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A six-foot chain link fence cordons off a building owned by Susan Penner at 21 & 23 S. Wesley Ave. in downtown Mt. Morris. The fence was installed to protect the public from falling bricks and plaster. A large crack can be seen on the south side. Photo by Vinde Wells

Building fenced off for public safety Village officials discuss situation with owner BY VINDE WELLS vwells@oglecountynews.com The fate of a deteriorating downtown building in Mt. Morris remains uncertain, but it has been cordoned off to protect the public. A six-foot chain link fence was installed around the brick building, owned by Susan M. Penner at 21 & 23 S.

Wesley Ave., on the northeast corner of the intersection with East Front Street. Village trustee Jerry Stauffer said the fence was put up as a safety measure to protect people walking or driving by from plaster and bricks falling from the outside walls. A large crack has also appeared on the building’s south side. The utilities were disconnected several weeks ago. The fence went up approximately two weeks ago after the village board discussed the matter in closed session at its April 9 meeting. It has also been

discussed in numerous previous closed sessions. Village president Dan Elsasser said village officials have been holding ongoing discussions with owner Penner and her attorney. Penner did not return a phone call Tuesday concerning her plans for the building. Ogle County property records show that she filed a property transfer on the building on March 7, deeding it by quit claim to iDimensions LLC, based in Anchorage, Alaska, as trustee of the i1873 Property Land Trust.

for resisting or obstructing a peace officer and for disorderly conduct. She was transported to the Ogle County Jail. Emily S. Southard, 43, Mt. Morris, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant. She was transported to the Ogle County Jail. April 6 Hector Gomez, 39, Chicago, was arrested for criminal damage to property. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail. April 7 Patrick J. Beavers, 26, Franklin Park, was arrested for resisting or obstructing a peace officer. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail. April 8 

Ronald R.J. Reittinger, 36, Mt. Morris, was arrested for domestic battery. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail. April 10  Kristopher C. Mockovak, 18, Mt. Morris, was arrested for retail theft. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail.  April 17 Alexander E. Ryan, 27, Mt. Morris, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail.  April 21 Nathaniel W. Hillers, 25, Mt. Morris, was arrested on an outstanding Ogle County warrant. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail. 

MT. MORRIS POLICE Mt. Morris Police Chief Jason White released the following information on April 23. The charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. March 31 Kristopher C. Mockovak, 18, Mt. Morris, was arrested for theft of labor or services. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail. April 5 Hector Gomez, 39, Chicago, was arrested for resisting or obstructing a peace officer and for disorderly conduct. He was transported to the Ogle County Jail.  Tonya N. Herold, 30, Mt. Morris, was arrested

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