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Rockford man charged with child pornography

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford man was jailed Thursday, charged with child pornography after an investigation by the Illinois State Police.  Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross's office reported Friday that Daniel Grotheer, 35,…

Rockford man guilty of sexually assaulting minor

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford man was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Douglas Valentine, 41, was convicted of criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse after a jury trial in Boone County.…

Police: Teen city’s 19th homicide victim

ROCKFORD -- An 18-year-old man is the city's 19th homicide victim. Police say at approximately 9:40 p.m., Sept. 8, Rockford officers responded to the area of Webster Avenue and Green Street in reference to a report of multiple shots…

Rockford man sent to prison in woman’s overdose death

ROCKFORD -- A Rockford man was sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison Thursday for a woman's overdose death, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced. Willie Walton, 47, received 12 1/2 years behind bars…

Rockford man charged with child pornography

ROCKFORD -- A grand jury has returned an indictment against a Rockford man for multiple counts of child pornography, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Thursday. Bryan Gilson, 35, is charged with 16 counts…

Man indicted for failing to register as sex offender

ROCKFORD -- Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Wednesday that a grand jury has returned an indictment against a local man for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender. On June 25, while performing a…

Drug probe nets four arrests

ROCKFORD -- Four people are charged with various drug offenses after an investigation on the city's east side. Tuesday, Sept. 1, Rockford Police narcotics detectives working with agents from the ATF, Postal Inspector’s office and…

Coroner says he will not resign amid criminal allegations

ROCKFORD — Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz will not resign amid allegations that he and wife used a county credit card to make personal purchases, his attorney told media Tuesday. Hintz, 50, has pleaded not guilty to charges of…

Man charged with arson in string of downtown fires

ROCKFORD -- A man who authorities say is responsible for a string of fires Wednesday night is behind bars. Edward Wash, 28, is charged with three counts of arson, allegations that stem from three blazes, the first of which destroyed a…

Man charged with attempted murder in domestic violence case

ROCKFORD -- Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a grand jury has returned an indictment against 26-year-old Jordan Zobal for attempted first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery. Aug. 11, officers…