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No override vote today on SB1

House Speaker Michael Madigan has canceled today's session of the Illinois House, including an override vote on Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding bill. Madigan says he remains committed to seeing the school funding reform package through.

 

The news came after one of the longest leaders meetings in recent memory. Legislative leaders met for five hours before Madigan made the cancellation as a show of good faith in negotiations. More talks will now proceed between the leaders.

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Gardenstock 2017 benefits SCI youth gardening program

An article in the Journal of HealthPsychology found that gardening leads to decreased cortisol levels and increases positive moods which can “promote relief from acute stress.” This among other benefits of gardening is one of the many reasons that Sinnissippi Centers has a Youth Gardening Program. The Annual Gardenstock Music and Art Festival was held at Distinctive Gardens in Dixon last Saturday to help support the program. The look and feel of Gardenstock harkened back to the Woodstock era but was a family-friendly venue. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Andy Jackson of Sinnissippi Centers at Gardenstock.

 

Produce that is raised through the Sinnissippi Centers Gardening Program is donated to area food pantries.

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Cubs defeat the Reds 13 to 9

Join us on Wednesday, August 23rd at 6:10 p.m. on WSSQ 94.3 FM to listen to the Chicago Cubs again take on the Cincinnati Reds.

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Minnesota Twins defeat the White Sox 4 to 1

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Cubs up 12 to 6 against the Reds in the top of the 8th inning.

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Cubs ahead of Reds 8 to 6 in the top of the 8th inning

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Reds 6 v. Cubs 4.....bottom of the 6th inning.

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Illinois State Police Arrests

The Illinois State Police Reports:

 

Cruz A. Villarreal, 22, of Rochelle, was stopped for improper lane usage on 08/20/2017 at 2:05 a.m. on Perry Road at Townline Road in Lee County and charged with DUI and improper lane usage. Villarreal posted $100 cash and driver’s license.   

 

Steven M. Habben, 29, of Dixon, was stopped for using an electronic communication device while driving on 08/20/2017 at 2:44 a.m. on 1st Avenue at West 10th Street in Rock Falls and charged with DUI, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and using an electronic communication while driving. Habben was released on an I-bond.

 

 Derrick Deshon Washington, 21, Rockford, was arrested during a motorist assist on 08/21/2017 at 7:09 p.m. on Interstate 39 southbound at milepost 91 in Lee County for obstructing justice and wanted on warrant (failure to appear – Rockford). Washington was transported to Lee County jail and lodged.

 

All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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Cincinnati Reds leading 3 to 0 over Cubs top of the 5th inning.

Join us on WSSQ 94.3 FM to listen to the game.

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Library holding programs for all ages

Fall 2017 at the Sterling Public Library has groups and activities for young adults and beyond. Besides their toddler and school-age programs they also have many events for community members of all ages, according to Mary Bradshaw, Librarian, at the Sterling Public Library. She spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about activities and events at the Sterling Public Library you can visit their facebook page or you can reach them at 815-625-1370.

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SVCC hosts viewing of solar eclipse

Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon participated in the viewing of the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday. The moon’s shadow rotated in front of the sun and the eclipse could be seen from the State of Oregon through South Carolina as it swept across the 70-mile ribbon through the United States. Trey Seeley, age 18 of Sterling, is a Freshman at Sauk Valley Community College, and he spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn on Monday afternoon.

 

This type of solar eclipse called a totality has not happened in the United States since 1979 and has not traveled such a large portion of the United States since June 8, 1918.

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Burglary Investigation in Jo Daviess County

The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance with a burglary investigation.  On August 19th, 2017, Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Galena Antique Mall, located on Highway 20 east of Galena, regarding a break in.  During the initial investigation, Deputies learned that unknown suspect(s) forced entry in the business and stole antique coins and Civil War collectibles.  Anyone with information pertaining to this crime is encouraged to contact Dubuque/Jo Daviess Crime Stoppers at (800) 747-0117 or the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 777-2141.  Callers providing information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00.  Callers are reminded that they may remain anonymous. 

 

 

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Several Burglaries to Vehicles & Residential Garages in Dixon

The Dixon Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in the investigation of numerous reports of burglary to motor vehicles that occurred sometime during the night of Sunday, August 20th through the early morning hours of Monday, August 21st.  The area where the burglaries occurred were on the southeast side of Dixon.   During the burglaries, an unknown subject or subjects gained access to unlocked vehicles and garages that were also left unlocked.  Numerous miscellaneous items were taken from the vehicles and the garages.  The Department is eliciting assistance from the public in an effort to learn the identity of the subject(s) involved.  Citizens are urged to contact the Dixon Police Department with any information concerning these burglaries.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Dixon Police Department at

1-815-288-4411 or Ogle-Lee Crimestoppers at 1-888-228-4488.    Crimestoppers will give a reward of up to $1000.00 with information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible for these acts. 

 

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Two Burglaries in Dixon on Monday

The Dixon Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in the investigation of two burglaries to local businesses in Dixon on Monday, August 21, 2017.   At approximately 4:09 a.m., officers responded to a burglary alarm at Town and Country, 1135 North Galena Avenue.  During the course of the investigation, it was learned an unknown subject forced entry into the business and took an undisclosed amount of currency.   There is video surveillance of the burglary and a photograph of the unknown subject will be released as soon as it becomes available.

 

The second burglary occurred at the Coin Wash Laundromat, 512 Chicago Avenue.  Again, an unknown subject entered the business and forced entry into two coin operated videos gaming machines.  The unknown subject then left the building with an undisclosed amount of currency.

 

At this time, it is unknown if the two burglaries are linked.

 

The Dixon Police Department is seeking assistance from the public in an effort to learn the identity of the subject and/or subjects involved in these burglaries.  If you have any information concerning either of these crimes please call the Dixon Police Department at 1-815-288-4411 or Ogle-Lee Crimestoppers at 1-888-228-4488.  Crimestoppers will give a reward of up to $1,000.00 with information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these crimes. 

 

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33 people shot, 6 dead in Chicago, in 13-hour period

Chicago police say at least 33 people have been wounded, six fatally, in weekend shootings in the nation's third-largest city. The Chicago Tribune reports the shootings happened in just a 13-hour period ending early Sunday.

