Rockford bank bilked of nearly $1 million

Amanda Renee Burns

Teller took cash from vault over five years Altering documents, including audits, allowed a teller and then customer service manager to steal nearly $1 million from a Rockford Fifth Third bank over five years. Amanda Renee Burns started taking cash from the vault at the bank when she was a teller. She admitted in federal […]

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Armed mental escapee causes district’s first Code Red lockdown

PREPARED—Belmont Elementary Principal Bill Armitage shows off the cards that are used in Code Red situations.

It is a parent’s worst nightmare. Your child is at recess at their elementary school when an armed mental patient escapes authorities within walking distance of the playground. This scenario played out at Belmont Elementary on Wednesday, March 10. For the first time in district history, a Code Red emergency procedure was called, and Rockford […]

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Journalism is a service industry and the service we provide is awareness.

(AT RIGHT) HANDS ON HELP IN HAITI—Rockford Police Officer Derek “Duke” Haan offers medical care to patients in Haiti.

Tent/tarp drive to help during rainy season A trip to Haiti following January’s earthquake may be over for Rockford Police officer Derek “Duke” Haan, but his changed perspective will stay with him for a lifetime. So will his determination to help Haitians, which he shares with Rockford in a tarp and tent drive he hopes […]

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Opinions — March 18, 2010

Readers respond to Squire opinion column Journalism is a service industry and the service we provide is awareness. Armed with that awareness many Squire readers responded to an opinion piece that appeared in the January 21 edition of the Squire. Titled “Michigan a dysfunction State of being,” the column focused readers attention on the hardship being […]

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Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — March 18, 2010

Exponential Our Expo is developing. Last year it drew some big crowds. This year it looks like there might be 170 booths and we’re starting to get them from out of town. Be sure to go. Unlike some similar events, this one is free! Green rocks and a tin box After Christmas, a teacher asked […]

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