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Sycamore seeks replacement city manager

By Dave Gong | September 21, 2011

The search for a permanent replacement for Sycamore City Manger Bill Nicklas will be conducted throughout October, said Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy. In the meantime, Brian Gregory, assistant city manager and treasurer, has been named acting city manager....

DUI arrests in DeKalb ‘lowest in four years’

By Dave Gong | September 21, 2011

DUI arrests in the DeKalb are the lowest they have been in four years, according to the DeKalb Police Department's 2010 annual report. The report states there were 133 DUI-related arrests in 2010, a decrease of 24 from 2009. DeKalb Police Lt. Carl Leoni...

Disorderly house ordinance to be reworked

By Dave Gong | September 20, 2011

The wording of DeKalb's disorderly house ordinance is too vague, said Brett Brown, Safe and Quality Housing Task Force member, at a meeting Tuesday evening. The current disorderly house ordinance deals with noise violations, underage drinking and other...

Parking violation fees increased at NIU July 1; remote lots offered for faculty, staff, student use

By Dave Gong | September 19, 2011

Fees and fines for parking on campus have increased for the 2011-2012 academic year. According to a May 10 NIU Today article, the increase in fees for parking passes and fines for parking violations began July 1. The article stated NIU Parking Services...

Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises $26,000

By Dave Gong | September 18, 2011

Poor weather conditions did not deter over 250 fundraisers from walking through Hopkins Park Sunday morning to raise $26,000 for Alzheimer's research. Kelly Schultz, special events manager for Walk to End Alzheimers, said everything went as planned despite...

Two robberies occur at DeKalb businesses Wednesday

By Dave Gong | September 15, 2011

Two DeKalb businesses were robbed Wednesday evening, said DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler. Spangler said at about 7 p.m., a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, of average build, wearing a beige coat and baseball cap entered El Burrito Loco, 185 W....

DeKalb Park District discusses 5-year master plan at open house

By Dave Gong | September 13, 2011

Cindy Capek, DeKalb County Park District executive director, said she was disappointed with the turnout at the park district open house, The DeKalb County Park District discussed its five-year master plan at an open house Tuesday evening at Hopkins Park...

Genevieve Schatz, lead singer of Company of Theives, sings the
lyrics to one of their songs on Saturday at the Egyptian Theatre,
135 N. Second Street, during this year’s Middlewest Fest.

More than music booms during Middlewest Fest

By Dave Gong | September 12, 2011

Middlewest Fest 2011 provided more than music and entertainment in downtown DeKalb for local business owners. Several businesses took advantage of the weekend’s festivities to promote sales to festival-goers and customers wandering the downtown area....

This July 27 2011 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.

McCullough pleads ‘not guilty’

By Dave Gong | September 8, 2011

The man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl pled not guilty during an arraignment hearing Thursday morning. During an arraignment hearing, charges are formally read and the defendant is given an opportunity to enter...

Feithen: DeKalbs perception as unsafe may be unfounded

Feithen: DeKalb’s perception as unsafe may be unfounded

By Dave Gong | September 6, 2011

DeKalb's problem with drugs and violence may be more perception than reality, said DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen. Feithen said three high-profile incidents that have occurred in DeKalb within the last few years -the Feb. 14, 2008 shooting at Cole Hall,...

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DeKalb Police using extra enforcement to patrol parties

By Dave Gong | September 6, 2011

The DeKalb Police Department uses officers on extra-enforcement detail in order to patrol parties in DeKalb, said DeKalb Police Chief Bill Feithen. Feithen said the police tend to put greater emphasis on policing large parties and open container laws...

NIU student arrested, charged with battery

By Dave Gong | September 6, 2011

An NIU student was arrested Sept 1. and charged with battery, resisting a peace officer and violation of electronic home monitoring. According to a press release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Johnny C. Tate, 42, of Sycamore, was observed in...