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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...

Sycamore mayor Ken Mundy

Sycamore mayor given outstanding citizen award

By Jessica Wells | January 30, 2012

Rose Treml, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce executive director, said if one were to Google the definition of an outstanding citizen, a photo and description of Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy would be among the first few results.Mundy was recently awarded the 2012...

The new location for Mollys features much of the same from the
old location, including stocked bars.

Molly’s new location has familiar atmosphere

By Jessica Wells | January 16, 2012

Kujtime Redzepi, co-owner of Molly's Eatery and Drinkery, sat in a leather upholstered chair inside the new location Friday afternoon, admiring the hard work that had been put in over the past two months. "I haven't had a day off yet," she said. Redzepi,...

UPDATE — Barsema Hall gets ‘all clear’ after bomb threat

By Chelsey Boutan and Shelby Devitt | October 31, 2011

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: According to an NIU email alert, NIU's Department of Police and Public Safety issued an “all clear” for Barsema Hall at 2 p.m. Classes will resume at 3 p.m., and students and faculty will be able to access the building immediately....

Students hand out literature for an alternative path around campus

Students hand out literature for an ‘alternative’ path around campus

By Jessica Wells | October 18, 2011

Michael and Racheal Woroniecki pass out literature by the Founders Memorial Library Tuesday morning. Michael Woroniecki said they are not part of any established church, but came to inform students "there is an alternative to following the path and voices...

Suspect in custody after juveniles report suspicious activity

By Jessica Wells | October 4, 2011

DeKalb Police have a suspect in custody in connection with two suspicious incidents that occurred Monday morning, according to a press release.According to police reports, Jorge Luis Gomez Gonzalez, 37, of DeKalb, has been charged with indecent solicitation...

DeKalb man charged with battery, aggravated assault

By Jessica Wells | August 29, 2011

A DeKalb resident was charged with battery and aggravated assault Sunday after allegedly punching several victims and threatening others with a knife.Lance S. Wesby, was charged with two counts of battery and one count of aggravated assault. DeKalb Police...

NIU student charged with battery

By Jessica Wells | August 29, 2011

NIU student Bryan C. Pikorz was charged with battery following an altercation near N. Annie Glidden Road and W. Hillcrest Drive Sunday.Pikorz allegedly punched an unidentified victim in the face and knocked the person unconscious. Police responded to...

Police investigate gunshots

By Jessica Wells | April 4, 2011

Police are investigating two individual reports of shots being fired over the weekend in downtown DeKalb and in the neighborhood of Ridge and Rushmoore drives. DeKalb Police Lt. Gary Spangler said no one was injured in either case. Spangler said both...

Potholes to be fixed in coming weeks

By Joseph Olmo and Jessica Wells | February 15, 2011

DeKALB | Warm weather is upon us and with that comes pothole season for the city of DeKalb. "It's been about normal for what we deal with," said Mark Espy, assistant director of public works. "They haven't been any worse than what we've seen in the past."...

Free flu shots available in Dekalb

By Jessica Wells | January 19, 2011

With the peak season for influenza right around the corner, area establishments are offering free flu shots to anyone who has not been vaccinated this year. Jim Lehan, business director at Lehan Drugs, 1407 S. Fourth St., said they began offering flu...