Rockford, Illinois News
Browsing Category

Crime & Courts

Police: Man attempts to steal refrigerator from Rockford home

ROCKFORD - A 56-year-old man found himself in jail early Friday morning after police say he attempted to steal a refrigerator from a home on the city's west side. Leo King Jr., 56, of  Rockford, was arrested when police responded to the …

Family of elder abuse victim grateful case is closed

ROCKFORD - Although Tom Hillenburg's family was hoping his perpetrator would receive a harsher sentence, they are grateful the case is closed. Hillenburg was financially exploited by his former girlfriend, 50-year-old Anita White, who…

Man pleads guilty in home invasions involving elderly victims

ROCKFORD - A local man pleaded guilty to two counts of home invasion, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross reported. Charles Gary, 27, entered the plea Thursday in front of Judge Randy Wilt. Charges against Gray stemmed…

Two killed in Rockford shootings

ROCKFORD - Two people died in separate shootings over the weekend, marking a violent 48-hours in Rockford. The first incident happened around 3 a.m., Saturday, in the 900 block of South Third Street near Pope Street. That's where police…

One dead in Rockford shooting

ROCKFORD - On Saturday, July 25, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Rockford Police officers responded to the 900 block of South Third Street near Pope Street in reference to reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers learned that there was…

Man sentenced to 20 years for raping preteen multiple times

MAHOMET, Ill. - A man from Central Illinois was sentenced to 20 years behind bars Thursday for raping a preteen multiple times over a five-year period. According to the News-Gazette, Gregory Reed, of Mahomet, 43, pleaded guilty last…

Man accused of kidnapping, sexually abusing child

ROCKFORD - Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, on Thursday, announced that a grand jury has returned an indictment yesterday against 31-year-old Brandon Abell. Abell is charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 15: The origin

Editor’s note: The following is the 15th installment in the series centered on the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who finished her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store Sept. 20, 1990, and hasn't been seen since.…

The Veronica Blumhorst Case, Part 14: Without a trace

Editor’s note: The following is the 14th installment in a series about the disappearance of 21-year-old Veronica Blumhorst, who vanished Sept. 20, 1990, after finishing her shift at a Mendota, Illinois, grocery store.  MENDOTA, Ill. -…