Dog found buried along Georgia trail dies; reward for arrest grows

TUCKER, Ga. — A dog named Lulu has died after she was found buried alive along a Georgia trail, with just her snout and eyes visible in the tightly-packed earth. Eric Purdue found the brown chow chow mix along a dirt trail in DeKalb County, Georgia, according to WXIA-TV. She was completely unable to move and had been there for at least two days, Purdue estimated. After about 30 minutes of digging, Purdue, along with his nephew and son, freed the dog and took her […]

NIU board of trustees faces lawsuit over president severance

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — A member of the DeKalb County Board is suing Northern Illinois University’s Board of Trustees in an effort to void a $600,000 severance payment to the school’s departing president. Misty Haji-Sheikh filed the lawsuit Tuesday in DeKalb County Court, claiming trustees violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act when it didn’t post a June 15 meeting agenda that she says adequately described the item “presidential employment.” She argues the public didn’t have enough time to review the terms of NIU President Doug Baker’s exit contract before trustees approved it. Haji-Sheikh is taking graduate classes at the school. A spokesman for NIU declined comment. Baker’s last day is Friday. He announced June 15 that he was stepping down amid a state investigation accusing him and other administrators of mismanagement when it comes to hiring consultants. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu..

2017 VOTE: 2 Georgia polling places get extended hours

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Election officials for a Georgia county in the 6th Congressional District say two polling places will stay open late after an equipment problem delayed the start of voting. State officials said polling places at Livsey Elementary School and Holy Cross Catholic Church received the wrong equipment for checking in voters. DeKalb County officials said the problem was resolved by 7:30 a.m. but they want voters to have a full 12 hours to cast ballots in the runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams signed an order Tuesday afternoon keeping polls open until 7:30 p.m. at both locations. Other polling places in the district, which includes portions of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties, close at 7 p.m. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sycamore homicide suspect killed in Lyons shootout

LYONS – A man suspected of killing a DeKalb woman June 9 in the parking lot at her workplace was shot and killed by police in Lyons hours later, police said. Sycamore police Deputy Chief Jim Winters said the man who was killed in a confrontation about 5:54 p.m. June 9 was the only suspect in the slaying of Lidia J. Juarez, 37, of DeKalb. The suspect was later identified as Antonio Juarez, 44, of DeKalb, in a news release from the Sycamore Police Department. According to the news release, investigators learned Antonio was Lidia's estranged husband, and an active order of protection had been issued against him. Antonio also was wanted on a warrant for violation of an order of protection with no bond set March 10 and a failure to appear warrant for domestic battery issued March 24. Investigators believe Antonio stayed at a local hotel prior to the shooting. Lidia was found shot to death inside her car about 2:05 p.m. in the parking lot at the Illinois Department of Human Services ..

Police Fatally Shoot Homicide Suspect In Lyons

(CBS) – The suspect in a DeKalb County homicide was fatally shot by police in west suburban Lyons Friday evening during a shootout, authorities said. Officers fatally shot a man in the 8000 block of Ogden Avenue around 6 p.m. after he began firing at them, the Illinois State Police said in a news release. State police had zeroed in on the suspect – his identity and location – while assisting Sycamore police in a homicide investigation that was launched earlier in the day. Multiple police agencies began following the suspect in his vehicle when he began firing at the responding officers at Ogden and Joliet Road. Officers returned fire and fatally wounded the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene. A firearm was recovered, state police said. No officers were injured. State police would not release the identity of the shooter or that of the victim in the Sycamore homicide. The DeKalb County Daily Chronicle reports a woman was found dead in a car Friday outside an Illinois sta..

Investigators Have DNA Of Man Involved In Sycamore Double Homicide

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are revealing more information about their investigation into the murders of an 85-year-old Sycamore woman and her 64-year-old son last August. DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said Patricia and Bob Wilson’s killer, if there was just one, is a male. Investigators have his DNA, he said, but it has not shown up on any criminal databases, so far. WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports. “They may have not gotten in trouble before or they may have and it is just slow getting it into the system, but it eventually will get into the system we are hoping,” Scott said. “The other possibility is they may have been a juvenile.” Sheriff Scott said FBI profilers believe the killer may have had ties to the Sycamore area, but would also be familiar with Chicago since the Wilson’s car was found in Lincoln Park. It is also possible he tried to get into other homes in the Sycamore area around that time. Patricia A. Wilson, 85, and her son, Robert J. Wilson, 64, were found dead inside h..

