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Thursday, February 20, 2014
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OGLE COUNTY | SPENDING IN THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Board tightens grip on tow fund Ammendment narrowly passes; proposal then passed 22-1 BY VINDE WELLS email@example.com Shaw News Service
OREGON – The Ogle County Board was divided when it voted to diminish the sheriff’s control over how one fund in
his budget is spent. Before approving tighter controls on the county’s “administrative tow fund,” the board voted 12-11 vote Tuesday to remove wording that allowed the sheriff
to decide how the money is spent. The original proposal was then passed 22-1. Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn has come under fire in recent weeks over expenditures in the tow fund, which includ-
ed spending for new vehicle, flowers for Secretaries Day, a tent at the county fair, and $4,000 for management of the department’s Facebook page. GRIP CONTINUED ON A7
Ogle Co. Sheriff Michael Harn
Board Chairman Kim Gouker
‘TARZAN’ REHEARSAL IN FULL SWING AT STERLING HIGH
DESPA contract ratified, approved Teacher aides were sans contract for nearly 20 months BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 529
DIXON – After nearly 20 months of negotiating, the Dixon School District and the Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association have agreed to contract. The 4-year contract was ratified by the union members, the school district’s teacher aides, before Wednesday night’s school board meeting and then Mindy Donoho approved by the board. The contract covers the 201213 and current school years and will expire after the 2015-16 school year. Mindy Donoho, the DESPA presiMichael dent, officially Juenger announced to the school board that the contract had been ratified.
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James Schauff looks over his script offstage during rehearsal Wednesday night at Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School. He will play Clayton in “Tarzan, the Musical,” slated for Feb. 28 through March 2.
LEFT: Young Tarzan, played by Carter Schlegel, swings across the stage of Centennial Auditorium. ABOVE: Director Tim Schlegel speaks with his cast. Find out specific showtimes, ticket prices and how to order them by turning to SVM’s Plan!t section, pages A8-10.
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LEE COUNTY | DIXON MURDER TRIAL
Statements barred as evidence Documents: Man threatened two others on night of murder Matthew W. Welling Charged with five counts of firstdegree murder, two counts of home invasion in July 2012 death of Delmar Leroy Daniels
BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
DIXON – A Lee County judge Wednesday barred certain statements from being used as evidence during the murder trial of an Amboy man. During the course of a quarrel with two men on the night that TODAY’S EDITION: 28 PAGES 2 SECTIONS VOL. 160 ISSUE 53
Delmar Leroy Daniels was killed, murder suspect Matthew W. Welling told two men that he was going to kill them, according to court documents. Police say Welling, 33, later entered Daniels’ home and stabbed Daniels with a pair of scissors. He is charged with five counts of first-degree murder and two
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counts of home invasion in the July 2012 beating death of Daniels. Judge Ron Jacobson decided not to allow those statements to be discussed during the trial because the defendant is not charged with killing either of the men, and neither is mentioned in the indictment of Welling.
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By the Numbers
Dixon teacher aides and assistants went nearly that many months without a contract. That many days ago, the school district declared an impasse in negotiations with DESPA The approved contract is for that many school years, including the 2012-13 year and the one ongoing. Changes to insurance aspects will only affect those hired after that date.
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WARRANT FOR SPEEDING POSTED BOND AND GIVEN NOTICE TO APPEAR IN COURT Jermicia Newsome, OF 2OCKFORD 4UESDAY WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR POSTED CASH BOND AND HAS NO FURTHER COURT APPEARANCES Jose Irizarry, OF 2OCK FORD 4UESDAY WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR APPEARED IN COURT POSTED BOND AND GIVEN NOTICE TO APPEAR IN COURT Holly Carlson, OF 2OCKFORD 4UESDAY WARRANT FOR OBSTRUCTING IDENTIFICATION GIVEN NOTICE TO APPEAR IN COURT 14-year-old boy FROM ,IN DENWOOD PM 4UESDAY AT +INGS 3CHOOL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA TAKEN TO /GLE #OUNTY *AIL AND RELEASED TO HIS PARENT
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