Update: City of DeKalb declares snow emergency for roads as winter storm arrives

On January 18th, 2020 by admin

DeKalb County residents ought to prepare for the incoming weather this weekend, and residents in DeKalb should know the City of DeKalb has called a snow emergency, as accumulations are expected to reach up to five inches of snow. Snow emergencies in DeKalb means that snow routes have been activated, requiring all cars parked curbside in specific areas to be moved to make way for snow plows coming through. According to the city's parking ordinances, all vehicles must be removed from the street during or after a snowfall that accumulates 2 inches or more of snow. Snow emergencies are declared by the DeKalb Chief of Police, according to the city code, at which time vehicles must remain off the streets until the area has been plowed. Streets that are designated snow routes are marked with a sign, and include heavily traveled areas like Lincoln Highway and the downtown corridor, including residential areas. A detailed list of areas with restricted parking during snow storms can be found in Chapter 51, section I, of the DeKalb Municipal Code, or viewed at www.cityofdekalb.com/documentcenter/view/186. Residents could see up to 5 inches of snow by Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday, with mixed precipitation expected. Drivers should be on alert during their Friday evening commute because the roads will be affected. Snow was already caked on the road when nightfall hit the area. Snow is expected to continue to...

Drivers beware: road conditions rough as weekend winter storm arrives

On January 17th, 2020 by admin

DeKalb County residents ought to prepare for the incoming weather that's on the way this weekend. Some of it is already here, as snow covers the streets across DeKalb County. Residents could see up to five inches of snow by Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service. The advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday, with mixed precipitation expected. Drivers should be on alert during their Friday evening commute because the roads will be affected. Snow was already caked on the road when nightfall hit the area. Snow is expected to continue to fall throughout Friday evening with sleet and freezing rain possible late Friday night, the advisory reads. Residents will get a break from winter weather Saturday morning before temperatures fall, winds increase to 45 mph and light, but blowing snow resumes. As of 5 p.m., there were zero calls about "weather related incidents," according to DeKalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Rubeck. "No accidents yet," he said. "We're assuming the roads aren't terrible yet or people are just taking their time." There were no calls yet in Sycamore, according to the Sycamore Sheriff's Office, which also handles calls for Sycamore Police Department. DeKalb Police Cmdr. Steve Lekkas said he left work at about 4:45 p.m. Friday and there were no calls yet to the DeKalb Police Department either. ...

Warming centers available for DeKalb County residents during winter storm

On January 17th, 2020 by admin

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Fire Department staff wants residents to prepare for the incoming cold spell that is headed for the area. Residents should take steps to prepare, according to a Sycamore Fire Departmen, including dressing appropriately for the weather, being able to recognize hypothermia symptoms, having emergency supplies for home and work ready, and having a winter go-kit for your automobile. Warming centers are heated public facilities where anyone can go to free of charge during periods of extreme cold temperatures to stay warm and safe, the release shows. Two such facilities in the city – Sycamore Police Department at 535 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, and Sycamore Public Library at 103 E. State St., Sycamore – are designated as warming centers. The fire department urges people to check on their elderly family members and neighbors to make sure they're safe. Residents are also encouraged to keep their car's gas tank full, because if stranded, it gives the vehicle more time to provide passengers warmth before help arrives. The fire department also suggests residents wear loose fitting, lightweight and layered clothing. They say prepare for possible isolation in one's home for several day, which includes preparing an emergency supply kit. For ideas, visit www.illinois.gov/ready. Additional preparedness information is available from FEMA at the following link: www.ready.gov/winter-weather ...

Winfield man faces 30 years on armed robbery charges

On January 17th, 2020 by admin

SYCAMORE – A Winfield man remains in the DeKalb County jail after he was arrested Wednesday on armed robbery charges after he allegedly robbed a man of cash and his shoes with a knife. Damonta Allen-Fields, 19, was picked up on a warrant for armed robbery. He also faces a battery charge from an October incident, according to court records. If convicted of the more serious charge of armed robbery, he could face up to 30 years in prison. Because he was on bond at the time of the incident, Judge Robbin Stuckert informed Allen-Fields Thursday that he would have to serve any sentences consecutively. DeKalb police commander Bob Redel said the police received a report of an armed robbery on Monday evening in the 500 block of Normal Road. The victim was able to identify both of the people involved, one being Allen-Fields and the other a juvenile. Both were later arrested. According to the warrant for Allen-Fields' arrest, he used a knife to rob the man of $500 cash and his shoes. According to court documents, Allen-Fields also faces a misdemeanor battery charge after he was accused of punching a juvenile using a closed fist on Oct. 5. Stuckert ordered bond to remain at $75,000 as on the warrant because Allen-Fields had a history fo failing to appear for court dates and she said there were no further reasonable assurances he would show up for his court dates. Should he come up with the $7,500 necessary to...

