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Loved ones of the five victims of the Feb. 14, 2008, shootings put roses on the Cole Hall memorial during the wreath-laying ceremony in 2013.

Remember heroism of Feb. 14 cops

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 11, 2014

This is Part 2 in a five-part series. Read: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5How do you feel about the police?The first thing that comes to your mind is probably the parking ticket you got last week or the time you got pulled over for a broken...

First responders helped bring NIU, DeKalb communities together

By Joe Palmer | February 14, 2013

Ryanne Mace would be 24 years old today and Julianna Gehant would be 37. Catalina Garcia, Gayle Dubowski and Daniel Parmenter would be 25. Their stories and their lives have been chronicled, cherished and shared over the past five years. This time has...

Editorial: Drug arrests a step in the right direction

By Northern Star Editorial board | February 26, 2012

Former DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen sure knows how to make an exit. On his last day as chief, DeKalb Police conducted Operation Safe Streets with the purpose of arresting 30 alleged drug dealers and users. In a Friday Northern Star article, DeKalb...

Two NIU students arrested in ‘Operation Safe Streets’

By Dave Gong, Jessica Wells, and Ryan Felgenhauer | February 26, 2012

Two students were arrested in connection with illegal drug sales and possession of illicit drugs Thursday as part of “Operation Safe Streets”. Ryan Allen, 21, of Algonquin and Jeffrey Smythe, 22, of DeKalb, were arrested in connection with the sale...

Interim police chief named

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | February 26, 2012

Retired DeKalb Police Lt. Ron Pearson was named DeKalb’s interim police chief on Thursday. Pearson will temporarily fill the position left vacant by former Police Chief Bill Feithen, who announced plans earlier this month to leave the DeKalb Police...

Warrants issued for 31 alleged drug dealers, users

By Dave Gong, Jessica Wells, and Ryan Felgenhauer | February 23, 2012

***Updated 1:00 p.m.*** As of now, 22 people have been arrested as part of Thursday's drug sweep. DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler said Operation Safe Streets is complete. Moving forward, DeKalb Police aim to find and arrest the remaining suspects, Spangler...

Senior history major Nina Cunningham is escorted from the city
council meeting by police chief Bill Feithen after raising her
voice in protest of the DeKalb Police Stations relocation Monday

Students removed from council meeting

By Olivia Willoughby | February 13, 2012

Several angry students had to be removed from the DeKalb City Council meeting Monday.After discussing the main agenda, the council invited citizens to speak about issues they were concerned with. Three students took the opportunity to address the new...

Feithen retiring from DeKalb P.D to take chief position in Monmouth

Feithen retiring from DeKalb P.D to take chief position in Monmouth

By Jessica Wells and Linze Griebenow | February 7, 2012

DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen announced Tuesdayhe will retire from the DeKalb Police Department and was hired as the police chief in Monmouth. According to a press release from the city of DeKalb, Feithen was appointed as Monmouth police chief  Monday...

The Center for Black Studies sits adjacent to a vacant lot where
the new DeKalb Police Station will reside.

Black Student Union opposes location of new police station

By Felix Sarver | January 17, 2012

The City of DeKalb hasn't won everyone over with the new location of the police station.The Black Student Union (BSU) has been gathering signatures for a petition against the construction of a new police station near the intersection of West Lincoln Highway...

Domestic violence vigil helps battered women share ’empowering’ experience

By Kelly Bauer | October 3, 2011

A brown paper tree, its rainbow-colored leaves decorated with the dreams and hopes of abuse survivors, was a focal point at Monday night's "Fallen Leaves Bring New Growth" domestic violence vigil. Self-expression through artwork like the paper tree and...

Community gathers to pay respects

By Dave Gong | October 2, 2011

Residents and city officials gathered Sunday to remember city employees who passed away while serving DeKalb. "We are gathered here today to honor some great people that unfortunately died," said DeKalb Fire Chief Bruce Harrison at the start of the service....

No arrests made in Wednesday’s shooting; police have additional person of interest

By Dave Gong | September 29, 2011

There have been no arrests in connection with the Wednesday night shooting at 901 Lucinda Ave., said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler. Spangler said several people were detained following the shooting, but were released after police determined they were...