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Pronoun policy ‘step forward’ for writers

By Dave Gong | March 29, 2015

As a journalist and a Northern Star alumnus, I applaud the paper for its decision to identify those quoted in articles by their preferred pronoun.In today’s age, something like gender can often be a fluid thing, and policies like the one recently adopted...

McCullough found not guilty in rape trial

By Dave Gong | April 12, 2012

Tears flowed once again at the DeKalb County Courthouse Courtroom 204, 133 W. State St. in Sycamore, as Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert found Jack Daniel McCullough not guilty of all charges. McCullough, 72, was charged with one count of rape, a Class X...

This July 27, 2011, file photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill, shows Jack Daniel McCullough, 72, of Seattle.

Four witnesses called in first day of McCullough trial

By Dave Gong | April 10, 2012

Wiping a tear from her eye, Jeanne Tessier, 64, of Cadiz, Ky., recounted the events of a sunny spring afternoon in 1962, 50 years ago. “It was a warm day and I was sitting on the front steps of my family home,” Tessier said. This was the first scene...

Employers asking for passwords akin to sniffing undies

By Dave Gong | March 27, 2012

I don’t really remember life without a computer. By any estimate, I have been online since 1993. Seriously, I learned to type before I learned how to ride a bike. Similarly, a generation is fast coming of age that won’t be able to remember a time...

No injuries in shots fired incident

By Shelby Devitt & Dave Gong | March 25, 2012

DeKalb police officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 800 block of Kimberly Drive at 2:04 a.m. Saturday. DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler said there appeared to have been an altercation, during which some shots were fired. DeKalb Police...

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...

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...

Bond set for DeKalb residents charged with cocaine possession

By Dave Gong | January 9, 2012

Bond was set Friday for two DeKalb residentscharged with possession of crack cocaine.According to court documents, Jessica Grady,40, is charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession ofcannabis. Bond was set at $50,000.NIU Police Sgt. Alan Smith...

Police authority

Professionals give advice on rights, interacting with police

By Dave Gong | December 1, 2011

You're driving down Lincoln Highway after a late-night study session, when all of a sudden you see flashing red and blue lights behind you. The police are pulling you over, what do you do? "The police are going to do what they're going to do," said Donald...

Crime Stoppers uses incentives to stop misdeeds

By Dave Gong | November 29, 2011

The DeKalb County Crime Stoppers division has made 971 arrests from its inception in May 1982 to Dec. 31, 2010, said Det. Jeremy Grubbs of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.The arrests were made based on information gained from tips received from DeKalb...

Bond reduction denied for Teagues

By Dave Gong | November 28, 2011

Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert denied a bond reduction motion Monday for one of the men charged in connection with the Sept. 28 shooting in the Village Commons Bookstore parking lot.The attorney for Luther Teagues, 18, requested bond be reduced to $100,000...

Thrailkill’s attorney files for bond reduction

By Dave Gong | November 28, 2011

The attorney for the man charged with the murder of NIU student Steven Agee II, 22, filed a motion for bond reduction at a hearing Monday. Kenneth Johnson, attorney for Chaz Thrailkill, 19, of Markham, also filed a motion for discovery, as well as a motion...