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Alfredo's Iron Works owner indicted

DeKalb resident Luis Alfredo De La Cruz was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Rockford and charged with smuggling, transporting and harboring eight undocumented immigrants. De La Cruz, 49, is charged with harboring the eight people at his business, Alfredo's Iron Works, 280 W. Lincoln...

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DCEDC moving operations to DeKalb

DeKALB – The DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. soon will have a new address, as it’s slated to relocate to 2179 Sycamore Road, across from Lowe’s, by early May. Paul Borek, DCEDC executive director, who’s been with the organization since 2008, said the new location, in the Brookview...

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DeKalb native Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction

Richard Powers, a 1975 graduate of DeKalb High School, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book “The Overstory.” “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living...

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DeKalb County smothered by Sunday’s heavy snowfall

DeKalb County got the brunt of the snowstorm Sunday by the looks of it, according to weather officials. Kevin Birk, meteorologist for the National Weather Service out of Chicago, said records show 8.5 inches of snow fell Sunday in DeKalb. “So, pretty much, DeKalb County was right in the nose of...

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Helping abused children reclaim their voice

DeKALB – When Erin Merryn was 6 years old, she went to spend the night at her best friend’s house in Schaumburg. They played with a doll house, watched Disney movies and then fell asleep. Later than night, Merryn was sexually abused by her friend’s uncle. “I started screaming,” Merryn...

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Two Kirkland men transported to hospital after truck rollover

KIRKLAND – Two Kirkland men were taken to the hospital with injuries after they were trapped in a pickup truck that landed upside down in a creek following a rollover crash early Monday. A call came in to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 7:49 a.m. about a single-vehicle rollover incident on...

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Sandwich man arrested on pot possession after driving in ditch

SANDWICH – A Sandwich man was arrested on charges of driving without a license and possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana after a call came in early Monday about his car being in a ditch. DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies made contact at 1:05 a.m. with Matthew A. Sternberg, 21, of the 1900...

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Addressing ‘the roots of poverty’

GENOA – Longtime volunteer Heather Edwards began to cry as she looked out at the crowd of 80 people crammed into 415 W. Main St. on Monday, in what is to become the new Genoa Area Community Food Hub. Edwards is the DeKalb County Community Gardens’ associate director, and vocational director of...

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Area roundup: Moline grad Drobushevich named MAC Co-Player of The Week; G-K softball sweeps Byron

Nick Drobushevich shared MAC Co-Player of The Week honors Monday after hitting .688 in four games last week against UIC and Western Michigan. Drobushevich had a .700 on-base percentage and slugged 1.062 for the week. PREP BASEBALLBarbs shutout by Morris: DeKalb baseball had its game moved to Morris...

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