 

Police say someone in an SUV fired at a crowd outside a South Side banquet hall that serves as a nightclub, killing one and injuring six early Sunday.

 

The gunman drove off. Chicago's gun violence has drawn national scrutiny, including from President Donald Trump. The city had more than 760 homicides in 2016. That was more than New York and Los Angeles combined.

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Gardenstock held in Dixon on Saturday

The grounds of Distinctive Gardens in Dixon were covered with beautiful plants, art, vendors, tons of people of all ages, and great music for the 9th Annual Gardenstock Art and Music Festival held on Saturday. The look and feel of Gardenstock harkened back to the Woodstock era but was a family-friendly venue. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Jonathon Church and Bud LeFevre on Saturday.

 

For information about the services provides by Sinnissippi Centers please contact their website at www.sinnissippi.org

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Sterling Library preparing for fall events

The Sterling Public Library has a wide variety of events, groups, and activities for area youth this coming fall. They have everything from Lego’s to bees to capture your child’s imagination. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Mary Bradshaw, Sterling Librarian, about some fall activities.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about activities and events at the Sterling Public Library you can visit their facebook page or you can reach them at 815-625-1370.

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Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce's Fall Garage Sale Days

? Clean out your closets ? Collect a giant pile of clothes your kids have outgrown ? Register for Fall Garage Sales ? Sell all your stuff and spend all your money having fun! The Fall Garage Sales in Rock Falls & Sterling are coming up on September 22-24th. This event is the largest garage-sailing event in northern Illinois.  Over 100 sales and 3,500 shoppers! 

 

The sales take place September 22nd through 24th in Rock Falls and Sterling, IL.  Each sale is hosted by individuals, families, and groups throughout the area.  Everything from antiques to kid’s clothing can be found for great prices.  Meet your neighbors, or some new friends along the way!

 

“This event is great for our community in many ways,” says Bethany Bland, Rock Falls Chamber President/CEO.  “First, hundreds of people come to our community to visit.  They eat at local restaurants, buy gas, and get familiar with our community as whole.  Additionally, neighbors build relationships, and garage sale hosts generate some extra cash as they declutter their homes.  Surely after a hard day’s work, they’re also ordering pizza, shopping for new home décor, or treating themselves to something special.  We encourage them to shop locally when they register their sales.  We also encourage leftover sale items be donated to local charity thrift stores.  These stores benefit greatly as they re-sell these items.  The event has grown extensively over the last few years and become a multi-faceted benefit to our entire community! “

 

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All sellers are strongly encouraged to register their sale. Registration costs only $10. Your registration includes two free Garage Sale Signs, helpful tips, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY it ensures your sale address will be placed on 3,500+ printed maps distributed locally as well as on maps available for download online. Feature ads are available on the back of the maps for an extra $10 ($20 Total). Feature ads help highlight the types of items you have available and will strongly encourage more shoppers. A limited number of feature ads are available. Register before 9/11 because a $5 late fee applies to registrations received between 9/12-9/15. The last day to register is Friday, 9/15.


TO REGISTER

Register by printing & mailing a form from our website www.rockfallschamber.com, or forms are available at the Rock Falls Library or Rock Falls Chamber Office.

 

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FREE Paper Garage Sale maps will be available at Schreiner's Mobil (1st Ave/Rock Falls) and Shell Stations in both Rock Falls and Sterling on THURSDAY 9/21, by noon. A FREE digital version will also be posted online and can be printed from your home computer!

 

For further information, go to the Chamber website at www.rockfallschamber.com/garagesales or call 1.815.625.4500.

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Comedian Jerry Lewis dead at age 91.

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Cubs defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 6 to 5 in 10 innings

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Morrison Police Report

Morrison Police Report

Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton reports the following arrests made and citations issued since Saturday, July 29, 2017.

 

Arrests:

 

On Friday, August 4, 2017, at approximately 11:00 pm, Morrison Police received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Shell Express Lane, 651 West Lincolnway, Morrison.  As Morrison Police arrived in the area of the complaint, the suspicious vehicle traveled eastbound on Lincolnway.  Morrison Police then conducted a traffic stop on the suspicious vehicle on US RT 30 at Lyndon Road.  As a result of the investigation, Morrison Police arrested John W. Kovacs, age 58 of Schiller Park, Illinois, charging Kovacs with Driving While License Revoked, No Valid Registration, Operating Uninsured Vehicle and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Kovacs was transported to the Whiteside County Jail.

 

 

The public is reminded that these are merely charges and all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.                                    

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Cubs deafeat the Blue Jays 7 to 4

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Whiteside County safe passage program gaining steam

In March of 2016, law enforcement officials in Whiteside County began their own Safe Passage Program to assist those who are struggling with addiction. This was a joint effort between several area law enforcement agencies in Whiteside County to use utilize a state-of-the-art approach to dealing with addiction. This program works to get those suffering with addiction help. Lieutenant John Booker of the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about the program.

 

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the program can contact Rock Falls Police Chief Tammy Nelson at 815-622-1140.

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Iowa woman who voted twice for Trump gets probation

An Iowa woman charged with attempting to vote twice for Donald Trump last fall has been sentenced to two years of probation and a $750 fine, according to Associated Press reports.

 

District court Judge Robert Hanson said in a sentencing order posted Tuesday that the felony election misconduct conviction will be expunged from Terri Lynn Rote's record once she completes probation and pays the fine. Rote, who is 56, pleaded guilty last month.

 

Rote, a Trump supporter, was arrested Oct. 21 after showing up at a Des Moines early voting site to cast a second ballot for Trump in the Nov. 8 election. She told police she believed Trump's claims that the election was rigged and she feared her first ballot would be changed to a vote for Hillary Clinton.

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Jesse White to seek 6th term

Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll seek a sixth term in 2018. The 83-year-old Democrat told a crowd of 1,800 at a party brunch in Springfield on Thursday, "I'm your man."

 

White was elected secretary of state in 1998. He earlier announced he would not run again but changed his mind. The former state representative and Cook County recorder of deeds is a popular vote-getter.

 

He's been credited with ending long lines at driver's license facilities, according to the Associated Press.

