Local Authorities Investigating Gunshots

The Henry County Sheriffs Office is investigating reports of damage to vehicles in the rural Lynn Center area of Henry County that appear to have been caused by gunshots.  Incidents have been reported on Township roads east of Rt 150 near the Edwards River. A small number of drivers passing through this area at various times have thought their vehicles were hit by a rock, only to later find what appear to be bullet holes in their vehicles.

This is a dangerous situation, and the public is advised to be alert when driving, especially in the affected area. If you have driven in this area, or anywhere else in Henry County, and have found damage to your vehicle that could be a bullet hole, please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and report it. While it may be accidental in nature, any time a firearm is discharged it can have unforeseen consequences.

Currently there is no known connection between these incidents and recent similar events reported in the QC metro area.

If you know of anyone who may be involved in this activity, please call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 309-937-3911, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324.

Kewanee Police Investigate Stabbing

Kewanee Police are investigating an incident that occurred in the 100 Blk of East Third St. at around 1:30 A.M. on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

Kewanee Police initially received a report of a disturbance with multiple subjects in the 100 Blk. of East Third Street. Before officers arrived on the scene the disturbance had escalated and two victims had received stab wounds.

Both victims were taken to Kewanee Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Witnesses reported that the suspects had fled the area on foot.

The suspects were described as Hispanic males, and police have one in custody. Roberto C. Guerrero, 28, of McAllen, Texas is in the Henry County Jail on charges of Aggravated Battery.

Kewanee Police are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything that may assist in the investigation to call the Kewanee Police Department at (309) 853-1911 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-227-2324. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and felony arrests can lead to a reward of up to $1000.

Beware of Traffic Light Scam

Your phone rings and when you answer it the caller claims to be a police officer from a nearby community who is calling to inform you that you have an overdue traffic fine from a stop light camera. The “officer” demands that you pay the fine now, over the phone, or face jail time. Do not give the caller any information, as this is a complete scam and is being used across the country to not only steal money but complete identities as well.

We can’t say this enough: Never, ever provide personal or financial information over the phone, by e-mail, text, or mail when a stranger asks for this information.

For a more detailed look at the Traffic Light scam, check out this story on Yahoo:

Traffic light camera scam steals your identity