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UPDATE | SHOOTING DEATH ON INTERSTATE 88
No charges against officer State’s attorney: Fatal shooting of Ohio man on I-88 was ‘justified’ BY CHRISTI WARREN firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 521
MORRISON – No charges will be filed against the state conservation police officer who shot and killed a motorist on Interstate 88 west of Rock Falls on Nov. 22, Whiteside County State’s Attorney Trish Joyce announced Friday. After an investigation into the death of Shane D. Cataline, 30, of Toledo, Ohio, Joyce issued a written decision that she
believes the shooting by Conservation Police Officer Steven Francisko was “justified.” She said deadly force was approp r i a t e b e c a u s e Whiteside County Cataline was using State’s a van in “a manner Attorney which was likely to Trish Joyce cause imminent death or great bodily harm” to an Illinois State Police officer whom Cataline had pinned.
The seven-page written decision includes a detailed description of the scene that day, as reconstructed by Joyce from scores of photographs, investigative reports, interviews, videos, and more. According to Joyce’s statement of facts from that day: On Nov. 22, 2013, the opening day of shotgun season for hunting deer, Francisko was patrolling rural Whiteside County when he decided to
Go to saukvalley.com to read the complete copy of Whiteside County State’s Attorney Trish Joyce’s decision. investigate a van stopped on the side of the road. After approaching the van, Francisko identified himself and had a short conversation with Cataline, who said he was tired since he had been driving all of the day before. Cataline said he was heading to San Francisco. Francisko thought
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Cataline seemed confused. At 10:50 a.m., ISP Trooper Luke Kuehl arrived as backup for Francisko. Kuehl and Francisko talked briefly at Francisko’s car before the two approached Cataline’s van together. OFFICER CONTINUED ON A4
An ‘act of God’ day? Schools – out of bad weather days – have another option BY MATT MENCARINI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 529
Alex T. Paschalfirstname.lastname@example.org
Ogle County Highway Department plow driver Dave Boehle has had his work cut out for him this snowy season. The 14 members of the department have worked 53 of the last 55 days. Except foreman Joe Palmer. He worked Christmas, too, meaning he’s worked 54 days since Dec. 8.
Snowbound on the job Boehle and Co. already have endured a long winter
ver lie in bed at night, wondering whether you could’ve done a better job at work? Could you have closed another sale? Maybe you can’t remember whether you put a cover sheet on all of your TPS reports. Prepare to feel silly. Dave Boehle wonders whether he did enough to preserve the health – and lives, frankly –
christopher HEIMERMAN Heimerman is the Night News Editor at Sauk Valley Media. He can be reached at cheimerman@ saukvalley. com or 800-798-4085, ext. 523.
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of his fellow man. “You never switch it off,” the longtime Oregon resident said while I rode along on his snow plowing route Tuesday morning. “You’re still thinking about, ‘Maybe I should’ve ran that route. ... Is that one still OK? Maybe that’s my first objective tomorrow.’ It’s very hard to shut it off.”
Whiteside folks want more jobs and a good quality of life, new survey says. See Page C1
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Listen in Go to saukvalley. com to listen to a podcast of the interview with Ogle County plow driver Dave Boehle.
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STERLING – If area superintendents cancel another school day because of bad weather, they may have another decision to make. If school is canceled, superintendents will have 30 days to file a request for an “act of God day,” officials said. On Tuesday, Sauk Valley Media reported that once schools use up their five emergency days, any additional cancellations would result in the school year being extended. Bob Sondgeroth, regional superintendent for Whiteside County, said he had never – during his 10 years in the job – had to deal with schools using all of their emergency days.
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Now that some schools have used all five of those days, they can apply for an â€œact of God day.â€? If approved by the regional superintendent and state board of education, he said, that would allow schools to not add an additional day and not lose state aid for the canceled day. Paul McMahon, regional superintendent for Lee and Ogle counties, said Steward Elementary School District No. 220 already has used an â€œact of God day.â€? In addition to the 5 emergency days used for the snow and cold, McMahon said, the school also had to cancel a day because it was without power. An â€œact of God dayâ€? can be used only after all 5 emergency days have been used, McMahon said, and can be used for only an unforeseen issue. Michael Juenger, superintendent of the Dixon schools, said the fact that the district is out of emergency days wonâ€™t factor into the decision to cancel school if the weather makes it a safety issue. The decision for his district, he said, will be whether to apply for an â€œact of God day.â€? â€œI think thatâ€™s certainly something that weâ€™ll have to consider,â€? Juenger said. â€œWeâ€™ll consider all of the options. Itâ€™s important to educate the students, and I hate to take away from that.â€? But, Juenger said, the district will also take into account the fact that
Snowy and cold forecast -UCH OF THE 3AUK 6AL LEY IS UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL PM TODAY WITH TO INCHES OF SNOW FORECAST )NCREASING WINDS COULD CAUSE DRIFTING AND MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS TONIGHT )T WILL TURN DRY BUT COLDER 3UNDAY 4HE FORECAST HIGH IS 4HE LOW IS BELOW -ORE SNOW IS POSSIBLE 4UESDAY families have made plans based on the scheduled end of the school year. Tad Everett, superintendent of the Sterling schools, said in his 14 years with the school district, this is the first time it has used all five emergency days. He said a decision to cancel school and whether to ask for an â€œact of God dayâ€? would be made after involving the school board and teachers unions. â€œWe will definitely discuss it as a board of education and administrative team,â€? he said. â€œBut first and foremost, we will be making the decision on student and staff safety.â€? If Sterling has to cancel another day of school, Everettâ€™s recommendation to the school board will be to apply for an â€œact of God day,â€? he said. But his recommendation could change if more days are canceled. Sondgeroth said schools will have 30 days to apply for an â€œact of God day.â€? He said he was in constant contact with his superintendents while they consider canceling
school, so the superintendents will likely know whether their request will get approval at the local level before they make the decision. If a regional superintendent approves the request for an â€œact of God day,â€? Sondgeroth said, it then goes to the state board of education for review. That board will likely side with the decision of the regional superintendent, who is more aware of the local weather conditions, he said. If a district decides to cancel a day of school but not apply for an â€œact of God day,â€? the additional day doesnâ€™t have to be at the end of the year, Sondgeroth said; schools could take it during spring break. â€œItâ€™s a possibility but very unlikelyâ€? that the makeup day would be scheduled for a Saturday, he said. The five emergency days that Sterling has used, Everett said, donâ€™t have to be made up at the end of the year, but can be done during the 9 days â€“ including spring break and holidays â€“ that the district doesnâ€™t have scheduled for classes. However, Everett said he isnâ€™t in favor of using those nine days for that purpose this year because it hasnâ€™t previously been discussed and it wouldnâ€™t be fair to families of students and staff who have made plans. That is a discussion Everett wants to have with the school board, teachers unions and community, he said, in the event a similar situation comes up in the future.
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