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Additional charges filed in death of state trooper

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Reckless homicide charges have been filed against the driver of a commercial vehicle that struck and killed an Illinois state trooper. Craig W. Dittmar was allegedly driving the semitrailer that slammed into Trooper Brooke Jones-Story on March 28 while she inspected ...Read more

LaSalle County Auditors suspended without pay

OTTAWA – LaSalle County Board chairman Jim Olson announced at a Thursday meeting that two deputy auditors will be suspended and no longer paid for 30 days. LaSalle County Auditor Jody Wilkinson was indicted on eight counts of felony Official Misconduct in November of 2018 after she allegedly ...Read more

Shabbona man dies after tree collapses on him

SHABBONA – A Shabbona man was killed while working in a field Tuesday. According to the Dekalb County Coroner’s Office, the man was identified as 72-year-old Larry J. Barshinger. Authorities say Barshinger was working in a field, clearing trees in rural Shabbona, when one reportedly ...Read more