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Pair of tornadoes touch down in Freeport Wednesday

The National Weather Service in the Quad Cities confirms two tornadoes touched down in Stephenson County Wednesday night, according to WIFR News.

 

The first tornado, an EF1 touched down about five miles west of Freeport and was on the ground for about two miles. The tornado had maximum winds of 90 mph.

 

Surveyors says a second tornado, an EF0, touched down about 4.5 miles northwest of Freeport, and was on the ground for about 2.5 miles. That tornado had maximum winds of 75 mph.

 

Downed trees, damaged corn fields, and damage to a nearby home were reported following the tornadoes.

 

WIFR News spoke to neighbors near the path of the tornadoes who say they are working together to clean up the damage left behind. No injuries were reported from either tornado.

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Sterling Public Library to hold semi-annual book sale

The Sterling Public Library will be having their semi-annual used book sale this fall. The Sterling Public Library is a Carnegie library which opened on November 22nd, 1905. The library maintains a collection of over 60,000 volumes, subscribes to more than 100 periodicals, and has 8 computers available for public use. Additionally, the library maintains an online catalog and an interlibrary loan program both regionally and locally in cooperation with local public and school libraries. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Librarian, Mary Bradshaw, about the sale.

 

If you are interested in donating please call them at 815-625-1370.

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Whiteside County SWAT Team dispatched twice on Tuesday

n Tuesday the Whiteside County SWAT Team was dispatched two times to assist the Sterling Police Department with incidents. The Whiteside County SWAT Team has been in existence for 16 years. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Whiteside County Sheriff's Office Lt. John Booker who is the Commander of the Whiteside County SWAT Team.

 

This was part one of our series about the Whiteside County SWAT team. Please listen to hear more of Nehrkorn’s interview with Booker about the SWAT Team.

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Cubs beat the Reds 7 to 6

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Homeowner Holds Burglar at Gunpoint until Police Arrive in Ogle County

On Tuesday, August 15th at 1:42 p.m.  the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Creston for a Residential Burglary in progress. The homeowner detained the offender at gunpoint until deputies arrived. As a result, Ogle County Deputies arrested Elijah T. Greer, age 25 of Rockford, for Residential Burglary. Greer was transported to the Ogle County jail where he was held without bond pending a court appearance on 8/16/17. Original information provided indicated the potential of additional suspects, these reports were unfounded. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hillcrest Police Department, Rochelle Police Department, Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Police

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Rochelle Middle School Teacher and Students Recognized by Governor Bruce Rauner

On Tuesday, August 15th, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, along with Illinois Director of Agriculture Raymond Poe, named teacher Vic Worthington and his students at Rochelle Middle School “Illinoisans of the Day” for helping an injured farmer. The announcement was made during a proclamation ceremony on Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.

Worthington and his students donated their time and energy to design and engineer a prosthetic arm for local farmer Jake Hubbard, who lost his left arm after a 2013 accident. Hubbard slipped in the mud while moving a heavy wheel, leaving him pinned beneath its weight for an entire night. Another farmer found him the next day, but his arm was not able to be saved.

Rochelle’s Hubbard Prosthetic Project started when Rochelle Middle School used a grant to purchase a 3-D printer for the technology lab. Looking for a worthwhile way to use it, Worthington, who knows Hubbard through church, asked the farmer and father of two young children if his students could try to build him a new, affordable prosthetic arm. Hubbard has a makeshift prosthetic hand he uses for farm work, but he does not wear it in public and describes it as more of a “tool” in his toolbox.

 

Worthington and his students got to work on the project, aided by several community members, local businesses and an Ohio engineer who worked to design and create the prosthetic hand. Plastic filament, fasteners and cabling used in the project were donated by community volunteers. The team estimates that everyone involved invested approximately 200 hours in the project.

 

“Jake’s traditional prosthetic costs around $10,000 to replace,” Worthington said. “The one our kids put together used about $100 in materials, so it was a pretty nice bargain for him.”

The students presented Hubbard with his new prosthetic in May. Hubbard tried out his new arm with his two young children seated in his lap. 

 

“I want to thank Mr. Worthington and his class for giving me an opportunity to have a second prosthetic,” Hubbard said. “By doing this you have allowed me to spend more quality time with my children and family! The service Mr. Worthington is providing is priceless. His willingness to teach the class has helped turn these kids on, and show them that they truly can do anything if they put their minds to it.”

“We are honoring real-life heroes today,” Gov. Rauner said at the proclamation ceremony. “To see such selflessness, especially on the part of young people, is truly inspiring. I want to commend Mr. Worthington and his group of students. Your kindness and generosity has forever changed the life of Jake Hubbard and his family. You are role models for all of us.”

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PRISM of Lee County receives 2017 Rural Health Award of Merit

PRISM of Lee County was recently honored with the 2017 Rural Health Award of Merit from the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) at its annual conference in Champaign for its innovative work addressing addiction and mental illness.

 

The nomination read, “PRISM is a shining example of what can be accomplished when community members come together with a shared vision to make a difference. This collaborative was developed as an innovative and model approach to address the rural health opioid epidemic. PRISM is making strides every day to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness and provides a path for support for those suffering from the impacts of these conditions”.

 

 

Pictured are back left-Linda Wegner, PRISM member & Safe Passage Volunteer; Carolyn Sweeney, PRISM member & Safe Passage Volunteer; Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director; front left-Cathy Ferguson Allen, Lee County Health Department Administrator & PRISM Chair; Danny Langloss, Dixon Police Chief, Safe Passage Co-Founder

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Bill allows for K9 cops to get ambulance transport

Police dogs are in line to receive faster care when they get injured on the job. A bill signed by Governor Bruce Rauner will allow EMS crews to put a police dog in an ambulance for transport to a veterinary hospital. Illinois State Police Trooper Justin Royer says it will allow for speedy care in case his partner was ever injured on the job.

 

The bill does set precedence for humans to be transported for emergency care if needed.

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Whiteside County Honor Flight picnic to be held Sunday

The Whiteside County Honor Flight will host a picnic Sunday August 20 at the Morrison State Park Lakeside Pavilion at 1 p.m.

 

Meat, drinks and tableware will be furnished. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass and any memorabilia that they care to share. Families are welcome to attend.

