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Familiar faces join park staff
ROCHELLE — Two new familiar faces have joined the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District staff and each brings unique expertise and experience to the organization. Shane Bays is a new full-time maintenance staff member who began working with the district in late February, while TC Hager began servin
Illinois Judge says he's never seen a criminal as old this 82-year-old man
BENTON, Ill. (AP) - An 82-year-old man who says he was desperate when he robbed an Illinois bank has been sentenced to 10 weekends in jail. Federal Judge Phil Gilbert told Arthur Bays that he's never seen a criminal as old as him. He says he struggled with a sentence Thursday.
Lions Club Rose Day ordering underway
ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Lions Club annual Rose Day campaign is underway and the organization is now accepting donations and orders. Rose Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6. All roses ordered can be picked up anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the alley behind Colonial Flower Shoppe, 408 Lincol
Oregon seeks police tax hike for school resource officer
OREGON, Ill. (WIFR) - A new staff member walks the hallways of Oregon High School keeping the students and faculty safe. But In order to continue working, he'll need the support of voters.
Illinois Supreme Court rules residents can carry Tasers and stun guns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — The Illinois Supreme Court said the arrests of two residents carrying stun guns or Tasers in a vehicle or in public were unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision filed Thursday, the court upheld a decision from DuPage County Circuit Court finding such a ban of the weapons
One man dead after Ogle County crash, another arrested
OGLE COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- A Mt. Morris man died after an SUV flipped over several times in an Ogle County crash Monday morning. Authorities say Joshua Denning, 34, was found outside of the car after the crash, which happened on Rt. 64 between Oregon and Mt. Morris.
Man dies following alleged burglary
On Monday, March 18 at approximately 1 a.m., an Ogle County deputy was responding to a burglary call in Mt. Morris. The deputy observed an SUV traveling eastbound on IL Route 64 between Mt. Morris and Oregon which was traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy turned around to follow the vehicle
RTHS Board approves new PA purchase
ROCHELLE — Rochelle Township High School board members approved a recommendation Monday night to update the school’s aging PA system. According to superintendent Jason Harper, the current PA system has had continuous malfunctions and breakdowns.
CVS to start selling cannabis-based products in eight states, Illinois included
(NBC) — CVS has started selling cannabis-based products in eight states. The drugstore chain has partnered with cannabis manufacturers to carry a line of topical products infused with CBD.
Illinois trooper seriously hurt after being struck by vehicle
COLLINSVILLE – An Illinois State Police trooper is in stable condition after he was seriously hurt Wednesday night in what was the 14th trooper vehicle to be struck statewide in 2019.
Fire at DeKalb airport causes $250,000 damage
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Officials say an early morning fire in a maintenance building at the municipal airport in DeKalb caused an estimated quarter-million dollars in damage. The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that city firefighters and those from neighboring communities were called to the DeKalb Tay
2 charged in child abuse death of 2-year-old Illinois boy
CHICAGO (AP) -- A woman and a young man from Chicago have been charged in the child abuse death of the woman's 2-year-old son, who had sores and bruises on his body. Police responded Monday to an EMS call at a South Side home and Ja'hir Gibbons was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Building caught on fire at DeKalb Airport
DEKALB, Ill. (WTVO) - A hangar at a local airport catches on fire Thursday morning. The DeKalb Fire Department was called to Pleasant Street, near North Peace Road. When firefighters arrived, officials say there was smoke coming out of the west overhead door of a hangar.
Illinois Woman Pleads Guilty in Terror Case; St. Louis Couple Still Facing Charges
An Illinois woman is the latest to plead guilty to a federal terrorism charge in a case that includes three co-defendants from St. Louis. Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 38, of the Chicago suburb Schiller Park, admitted on Wednesday to supporting a suspected terrorist fighter, who also lived for a time in S
Breaking: Haji-Sheikh resigns from DeKalb County Board
SYCAMORE – Misty Haji-Sheikh has resigned from her seat on the DeKalb County Board so she and her husband can move closer to their children, according to a letter read at Wednesday night's board meeting.
DeKalb teen charged with attempted murder moved into adult lockup
SYCAMORE – John O. Contreras, accused of attempted murder and held on $300,000 bond, was moved from juvenile lockup to the DeKalb County jail Tuesday, and he also has a new lawyer, according to court records.
2018-19 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year
Jason Marquis had a difficult 2017-18 boys basketball season. Marquis, who has been with the Bureau Valley program for 11 years and was the head coach for the previous five, left the sidelines to take care of his family and his daughter, Marissa, who was diagnosed with Leukemia.
Family-owned brewing company set to open in downtown DeKalb in the summer
DeKALB – Beer lovers rejoice: A local brewing company is slated to open in downtown DeKalb by the summer. Byers Brewing Company will move into the first level at 230 E. Lincoln Highway, according to the brewery's website. The building is owned by Cohen Barnes of Sundog IT.
Stillman Valley High School Chess Team wins 4th place in National Championships
STILLMAN VALLEY (WREX) — The Stillman Valley High School Chess Team recently won 4th place at the U.S. Chess Federation National Championships, with one student winning first place.
Woman dies in Douglas County crash
CAMARGO — A Malta, Ill., woman died in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in rural Douglas County. Police said that Joan M. Biebel, 66, was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a state police report, Ms. Biebel was driving a red 2017 Dodge Caravan west on U.S. 36 near County Road 1865 E at