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DeKalb man tries to flee police, gets arrested

On November 14th, 2018 by admin

SYCAMORE – A 21-year-old DeKalb man with a litany of criminal convictions is in DeKalb County jail on $200,000 bond after police say he tried to ditch a gun as he fled arrest. DeKalb police say Drew B. Dazzo, of the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive, tried to throw a pistol behind his couch Friday after police confronted him in the hallway outside his apartment about unrelated investigations, prompting Dazzo to dash back into his apartment and slam the door. Dazzo is charged with unlawful possession of a defaced firearm, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, armed habitual criminal, and resisting a police officer. If convicted of being an armed habitual criminal, Dazzo would face six to 30 years in prison, and would be ineligible for probation. Police say in court records they planned to arrest Dazzo in connection with two unrelated matters Friday, but that he ignored their orders to stop. Police recovered the gun Dazzo threw behind the couch and discovered the serial number was scraped off, records show. Dazzo has been sentenced several times to probation, DeKalb County court records show: He received 2½ years of probation after a 2015 robbery conviction, two years probation for beating a pregnant woman that same year, and three years on an unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon charge in 2017. He also twice has been found to have violated terms of his bail, resulting in two years or probation apiece. Dazzo...

Man freed, other on $50K bond in connection with shots-fired incident

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SYCAMORE – An Aurora man is being held on $50,000 bond in DeKalb County jail while his apparent partner in a shots-fired crime, a Bartlett man, has been released on his signature. Police say they found a loaded, uncased pistol early Saturday in the trunk of a vehicle belonging to Devonta Owens, 20, of the 1600 block of Colombia Drive in Bartlett. He and Montrell D. Brannon, 23, of the 200 block of Gregory Street in Aurora, are charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a defaced firearm. A DeKalb officer was in an parking lot adjacent to the 900 block of Ridge Drive when he heard a gunshot, DeKalb Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo said. The officer saw two groups of people who appeared to have been in a dispute run away. One group got into a vehicle and sped off, Petragallo said. DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller set bond Sunday morning at $50,000 for Brannon, who has a previous conviction for armed robbery with a firearm in Kane County, court records show. Owens was released, but ordered to have no contact with Brannon or the scene of the crime, and that he surrender any guns he has, as well as his Firearm Owners Identification card, if he has one. Owens was convicted in 2017 of beating a pregnant woman in DuPage County, records show. Assistant State’s Attorney Brooks Locke is prosecuting the case, and said...

Shaken baby trial begins

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SYCAMORE – Ryker Newhouse, then 6 months old, wriggled and giggled, as his mother tickled him, and DeKalb County Judge Philip Montgomery looked on. The video shown in a DeKalb County courtroom was recorded Dec. 13, 2015, about 36 hours before police say Katie Petrie, 35, of the 900 block of 14th Street in DeKalb, inflicted injuries on the infant that resulted in permanent brain damage. Petrie, who was statuesque and never so much as turned her head Tuesday afternoon, is on trial for two forms of aggravated battery to a child, the most serious of which is punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Ryker’s mom, Jennifer Newhouse, 37, a special education teacher with DeKalb School District 428, said Ryker’s life will never be the same. “Ryker has significant brain damage, which has affected his development,” she said. “He’s about a year behind in speech development.” She added that his vision will likely always be impaired, and that he has limited use of his right arm. “He also has some behavioral issues we’re working through, as well,” Newhouse said. Petrie’s lawyer, Peter Buh, is pushing that Ryker was sick before he landed in Petrie’s care. He declined to comment after the first day of the trial. Jennifer Newhouse vividly recalled the day she got the call from Petrie, while she was at work at Clinton Rosette Middle School. “Se told me I needed to hurry up, come over, and that something was seriously wrong with...

DeKalb County Board Chairman to oppose DeKalb TIF agreement

On November 13th, 2018 by admin

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Board chairman said he will recommend the county does not recommend county approval for the proposed City of DeKalb tax increment financing district. The DeKalb County Executive Committee will discuss whether it would recommend approval for an intergovernmental agreement about the TIF district during its meeting Wednesday night. DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said he also shared his anticipated recommendation regarding the proposed DeKalb TIF district agreement with DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith as a courtesy. “We believe that there’s more that needs to be talked about,” Pietrowski said. The announcement came after DeKalb County officials abstained from voting on the agreement with the city during a meeting between city officials and taxing bodies, or the Joint Review Board, on Friday, citing a Nov. 21 County Board meeting that will give further direction on how to vote. Other taxing body representatives from DeKalb School District 428 and Kishwaukee College also abstained from voting during the joint review board meeting. Pietrowski said he will bring up reasons why at the Wednesday meeting and said more information on his rationale for the recommendation will be further discussed then. He said more related information also will be coming from the State’s Attorney’s office before the meeting Wednesday night. The Daily Chronicle has not received any related materials as of 4:10 p.m. Tuesday. DeKalb School District 428 officials previously raised concerns about administrative fees being incorrectly charged on various TIF projects. The amount ranges anywhere from $500,000...

