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Violent crime up 8% in Rockford

ROCKFORD -- For the first time in three years, violent crime in Rockford is trending in the wrong direction. Between January and March 2021, violent crime is up 8% compared to the same time last year, according to statistics released…

Police investigate robberies at two Rockford retail stores

ROCKFORD -- Detectives are investigating separate robberies that occurred minutes apart Sunday at two Rockford retail stores. The first robbery happened at approximately 9:45 a.m., at the Walgreens at 3336 11th St. Police say the suspect…

Details released in fatal officer-involved shooting

ROCKFORD -- Details in a shooting involving a Winnebago County Sheriff's deputy that left a 27-year-old man dead last weekend were released Thursday. According to Winnebago County State's Attorney J. Hanley, Sgt. Joseph Broullard shot…

Rockford man convicted of killing roommate

ROCKFORD — A man accused of killing his roommate was found guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday after a bench trial in front of Judge Debra Schafer. Fredrick Devon Thomas, 36, was convicted of beating 33-year-old Jennifer Lewis to death…

Fatal officer-involved shooting captured by body cam

ROCKFORD -- The fatal shooting of a local man by a Winnebago County Sheriff's deputy Saturday was captured by the officer's body camera. But, Winnebago County State's Attorney J. Hanley said the footage won't be released to the public…

Local man charged with attempted murder

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford man has been charged with attempted murder in a shooting incident Sunday in the 4200 block of Marsh Avenue. Police say officers responded to the scene at around 7:30 p.m., and located a 26-year-old man suffering…