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Dead Man Walking

By Thomas Verschelde and Dave Gong | November 20, 2011

Editor's note: Due to the sensitive nature of this material, the subject's name has been changed at his request to protect his privacy. At age 21, Adam Larson died for the first time. Larson, a Rockford resident, began using drugs at age 16. "I smoked...

Mark Orozco

Prosecution rests case against former NIU student charged with shooting

By Dave Gong | November 18, 2011

The prosecution in the case against one of the men charged with the April 5 shooting at 1009 Aspen Court has no further evidence to provide to the defense, said Phil Montgomery, DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney, at a hearing Thursday. An attorney...

Two high-definition robotic cameras have been installed at
Huskie Stadium to eliminate the use of aerial lifts and platforms
when filming football practices.

Dual purpose high-tech installations hit Huskie Stadium

By Dave Gong | November 17, 2011

Two robotic cameras were installed at Huskie Staduim in order to improve safety and provide quality footage for NIU football coaches to use for training purposes. According to a press release, the new cameras will replace the use of aerial lifts and platforms...

Former NIU student charged with supplying cocaine to juveniles

By Dave Gong | November 15, 2011

DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies arrested and charged a DeKalb man Saturday for supplying cocaine to two juveniles, according to a press release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.Tyler R. Walt, 21, of DeKalb, was charged with contributing to the...

Van Arsedale reaches potential plea agreement

By Dave Gong | November 10, 2011

The state and attorneys for one of the men charged with the April 5 shooting at 1009 Aspen Court have potentially reached a plea agreement, said Clay Campbell, DeKalb County State's Attorney.Attorneys for Richard Van Arsdale III, 21, previously filed...

Chicago man arrested on charges of drug-induced homicide

By Dave Gong | November 10, 2011

A Chicago man wanted in connection with a drug-induced homicide that occurred on July 1 is in custody, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff's press release.A warrant was issued on Oct. 13 for Irvin K. Young, 38, said Gary Dumdie, Chief Deputy of the DeKalb...

Judge quashes subpoena for reporter’s notes in McCullough case

By Dave Gong | November 9, 2011

Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert approved a motion to quash a subpoena issued to The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune at a hearing Tuesday.The subpoena was issued by the DeKalb State's Attorney's Office for reporters' notes taken during interviews with...

Jen Knobloch | Northern Star College Square residents were given
eviction notices last week so the building could be renovated.

College Square Apartments to evict tenants complex is renovated

By Dave Gong | November 8, 2011

College Square Apartments, 808 Ridge Drive, 832 Ridge Drive and 835 Edgebrook Drive, will be converted to student-only housing, said new owner Michael Gatto. Gatto said his company, Granite DeKalb LLC, purchased the property out of bankruptcy and is pursuing...

Rifkin’s attorney files notice of appearance

By Dave Gong | November 4, 2011

The attorney for the former NIU police officer charged with sexually assaulting a student filed a notice of appearance at a hearing Friday.Clay Campbell, DeKalb County State's Attorney, said the notice of appearance is a document stating attorney David...

Schmidt files motion to dismiss indictment

By Dave Gong | November 3, 2011

Pre-trial motions were filed at a hearing Wednesday for the Sycamore woman charged in the February accident that killed an NIU student and her boyfriend.Attorneys for Patricia Schmidt, 47, filed a motion to dismiss Schmidt's indictment, as well as a motion...

Senior circuit court position to be filled by first female presiding judge of DeKalb county

By Dave Gong | November 2, 2011

Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert will become the first female presiding judge of the DeKalb County judicial circuit following the retirement of current Presiding Judge Kurt Klein.Klein said Stuckert is the senior circuit judge in DeKalb County and has worked...

This July 27 file booking photo provided by the DeKalb County
Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill., shows Jack Daniel
McCullough, 71, who has been charged in the 1957 murder of
7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore.

Assistant State’s Attorney provides information at McCullough status hearing

By Dave Gong | November 1, 2011

The man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of Maria Ridulph appeared in court Tuesday for his latest status hearing. Victor Escarcida, DeKalb County Assistant State's Attorney, said the prosecution provided the defense with discovery information,...