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Panel discusses opioid epidemic

NIU Police commander Joseph Przybyla speaks at a STEM Cafe event Tuesday at Fatty’s Pub and Grill, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, regarding the opioid epidemic impacting the community. 

Michael Urbanec

December 7, 2017

DeKALB — As the opioid epidemic tightens its grips on the surrounding area, a local pub hosted a STEM Cafe panel Tuesday to discuss how to combat its effect.Students and residents packed into a back room at Fatty’s Pub and Grill, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, prepared to have their questions about the ...

City wifi to arrive in spring

City wifi to arrive in spring

James Krause

December 4, 2017

DeKALB — The city of DeKalb’s plan to expand free public wifi is estimated to be completed by late spring or early summer.The project, approved by city council Sept. 25, will provide visitors with free public access to wifi from Carroll Avenue to Fourth Street. The projected project cost of $85,...

City cracks down on property code violations

Morgan Fink

December 4, 2017

DeKALB — A total of 360 citations have been issued in the Annie Glidden North neighborhood after DeKalb officials took action on property code violations.City officials are pursuing properties with significant numbers of life-safety violations that could harm residents, according to a Nov. 30 press releas...

Store expands DeKalb diversity

Employees at the Gurukrupa Indian Grocery & Copy Service, 1005 W. Lincoln Highway, engage with customers Wednesday. The grocer is one of multiple cultural food options in DeKalb that city officials say benefits the local economy and caters to the city’s diverse population.

Angela L. Pagan

November 20, 2017

DeKALB — Frozen mangoes, ready-to-eat curry meals with ingredients straight from India and Indian-style yogurt for less than $5 line the aisles of Gurukrupa Indian Grocery & Copy Services, 1005 W. Lincoln Highway.The small, family-owned business began with the intention to fill a need. Store ow...

Shots fired on Hillcrest Drive

Shots fired on Hillcrest Drive

Northern Star Staff

November 20, 2017

DeKALB — DeKalb Police Department officials are pursuing leads tied to a case of shots fired on the 800 block of Hillcrest Drive early Sunday morning.At about 2:54 a.m., an armed suspect fired several shots into a group of people before fleeing on foot with an accomplice toward Kimberley Drive, accordi...

Hate crime arrest made

Shots fired on Hillcrest Drive

Northern Star Staff

November 20, 2017

DeKALB — Michael E. Dickey, 69, of DeKalb, is the first person to be charged with a religiously motivated hate crime in DeKalb County.DeKalb Police Department officials responded Nov. 13 to reports of a woman being approached by Dickey while shopping at Wal-Mart, 2300 Sycamore Road. Dickey allegedly...

Under the lens: A look at DeKalb crime

Lindsey Salvatelli

November 16, 2017

Crime Under The Lens is a two-part series that investigates the recent increase of violence in DeKalb and its affect on residents.DEKALB - More than a week has passed since the sound of gunshots rang out on the northwest side of DeKalb, but the gun violence remains on the minds of residents and polic...

Learning center project loses steam

Learning center project loses steam

Lindsey Salvatelli

October 12, 2017

The STEAM Learning Center project was met with trepidation by some city officials during Monday’s meeting for the Committee of the Whole.The center would be a resource to the city and NIU that would offer families and students hands-on activities that focus on science, technology, engineering and mat...

Shots fired into crowd

16-year-old arrested for shooting

Northern Star Staff

October 11, 2017

Crime scene

16-year-old arrested for shooting

16-year-old arrested for shooting

Northern Star Staff

October 9, 2017

DeKALB — DeKalb Police Department officials have detained a suspect after a shooting Friday at the 800 block of Oak Street despite a gunshot victim providing officers with a false report.A 16-year-old, who is now in custody at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Facility, 37W655 Lincoln Highway, ac...

Phase 1 of revitalization: Community discusses issues and ideas

Members of the DeKalb and NIU community discuss concerns and needs of the community during a Wednesday community meeting for the Annie Glidden North Revitalization Plan. This meeting is part of phase one of the initiative. 

Jessie Kern

September 28, 2017

DeKalb residents and students attended the first community meeting for the Annie Glidden North Revitalization Plan Wednesday to share their perspective on the needs of the community.The initiative is intended to develop a safer neighborhood for community members and student residents.This plan, passed by...

NIU and city to create public wifi

Lindsey Salvatelli

September 28, 2017

The city council approved a project that will end students’ and residents’ search for free wifi connections in the downtown area.The project, approved Monday, will provide visitors access to free public wifi from Carroll Avenue to Fourth Street. The anticipated cost of the project is $85,000.This p...