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DeKalb’s Gangs: Word of gang violence leaves Greek Row residents uneasy, but what truth is there to rumors?

By Rachel Scaman | April 3, 2014

Read a scroll version of this story online here.It’s 5 a.m. on a school night in late March and members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity are just heading to bed.The fraternity brothers were up all night protecting their house from the gang violence rumored...

Officer Maria Christiansen, a survivor of the Feb. 14, 2008, NIU shooting, works in the NIU Police Department.

Feb. 14 survivor works as NIU officer

By Kelley Byrne | March 25, 2014

Officer Maria Christiansen has been with the NIU Police Department for five years this month, but the road to becoming an officer was not easy.On February 14, 2008, Christiansen’s life changed forever. She was one of more than 100 students in a Cole...

CIO in, VPs out in Baker’s changes

By Kelly Bauer | March 3, 2014

NIU welcomed CIO Brett Coryell in the same breath as it announced two vice presidents would no longer work at NIU, the news coming in a Friday address from NIU President Doug Baker.The changes are part of Baker’s efforts to root out inefficiencies to...

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Grady sues for job, citing discrimination

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2014

Don Grady, the NIU Police Department’s former chief, wants his job back with a public apology from the university, back pay and damages.Grady has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Board of Trustees and former NIU President John Peters, among...

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

By Kelly Bauer | February 18, 2014

Darren Mitchell, NIU’s deputy police chief, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Illinois state police investigate a potential “discrepancy” in his work.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said he “came across some discrepancies” late...

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Services continue in cold

By Jack Manning | January 27, 2014

Campus police urge students to stay warm in the adverse weather conditions and to use the essential services provided by the school.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said on days when the university closes due to extreme weather conditions, only mandatory...

Elections, on-campus police to be improved

By James Green | January 27, 2014

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips spoke about his plans for NIU’s police department at Sunday’s Student Association Senate meeting.The Senate also approved the formation of a committee to look into possible improvements for Senate elections.Phillips said...

Student arrested after police find drugs in res. hall room

By Northern Star Staff | January 17, 2014

A student was arrested for drug-related charges Thursday morning, according to a release from the NIU Police Department.Ryan Castner, 19, of Naperville, was arrested at 3:27 a.m. and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful...

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Police warn of winter’s slick roads

By James Green | November 26, 2013

Snow made for slick and dangerous roads Monday, and that trend will continue through winter.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said one of the most common bad habits of drivers is not adjusting behaviors for poor conditions.“A lot of people don’t think...

Woman falls to death in ‘apparent suicide’ at parking deck

By Kelly Bauer | October 25, 2013

A woman fell to her death in an apparent suicide at the Parking Deck on Carroll Avenue Friday afternoon.The woman was confirmed to have died at about 3:17 p.m. at Kishwaukee Hospital. Emergency personnel provided CPR at the site of the fall and transported...

DeKalb Police uncover 48 pounds of cocaine

By Jessi Haish | September 30, 2013

DeKalb | Two Arizona men are being held after being found with 48 pounds of cocaine.Terance T. Prigge, 53, of Phoenix, and Matthew B. Gruender, 52, of Phoenix, are being held on bond of $10 million each.At 10:26 p.m. Sept. 21, DeKalb police received a...

NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips is set to retire in mid-April.

Police chief looks for ways to work with city

By Rachel Scaman | September 17, 2013

NIU’s new police chief will meet with DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery to brainstorm ideas on working together.Tom Phillips, the campus’ new police chief, had his first day of duty Monday and has been laying out his plans for the university police...