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McCullough found not guilty in rape trial

By Dave Gong | April 12, 2012

Tears flowed once again at the DeKalb County Courthouse Courtroom 204, 133 W. State St. in Sycamore, as Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert found Jack Daniel McCullough not guilty of all charges. McCullough, 72, was charged with one count of rape, a Class X...

This July 27, 2011, file photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill, shows Jack Daniel McCullough, 72, of Seattle.

Four witnesses called in first day of McCullough trial

By Dave Gong | April 10, 2012

Wiping a tear from her eye, Jeanne Tessier, 64, of Cadiz, Ky., recounted the events of a sunny spring afternoon in 1962, 50 years ago. “It was a warm day and I was sitting on the front steps of my family home,” Tessier said. This was the first scene...

Cannabis seized during traffic stop

By Northern Star Staff | February 1, 2012

DeKalb police seized 171 grams of cannabis on Tuesday night during a traffic stop.At the 800 block of West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb police observed a vehicle make an improper U-turn and cut off another vehicle. The officer initiated a traffic stop and...

Rifkin’s attorney files notice of appearance

By Dave Gong | November 4, 2011

The attorney for the former NIU police officer charged with sexually assaulting a student filed a notice of appearance at a hearing Friday.Clay Campbell, DeKalb County State's Attorney, said the notice of appearance is a document stating attorney David...

Motion filed to quash subpoenas for reporters’ notes from McCullough interviews

By Dave Gong | September 29, 2011

The man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl appeared in court Thursday morning for a motion hearing. Victor Escarcida, DeKalb County assistant state's attorney, said Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert heard arguments relating...

This July 27 file booking photo provided by the DeKalb County
Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill., shows Jack Daniel
McCullough, 71, who has been charged in the 1957 murder of
7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore.

Status hearing for accused murderer McCullough

By Dave Gong | September 22, 2011

The man charged with the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old Sycamore girl appeared in court Thursday morning for a status hearing.Jack Daniel McCullough, 71, was indicted by a grand jury on Aug. 19 for the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph, who...

This July 27 file booking photo provided by the DeKalb County
Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill., shows Jack Daniel
McCullough, 71, who has been charged in the 1957 murder of
7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore.

Arraignment scheduled for murder case

By Dave Gong | August 29, 2011

DeKalb | Arraignment for the man charged with the 1957 kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph was set at a hearing Monday morning. An arraignment is a hearing during which a formal reading of charges is given to the defendant, who may also...

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