 

Last names beginning with A-L should please bring an entree, while those beginning with M-Z should please bring a dessert.

 

RSVP  to Rachel Crandall at 815-535-1219.

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Sterling Police investigate two incidents that resulted in lockdowns

On Tuesday, August 15, at about 10:05 a.m., Sterling police officers were dispatched to 1507 5th Avenue in Sterling to a report of trespassers inside a vacant house. According to the witness, one of the suspects was observed to be in possession of a handgun. Officers were assisted by Rock Falls Police and the Illinois State Police.

 

Attempts by police to make contact with the suspects inside the home were met with no response. The Whiteside County SWAT Team subsequently made entry into the house and found no one inside. Additionally, no weapons were recovered and it was determined that the subjects fled prior to police arrival at the scene.

 

The suspects were described as four males, all around 30 years old.

 

Sterling High School, Challand Middle School and Sterling Unit 5, as well as CGH Medical Center, were put on lockdown for about one hour. No students were attending school.

 

Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Deputy Chief Jeff Mohr of the Sterling Police Department on Tuesday.

 

Mohr went on to say that no suspects or officers were injured in either incident.

 

 

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SCHMIDT CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE PLANS EVENTS

Citizens for Schmidt, the committee promoting Kristopher Schmidt as a Republican candidate for Sheriff of Whiteside County, will host several events in the next couple of weeks.  The public is invited to “Meet the Candidate - Dinner with Kris” on Monday, Aug. 28 from 5-8 p.m. at Family Chef Restaurant, 701 W. Lincoln Way, Morrison. A chicken dinner will be served for $10.00 per adult; children under 12 eat free. Beverages, tax, and gratuity are additional.   On Saturday, Sept. 2, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., there will be a free Neighborhood Block Party at King Pins, 18675 13th St., Fulton, featuring food, a kids’ bounce house with slide and a 50/50 raffle.  Schmidt will host another “Meet & Greet” event at the Fulton Masonic Lodge, 208 N. 10th St. on Thursday, Sept. 7 from 9-11 a.m.   “We look forward to meeting many citizens of Whiteside County during these events,” Schmidt said.  For more information on these events and on Schmidt’s campaign, please visit www.SchmidtforSheriff.org and Kris Schmidt for Sheriff on Facebook. Whiteside County’s primary election is set for March 20, 2018, while the general election is scheduled for November 6, 2018.  

 

ABOUT KRIS SCHMIDT

 

Kris graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1990 and joined the Air Force, being honorably discharged in 1995. He worked for the DeWitt (Iowa) Police Department, beginning as a patrolman and was quickly promoted to Sergeant in charge of patrol. In 2001, he joined the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, where he was assigned to patrol and was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2009. While working at the Sheriff's Office, he has had many accomplishments, including earning his bachelor of arts business degree in organization management, with distinction, and a minor in criminal justice and receiving many awards for his dedicated service to Whiteside County.

 

He and his wife, Sarah, and have a blended family of six children and live on a small farm just outside of Morrison.

 

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Judge Grants Ogle County State's Attorney's Request for Special Prosecutor in Death of Megan Wells

During a pretrial conference on August 15, 2017, Associate Circuit Judge John C. Redington granted Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow’s request and entered an order appointing the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office as special prosecutor in the case of People v. Marc W. Mongan. In December 2016, the Ogle County Grand Jury found that there was no probable cause to proceed with the felony charges of Felony Operating a Watercraft Under the Influence of Alcohol and Aggravated Reckless Operation of a Watercraft against Marc W. Mongan in relation to a June 24, 2016 boat crash which resulted in the death of Megan Wells, 31, of Rockford. Mr. Mongan had previously been arrested and charged with misdemeanor offenses related to the crash. Without a finding of probable cause the Ogle County State’s Attorney’s Office was legally unable to pursue felony charges against Mr. Mongan. The misdemeanor charges were subsequently set for trial on August 21, 2017. During the course of preparation for the upcoming trial, the Ogle County State’s Attorney’s office became aware of possible additional evidence related to the events of June 24, 2016. Since the State’s Attorney’s office did not have possession of this information at the time, it was not previously presented to the Ogle County Grand Jury As a result of this discovery, State’s Attorney Morrow asked the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office to review this new information and assume the prosecution of the Defendant in this case. In explaining the request for a special prosecutor Morrow stated, “It is imperative that in all prosecutions the victim, the defendant and the public have confidence in the proceedings. Despite assurances from my office and the Court’s previous ruling which found that a special prosecutor was not necessary in this matter, the family of Megan Wells continues to believe that my office has a conflict of interest in the prosecution of Mr. Mongan. We have denied the existence of any conflict and, in fact, the Court has previously found that no conflict exists. With the discovery of this new evidence, however, it is appropriate that a special prosecutor be appointed to guarantee that there is no doubt by the family of Megan Wells or the public in general that justice is being served in this case. It is not unusual, in a situation such as this, for a special prosecutor to be appointed to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”  This matter is set for a status hearing on September 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

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Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds tonight on WSSQ 94.3 FM

Join us to listen Illinois' very own 2016 World Series Champs!

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Whiteside County SWAT Team Deployed Twice on Tuesday

The Whiteside County Sheriffs Office was contacted by the Sterling Police to assist them with two separate incidents on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.   The first incident was around 10:30 a.m. when the Whiteside County SWAT Team assisted Sterling Detectives, and Whiteside County Detectives  with the issuance of a high-risk search warrant.  The SWAT Team was then requested a second time by the Sterling Police to assist them with the report of several trespassing in a residence. The report was that at least one of the individuals was armed with a handgun.  Whiteside County Swat Team was also assisted by Rock Falls Police and Illinois State Police.  No further information in available at this time and both incidents remain under investigation.

