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Rockford Police investigating strong arm robbery

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) ---- Rockford Police are on the lookout for two suspects after a strong arm robbery Saturday evening. Investigators say a man was washing his car in the 4100 block of Harrison Avenue around 8 o'clock when two men came up behind him and hit him in the head. The suspects then pun


Rockford Police: Person robbed, beaten while washing his car

ROCKFORD (WREX) – A person is seriously hurt after being beaten during a robbery, Saturday night. Rockford Police say the victim was washing his car in the 4100 block of Harrison Avenue around 8 p.m. when two men came up and behind the victim and hit him in the head.


Rockford Scanner™: Stabbing Victim In Cherry Valley, Still Developing

Sources are reporting a stabbing in Cherry Valley. It happened around 8:30 pm at an address on Elgin st. A man is reported to have been stabbed near this location. No suspect information at this time.


Rockford Public Library will vote on multi-million dollar downtown project

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) - The Rockford Public Library Board of Trustees is expected to vote on a multi-million dollar downtown development project Monday. The $22 million project is planned for the space next to the library who owns the space.


Victim gets beaten and robbed by two suspects

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) - A victim gets beaten and robbed by two men while he was washing his car. The robbery happened on 4118 Harrison Avenue on Saturday, April 20th around 8:00 p.m.


Rain moving in for Monday

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Happy Easter Sunday. We had a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine to celebrate such a beautiful day. I bet a few of you noticed a bit of sweat rolling down the face while outside for Easter. It is because temperatures tried to make a run for the record of warmest Easter Sunday, b


Semi-truck crash sends 5 in critical condition to hospital; Eastbound Illinois Tollway lanes closed near Northbrook

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (WLS) -- Five people are in the hospital after a semi-truck crashed into four cars stopped in traffic Sunday. The crash happened just after 2 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-94 near the toll plaza in Northbrook, according to Illinois State Police.


Police don't believe missing five-year-old Illinois boy was abducted or wandered off

Following a frantic search for a missing five-year-old boy, police have revealed that they do not believe he was abducted or wandered away from his suburban Chicago home. The parents of Andrew "AJ" Freund told police on Thursday that they last saw their son when they put him to bed around 9 p.m. the


Woman With Disabilities, 3 Dogs Die in Rockford House Fire

Authorities say a 56-year-old woman with disabilities and her three small dogs have died in a Rockford house fire. The Rockford Register Star reports firefighters were called to the house just before 3 a.m. Friday and found smoke coming from windows and eaves. Firefighters searched the home and foun


Motorcycle accident near Rockford Speedways

MACHESNEY PARK (WTVO) - A motorcycle involved accident, with injuries is being reported on West Lane Rd. and Forest Hills Rd. near the Rockford Speedway. Authorities have not released information on the severity of the injuries and we have a news crew in on the way. This story is developing and will


Egg-Stravaganza kicks off Easter weekend in Rockford

ROCKFORD (WREX) – It’s Easter weekend, which means the hunt is on for those colorful little eggs and the tasty treats inside. On Saturday, hundreds of kids from all over the Stateline got the chance to find colorful eggs at the annual Egg-stravaganza.


Habitat for Humanity celebrates anniversary of Rockford ‘ReStore’ opening

ROCKFORD (WREX) – Habitat for Humanity makes sure affordable housing can be a reality for families in need in the community. On Saturday, it celebrated a major milestone, the first anniversary of it’s ReStore location. At the ReStore, shoppers can find all kinds of household items, like furniture, c


First 80 Degree Day of the Season Easter Sunday

ROCKFORD, ILL - Plenty of sunshine and warmth Sunday afternoon pushed temperatures across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin into the upper 70s and low 80s. Rockford reached 80 degrees for the first time this season/year.


Roscoe Police will have patrols for Distracted Drivers Week

ROSCOE, Ill. (WTVO) - Starting Monday, April 21st, the Roscoe Police Department will have extra patrols for Distracted Drivers Week. Distracted drivers are a hazard on the road, not just to themselves, but their fellow drivers, as well.


Second Amendment 'sanctuary county' movement expands in Illinois

It was no accident Effingham County's resolution to protect the rights of gun owners stole an important word from the very people the resolution was intended to provoke: supporters of the country's sanctuary cities movement.


Woman pulls into Beloit Police parking lot and gets an OWI

BELOIT, WIs. (WTVO) - A woman pulls into the Beloit Police Department's parking lot and gets arrested for her second OWI offense. Elizabeth Castaneda was driving erratically and decided to pull into the Beloit Police Department's parking lot. She was arrested for OWI, disorderly conduct for her beha


Freeom "A Church Without Wall" opens its doors for entire community on Easter Sunday

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) - On Easter Sunday, one local church opened their doors to invite anyone from the community, whether they're church members or not. Freedom “A Church Without Walls” broke down the walls and opened their doors to whoever wanted to hear the word on resurrection Sunday.


Rockford man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man pleaded not guilty on Friday in the Dec. 7 fatal shooting Jamie Stephens. Joshua J. Whittie, 19, is one of two men charged in the fatal shooting of Stephens, 30, of Rockford. Nickles T. Parks, 26, of Rockford, is also charged in the killing.


Illinois man dies in crash on interstate ramp at South Split

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- A motorist from Illinois died in a Saturday night crash after striking a guardrail on an interstate ramp in the South Split. The single-vehicle crash happened about 7:30 p.m. on the ramp from southbound I-65/70 to southbound I-65. That's near the Morris Street overpass. The cr


Hemp center to open in Rockford area on Saturday

LOVES PARK (WREX) – There will soon be a new place in the Stateline to get CBD products. The Hemp Center of Northern Illinois is opening on Saturday. Some of the things the store will be selling include olive oils, protein bars and coffee creamer. The store will also have items for for patients deal