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2015 student death ruled unjustified; Chicago Police officer at fault

By James Krause | January 16, 2018

CHICAGO — Chicago’s police oversight committee released a report sustaining allegations that an officer used excessive force in the 2015 fatal shooting of a NIU student. The report, released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability Dec. 22,...

Shooting suspect arrested

By Northern Star staff | October 16, 2017

DeKALB | DeKalb Police Department officials arrested an Aurora man Wednesday in connection to an incident involving shots fired Oct. 8 at the 800 block of Greenbrier Road.Michael Distasio, 19, of Aurora, is being held on $100,000 bond at Kane County Jail,...

Officers respond to robbery

By Northern Star Staff | October 16, 2017

DeKALB — DeKalb Police Department officials are investigating a Thursday armed robbery at the Stadium View II apartment complex, 1315 W. Lincoln Highway.The incident was reported to have occurred at about 11:30 p.m. after which the suspect was believed...

16-year-old arrested for shooting

Shots fired into crowd

By Northern Star Staff | October 11, 2017

Crime scene

DeKalb police have suspect in last month’s shooting

By Northern Star staff | October 14, 2015

Police have a suspect involved in a shooting that led to two injuries last month.An individual shot two males during a party at 3:16 a.m. Sept. 6 at 901 Regent Drive. The shooter fled the scene, and no arrests have been made since. The victims are now...

DeKalb Police

Two men charged with first degree murder in Tuesday shooting

By Northern Star staff | October 7, 2015

DeKalb Police have charged two men in relation to the Tuesday night shooting death of a DeKalb man.Christopher Gerken, 25, of Sycamore, and Trevor Motsinger, 25, of DeKalb, face charges of first a degree murder. Motsinger also faces charges of obstruction...

NIU meteorology alumnus shot in December returns to work; search for shooter continues

By Keith Hernandez | January 21, 2015

After a month-long recovery from a shooting, an alumnus resumed his job Monday morning at a Waco, Texas, TV station, where his coworkers had planned a surprise.“All of my coworkers … during a commercial break, they all pulled out these yellow shirts...

Twelve arrested in Travel Inn gunfire incident

By Northern Star Staff | November 1, 2013

Police have made twelve arrests in regard to an incident where at least one shot was fired at the Travel Inn, about a half mile from NIU, at noon Friday.Through investigation Friday, offers learned that a fight in the parking lot was a result of a theft...

Gun bans may not be the answer

By Holly New | January 15, 2013

As they say, outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns. Following the Newtown, Conn. shooting, the gun control debate has become more heated than ever. While everyone wants to prevent tragedies like that at Sandy Hook Elementary School, no one can really...

NIU needs to take advantage of text alert system

September 17, 2012

NIU advertises a reliable text alert system to keep students informed of urgent information. Unfortunately, this system is rarely used, and most incidents around campus are spread by notifications that students don’t see immediately (emails, NIU Today,...