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United Way Of Whiteside County "Let's Feed Our Children" 2017 Summary

A total of 3,420 loaves of bread were used for the 11-week “Let’s Feed Our Children” 2017 summer free lunch program.   This is a program of the United Way of Whiteside County.  This FREE summer lunch program came to a close on August 10, celebrating its 16th year.  Nearly 480 volunteers from local churches, other area organizations, and many corporate partners, prepared the brown bag lunches for children at various sites in Sterling, Rock Falls, Morrison, Prophetstown, Tampico, Fulton, Erie, Lyndon, Albany, and Chadwick/Milledgeville.  Sauk Valley Foodbank serves as the warehouse for all the food used during the 11 weeks, plus the Foodbank is also able to buy many of the supplies needed in bulk. Thank you to Walmart DC 7024 for their donation of the fresh fruit that each site had this year.  Total number of lunches served were: Sterling, 16,227; Rock Falls, 6,590; Rock Falls Breakfast Program through the YMCA, 1,766; Morrison, 982; Tampico, 1,274; Erie/Lyndon, 1,185; Prophetstown, 513; Fulton, 2,950; Albany, 103 and Chadwick/Milledgeville, 127 for a grand total of 31,665 lunches served.  We would like to thank all of the churches that donated peanut butter and jelly, along with monetary donations for the cost of the program. There were over 25 churches, 10 businesses and many individual volunteers who helped. It truly takes an entire community to feed our children in the county. Thank you volunteers for all of the many hours each of you gave this year.     

 

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Winning Art to be Featured Again on Bridge Banners

Banners featuring the winning pieces from Woodlawn Arts Academy's Student-Teachr Art Exhibit will again be displayed on the First Avenue Bridge between Sterling and Rock Falls.

 

The newest banners will be revealed in the new RB&W District Amphitheater along the Rock Falls Riverfront at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 16, just before the Bridge the Community Run. The artists have been invited for the ceremony.

 

"This is an amazing opportunity for these young artists to get their work out in the public," said Christy Zepezauer, Woodlawn's Executive Director. "We are grateful to Bridge the Community for their partnership in this project. It fulfills their mission to beautify the riverfront and ours to offer quality artistic opportunity to the Sauk Valley Community."

 

Artwork featured on the banners was chosen by community members who voted on their favorites during the first two weeks of the Academy's 2017 Student-Teacher Art Exhibit. The artwork was also featured in Woodlawn's Summer 2017 Arts Porgram Guide. The Academy is an agency of United Way of Whiteside and Lee counties.

 

This is the third series of banners to be installed through a partnership with Bridge the Community. The organization's annual 10K/5K raises funds to beautify the Sterling and Rock Falls riverfronts. As progress continues, efforts have turned toward the bridge that brings the two towns together.

 

Bridge the Community pays for the banners with help from sponsors. This year's banner sponsors are: Halo Branded Solutions; Wahl Clipper Corporation; CGH Medical Center; State Farm — Jack Spencer and Mike Sprague; Rock Falls Tourism and the City of Sterling.

 

View the photos of the winning art.

 

 

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Fulton man arrested on multiple charges

On August 2nd at 7:18 p.m. Whiteside County Deputies were called to a disturbance in the rural Fulton area. Upon further investigation, Merle D. Stage, age 55 of Fulton, was arrested for Aggravated Kidnapping, three counts of Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery and Unlawful Restraint. Stage was transported to the Whiteside County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond.

 

Lee County/Dixon Police SWAT, and Illinois State Police Crime Scene assisted on scene.

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147th Whiteside County Fair begins today

The 147th annual Whiteside County Fair begins on Tuesday, August 15th and runs through August 19th. The fairgrounds are located at 201 W. Winfield Street in Morrison. Go to whitesidecountyfair.org or find the Whiteside County Fair on Facebook for updates, a complete schedule and more information.

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Dixon becomes Venice for a night

The 4th annual Venetian Night was held on Saturday at the Dixon Riverfront. The event included something for everyone including: food and drinks, face painting, balloon animals, magicians, living statues, street dancers, music, Mimes, venetian market, and an opportunity for the kids to decorate venetian fans and masks. The entire river front looked like a page out of a Venice travel guide. Our Tammy Nehrkorn Spoke with Crystal Collinson and Jeremy Hawk at Venetian Night.

 

The night was capped off with fireworks over the Rock River.

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Sterling Public Library building new ramp at front entrance

The Sterling Public Library will be getting a new ramp on the front entrance of the library. The construction to make the ramp A.D.A compliant will begin in September according to Sterling Young Adult Librarian, Mary Bradshaw, who spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn.

 

Bradshaw said they anticipate the front entrance will be closed for a couple of months during the construction of the ramp.

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Cubs defeat that Reds 15 to 5

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147 Annual Whiteside County Fair Begins Tuesday

The 147th annual Whiteside County Fair begins on Tuesday, August 15th and runs through August 19th.   The fairgrounds are located at 201 W. Winfield Street in Morrison.   Go to whitesidecountyfair.org or find the Whiteside County Fair on Facebook for updates, a complete schedule and more information.

 

 

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Cubs winning against the Red 13 to 5 in the top of the 8th inning

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Cubs lead the Reds 7 to 2 in the top of the 7th inning.

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Armed Robbery at Circle "K" Gas Station in Sterling

The Sterling Police Department responded to 2210 Locust Street to the Circle "K" Gas Station located in the Kroger parking lot to investigate a report of an armey robbery at 3:13 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017.   Sterling Police are currently looking for assistance in locating the suspect of the crime.   According to police, the suspect is described as a male and is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slim build.   He was wearing gray pants and a black coat.  He displayed what looked like a hand gun during the commission of the crime.  No further information is availabe at this time.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Sterling Police Department at 815-632-6640 or Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867.   The Sterling Police Department would like to to remind residents to call them if they observe any suspicious people or activites.  

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Cubs tied with Red 2 to 2 bottom of the 4th inning

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DIXON POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE

Maridel M. Telegrosa, age 51, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 1900 block of West 3rd Street on August 14th, 2017 at 2:42 p.m., for Violation of Order of Protection. Telegrosa was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.  Damien M. Cook, age 24, of Dixon, Illinois, was arrested in the 300 block of Central Place on August 14th, 2017 at 7:01 a.m., for Domestic Battery and Domestic Battery (Subsequent Offense). Cook was processed and taken to the Lee County Jail.

The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

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Fulton Man arrested for Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Domestic Violence, Domestic Battery, and Unlawful Restraint

On August 2nd at 7:18 p.m. Whiteside County Deputies were called to a disturbance in the rural Fulton area.  Upon further investigation, Merle D. Stage, age 55 of Fulton, was arrested for Aggravated Kidnapping, three counts of Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Domestic Battery, Domestic Battery and Unlawful Restraint.  Stage was transported to the Whiteside County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond.  Lee County/Dixon Police SWAT, and Illinois State Police Crime Scene assisted on scene.