Lake Effect Snow Warning Continues For Chicago Area, Northwest Indiana

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Lake Effect Snow Warning issued Monday morning by the National Weather Service remains in effect for the Chicagoland area. Heavy Lake Effect Snow is likely through Tuesday in Illinois and through the night into early Wednesday across northwest Indiana, according to the NWS. The Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday for Lake, DuPage and Cook counties in Illinois. The snow will continue Tuesday gradually ending in DuPage and Lake counties after daybreak, with a second band moving south to southeast over Cook County, Tuesday afternoon. Snow accumulations are likely to be in the five to 10 inch range. Accumulations will vary based on the nature of lake effect snow. Heavy lake effect snow across NE IL and moving into NW IN today. Snowfall rates of 1-2" per hour possible. — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 14, 2017 The warning remains in effect until 1 a.m. Wednesday morning for Lake County in Indiana and from 9 p...

Man Charged With DUI, Reckless Homicide For Fatal Dekalb Crash

CHICAGO (CBS) — A west suburban man has been charged with DUI and reckless homicide for a crash that left one man dead Tuesday evening in DeKalb. The four-vehicle crash involving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, a 1995 Ford F-150, a 2000 Ford Taurus and a 2002 Hyundai Elantra happened at 7:18 p.m. on Illinois Route 38 east of Peace Road, according to the DeKalb County sheriff’s office. The driver of the Taurus, 18-year-old Johnathon R. Ode of DeKalb, was killed in the crash, the sheriff’s office said. John A. Yanni III, who was driving the Silverado, was charged with two counts of aggravated DUI and one count of reckless homicide, the sheriff’s office said. Yanni, 25, who lives in the 100 block of South 18th Street in St. Charles, was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb to be treated for his injuries before being transferred to the DeKalb County Jail, the sheriff’s office said. He is being held on a $1 million bond. It was not immediately clear whether Ode’s passenger or any of the ..

Hunter Rescued From Woods In DeKalb County Hours After Falling In River

CHICAGO (CBS) — A hunter had to be rescued after he fell into a DeKalb County river on Thursday afternoon. The 31-year-old Kingston man was out hunting with a friend in the Kishwaukee River State Fish and Wildlife Area, according to a statement from the DeKalb County sheriff’s office. At some point, the friend left, sheriff’s police said. He returned “hours later” and heard the man — who didn’t have a cellphone — yelling for help. Police and fire crews from Kingston began searching for him along with Illinois Department of Conservation police about 7:30 p.m. They found the hunter “deep in the woods,” police said. He had partially fallen in the river in the single-digit temperatures and had managed to pull himself out, but could not move, police said. Crews carried him out of the woods at 10:30 p.m. and he was taken by helicopter from the Kirkland Fire Station to St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, the sheriff’s office said. He was expected to survive. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire ..

Crime Stoppers Offer Reward For DeKalb Theft, Burglary

CHICAGO (CBS) — The DeKalb County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward to gather information about two crimes that happened in the northwest suburb in the last two months. The group is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about an attempted theft at Becky Beck’s Jewelry, 303 E. Hillcrest Drive, and a burglary to a vehicle at a suburban apartment complex, according to a Crime Stoppers press release. A man and a woman tried stealing jewelry at Becky Beck’s Jewelry about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 while the clerk was distracted, according to Crime Stoppers. They drove away in a brown or gray van. The man was described as white, 6 feet tall and thin, with a teardrop tattoo on his face and wearing sunglasses, according to Crime Stoppers. There was no description of the woman. The burglary happened overnight Nov. 7 at Suburban Apartments at 1400 Twombly Rd. in DeKalb, Crime Stoppers said. The owner of a 2005 gray Volkswagen Jetta reported that someone broke into his car and stole a..