County nursing home project may be delayed

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SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County administrator said the Nursing and Rehab Center expansion project may be delayed due to zoning issues with the City of DeKalb. The update comes after the county Public Building Commission met Tuesday morning at the DeKalb County Administration Building’s Conference Room East, 110 E. Sycamore St. DeKalb County Administrator and commissioner Gary Hanson said the county was under a planned unit development when the facility was first built about 20 years ago. He said the county now has to amend zoning for the property in order to add on to the existing building. Hanson said the county will submit the application for the zoning amendment to the city this week. At the moment, he said, he’s not sure what the timeline will look like regarding city approval. “But it could impact the schedule for construction,” Hanson said. Hanson said construction for the project can’t get started until the zoning is approved, but the commission also approved construction bids during the Tuesday meeting. He said the master contract will go to construction manager Ringland-Johnson out of Cherry Valley with a $12,587,000 bid. “That needs to be in place anyway” so that the county will be geared up to start construction once zoning through the city is approved, Hanson said. Hanson said that was the only action item that came out of the Tuesday meeting. Other discussion matters covered in the meeting included a contractor asking for more money for exceeding the amount of hours worked...

Mayor, officials: Future bright under new consultant

On November 13th, 2018 by admin

GENOA – Joseph Misurelli cast a long shadow at the first Genoa State of the City meeting, since he died two days before last Chritsmas. “Joe made time for everyone. He listened. He cared,” Mayor Mark Vicary said of the city's long-serving late administrative consultant. During the annual public luncheon at the Genoa City Hall on Tuesday, Vicary announced a new program that will honor Misurelli and his long commitment to Genoa, and provide an opportunity for Genoa residents to pay tribute to their own loved ones. The City of Genoa Tree of Honor Program will allow participants to purchase engraved golden leaves which will be displayed in the shape of a tree at Genoa City Hall. A portion of the proceeds from the leaves purchased will be placed in the city’s tree fund to pay for the city to plant trees throughout the community. Vicary described the time after Misurelli’s passing as a dark time for Genoa. “The storm we weathered could easily have brought us down,” he said. But, Vicary said, he was proud that, within two weeks of Misurelli’s death, the city had found a replacement in administrative consultant, Bill Nanek, who was hired at the beginning of 2018. Nanek provided an overview of the city’s finances Tuesday afternoon, detailing the ways the annual $7 million budget is divvied up between 17 separate funds. Police receive 51 percent of the budget, with 17 percent going to streets and forestry, 13 percent devoted to garbage services, and...

The Right to Hunt Is Now Constitutionally Protected in North Carolina

On November 13th, 2018 by admin

North Carolina voters on Tuesday approved an amendment to codify the right to hunt and fish in the state’s constitution.
This type of amendment is not new, though it has rapidly gained steam in the last two decades. More than 20 states have cemented a constitutional right to hunt and fish -- most through the ballot box.
The effort was backed by outdoor sporting groups and the National Rifle Association (NRA) but faced concerns from animal rights groups....

One man freed, other held on $50K bond in connection with shots fired incident

On November 13th, 2018 by admin

SYCAMORE – An Aurora man is being held on $50,000 bond in DeKalb County jail while his apparent partner in a shots-fired crime, a Bartlett man, has been released on his signature. Police say they found a loaded, uncased pistol early Saturday in the trunk of a vehicle belonging to Devonta Owens, 20, of the 1600 block of Colombia Drive in Bartlett. He and Montrell D. Brannon, 23, of the 200 block of Gregory Street in Aurora, are charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a defaced firearm. A DeKalb officer was in an parking lot adjacent to the 900 block of Ridge Drive when he heard a gunshot, DeKalb Deputy Police Chief John Petragallo has said. The officer saw a two groups of people who appeared to have been in a dispute run away from each other. One group got into a vehicle and sped off, Petragallo said. DeKalb County Judge Bradley Waller set bond at $200,000 for Brannon, who has a previous conviction for armed robbery with a firearm in Kane County, court records show. Owens was released, but ordered to have no contact with Brannon or the scene of the crime, and that he surrender any guns he has, as well as his Firearm Owners Identification card, if he has one. Owens was convicted in 2017 of beating a pregnant woman in DuPage County records show. Assistant State’s Attorney Brooks Locke is prosecuting the...

DeKalb man's attempt to flee police ends in arrest

On November 13th, 2018 by admin

SYCAMORE – A 21-year-old DeKalb man with a litany of criminal convictions is in DeKalb County jail on $200,000 bond after police say he tried to ditch a gun as he fled arrest. DeKalb police say Drew B. Dazzo, of the 800 block of Edgebrook Drive, tried to throw a pistol behind his couch Friday after police confronted him in the hallway outside his apartment about unrelated investigations, prompting Dazzo to dash back into his apartment and slam the door. Dazzo is charged with unlawful possession of a defaced firearm, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, armed habitual criminal, and resisting a police officer. If convicted of being an armed habitual criminal, Dazzo would face six to 30 years in prison, and would be ineligible for probation. Police say in court records they planned to arrest Dazzo in connection with two unrelated matters Friday, but that he ignored their orders to stop. According to the records, police recovered the gun Dazzo threw behind the couch and discovered the serial number was scraped off. Dazzo has been sentenced several times to probation, DeKalb County court records show: He received 2 1/2 years of probation after a 2015 robbery conviction, two years probation for beating a pregnant woman that same year, and three years on an unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon charge in 2017. He also twice has been found to have violated terms of his bail, resulting in two years or probation...

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