 

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

 

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Deputies Make Arrest for Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery to a Child, and Interfering with the Reporting of Domestic Violence in Rural Sterling.

On July 29th at 8:10 p.m. Whiteside County Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance rural Sterling.  Upon further investigation,Andrew J. Sucher, age 25 of Sterling, was arrested for two counts of Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery to a Child and Interfering with Reporting Domestic Violence.  Sucher was transported to the Whiteside County Jail where he was held in lieu of bond.  

 

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

 

 

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Department News Release

8-13-17 @ 7:25 PM

Whiteside County Deputies conducted a traffic stop in Rock Falls.  Upon further investigation, Tiffany A. Martinez, age 39 of Rock Falls, was arrested for Failure to Signal and two counts of Driving Under the Influence. Tiffany was transported to the Whiteside County Jail where she was processed and released with a Notice to Appear.

 

08-13-17 @ 02:00 am

Andrias R. Smith, age 21 of Morrison, was stopped on US Route 30 west of Morrison for speeding 80/55 MPH. He was arrested for (2) counts of DUI and Speeding 80/55 MPH, processed at the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, and released on bond with a future court date of Sept 13, 2017.  Morrison Police and Rick’s Towing assisted on scene.

 

08-12-17 @ 12:35 am

Gage M. Engelkens, age 21 of Camanche, Iowa, was arrested on IL Route 84 near the Union Pacific Railroad for Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Cannabis (10 to 30 grams), Operating an UninsuredMotor Vehicle, and Driving While License Suspended.  He was transported to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office, processed, and released on bond pending a future court date.  Fulton Police and Midwest Towing assisted on scene.

 

08-07-17 @ 3:26 pm

At the intersection of U.S. Route 30 and Lawrence Road, Whiteside County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle due to the registered owner having a revoked Illinois Driver’s License.  During the investigation of the stop, Donald W. Johnson, age 40 of Rock Falls, was arrested for Driving While License Revoked.  He was transported to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office where he was processed and released on a Noticed to Appear.  Assisting on scene was Williams’ Towing out of Rock Falls.    

 

07-29-17 @ 02:30 am 

Alicia J. McGee, age 20 of Lombard, Illinois, was stopped for speeding on US Route 30 west of Morrison.  She was arrested for Speeding 84/55 MPH and DUI – Drugs.  McGee was processed at the Whiteside County Jail and released on bond pending results from the Illinois State Crime Lab.  Fulton Police and Midwest Towing assisted on scene.

 

These arrests are merely a charge and he/she is presumed innocent until proven guilty

 

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August 2017 Whiteside County Senior Center Calendar of Events

 

August 15

   8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.       Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

   9:30 a.m.                         Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.       Commodities, must meet income guidelines  

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Lunch

12:30 p.m.                          Euchre, $3 to play, bring a snack

12:30 p.m.                          Scrabble

 

August 16

  8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.       Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                         Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.                         Canasta

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    Blood Pressure check by Sauk Valley Living and Rehab

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 p.m.                         Pinochle

 1:00 p.m.                          Bingo – Prizes by Sauk Valley Living and Rehab, snacks by WCSC

                                           (Donate a can of food or $1 to play)

 

August 17

National Thrift shop Day

Come to the Emporium Thrift Center and enjoy 50% discount off all our merchandise.

  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    Playing pool, cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                       Kings on Corner cards

10:30 a.m.                       Beginning Stretch and Move Exercise Class

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 p.m.                       Cards “Hand and Foot” game, $2, bring a snack

  2:00 p.m.                       I-Pad Class

 

August 18

  8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.       Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                        Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.                        Intermediate Line Dancing

11:00 a.m.                        Beginning Line Dancing

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.      Lunch

12:30 p.m.                        Pinochle

12:30 p.m.                        Mexican Train Dominoes $5 to play, prizes, and bring a snack

 

August 21

8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.        Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

9:30 a.m.                          Kings on Corner cards

10:30 a.m.                        National Senior Citizens Day, activities in dining room.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Lunch

12:30 p.m.                        Pinochle

12:30 p.m.                        Crochet/Knitting Club                  

12:30 p.m.                        Friendly Mexican train Dominoes, $5 to play, prizes, and bring a snack

 

August 22

8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.        Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

 9:30 a.m.                         Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Commodities, must meet income guidelines

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Lunch

12:30 p.m.                        Euchre, $3 to play, bring a snack

12:30 p.m.                        Scrabble

 

August 23

  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Playing pool, cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                         Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.                         Canasta

10:30 a.m.                         The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill presentation

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    Blood Pressure check by Sterling Pavilion

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 p.m.                         Pinochle

  1:00 p.m.                         Bingo – Prizes by Regency Care of Sterling, snacks by WCSC

                                           (Donate a can of food or $1 to play)

 

 

August 24

  8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.     Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                       Kings on Corner cards

10:30 a.m.                       Beginning Stretch and Move Exercise Class

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 p.m.                       Cards “Hand and Foot” game, $2, bring a snack

 2:00 p.m.                        I-Pad Class

 

August 25

  8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.       Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                        Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.                        Intermediate Line Dancing

11:00 p.m.                        Beginning Line Dancing

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.      Lunch

12:30 p.m.                        Pinochle

12:30 p.m.                        Mexican Train Dominoes $5 to play, prizes, and bring a snack

12:30 p.m.                        Medicare Choices Presentation

 

August 27

  1:05 p.m.                      Euchre Tournament. Sign-in is 12:45. Cost is $5 per entry and 25 cents a set, with a                               100% payback. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

 

August 28

  8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.      Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                        Kings on Corner cards

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.     Lunch

12:30 p.m.                       Medicare Choices Class

12:30 p.m.                        Pinochle

12:30 p.m.                        Crochet/Knitting Club                  

12:30 p.m.                        Friendly Mexican train Dominoes, $5 to play, prizes, and bring a snack

 

August 29

8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.           Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

 9:30 a.m.                           Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.       Commodities, must meet income guidelines

