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Grand jury declines to indict DeKalb Police officer

By Noah Johnson | December 21, 2019

DeKALB — Charges against a DeKalb Police Officer involved in Elonte McDowell’s arrest have been declined by a grand jury. An internal review of the incident will be conducted to determine if the officer followed the department’s policies and procedures.  A...

Police to work on racial sensitivity

By Kierra Frazier | December 1, 2019

DeKALB — Increased training could be coming to the DeKalb and NIU Police Departments this month to teach officers how racial and emotional intelligence can serve the community. Interim Police Chief John Petragallo said there needs to be continuous...

Police Chief position will be filled

By Kierra Frazier | October 13, 2019

DeKALB — A permanent DeKalb police chief position will be filled by the end of the year, City Manager Bill Nicklas said.Interim Police Chief John Petragallo has served since June 1 when former Police Chief Gene Lowery retired after seven years in the...

Attendees listen as Trevada Redmond, of DeKalb, asks police leadership how they plan to hold themselves and their officers accountable.

Police chief promises daily updates on arrest statistics at community meeting

By Noah Thornburgh | September 5, 2019

At a community meeting Wednesday night, DeKalb Police Chief John Petragallo agreed to post a daily breakdown of arrests by race and economic status to the department’s social media, following a demand by a resident.DeKalb community members filled New...

In this March 22 file photo, John Petragallo, then DeKalb Police Department deputy chief, exits the podium after a Committee of the Whole meeting.

DeKalb Police Department reports a decrease in crime, increase in service calls in 2017

By Lindsey Salvatelli | March 22, 2018

The DeKalb Police Department has reported a decrease in violent and property crime in 2017.John Petragallo, DeKalb Police Department deputy chief, delivered the department’s service level review during Tuesday’s special Committee of the Whole meeting....

Members from the Annie Glidden North community form small teams to discuss various improvement areas.

Annie Glidden North Revitalization plan moves forward with early action project

By Jessie Kern | November 6, 2017

Members from the Annie Glidden North community form small teams to discuss various improvement areas.

DeKalb police: Monday robbery was falsely reported

DeKalb police: Monday robbery was falsely reported

By Northern Star staff | October 14, 2015

An alleged robbery that was reported to have taken place Monday night was determined to be a false report.A juvenile reported to the police she was approached from behind by an individual who reached into the juvenile's sweater and took money and headphones...

DeKalb high school classes resume after outside gas leak sealed

By Northern Star staff | February 10, 2015

Classes resumed at DeKalb High School after a natural gas leak outside of the building was sealed today.The DeKalb fire department and Nicor Gas Company responded to a call at 10:51 A.M. for a possible natural gas leak at the high school, police said....

Slurs, injury don’t stop black lives matter protestors

By Walter Douglas | December 8, 2014

A pregnant protester was hit by a car while crossing Lincoln Highway during a march Saturday, but the protesters returned Sunday to continue their efforts to fight racism.The man who was responsible for hitting the woman was charged with one count of...

huskie_snaps: What You Need to Know

huskie_snaps: What You Need to Know

By Darius Parker | December 2, 2014

About huskie_snapsLegal and academic repercussions can occur for those posting illegal content on Snapchat group huskie_snaps.Snapchat is an app that allows viewers to see a picture or video for up to 10 seconds.The account, which has more than 10,000...

A DeKalb police cruiser.

Police say attack that led to school lockdowns did not happen

By Northern Star Staff | October 21, 2014

Police say a reported attack of a man on a walking path, which led to at least three schools going under lockdown today, did not happen.Cmdr. John Petragallo said the lockdowns were initiated in the afternoon after police received a 911 call from a male...

Police: Increase presence in Greek Row

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 22, 2014

After reports of a Sept. 6 fight involving at least 20 people on Greek Row, the DeKalb Police Department must permanently boost police surveillance in the area.The fight occurred at 12:30 a.m. at Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 919 Greenbrier Road, after SAE members...