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Rockford man charged in fatal distracted-driving crash

DOWNER’S GROVE, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois State Police have arrested Frank Hightower III, 53, of Rockford, after an investigation revealed he had been using a cell phone while driving and causing a fatal crash, police said. According to ISP, Troopers responded to a crash on I-88 near Rochelle on February 1st, 2022. Police said Hightower […]
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Thomson inmate indicted in Rockford for murder

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - An inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Thomson, Ill., was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on multiple relating to the death of a fellow inmate. Houston A. Clyde, 25, is charged with second-degree murder, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and possession of a weapon, according to an indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Rockford.
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Rockford Scanner™: Few Scenes Being Reported (Robbery/Shooting Incidents)

(Robbery/Shooting Incidents) Officials have confirmed they are investigating these incidents,. but have not yet released any details. If they do, we will post them. Robbery: 3600 block of E State st, around 3 pm today,. Shots fired: 2500 block of S Alpine, approx. 4 pm,. Shots fired: Andrews and Irving,...

Rockford-area bakery specializes in cheesecake by the slice, and people can't get enough

MACHESNEY PARK —  The overhead sign for Mac Brothers Artisan Cheesecakes has yet to be hung, but that hasn't stopped thousands of customers from finding the new cheesecake-by-the-slice bakery. The McLester brothers, Farel, 66, and Chris, 61, make 30 different flavors of cheesecake at their new business. Each day, three to six of those flavors — everything...

Yunk wins GOP primary for Boone County sheriff in landslide vote

BELVIDERE — Boone County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Yunk was the winner by a landslide in the three-way Republican primary race for sheriff. Yunk captured 73% of the vote while Rockford police officer Brian Wadsworth tallied 23% of the vote and retired Rockford police officer Oda Poole had about 4%. according to unofficial results from the Boone County Clerk's Office.  ...

Rockford Scanner™: Robbery At Strip Mall In Rockford

Where at: 160 N Mulford Rd/at strip mall on Mulford Rd. A robbery is being reported that happened today in Rockford. It happened at approximately 3:20 this afternoon, at 160 N Mulford Road, the Check n’ Go. There was a robbery a few weeks ago at the laundromat in...

Rockford Scanner™: City Of Rockford Says, Leave The Fireworks To The Professionals… Or They Will Provide You With Some Fireworks Education and Possibly A Citation.

Thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks in the U.S. Fireworks are dangerous and can cause devastating burns, injuries, fires and even death. Most fireworks, including bottle rockets, firecrackers, sky rockets and roman candles, are also illegal in Illinois. Sky Lanterns or paper lanterns that contain a small candle or fuel cell that heats the air in the lantern causing it to rise are also illegal.

Rock Falls Celebrates The 4th On Friday

Submitted by Melinda Jones, Dir. Rock Falls Tourism. Start your 4th of July weekend off on Friday, July 1st from 5-10pm at the RB&W Park as Rock Falls Tourism presents its first Independence Day Celebration at RB&W Park. Bring the family, an appetite, and your lawn chairs/blankets for an evening...

Are you ready for Rockford’s Fourth of July celebration? Here's what you need to know

ROCKFORD — Monday is the Fourth of July, and downtown Rockford will be buzzing with patriotic activities. This year’s event will feature a host of family-friendly activities, including a prayer breakfast, parade, live entertainment at Davis Park and a 30-minute fireworks show dubbed Skyconcert 2022. Organizers say the musically synchronized fireworks display will feature the “strongest finale ever.” ...

14 Rockford area non-profits receive grants

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Fourteen local non-profit organizations were awarded the 2022 Mill Foundation Grants on Tuesday. The grants were given out during an event at the Discovery Center. The dollar amount of the grants range from $2,000 given to Hope Reigns Ranch, to $12,000 given to both the Boys & Girls Club of Rockford […]

Aggravated distracted driving death results in Rockford arrest

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (WIFR) - A truck driver from Rockford was arrested Tuesday for a driving incident that killed a motorist. Frank Hightower III, 53, of Rockford faces a charge for aggravated use of an electronic communication device causing a death, which is a class four felony. Illinois State Troopers...

If he wins, Brad Fritts could be the first State Rep. born after 2000

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Brad Fritts has been an active member in his community his whole life, and on Tuesday night, he became the Republican nominee for State Representative in the 74th district. The Newman Central Catholic High School grad took 58% of the vote against Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano...

Rockford food truck celebrates sweet grand opening

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The stateline food truck scene just got a little sweeter. “Second Act Sweets” celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday. It features made-from-scratch granita, which is similar to Italian ice or sorbet. Heather Jonas is the owner, and she learned the ropes from her dad at Rockford’s Benny’s Dariette, 1402 Montague St. […]