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Lunch

12:30 p.m.                          Euchre, $3 to play, bring a snack

12:30 p.m.                          Scrabble

 

August 30

 

  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Playing pool, cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                         Kings on Corner cards

10:00 a.m.                         Canasta

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    Blood Pressure check by Sterling Pavilion

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 p.m.                         Pinochle

  1:00 p.m.                         Bingo – Prizes by TBA, snacks by WCSC

                                           (Donate a can of food or $1 to play)

 

August 31

  8:00 am. - 4:00 p.m.     Playing pool, Cards, socializing, computer lab

  9:30 a.m.                       Kings on Corner cards

10:30 a.m.                       Beginning Stretch and Move Exercise Class

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.    Lunch

12:30 p.m.                       Cards “Hand and Foot” game, $2, bring a snack

 

 

Caregiving Series at WCSC – starting in October – 4 sessions to help caregivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polo Police Report

The Polo Police Department report that on August 9, 2017 at 11:54 p.m. they stopped 37-year-old Nathan W. Quigley of Oakville, Ontario, Canada for speeding 44 miles per-hour in a 30 MPH zone.   Quigley was released on an I-Bond.  

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Historic downtown Rock Falls church being converted to salon

Jerrie and Mike Garcia have been remodeling the former 7th Day Adventist Church in Rock Falls for over a year. The historic downtown church is getting a complete facelift both inside and out. The couple has been working hard to update the church and convert it into a salon. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Jerrie and Mike Garcia about the remodel.

 

The couple is putting stone work, pillars, new windows, new railings on the front of the building. It is located at 501 West 2nd Street in Rock Falls.

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Dixon Riverfront hosts Venetian Night

The Dixon Riverfront was transformed into old-world Venice on Saturday night as they celebrated the 4th Annual Venetian Night. They had something for everyone including: food and drinks, face painting, balloon animals, magicians, living statues, street dancers, music, venetian market, and an opportunity for the kids to decorate venetian fans and masks. The night was capped off with fireworks. Michael Clark and his children Lucas and Chloe attended the event and our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Chloe and Michael Clark on Saturday.

 

The next Downtown Dixon event will be Blues, Brews, B.B.Q. and Bags for the Brave Tourney and Fundraiser and will be held on September 2nd in downtown Dixon.

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Rock Falls business hosts 5th annual Back-to-School Haircut specials

The Rock Falls Community Building was the site for Ben’s Phresh Kutz Back-to-School Hair cut special on Sunday. This was the 5th annual event that included discounted haircuts and free school supplies too. Missy Phillips is one of the organizers and she spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn on Sunday.

 

Hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including drugs, and is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.

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Cubs 8 and Diamondbacks 3 middle of the 8th inning

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Cubs leading the Dianondbacks 5 to 3 end of the 7th inning

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Chicago White Sox defeat the KC Royals 6 to 3

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Cubs lead the Diamondbacks 5 to 2 in the top of the 6th inning

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Todd McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament

Tennis Tournament to Benefit Cancer Fund

The Coloma Township Park District will host the Jeffrey “Todd” McThenia Memorial Tennis Tournament to benefit the Cancer Fund.  Todd was a 1983 Graduate of Rock Falls High School and played on the Varsity Tennis Team.  He went on to play tennis for 2 years under Coach Frank Palumbo on a scholarship at Sauk Valley College.  From Sauk Todd received a scholarship to play at St. Francis College in Joliet. 

While attending St. Francis College over Christmas Break in 1988 Todd received tragic news that he had cancer.  Todd began his treatment immediately.  His days consisted of a treatment everyday, Monday through Friday, attending classes and participating in Tennis practice.  Todd was a computer science major and during the whole time he kept up this grueling schedule he was able to make the "Dean’s List” for grades.  

After a valiant fight Todd passed away on March 9, 1991 at the young age of 26 years.  Todd’s many friends especially Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge began and still continue to direct the tennis tournament in Todd’s honor.  All proceeds from the tournament go to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund to be used locally to help cancer patients.  Everyone is welcome to play in the tournament and donations are welcome.  Donations can be sent to the Whiteside County Cancer Fund or to the Park District in Todd’s name.

The Todd McThenia Memorial Doubles Tennis Tournament sponsored by Wheelock Furniture and the Coloma Township Park District will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017.  All entrants may play Mens and Womens Doubles beginning at 9:00 am and Mixed Doubles at 1:00 PM.    The Tournaments are open to all persons 16 and older wishing to participate.  The Tournament Directors will be Marc Wolens and Dick Akridge. Matches will be played at the Tennis Court facilities located in Centennial Park in Rock Falls Each team must supply a new can of Championship balls.  Winners keep the new can; losers take the used can.  Balls must be yellow and not seconds.   All of the Tennis Courts at Centennial Park will be closed to the public on the days the Tennis Tournaments are being played.  Rain date for the tournament will be Sunday, August 20, 2017.

 

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White Sox versus the Kansas City Royals tonight at 7:10 p.m.

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Cubs take on the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at 8:40 p.m.

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Death Investigation in Jo Daviess County

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 2:23 p.m. the Jo Daviess 911 Dispatch Center received a call regarding an injured male subject at 1314 S. Blackjack Road in rural Galena.  The Galena Ambulance was dispatched and transported James A. Kosusnik, age 82, to Midwest Medical Center.  Where he died due to his injuries according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office.  A subsequent investigation found that Kosusnik had been operating an end-loader/backhoe on his property and was accidently run over by the machinery while clearing debris in the work area.  On Wednesday, August 9th an autopsy was conducted at the Stephenson County Morgue in Freeport.  Preliminary autopsy reports indicated that Kosusnik suffered a broken pelvis and massive internal bleeding due to the accident. 

 

 

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Ogle County State's Attorney Eric Morrow's Weekly Report

FOR WEEK ENDING

August 11, 2017

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August 8, 2017

Keinen Neubert, 20, Byron/JBR

Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child/Attempt Pred. Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child

Stat: 9/26/17

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August 9, 2017

Bradley Beach, 33, Oregon/CL

Agg. Domestic Battery/Agg. Battery/Domestic Battery/Threatening a P.O.