Equal Rights Amendment reaches support threshold; implementation likely stalled

On January 17th, 2020 by admin

SPRINGFIELD — Two years after Illinois’ Legislature approved new language for the U.S. Constitution codifying that rights cannot be denied due to gender, the Equal Rights Amendment gained enough state support to be ratified. Its potential implementation is more complicated, though. Virginia’s General Assembly on Wednesday backed the addition of protections for women in the country’s governing document. After both chambers accept each other’s initiative, the commonwealth will become the 38thto ratify the amendment, pushing it across the necessary legal threshold for passage. But opponents argue that does not matter — when the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced and passed by Congress in 1972, the body set a seven-year deadline for state ratification. It was later pushed to 1982. By then, only 35 states formally supported the language, five of which — South Dakota, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska and Tennessee — withdrew their backing for the measure in the 1970s. Proponents point out the Constitution does not provide states the ability to rescind their support, or enforce a deadline for ratification. They also assert Congress’ placement of its cutoff is important. Former Illinois state Rep. Steven Andersson, a Republican from Geneva and one of the amendment’s sponsors two years ago, said the deadline is in the resolution introducing the amendment for state consideration, not in its actual text. The Constitution’s 27th Amendment – the last one officially passed – provides a model of why the deadline is “ministerial,” former Illinois state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, said. He sponsored a...

Crash near Malta sends driver to hospital

On January 17th, 2020 by admin

MALTA – DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover accident Thursday afternoon that sent the driver to the hospital. Jadin E. Merson, 20, of Rochelle, was headed west on Twombly Road when she went off the right shoulder east of Schafer Road about one mile north of Malta, said DeKalb County Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan. "She lost control and left the roadway, then rolled over in the ditch," he said. Malta emergency medical services took Merson to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Merson was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Sullivan said Merson was driving too fast on the gravel. He said the speed limit in that area is 55 mph. ...

Fatty's Pub & Grill for sale, though owner says they're not going anywhere anytime soon

On January 16th, 2020 by admin

DeKALB – Fatty's Pub & Grill is for sale, according to an online listing, but the owner said they're not closing or really looking to sell. rather just feeling out the real estate market as they reevaluate family priorities. "We're not in the mood to sell," said Jeff Dobie, one of the owners of Fatty's, who said the business has been listed for over a year. "We're just dipping our toe in the water. I've been doing this for 20 years, love what I'm doing, and I could do it for another 20. But you're always curious." The business at 1312 W. Lincoln Highway is popular among the Northern Illinois University crowd and larger DeKalb community, and hosts weekly trivia and bingo nights, wine tastings and holiday and sports events along with live entertainment. It's been a DeKalb staple for two decades, according to the listing on www.loopnet.com, and is being listed for "medical reasons," the post shows. Jake Dobie, son of Jeff and Marissa Dobie, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017. On Thursday, Dobie said he was on his way to a doctor's appointment with Jake, and that things are "going well" but the three-year treatment for his son's illness has inspired his family to reassess. "When something like that happens, you re-evaluate what you're doing, especially when it's your child," Dobie said. "So that kind of started the thought process, to say 'OK, let's get out there and see.'" Dobie said though business is still coming in, he's noticed...

Musicians sought for community band

On January 16th, 2020 by admin

Now’s the time to join the Indian Valley Community Band. Rehearsals have started for the new year and are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Sandwich Middle School band room, 600 S. Wells St. Whether you’ve been playing for years, a high school student desiring more playing time or you just want to find joy in discovering that instrument you haven’t touched in years, the band welcomes you. There are spots open for all instruments, especially clarinets and percussion, at all playing levels. This is a multigenerational group – from high school to retirees – who reside in more than a dozen area communities. For information, call 815-786-6752. ...

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