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Rockford woman charged in overdose deaths pleads Not Guilty in court

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) - Karen Hernandez, 53, plead Not Guilty in Winnebago County Court on Wednesday to charges of dealing drugs which lead to two fatal overdoses. Hernandez is charged with Drug Induced Homicide and Delivery of a Controlled Substance in the deaths of two people in March of 2018.


Rockford man charged with DUI after deputies say he drove onto frozen Rock River

A Rockford man has been charged with drunken driving after authorities say he drove onto the frozen Rock River Tuesday night in Ogle County. Ogle County sheriff’s deputies were sent at approximately 9:50 p.m. Tuesday to the 3000 block of South Illinois Route 2, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Chr


Rockford Police bingo is coming back!

ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (WTVO) - Rockford Police Bingo is coming back! Police say the game was so popular, they're starting it up again. This Friday, District One Community Service officers will host a game for those 55-years and older, including prizes.


New indie film based in Rockford is set for production

MORRISON (WREX) — A new indie film set for production is set to take place in Rockford. ‘SCREW CITY,’ is a story about a rustbelt-city teenager trying to escape his dead-end life through his punk rock band. The film is set to follow Chuck, a teenager about to graduate high school in Rockford. As Chu


Rockford-area lawmakers reaction to Pritzker's budget speech

Rockford-area lawmakers had mixed reactions to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's first budget address, from liking his willingness to pour more money into education to concerns about the tax and spending increases the newly elected governor has proposed.


Argument Over Beer In Rockford Leads To Home Invasion And Assault

Some people love beer more than others, this story comes straight out of Rockford. According to MyStateline.com, three men broke into a man' home and beat him with a baseball bat because he shorted them on beer, yes beer. The victim told police he was home and then he received a knock on the door. H


Funeral home agrees to release son’s ashes to Rockford mother after 13 News investigation

ROCKFORD (WREX) – A Rockford family contacted 13 Investigates for help, saying they were in a bitter custody battle for their baby’s ashes. That fight was between the mother, the alleged father and a local funeral home.


Low Cost Pet Wellness Clinic Is Coming to Rockford Next Month

We all want the best for our pets, but sometimes their medical care can really break the bank. Thank goodness there are organizations like Just Animals Shelter that make it their mission to provide low-cost medical care for pets and families that really need some help.


Authorities: Man tortured, killed Rockford woman

ROCKFORD — A man who is already in prison faces charges in the death of a 38-year-old Rockford woman who was found dead on farmland northeast of Durand in 2017. Carl DeFay, 30, of Durand is charged with first-degree murder, obstruction, concealment of a death and concealment of a homicidal death in


Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit. Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.


Rockford feel pension pinch, lawmakers say they’re working on a solution

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The city of Rockford says it’s feeling the pension pressure. Mayor Tom McNamara says it’s going to set the city back millions of dollars if the state doesn’t step in.


Neighborhood group: Expand Rockford bus service

ROCKFORD — Establish overnight service, expand weekend routes and provide cleaner buses. That’s some of the feedback the Rockford Mass Transit District heard during a public meeting Wednesday with members of West Gateway Coalition.


LHS Bowler Finishes Among Top 40 At Girls' Bowling State Finals

LEMONT, IL — Making her state finals debut, Lemont High School senior Kendra Anifer placed among the top 40 individuals at the 2019 IHSA Girls' Bowling State Finals, which were contested at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford on Feb. 15-16. The school said Anifer is the first state qualifier from head coach


Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson to perform in Rockford this July

Rockford, IL.– Feb. 20, 2019 – Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson have just confirmed their notorious ‘Twins of Evil’ tour which Billboard said makes a “big rock show feel like not only the right place to be, but also the best.” Produced by Live Nation, the co-headlining ‘Hell Never Dies Tour 2019’ North


Rockford Scanner™: Boone County Detective Dies

Email your tips and photo to us at RockfordScanner@Gmail.com. It is with deep regret that the Boone County Sheriff’s Office announces the sudden passing of Detective Patrick Imrie, age 43. Detective Imrie worked for the Boone County Sheriff’s Office for the past 16 years; 6 years as a patrol deputy


Bill could lift a decade-old rent control ban in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) - A bill moving through the Illinois legislature could get rid of a decade-old rent control ban. 23 News looks into the impact this legislation could have on the Stateline.


New neighborhood grocery store gets ready to open in Rockford’s Midtown District

Shopping for fresh produce in Rockford’s Midtown District is getting a little easier. That’s because a new neighborhood grocery store is expecting to open its doors. “We’re excited, we’re excited to be apart of Midtown,” Midtown Fresh co-owner Mark Davino said.


Rockford business earns unique designation

ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford business earns a designation that only a handful of other businesses in Illinois have. The Northern Illinois Vein Clinic earned the vein center accreditation by the intersocietal accreditation commission. It’s the only vein clinic in the region and one of three in the st


City of Rockford on board with restructuring 911 services

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The city of Rockford said it’s on board with a plan to consolidate and restructure 911 services with Winnebago County. This comes after Winnebago County announced it wanted to discontinue 911 services and instead consolidate operations.


Heart attack survivor educates Rockford women about threat of heart disease

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) - It was a sea of red at the 'Go Red for Women' luncheon at Giovanni's Wednesday afternoon, in an event which educated stateline-area women about the dangers of heart disease.