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Counting Crime In DeKalb's Largest Apartments

Jul 26, 2019
Sarah Jesmer

This piece is part three in a series about housing conditions in DeKalb. Tune in Friday, August 2, for the last update in this series.

Last week, we took a look at the controversial history between the city of DeKalb and Hunter Properties, a large local rental property owner. A network of DeKalb community efforts are addressing crimes reported at apartments, which have recently been under the microscope.

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Crime numbers are down in Rockford compared to last year, according to new statistics released today by the city.  According to those statistics, violent crimes are down by 21 percent in the city compared to 2018. 

 

 

Rockford Police Chief Daniel O’Shea says officers and detectives going out into the community and building bridges have made a difference. 

 

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Rockford-area leaders recognize domestic violence and human trafficking as some of the biggest problems in the community. Now the tool they’ve been working on to tackle those issues is closer to becoming a reality.

 

Annie Glidden North - A Changing Neighborhood

Mar 27, 2019

DeKalb's Annie Glidden North neighborhood has long been a hub for student social activities and is home to Northern Illinois University's Greek life community. Years ago, crowds of intermingling students were a common sight along Greek Row; today less so.

Streets that were populated by NIU students are now shared with families from low income neighborhoods. According to Mayor Jerry Smith, this development coincides with a lower student population in general.

Prosecutors Seek New Sentence In Laquan McDonald Case

Feb 11, 2019
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Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois' highest court to review the less than seven year prison sentence for the white Chicago police officer who was convicted in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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A Rockford police officer fired shots during a traffic stop Wednesday morning. Police Chief Dan O’Shea says the driver then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

A pending criminal justice bill offers Congress a rare opportunity for bipartisanship instead of the usual toxic hyperpartisanship. Importantly, passage would acknowledge that our tough-on-crime policies of the past generated unanticipated and unfortunate‎ consequences. 
 

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Three Illinois cities rank among the worst 25 cities in the country for violent crime rates.

Rockford is the most dangerous of the three, according to a report by CBS News based on FBI data for 2016, the most recent year available.

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Rockford police say three people were fatally shot early Saturday on a private adult-themed charter bus. The suspect has not been located after fleeing the bus after the shooting.

 

The shooting took place near the intersection of Auburn St. and Johnston Av. Police Chief Dan O'Shea says the driver of the "Distinguished Gentleman" bus called police about 3:30 a.m. The driver had driven a distance from the shooting site and parked at a gas stations where he met police.

The Winnebago County State’s Attorney announced Thursday that a Rockford police officer took the right action when he shot a woman in a parking lot last spring.

On April 8, 2017, Rockford patrol officer Ben Schuster fired 6 shots at Eboney Adams, hitting her once in the arm. She had been accused of shoplifting at Dick’s Sporting Goods on East State Street. When Schuster confronted her in her car, she backed up, hitting him with her car door. Schuster said it appeared she was maneuvering to hit him again, so he shot her. Both survived.

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The FBI says it has arrested a Champaign man in the disappearance of a visiting University of Illinois scholar. It also says it believes the Chinese scholar, 26-year-old Yingying Zhang, is dead.

The FBI it arrested 27-year-old Brendt Christensen on Friday.

The criminal complaint provided by the FBI says Christensen is charged with kidnapping. He will make his first appearance in federal court on Monday.

The FBI did not say why it believes Zhang is dead, only that information discovered during the search led agents to that conclusion.

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Illinois State Senator Patricia Van Pelt is sponsoring legislation to expand protections for teenagers accused of murder.

She says they can't make the legal decisions required to waive legal rights. 

State law mandates lawyers be present when police officers aggressively question teenagers aged 12 and under who are accused of murder or sex crimes. 

But youth between 13-and-17 years old can waive their right to a lawyer during interrogations.

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Rockford police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 29 people Thursday and seized cocaine, marijuana, and prescription painkillers.

 

Winnebago County States Attorney Joe Bruscato says they were part of a “very large drug ring” spanning several counties. Arrests include two men investigators characterize as “major suppliers,” Regulo Rodriguez of Belvidere and Esaul Rivas of Rockford.

 

Sixteen were arrested as “end users,” including former Hononegah High School football coach Timothy Sughroue.

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Chicago officials say they're expediting the demolition of three vacant buildings located in an area riddled with crime.

The Chicago Police Department and the Department of Buildings say they began demolition of the buildings Tuesday.

The structures are located in the city's West Pullman neighborhood.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the demolitions are a way to fight gang activity and crime.

So far this year the city has demolished 14 structures and boarded up more than 400 buildings.

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Violent crime, heroin use, and police relations in Rockford --  those three problems were the focus of a year-long study by the Department of Justice. The city invited the analysis and received the initial results Tuesday.

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UPDATE: 2:10 p.m., 9/2/15

About 100 investigators are actively working on the investigation into the death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, Lake County law enforcement officials told a news conference this morning. Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Commander George Filenko said the active force is down from 400 during Tuesday's initial response.

No additional details were given of the three suspects -- described simply as two white males and one black male -- in the officer's death.

Rockford Crime And Safety

May 27, 2015
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We examine the perception and reality of crime in Rockford. We talk with people directly affected by violence, and examine efforts to prevent violent crime and ensure the safety of residents.

Rockford-area State Representative Litesa Wallace recently introduced a resolution calling on the Governor, the Mayor of Rockford, Attorney General and others to get to the bottom of the crime problem.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Victims of violent crime in Illinois can get up to $27,000 to help them deal with the aftermath. But few know they’re eligible for assistance under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act.

Illinois State Police

Illinois State Police and other police agencies are still looking for 22-year-old Kody R. Walsh of Rockford. He's the suspect in a shooting death inside a vehicle on the Illinois tollway near South Beloit early Sunday morning.