First responders honored for resuscitating lifeless baby

TOGETHER THEY SAVED A LIFE—From the sister who found her to the officers and ambulance paramedics who helped her retake her first breath, this group of heroes had a hand bringing 13-month-old Kainani Morris back from death.

by BETH ALTENA On a beautiful day in June, a Rockford family’s worst nightmare struck. Twenty-three-year-old Erica Morris went outside to find her 13-month-old sister, Kainani, at the bottom of the family swimming pool. She wasn’t moving, and when pulled from the water, she remained unresponsive. Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones told the story before […]

Algoma Township drops D.A.R.E. funding

Ms. Sollner’s 5th grade class, Belmont Elementary, celebrate their graduation from the D.A.R.E. program with Officer Jehnzen.

Program the last in Kent County by BETH ALTENA Rockford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Shibler and Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones can’t understand the reasoning for Algoma Township’s decision to discontinue their $5,000-a-year funding of the D.A.R.E. program, and they aren’t taking it quietly. Plainfield Township is also taking a hard look at their […]

Bike theft solved with social media crime-fighting efforts

Habitual offender faces 10 years  Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones is happy with his officers’ efforts to use all technology available to them in catching alleged perpetrators of crime. Eighteen-year-old Nicholas Alexander French is probably not. Jones said the theft of a $1,400 bike occurred in the early hours of October 7. A resident reported […]

Volunteer police compile calendar as fundraiser

LOCAL VIEWS—Jim Herdegen, a Rockford Police Services Unit volunteer, has taken over 30,500 pictures with his Fuji digital camera. A dozen of the best are found in a calendar offered for sale by the Rockford Police. Department.

Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones considers the efforts of his Volunteer Police Services Unit a big part of the success of policing in Rockford. Without pay, the force mans the Welcome Center in Squires Street Square, assists in patrolling Rockford parks and the White Pine Trail, and performs various other duties. “There is no funding […]

Six youths arrested in overnight thefts

Officer tricks suspects with cell phone Rockford Police Chief Dave Jones reports that officers from the department arrested six youths ranging in ages from 15 to 18 years old for their part in twenty thefts from parked vehicles in the Rockford Highlands subdivision early Thursday morning, August 6, 2009. Knowing that the City and surrounding […]