Five teenage thieves rob two youngsters of Halloween candy

Police in Dale City, Virginia say five teenagers were charged with beating two trick-or-treaters Monday night, who wouldn’t hand over their Halloween candy. The police reported that one robber even implied he had a gun during the robbery and assault – for candy. This act once again demonstrates the entitlement mentality of some of today’s kids, who think that everything belongs to them, whether they have earned it or not. There is NO EXCUSE for this type of behavior, especially since the candy was free for the asking, but you had...

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Rockford should hire the most qualified candidates

Residency should not be the top qualification for the police and fire department in the city of Rockford. Public safety employees often make life and death decisions to protect or treat citizens in our community, and the first priority should not be where they live, but what skills they bring to the job. An ordinance, propopsed by Alderman Venita Hervey, D-5th, would require public safety applicants to have established Rockford residency for six months prior to being allowed to apply as a candidate for police and  fire departments. The...

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Marie’s Pizza – violent actions do have consequences

One person was killed and three others wounded by an off-duty Winnebago County deputy at Marie’s Pizza on Charles street in the continuing crime spree of armed business robberies, assaults on individuals and violent criminal activity in Rockford, with the now all too familiar arguments on each side already beginning to surface. On one side, the victims of the crime are proclaiming the off duty officer a hero for his timely intervention in the crime. He was also one of the victims lest we forget and was defending his and his...

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More police officers needed to thwart Rockford violence

A previous post, “Rockford – 9th most dangerous city in the U.S.” pointed out that based on preliminary 2010 FBI data, Rockford was ranked 9th for violent crimes per capita for cities over 100,000! The conclusions of that post stated that the people of Rockford need to be told all the facts for their personal safety, and must be made to realize the crime battle is far from over and that the police need to be reinforced before the citizenry become complacent with statistical reports showing crime decreasing but which do not...

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Rockford violence this week reminds residents of Chicago Prohibition and the Wild West shootouts

Public safety programs like Weed and Seed and Cops on the Dots were supposed to reduce crime. The shootings that occurred in Rockford on Monday and Tuesday of this week seem to belie our public safety statistics that crime is decreasing. Overall crime may have decreased, but violent crime seems to be increasing! Reading about the recent violent shootings right here in River City, one is reminded of Chicago’s Al Capone during prohibition or the untamed Wild West. Monday, police were investigating a shooting at the intersection of...

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