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OREGON Republican Reporter

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Dog owners will not be charged Ashton woman still recovering from wounds The owner of three dogs that attacked and seriously injured 63-year-old Aneda Ebert, rural Ashton, will not face criminal charges, Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock said in a news release. “After reviewing the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department investigative reports and potential criminal statutes, it has been determined that prosecution is not viable,� Rock said in the release, sent May 30. Ebert was attacked April 21 while jogging near her rural Ashton home. Her husband, Oregon High School graduates Karissa Corbin, left, and Emma Crandall, right, celebrate as they walk by the crowd Larry, was riding his bike and at the Blackhawk Center at the end of commencement on Sunday. Also pictured are Jennifer Coine and Gabrelle happened upon the scene. Castillo. Photo by Earleen Hinton He drove off the dogs, which had dragged Aneda into a ditch, and called 911, likely saving his wife’s life. She had severe injuries to her neck, shoulder, arms and leg, spent four days in the hospital and underwent surgery twice to repair her wounds. The dogs, two pit bulls and a smaller brown dog, were By Vinde Wells impounded by Ogle County Editor Animal Control officers shortly after the attack and The Oregon High School later euthanized with the Class of 2014 had to answer consent of the owner, who has just one more multiple-choice not been publicly identified. question Sunday afternoon At the time, Tom Champley, during graduation exercises Ogle County Animal Control at the Blackhawk Center. Administrator, said the Commencement speaker county can cite an owner of Dave Nelson quizzed the 129 dogs running loose dogs, but soon-to-be graduates about “there’s not a fine if a dog the true meaning of success bites.� — and most got it right. Vanessa Scott, Whiteside A few hands went up for County Animal Control each of the first three options: Warden, said authorities can A. a job with a large salary, charge owners of attacking B. a position of power and dogs when there is evidence influence, and C. numerous the owners knew their dogs promotions and awards. had the potential to do Almost every hand went up harm without provocation. for D. none of the above. “Your definition of success should be determined by you and only you,� Nelson told the seniors. “Your passion for your job is what makes you successful. Life is not about the achievements we attain.� He encouraged his listeners By Vinde Wells to wake up happy every day Editor Madeline Sanders, left, struggles to turn her tassle and smiles at her twin sister, and told them their journey McCahl, right, while exiting the stage during Oregon High School commencement on through life is important. The Oregon City Council Sunday. Photo by Earleen Hinton “Don’t be afraid to fail — moved ahead last week with approximately $300,000 accept it for what it is. Don’t good times and bad.� plans to build a new well Crandall plans to attend the dollars in scholarships, nine live just for yourself,� he house near the city hall. said. “We live in a world of University of Iowa in the fall. students achieved an overall The council approved Salutatorian Kasia ACT score of a 30 or better, endless opportunity. Find out two resolutions at a special what makes you truly happy Majewski stressed that doing 10 students achieved a 4.0 meeting May 29 for the acts of kindness can make a GPA [grade point average] or and pursue it.� reconstruction of well house higher.� Nelson, a 1975 graduate of difference in the world. #2 between Washington and “Kind acts can shape us Sarah Melvin, Mt. Morris, Mt. Morris High School, is a Franklin Streets. risk management specialist more than we imagine,� she was recognized during the One resolution approved ceremony for more than 800 and a partner in his family- said. applying for a Community OHS Principal Andrew hours of volunteer work. owned farm. Development Assistance Nelson told the audience that In addition, Nelson said Valedictorian Emma Program (CDAP) grant Crandall urged her members of the Class of 2014 86 percent of the class through the Illinois successfully completed one classmates to embrace the were high achievers. Department of Commerce “This group of seniors or more college level courses new experiences of life after and Economic Opportunity, has performed more than (via advanced placement David Nelson, Mt. Morris, and the other committed the high school. gave the commencement “It is not worth it to give 10,000 hours of community or dual credit programs), a city’s portion of the funds for address. anything less than your very service hours during their higher percentage than any the $573,000 project. best,� she said. “Smile in time as an Oregon Hawk,� other class in OHS history. If the grant is awarded, the Turn to A8 he said. “They have earned Twenty-two students city will pay one-fourth of the

One last quiz for OHS grads

Nelson asks 129 students what is success...really

Previous incidents, she said, can serve as proof. Champley agreed. “Legally, there has to be a prior report on these dogs� before animal control can pursue charges, he said. The Eberts were familiar with the dogs and said they never had been a problem before, and they didn’t know what prompted the attack. “They’ve been in our yard when our grandchildren have been here,� Aneda said at the time. Almost every day, weather permitting, Larry and Aneda bike and run past the house where the dogs were kept. Aneda, a retired physical education teacher, teaches one day a week at Tilton Elementary School in Rochelle. Aneda has started to do some walking, but says it will be a while before she can get back on a bike. “I’m still in a lot of pain,� she said Sunday. “The outside wounds are healing well, but the doctor says it could be 5 to 6 months for the internal stuff.� Aneda said the muscle is torn from the bone and skin is torn from the muscle. While it’s nice to start walking again, she said, it’s frustrating how painful any movement can be. “I just don’t have that spring in my step,� Aneda said. “It still hurts too much to run, and I haven’t even tried the bike yet. I’m trying my best to carry on, but it’s painful.� While the decision not to prosecute didn’t come as a surprise, it was still disappointing, Aneda said. “I wasn’t surprised, because of the Illinois statutes, but with the severity of the attack, it just seems that something should have happened,� Aneda said.

City to build a new well house

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cost or $143,250. Engineer Matt Hansen from Willett, Hofmann & Associates, Dixon, said the old well house, built in 1948, will be demolished, and a new one will be built on the same location with all new piping and equipment inside. He said grant awards will be announced early next year. “If we’re successful, I would expect construction to start in the spring of 2015,� Hansen said. Should the city not be awarded a grant, Hansen said, officials will likely seek a low interest loan through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to pay for the project. Interest on IEPA loans is usually around 2 percent, he said.

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