Boone County, IL

Boone County Fair Queen Pageant delivers a first in 14 years

BELVIDERE — This year’s Boone County Fair Queen Pageant delivered a scenario that hadn’t happened in 14 years. The competition’s three judges needed an extra round to select a winner, and the three finalists were called on to answer an additional question to end the deadlock.
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Rockford Scanner™: Electrocution Incident At The Boone County Fairgrounds

Yesterday at approximately 4:00pm District 2 Fire responded to the Boone County Fairgrounds. for an Individual who had made contact with overhead power lines. The person was transported to the hospital with severe injuries but stable condition. Thank you to all who helped from OSF Lifeline Ambulance. Belvidere Police Department.
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Golf cart catches fire at Boone County fairgrounds

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) - Opening day 2022 at the fairgrounds started off with a small vehicle fire. Boone County Fire Protection District #2 responded to the south east side of the fairgrounds for a trailer fire. A witness on scene told 23 News that a golf cart caught fire which...
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Free admission Tuesday at Boone County Fair

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) - The 2022 Boone County Fair opens the gates Tuesday with a special promotion. Business day passes are available at select merchants that offer free adult admission to the fairgrounds until 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 9. After 4 p.m., admission is $7. Wednesday through Sunday admission prices...

Tons of fun at the Boone County Fair

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) — The gates were open on Tuesday as the biggest county fair in Illinois kicked off, and it is popular for a reason. The Boone County Fair draws people from all over the state, and after two days of rain, better weather could not have been hoped for for Tuesday’s kickoff. There […]

Body recovered from Rocky Fork Conservation Area

The Boone County Sheriff's Department confirmed that they recovered a body from the lake at the Rocky Fork Conservation Area. Captain Brian Leer said they found the body at 9 am Monday. Officials got a call about a missing adult man Sunday afternoon. Leer said while it is early in...

More Stateline areas included in the Flash Flood Warning

UPDATE: We have a Flash Flood Warning still for Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties until 9:45am. Winnebago and Boone Counties were under a Flash Flood Warning until 8am, that has since expired but the National Weather Service still has Winnebago and Boone Counties under a Flood Warning until 11am. Northern Dekalb County and Northern Ogle County were both added to a Flash Flood Warning until 10:00am. Southern Ogle County, Northeastern Lee, and Central DeKalb Counties now included in a Flash Flood Warning until 11am. It is possible that we see some of these extended due to the heavy rain still moving through the area and that is expected through Monday morning before becoming scattered through the afternoon and isolated early Monday evening. This is a very dangerous and life-threatening situation where you need to stay home and off the roads if you can. If encountering flooding immediately get to higher ground.

Rockford Scanner™: Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a. * At 357 AM CDT, doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing. torrential rainfall moving into the warned area. An automated. weather station in McConnell recorded 1.27 inches of rain in just. 15 minutes between 329 AM CDT and 344 AM CDT! These...

Opening day of Boone County Fair

The gates were open on Tuesday as the biggest county fair in Illinois kicked off, and it is popular for a reason. Belvidere kids donate lemonade stand money to animal …. Stephenson County organization spends 40 years helping …. Stillman Valley football coach’s house stuck by lightning.

Capron man faces up to 60 years for stabbing wife to death

CAPRON, Ill. (WIFR) - A 49-year-old man was found guilty Thursday by a Boone County judge for the 2018 murder of Kenia Acosta. Juan Cerda, of Capron faces 20 to 60 years in prison for first-degree murder. He will be required to serve 100% of his sentence. On the morning...

Rockford Scanner™: (Delayed/Last Night) Rollover Accident in Boone County

Sources are reporting a rollover accident in Boone County. It happened approx. 11:45 pm near the area of Marengo Rd. & Garden Prairie. Unknown on the severity of the injuries. No reports of extrication. No other information at this time. If you like Rockford Scanner. Please take a second and...

Rockford Scanner™: …HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING… (At 2 PM, NWS said It Feels Like109 Degrees)

..HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING... * WHAT...Peak afternoon heat index values of 103 to 107. * WHERE...Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, De Kalb and La Salle Counties. * WHEN...Until 7 PM CDT this evening. * IMPACTS...Hot temperatures and very humid air may cause heat illnesses to occur. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency!

Managing storage space for body camera footage

STATELINE (WIFR) - As more law enforcement officers in the Stateline get body cameras, the Boone County State’s Attorney’s Office worries they won’t have enough space to house all the footage. The office manages enough space for body camera footage from the Belvidere Police Department. Now that...

Rockford Scanner™: Capron Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

On August 4, 2022, Judge C. Robert Tobin found Juan Cerda, 49, of Capron, guilty of First Degree Murder for the 2018 murder of his wife, Kenia Acosta. In the early morning hours of July 13, 2018, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department received 2 separate calls for a welfare check at the Capron Trailer Park on Route 173. When deputies entered the residence, they found Kenia Acosta lying on the floor in one of the bedrooms, and Juan Cerda lying face down on top of her. Paramedics determined that Kenia was already deceased. She had multiple stab wounds and cuts to her chest, arms and neck. A large knife and a box cutter were found nearby. An autopsy later revealed that Kenia’s cause of death was a stab wound that had penetrated her heart.

Belvidere officials stress importance of overdose awareness

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) - With the right tools and training, Boone county officials are stepping in to help curb the number of overdose deaths in Belvidere. Belvidere Police Chief Shane Woody stressed the importance of programs like COAR to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the area. “Boone county...