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DNA testing for Keller case to be completed

By Dave Gong | November 1, 2011

The DeKalb County State's Attorney's office expects DNA testing for the Antinette "Toni" Keller murder case to be completed within two to three weeks, said Clay Campbell, DeKalb County State's Attorney, at a hearing Tuesday. Campbell said the Illinois...

DeKalb sees increase in heroin usage, overdoses

By Dave Gong | October 30, 2011

DeKalb is seeing an increase in heroin usage, said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler.Spangler said while there has been an increase in the sale and usage of heroin, the problem comes from overdoses; recently, there have been several deaths due to heroin...

Bars host Halloween costume contests, events

By Dave Gong | October 27, 2011

Several DeKalb bars are embracing the Halloween spirit by offering events for patrons. KJ's Tap & Grill, 518 E. Lincoln Highway, will have live music from outlaw country band Stroker Red, as well as a costume contest on Oct. 29, said KJ's Manager...

Punk rock road trip

By Alex Fiore | October 26, 2011

Danny Collins just crawled out of a van at 6:30 a.m., drunk and a little delirious. Collins braces himself slowly and takes a deep breath of morning air before looking back at his bandmates. The other members of the punk foursome the Stockyards are still...

Police see decrease in traffic arrests for 2011 homecoming

By Dave Gong | October 21, 2011

DeKalb Police reported the lowest number of traffic arrests during this year's homecoming weekend since 2006, according to statistics provided by the DeKalb Police Department. DeKalb Police reported 71 total traffic arrests over the weekend, a decrease...

DeKalb City Council sees “higher than expected” costs for new police station

By Dave Gong | October 20, 2011

The City of DeKalb will take another look at the proposed design contract for the new DeKalb Police Station. DeKalb Mayor Kris Povlsen said the contract was pulled from Monday's city council agenda because the council thought the bid was more expensive...

Small Town Skate Shop, 229 E. Lincoln Highway, uses Facebook as
a way to reach more customers.

Local business owners turn to social media to keep in touch with customers

By Dave Gong | October 17, 2011

An internet presence is essential for local businesses looking to market their products, said Holly Nicholson, social media specialist for university relations. "Almost everything can be done online now, and people are spending more and more of their...

Google Maps-This map only shows 20 of the 35 registered sex
offenders in the DeKalb area.

Of 35 registered sex offenders in DeKalb, one is NIU student

By Dave Gong | October 16, 2011

There are currently 35 registered sex offenders living in DeKalb, one of which is a current NIU student who was charged with criminal sexual abuse, according to the National Sex Offender Public website. NIU policy states if the university finds that...

One dead in stove fire

By Dave Gong | October 16, 2011

A DeKalb man was found dead in his apartment after the DeKalb Fire Department responded to University Village for a report of a structure fire, 630 N. Annie Glidden Road, at 2:13 a.m. Saturday, according to a DeKalb fire department press release.According...

Eric Sims, 20, is charged with aggravated battery with a
firearm, armed violence and armed robbery in connection with the
Sept. 28 shooting on Lucinda Avenue.

Two arrested in connection with Sept. 28 shooting

By Dave Gong | October 14, 2011

Two men arrested in connection with the Sept. 28 shooting on Lucinda Avenue appeared in court Friday for a bond hearing, said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler. Spangler said bond was set at $750,000 for Eric Sims, 20, of Evergreen Park and Ventreal Lewis,...

National event focuses on the visually impaired

By Dave gong | October 13, 2011

Saturday is White Cane Day, a national event designed to bring attention to people with visual impairments, said Gaylen Kapperman, coordinator of the NIU visual disibilities program. White Cane Day focuses on the use of white canes which help people who...

Rodger Berger, 73 Lyme, New Hampshire talks to Al Brinkman owner
of Als Barbeque Shack, 421 Grove Street, about his Brisket on
Tuesday afternoon.

Al’s BBQ Shack serves meat ‘the way it was meant to be.’

By Dave Gong | October 11, 2011

Across from the DeKalb Municipal Building at the corner of Fourth Street and Grove Street sits a small restaurant on wheels. The restaurant is Al's BBQ Shack, which has served smoked pork in DeKalb since July 22, 2010. "Our motto is smoked meat is the...