STATEMENT FROM THE ROCK FALLS POLICE DEPARTMENT
When a person, regardless of age, makes a threat to harm students or faculty at a school, the Rock Falls Police Department does not see this as a youthful prank.
Threatening violence at a school, personally or through social media, is a crime. The fear caused when someone threatens a school community is real, no matter the intentions of the person who communicates that threat.
All of these threats will be taken seriously and investigated. The Rock Falls Police Department and the Rock Falls School Administrators are working closely together to ensure the safety of our schools. The threats of violence are no joke and those that make them will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Chief Tammy Nelson
Rock Falls Police Department.
The female found deceased on February 28th at the EZ Living Trailer Park, has been identified as 35 year old Lisa Williamson. An Autopsy was performed on March 1st. The cause of death in not yet known. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information concerning this case please call the Rock falls Police Department at (815)622-1140.
On the evening of February 13 around midnight, The Rock Falls Street Department will be finishing their clean up of the downtown area. So from Midnight until 8am, Wednesaday morning please do not leave your car parked in the downtown area.
The City of Rock Falls is declaring a Snow Emergency starting today, February 8th, at 5pm and continuing until Sunday at 7am, on February 11th.
Rock Falls City Hall will also be closed on Friday, February 9th all day due to inclement weather.
January 18th, 2018
Press release from Chief Tammy Nelson of the Rock Falls Police Department.
As the Chief of Police, I must find a balance between protecting critical evidence in the investigation but also intervening to avoid the spread of misinformation across social media. The Officer involved shooting Friday night occurred at the end of a lengthy pursuit where the decedent parked his vehicle in the driveway at 1304 Franklin Street. Officers approached the driver on foot ...and began giving him verbal commands. The driver put the car in reverse and accelerated in the path of our officer who discharged his weapon. Immediately following the shots fired our officers and two County Sheriff Deputies began providing CPR including applying a AED (automated external defibrillator) until EMS arrived.
I have faith that the Illinois State Police will conduct a throrough complete review of the events that night and I ask that the public reserve judgement and let the facts speak for themselves.
Rock Falls is a strong loving community and I will not sit silent and allow misinformation to drive a wedge between our Police Department and our citizens. I will comply with the Illinois Police and Community Relations Improvement Act and provide all the details of this significant incident once the investigation is complete and the Whiteside County States Attorney has completed his review and findings.
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING
On January 25th, 2018 at approx. 7:45pm, the Rock Falls police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling eastbound on Dixon Avenue in Rock Falls. This vehicle failed to stop for Officers and the vehicle was followed to the 1300 block of Franklin Street where Officers were involved in an Officer involved shooting of the suspected driver. The information received thus far indicates that the Officers acted appropriately and a... through investigation is being done by the Illinois State Police Integrity Task Force. The investigation is in the preliminary stages and as the investigation progresses, more information will be released to the public.
Our thoughts are with the Officers involved and their families, and the family of the decedent.
Any further follow up to the investigation will be updated by the Illinois State Police.