Bragging bandit busted after blowing cash

Robbery-Update

Suspect bought drugs, gambled cash, fought off robbers with skateboard by BETH ALTENA After Gerard Michael Coulombe allegedly robbed the Lake Michigan Credit Union on Ten Mile Road, he showed off piles of cash to his friends, bragged about the robbery, and even showed online pictures from the security camera as proof he did it. In […]

Fire closes Rocky’s for two days

TAKE OUT WINDOW VIEW—(right) A fireman inspects smoldering equipment inside Rocky’s. A short in a soft-serve  ice cream machine was found to have been the source of a fire which required the shop to close from Friday after the 5 p.m. fire until reopening Sunday for business.

    Rockford firefighters responded to a call late the afternoon of Friday, July 17, when an ice cream machine at Rocky’s, 110 N. Main Street, downtown Rockford, caught fire. It was just before 5 p.m. when workers noticed smoke and called in the emergency. Rocky’s owners showed up quickly and watched with evacuated employees […]

Disposal rollover trashes truck

No one was injured but this truck was trashed in a one-vehicle rollover on Ten Mile Road Tuesday, July 21, just east of the intersection of Wolven Street. Witnesses said the waste hauler, heading eastbound, drifted to the edge of the road and then jerked before rolling. The driver was up and walking after the […]

Wild Birds Unlimited offers free live bird program

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL—Joe Rogers shows off an owl at Wild Birds Unlimited, 5426 Northland. He will have about ten live wild birds for a free show this Saturday, July 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. The public is invited and will be able to ask questions and hear about how to help more birds stay healthy and alive in Michigan. The show is open to the public.

“Looking an American eagle or great horned owl in the eye is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Laurie Tieman, who manages Wild Birds Unlimited, 5426 Northland Drive. The store will offer a free live bird show on Saturday, July 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. Famed wild bird rescuer Joe Rogers will bring approximately ten live […]

Rockford artist competing for world’s largest art prize

Linda Bassford is pictured with some of her art—classy Rockford postcards (available at the Squire) and a mural she created for CarStar of Rockford.

  Local artist among hundreds vying for $250,000 Linda Bassford of Rockford has entered her art in ArtPrize. She’ll compete with artists from all over the world for nearly one-half million dollars in prize money, including $250,000 to the artist who receives the most public votes. ArtPrize will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 10 […]