PTC: 8/28/17

 

Felix Vega, Jr., 46, Rochelle/CL

Defrauding Drug & Alcohol Screening

PTC: 9/25/17

 

Ethan Langley, 22, Oregon/CL

Poss of Stolen Motor Vehicle

PTC: 8/28/17

 

Anthony Johnson, 34, Rochelle/CL

Domestic Battery

PTC: 9/25/17

 

Nestor Cordero, 55, Rochelle/RH

Agg. Domestic Battery/Agg. Battery/Domestic Battery

BH: 8/14/17

 

Casimir Williams, 19, Dalton, IL/RH

Home Invasion/Agg. Battery/Armed Robbery

Motion Hearing: 9/1/17

 

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August 11, 2017

Austin Reeverts, 25, Rockford/JCR

Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a P.O.

PTC: 9/25/17

 

Daniel Coleman, 33, Genoa/RH

Poss of a Controlled Substance

PG: to Poss of a Controlled Substance; Sentenced to 4 months Drug Probation & 30 hours PSW; Must pay total fines

and costs of $3222.00.

 

Jonathon Miller, 37, Forreston/RH

Agg. Battery

JSC: 9/25/17

 

Garrett Nelson, 23, Davis Junction/RH

Agg. Fleeing to Elude a P.O.

JSC: 9/25/17

 

Anita Chattic, 34, Sterling/RH

DWLR

PTC: 9/25/17

 

Jacob Gomez, 30, Stillman Valley/RH

Agg. Domestic Battery/Domestic Battery/Unl. Restraint

Bond Hearing 8/24/17

 

Sean Pearson, 20, Leaf River/RH

Unl. Failure to Reg. As a Sex Offender

PG: to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender; Sentenced to 70 days imprisonment and a $500 fine.

 

Jamie Carter, 36, Oregon/RH

Theft

JSC: 9/25/17

 

Gabriel Borrego, 22, Rochelle/RH

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

JSC: 9/25/17

 

Oscar Milan, 25, Rochelle/RH

Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

JSC: 9/25/17

 

Carolos Vazquez, 39, Rochelle/RH

Poss of Fraudulent DL/Obstruction of Justice

JSC: 8/28/17

 

Michelle Thompson, 40, Rochelle/RH

Agg. Battery of a Peace Officer/Threatening a Public Official/Resisting, Obstructing a P.O./Criminal Damage to Property

PTC: 8/14/17

 

Amber Anders, 24, Rochelle/RH

Agg. DUI/DWLR

PTC: 9/25/17

 

Ryan Proell, Dixon/35/RH

Poss of a Controlled Substance

JSC: 10/6/17

 

Wade Winekauf, 58, Dixon/RH

Unlawful Restraint/Domestic Battery

Stat: 9/1/17

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS

ARR: Arraignment

AWA: Arraignment with Attorney

STA: Status

PTC: Pre-Trial Conference

JSC: Jury Status Call

PH: Preliminary Hearing

MTS: Motion to Suppress

MH: Motion Hearing

FTA: Failed to Appear

BT: Bench Trial

BF: Bond Forfeiture

JT: Jury Trial

PNG: Plead Not Guilty

PG: Plead Guilty

FG: Found Guilty

FNG Found Not Guilty

PDFee: Public Defender Fee

J & S: Joint and Several

ST: Straight Time

IMP: Imprisonment

PIM: Periodic Imprisonment

DOC: Department of Corrections

Prob: Probation

CC: Court Costs

Rest: Restitution

CD: Conditional Discharge

Pfee: Probation Fee

CTSP: Court Supervision

Coun: Counseling

PSW: Public Service Work

C.S.: Crime stoppers

DA: Drug Offense

SV: Street Value

LabA: Lab Analysis

SOR: Sex Offender Reg.

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City of Sterling

City of Sterling Notification

 

There will be no Plan Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 2017. The next Plan Commission meeting is September 21, 2017.

 

 

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Whiteside County Sheriff's Office warns of scam artists

The Whiteside County Sheriff's Office cautions everyone in the state that a fradulent scam is occurring. Callers identify themselves as being from Com Ed and that your current account is past due and demand money to be paid immediately by credit card or othermethod over the phone. The callers then threaten that if not paid, someone will come to disconnect the electrical services.

 

Lieutenant John Booker was notified by a Com Ed spokesman advising of this ongoing scam. The spokesman advised that they never use a live person when making calls in regard to customer accounts.

 

Anyone who receives a call of this nature should contact local law enforcement or the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office at 815-772-4044. Do not under any circumstances give your personal or financial information out over the phone.

 

 

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Lee County expands safe passage program

The Safe Passage Initiative was created to help those dealing with addiction to heroin, opiates, or other drugs get into rehab. This revolutionary new policing program is aimed at getting those with addictions help; instead of putting them into the criminal justice system. The Dixon Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office. And the Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office implemented this state-of-the-art approach to dealing with the growing addiction problem. Chief Danny Langloss spoke with our Tammy Nehrkorn about the program.

 

For more information please contact the Dixon Police Department or the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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Street resurfacing to begin in Rock Falls

Street priming and resurfacing will begin in Rock Falls on Friday August 11 and should be completed by August 18. No parking will be allowed on the following streets and vehicles are recommended to be at least 10 feet off of the roadway from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the street priming and resurfacing.

 

The no parking ordinance begins Friday and begins again on Monday August 14 through Friday August 18. Parking will be allowed on the weekend of August 12 and 13.

 

The streets scheduled for priming and resurfacing are:

 

  • West 6th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
  • West 6th STreet from 11th Avenue to 12th Avenue
  • East 3rd Street from 1st Avenue to Avenue C
  • West 2nd Street from 5th Avenue to 12th Avenue
  • Avenue A from Dixon Avenue to East 5th Street
  • Avenue A from East 12th Street South to End
  • West 13th STreet from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • West 14th Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • West 15th Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
  • Lindy Avenue from West 15th Street to Route 30
  • Lindy Avenue from West 19th Street to West 21st Street
  • Alley between East 9th Street and East 10th Street from Avenue A to Avenue C
  • Alley between East 8th Street and East 9th Street from Avenue A to Avenue D
  • Alley between 7th Avenue and 9th Avenue from West 3rd Street to West 5th Street
  • Alley between Dixon Avenue and East 4th Street from Avenue B to Avenue C

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