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Dekalb man charged with criminal mischief

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. (WWTI) — A man from Dekalb is facing charges after allegedly being involved in a domestic incident. According to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, they investigated a domestic incident that took place in Dekalb on July 2. An investigation revealed that Joshua Hanna allegedly struck a vehicle and caused damage during an altercation.
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New trial denied for Sandwich man; mother speaks

After 471 days in jail, then in less than 20 minutes, Donald Fredres, Jr. was sentenced to natural life in prison without parole for the murders of his former in-laws Gregory and Brenda Barnes, both age 62, at their rural home between Sandwich and Sheridan in March 2021. Outside the...
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Three arrested in rural DeKalb shooting

Three people turned themselves in to police following a shooting incident in rural DeKalb on Wednesday. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office alleges that 50-year-old Jerry G. Fabbri of Elburn, 19-year-old Alexander G. Fabbri of Sugar Grove, and 38-year-old Benedict Groppe of Rupperswil, Switzerland, were firing a number of guns at a target in the 15000 of Keslinger Road when one of the bullets went into a neighbor's home and hit someone in the foot.

Pistol Shrimp Best The CornBelters In Peru

The Pistol Shrimp defeated the visitors from Normal Saturday night 8-6. Illinois Valley was outhit 7 to 5 but did enough to beat the CornBelters in Peru. Ty Weatherly got the win on the mound with Jared Herzog picking up the save. Bobby Cavin hit a home run and drove in 4 runs.

Fugitive slave Jim Gray’s dramatic escape from Ottawa will be commemorated during dedication of historical marker on Fourth of July. ‘Has he done anything but want to be free?’

The tale of how residents of Ottawa, Illinois, helped a fugitive slave escape to freedom marks a transitional phase in the state’s history, experts say, but has been largely forgotten. Historians hope that changes Monday — the Fourth of July — when they will explain the story during the dedication of a historical marker outside the Ottawa courthouse. According to Illinois State Historical ...

Ottawa man identified as driver of vehicle that plunged into Illinois River

OTTAWA – An Ottawa man has been identified as the individual who was recovered from the Illinois River at Allen Park on Wednesday. According to the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office, Coroner Richard Ploch identified the man as 20-year-old Tyler D. Carson of Ottawa. Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson says, officers attempted to.

Fredres sentenced to life + 26 in Ottawa Friday

Double-murderer Donald Fredres has been sentenced before Judge H. Chris Ryan in Ottawa. Shaw Media reports Fredres received life plus 26 years, according to Illinois law. At his April trial, La Salle County States Attorney Todd Martin said Fredres went looking for his ex-wife on March 16, 2021. Martin said Fredres murdered his ex-inlaws Gregory and Brenda Barnes, because they refused to reveal where their daughter lived.

NIU football players named to Phil Steele’s Preseason MAC Teams

DeKALB, IL (WTVO/WQRF) [NIU news release] – The NIU Football Team continues to collect the preseason accolades as the defending Mid-American Conference champion Huskies have a league-high 15 selections on Phil Steele’s 2022 Preseason MAC Team. The Huskies had five selections to Steele’s First Team. Offensive linemen Logan Zschernitz (Spencer, Wis./Spencer HS) and Nolan Potter […]

Phil Colgan, 78, Sandwich

Philip “Phil” Michael Colgan, 78, of Sandwich, IL passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on June 29, 2022. Philip was born on April 10, 1944 in Peoria, IL to Thaddeus and Dorothy (Gstettenbauer) Colgan. Phil attended Bradley University in Peoria. Phil was a member and president of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. He met his late wife Ginny Coonradt on a blind date. They were married one week after Ginny’s graduation in 1969. Phil graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Administration in 1967. He earned his Master’s degrees in Education and Administration in 1973 and 1977.

Man Who Drove Car into Illinois River Identified

Authorities have released the identity of the person who drove a vehicle into the Illinois River in Ottawa in the small hours of Thursday morning. La Salle County Coroner Richard Ploch says the body of 20-year-old Tyler Carson of Ottawa was recovered by rescue workers in the early morning hours of Thursday. Events started when police tried to stop Carson's vehicle at Norris and Canal. Carson drove away, heading south on La Salle, across the Veterans Bridge and into Allen Park. Police then saw Carson drive the car over a bank and into the river. The subsequent search included multiple dive teams and sonar equipment from La Salle, Will and McLean counties. A forensic autopsy was conducted later in the day on Thursday. Those results are pending.

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Yorkville and Plano

The Kendall County Health Department says that West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in Yorkville and Plano. The mosquitoes were caught in late June. The virus was discovered two months earlier in the county than it was last year. Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have been found in several Northern Illinois counties this year.

Illinois State Police make arrest for aggravated distracted driving after fatal Ogle County crash

DOWNERS GROVE – The Illinois State Police say they arrested 53-year old Frank Hightower III of Rockford for Aggravated Use of an Electronic Communication Device Causing a Death. In February, troopers responded to a fatal traffic crash involving two vehicles on Interstate 88 westbound near Rochelle. They say a westbound tractor-trailer struck the rear of a passenger vehicle, killing the driver. During the course of the investigation, authorities say Hightower was unlawfully using an electronic communication device while driving at time of the crash. The Ogle County State’s Attorney Office approved one count of Aggravated Use of an Electronic Communication Device Causing a Death against Hightower. He was taken into custody and is being held at the Ogle County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Peoria firefighters help bag for tips at Hy-Vee for fundraiser

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Firefighters and volunteers were bagging groceries at the Sheridan Hy-Vee for a unique reason. The event was called Bagging for Tips and the grocery store opened two of its locations to raise money for the Imani Rescue center in Kenya. Founder Veronica Richards said the rescue center would be a safe haven for women and orphaned children in Kenya to learn skills and remain safe. Richards, who is from Kenya, said she was grateful for members of her new community helping out her home.

One person dead after driving into Illinois River, eluding police

OTTAWA – The occupant of a vehicle that plunged into the Illinois River in Ottawa, has died. According to Ottawa Police Chief Brent Roalson, on Wednesday just before midnight, officers attempted to. stop a vehicle in the area of Norris Dr. and Canal St. Police say the vehicle fled...

Longtime City of Plano supervisor recognized

Director of Water Reclamation and Public Works Darrin Boyer has been with the City of Plano for 31 years now. Boyer was recognized for his service by Mayor Mike Rennels on Monday. Boyer started with the city after graduating from Plano High School and eventually became certified to run the...