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Over 20 cars broken into by Convo Thursday

By Ryan Felgenhauer & Dave Gong | August 25, 2011

Twenty-two vehicles parked in NIU Lot C2, the remote parking lot at the Convocation Center, were broken into Thursday, said NIU Police Sgt. Alan Smith. Two vehicles parked on Garden Rd. were also broken into Thursday. Smith said windows were broken and...

Recent study finds about half of returning veterans are more likely to contemplate suicide

By Dave Gong | August 24, 2011

A recent study by the National Center for Veterans' Studies and Student Veterans of America found that nearly half of military veterans enrolled in a college or university have contemplated suicide. Sheryl Frye, Assistant Director of Counseling for Military...

NIU offers employment and recruiting for students

By Dave Gong | August 23, 2011

Students seeking both on-campus and off-campus employment have several resources at their disposal.Steve Cunningham, vice president of Administration and Human Resources , said the most efficient way to search for and apply for on-campus employment is...

Police respond to a fight involving around 300 people

By Dave Gong | August 23, 2011

DeKalb Police cleared a crowd of approximately 300 people in the 1000 block of Ridge Drive early Sunday morning, according to police reports.The police responded to the scene at approximately 2:28 a.m. Sunday and observed a fight in the parking lot, police...

Genoa man found guilty of murder could serve up to 60 years in prison

By Dave Gong | August 22, 2011

A man charged in a 2005 home invasion that left one man dead and another wounded was found guilty of murder Wednesday night.Kirk B. Swaggerty, 41, was found guilty of murder, home invasion and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Stephanie Klein,...

Former NIU wrestler killed by train

Former NIU wrestler killed by train

By Dave Gong | August 21, 2011

A former NIU wrestler was killed Friday night while attempting to cross railroad tracks in downtown DeKalb. Joseph W. Henning, 28, was attempting to run across the Second Street railroad crossing at 11:08 p.m. Friday when he was struck by an eastbound...

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helps move students in at Lincoln Hall Thursday afternoon.

Move-In Day gets students ready for the semester ahead

By Dave Gong and Ryan Felgenhauer | August 21, 2011

DeKALB | NIU students and their families flocked to DeKalb Thursday for Move-In Day. They were met by student volunteers who helped unload cars and deliver students to their new rooms. Several students and their families described the move-in process...

Door-to-door scams are becoming more prevalent

By Dave Gong | July 21, 2011

As the summer months get warmer, door-to-door scams become more frequent, according to a press release from the DeKalb Police Department. According to the release, one type of scam is known as home repair fraud, in which a suspect approaches the victim...

Police charge man with port-a-potty arson

By Dave Gong | July 7, 2011

A Cortland man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting a port-a-potty on fire. According to court documents, Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert set bond at $350,000 for Richard J. Fioretto, 34, who is also suspected to be connected with several other...

Potential Curl witness required to testify

By Dave Gong | July 7, 2011

A DeKalb man charged with burglary is required to cooperate with any subpoenas to testify in the case against the alleged killer of NIU student Antinette "Toni" Keller. According to court documents, Claude Day Jr., 32, was charged with the violation of...

1957 murder case reopens in DeKalb County

By Dave Gong | July 7, 2011

DeKALB | A Seattle man accused of kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old Sycamore girl in 1957 is awaiting extradition to DeKalb County.According to court documents, Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, is charged with murder, kidnapping and the abduction of an infant...

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Orozco pleads not guilty to nine charges

By Dave Gong | June 30, 2011

One of the former NIU students charged in the April 5 shooting of NIU linebacker Devon Butler appeared in court today for arraignment. Mark Orozco, 23, plead not guilty to nine total charges in connection with the April 5 shooting at 1009 Aspen Court....