprehend any wanted fugitive. Report any suspected fugitive to or your local  police.

Rockford Crime News on Winnebago County News

You may now find links to Rockford crime news on Winnebago County News at .  Some of the links will be to local television and newspaper sources, others to .   You will also find links to local police and fire department websites under the "911" graphic on the right-hand side every page of Winnebago County News.  (You may also click on the the "Rockford Crime News" tab at to get to the Rockford Crime News story scroll.)

Occupy Rockford rally - WNTA

The Occupy Wall Street movement spreads to Rockford. Protesters will gather at Beattie Park during the noon hour today and will march to City Hall. Local attorney... READ THE STORY AT:

Rockford Crime Maps Now on Winnebago County News

You may now find maps of reported crimes in Rockford and nearby areas by visiting Winnebago County News at . These maps are available via  You may customize the maps to target specific neighborhoods and specific crime types. also offers basic trending analyses of crime data, grouping like crimes together in a pie chart to illustrate the number of each crime type. Please note this map list reported crimes, many simply being police calls for domestic disturbances. (You may also click on the the "Rockford Crime News" tab at to get to the data for Rockford.)

Rockford Armed Robbery Suspect Released From Hospital -

Rockford - One of the suspects in the robbery at Marie's Pizza has been released from the hospital... READ THE STORY:

Molotov Cocktail Attac at West Side Home -

Rockford - Police investigate an attack early this morning at 208 Oakley Avenue Investigators say a man threw a molotov cocktail at the home setting the porch and siding on fire... READ THE STORY:

Average Household Income Drops Across Nation -

Washington, D.C. - A new report shows Americans are struggling more than ever. Sentier Research found the average yearly household income for families is now ... READ THE STORY:

Neighbors say foreclosed homes and lack of street lighting spur violence -

Some say they're now scared to let their children play outside and worried their neighborhood took a turn for the worse... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Reacting to Crime and Violence: The Psychological Toll

Eight people were shot this weekend in the Stateline and it has many families worried about their safety more than usual. Living near crime can affect us psychologically... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Special Report: 'Putting Our Safety in Jeopardy'

Staffing levels in the Rockford Police Department are expected to drop by at least 18 officers and as many as 49 under the 2012 budget... READ THE STORY:

RiverHawks, Wallbangers set free clinic for Oct. 23

LOVES PARK, Ill. – Youths interested in defensive skills can learn from the professionals this month.  The Rockford RiverHawks' next free youth clinic at Wallbangers Academy is scheduled for Oct. 23. RiverHawks manager Rich Austin, hitting coach Pat O'Sullivan and Jr. RiverHawks 15U head coach Justin Small will run the clinic, which will cover fielding and defense. The RiverHawks and Wallbangers have clinics scheduled through May. Each clinic will be broken up into two groups based on age. Kids ages 7 through 12 will go from noon-1 p.m., and children 13 and older will go from 1-2 p.m. After October, there will be one clinic per month that covers all areas of baseball, including hitting, fielding and defense. The clinic dates are November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1 and May 6. Each date is a Sunday. Up to 25 kids can sign up for the clinics, and spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve a spot, call the RiverHawks front off

Rockford Public Schools launches Parent Portal - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Parents of students in the Rockford school district can keep track of their kids from the comfort of their home computer with a new web-based Parent Portal... READ THE STORY:

Rockford Clothing Store Robbed

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The two suspects who robbed Spaced Out Clothing in Rockford are still on the loose... READ THE STORY:


RICHARDS, OFFENSE PACE ICEHOGS OVER RIVERMEN Hogs puckstopper makes 35 saves in the win Peoria, Ill.- Two games are in the books for the Rockford IceHogs and for the first time in the club’s AHL era, the team is 2-0-0-0. Alec Richards made 35 saves while Brandon Segal and Rob Klinkhammer scored a pair of goals to lead Rockford over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena on Sunday. Peoria jumped out front on Sunday 1:52 into the contest. In transition, Adam Cracknell picked up a drop pass from T.J. Hensick at 1:52 and ripped his first goal of the year past Richards. The goal was also assisted by Brett Sterling. Rockford got the goal back at 10:48 of the opening frame. Brian Connelly’s slap shot from the left point was redirected past Ben Bishop and in by Segal for his second tally of the season. Klinkhammer got the secondary assist after starting the rush in transition. The game remained tied until the 13:57 mark when Hensick would finish off a Peoria rush in the Rockford zon

Motorcycle Accident Reported outside Two Wheel Inn

A "severe" motorcycle accident is being reported at 10:11 PM, Sunday, October 9th outside the Two Wheel Inn.  Police and emergency personnel have been dispatched. Location map:;_ylt=A0SO8lBHY5JO1KYANw2KNcIF;_ylv=3?viewtype=map Follow the radio calls at:

Dominate defense leads NIU to 40-10 win - – Rockford’s News Leader

DEKALB, Ill. -- The Northern Illinois defense allowed just 70 yards and recorded seven sacks as the Huskies defeated Kent State, 40-10, on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Lakeland drops Rockford College 32-0 - – Rockford’s News Leader

