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Judge finds prior complaint admissible in Curl trial

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | May 6, 2012

DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert decided a prior complaint of alleged criminal sexual abuse by the DeKalb man accused of killing NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller could be used at trial. In 1995, William “Billy” Curl, 35, allegedly made unwanted...

Stuckert grants state request during Curl hearing Thursday

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | May 3, 2012

Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert granted a state request at a status hearing Thursday that a prior complaint of criminal sexual abuse by the DeKalb man accused of killing NIU student Antinette “Toni” Keller be allowed for discussion at trial. In 1995,...

DeKalb sees increase in violent crimes

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | May 2, 2012

Once every 1.5 days, a violent crime is committed in DeKalb, according to the DeKalb Police Department 2011 Annual Report. Between 2007 and 2011, violent crimes increased from 191 to 234 instances per year. “It’s no surprise to us that the rate of...

Jump into Jobs: Negotiating salary and benefits

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 29, 2012

Negotiating salary and benefits is not the same thing as “haggling,” said Mahesh Subramony, assistant professor of management. Especially in a very competitive job market, salary negotiations require a professional approach. If potential employees...

Jump Into Jobs Pt. 2 – Let’s Play 20 Questions

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 22, 2012

Playing a game of 20 questions may be fun on a date, but during a job interview, one wrong question can make the difference between “we want you” and “we’re not interested.” To calm those nerves, NIU professors and Career Services offer tips...

Jump into Jobs Part One: Application Station

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 11, 2012

Employers scan resumes and cover letters very briefly, said Joyce Keller, Career Counseling and Internships associate director. To catch an employer’s attention, these documents need to be well-organized and customized to the employer’s specific job...

McCullough requests bench trial

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 9, 2012

The man charged with raping a teenager in the 1960s chose to have a bench trial instead of a jury trial at a hearing Monday. Jack D. McCullough, 72, of Seattle, is charged with one count of rape and four counts of indecent liberties with a child. McCullough...

Motion to dismiss Schmidt indictment deferred

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 2, 2012

At a Monday status hearing, a pre-trial motion to dismiss the indictment for the Sycamore woman charged in the February 2011 accident that killed an NIU student and her boyfriend, was deferred to a later date. An indictment is a formal charge or accusation...

As wage gap narrows, women still among lowest paid members of society

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 2, 2012

Almost 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women are still making on average 81 percent of a man’s median weekly earnings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inadequate legislation, patriarchal...

Two men charged with hate crime

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 1, 2012

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Ridge Drive for a report of a suspicious vehicle on Friday and recovered a rope noose, a large amount of counterfeit currency and a small amount of cannabis. According to a DeKalb Police Department Press Release,...

Juvenile charged in criminal damage incidents

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 1, 2012

DeKalb police arrested a 15-year-old juvenile in connection with several criminal damage incidents that occurred Friday night. Thirteen incidents were reported on the south side of town on Saturday morning. The suspects used spray paint to damage cars,...

DeKalb man arrested on controlled substance charges

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | April 1, 2012

DeKalb police received a report of drug activity at a residence in the 600 block of North Eleventh Street and a search warrant was issued on Thursday. About one half ounce of cocaine was seized from the residence. According to a DeKalb Police Department...