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Rockford Police Department

Rockford police are investigating a New Years Day shooting at Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center. 

The Register-Star reports a fight broke out in a hallway at 3:30 Sunday morning. This resulted in four people getting shot.  Three of these victims were hospitalized but their names were not released.  The fourth victim, 34-year-old Joshua Jamerson, died of his wounds.  His name was released by the Winnebago County Coroner. 

Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

Winnebago County Sheriff’s deputies are guarding a man in a Rockford hospital. He’s suspected of killing a 16-year-old Machesney Park's Rebecca Finkenhofer and shooting her grandmother Tuesday night.

Michael Mernack, 36, was shot by Winnebago County sheriff’s deputies after they were called to a Machesney Park home. They say he was armed.

Champaign Police

The suspect in a shooting  last weekend at a party near the University of Illinois campus was charged with murder Friday afternoon.  18-year-old Robbie Patton was arraigned in Urbana. Patton appeared by video from the Champaign County Jail and barely spoke as the charges against him were read. Patton answered ``yes sir'' several times as a judge asked him whether he understood the charges. Patton was assigned a lawyer to represent him. 

Patton unexpectedly turned himself in at the Champaign County Jail Thursday night.

Two Dead Following Bolingbrook Shooting

Oct 26, 2015

Bolingbrook officials have pronounced two dead after a shooting earlier Monday in a local industrial park.

Police were sent to YCB International, an auto supply importer in the 600 block of Veterans Parkway.

According to the Chicago Tribune, police spokesman Lt. Carter Larry released details during a news briefing following the shooting.

The spokesman said three employees were in the business when the shooting took place.

Police report that two people were taken to local hospitals and confirmed dead. Several others did not sustain injuries from the shooting.