ROCKFORD, IL (WREX) - Lakeland College defeated Rockford College 32-0 on Saturday at Sam Greeley Field. The loss extends the Regents losing streak to 15 games... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Segal's goal lifts IceHogs to win on opening night - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rockford, Ill. – Rockford IceHogs fans couldn't have asked for a better start to the new season as the IceHogs take a 3-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, giving new head coach Ted Dent his first win... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Chili Shoot-Out Hits Davis Park

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- October is usually a bit cooler outside; perfect for making and eating chili, but today's warm temperatures didn't stop this year's Chili Shoot-Out... SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Pet-A-Palooza Kicks Off in Rockford for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Families looking to take an animal home got their chance Saturday.. SEE THE VIDEO AND STORY:

Jesse's Package::President Obama Gets Why Working People Are Occupying Wall Street- 10/07/11::Workers Independent News

As Jesse Russell reports President Obama understands why working people are supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement. When President Barack Obama was asked about the Occupy Wall Street movement during a press conference on Thursday he said he wasn't surprised it was happening... READ THE STORY:

Dumping, storing of highly toxic chemicals alleged inside Amerock | The Rock River Times

By Richard S. Gubbe, Contributing Writer On a Sunday in the late 1970s, Mike Molander was performing his assigned duties as a pollution control technician at the Amerock Corporation when he said he witnessed the suspicious pouring of highly toxic materials into an old farmer's well located at the facility... READ THE STORY:


GRANITE CITY IS THE ICEHOGS NEW HOME FOR HOG TALK Hogs broadcasting network intact again for 2011-12 Rockford, Ill.-The Rockford IceHogs announced on Thursday that Granite City Food and Brewery is the new home for Bud Light Hog Talk. The IceHogs also announced that 1330 AM WNTA will once again serve as the team’s flagship radio station for the IceHogs Broadcasting Network. Bud Light Hog Talk begins on Monday, Oct. 10 with the 2011-12 season debut at Granite City. Granite City is located at 7140 Harrison Ave., next to CherryVale Mall. The show runs from 6-7 p.m. and will be hosted by Mike Peck and Stephen Nelson on a rotating basis. Bud Light Hog Talk will feature a member of the IceHogs coaching staff and two players each week. Guests on Monday include IceHogs Head Coach Ted Dent along with forwards Brandon Segal and Peter LeBlanc. Fans attending the show can take advantage of food and Bud Light specials. If you can’t make it to Granite City, the show will be aired on 1330


ICEHOGS TO BATTLE FOR THE ILLINOIS LOTTERY CUP IN 2011-12 - From Press Release Hogs team up with in-state rivals Chicago and Peoria Rockford, Ill.- The Rockford IceHogs, in conjunction with the Illinois Lottery, announced that they will battle the Chicago Wolves and Peoria Rivermen for the Illinois Lottery Cup during the upcoming 2011-12 American Hockey League regular season. With the IceHogs slated to battle Chicago and Peoria 12 times each and Peoria and Chicago facing off 10 times head-to-head, the team with the best winning percentage against their in-state rivals at the conclusion of the 2011-12 regular season will claim the Illinois Lottery Cup. The Illinois Lottery Cup will be on display throughout the season at select IceHogs home games at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Illinois Lottery Cup will make its first visit to Rockford at Tuesday’s exclusive season ticket holder “Meet The Team” event at the Radisson Hotel. The Illinois Lottery has partnered with the Ice


ICEHOGS TRIM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER TO 24 - From Press Release Morin sent from Chicago to Rockford Rockford, Ill.- Chicago Blackhawks General Manager of Minor League Affiliations Mark Bernard announced on Tuesday that the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs have trimmed their training camp roster by five players. Defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin and forward David Gilbert have been reassigned by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Toledo Walleye (ECHL). Forward Paul Zanette and goaltender Carter Hutton have been assigned from Rockford to Toledo. Forward Brandon Svendsen has been released from his try-out and will report to training camp with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL). In addition, forward Jeremy Morin has been assigned by Chicago to Rockford. Morin, 20, is entering his second season with the IceHogs. Last season, Morin made his professional debut in Rockford on Oct. 9 against the Manitoba Moose. He notched 12 points (8g, 4a) in 22 games for the IceHogs. Morin made his NHL debut w


BLACKHAWKS ASSIGN SALAK TO ROCKFORD Chicago, Ill.-The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Ray Emery on a one-year contract and assigned goaltender Alexander Salak to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. Rockford’s training camp roster now stands at 28 players, including 17 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. “We’re in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp,” said Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman. “Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term.” Emery, 29, is a veteran of 173 career regular-season games over parts of seven NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators (2002-08), Philadelphia Flyers (2009-10) and Anaheim Ducks (2010-11). The Cayuga, Ontario, native has also posted 20 wins in 36 career appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which