LOCAL NEWS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 17th 2019

Jim Leach

There was an increase in police presence at Sycamore High School yesterday after a threat of violence was made against the school. In a statement on the district’s website, Superintendent Kathy Countryman said that the threat was not credible, but additional officers would be on campus out of caution. Countryman called the threat a rumor and reiterated that student safety is the district’s top priority.


DeKalb is moving its data center to the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport so it can take advantage of temperature-controlled buildings for the cables used by the city’s internet provider. According to the Daily Chronicle, the council approved a contract on Monday night with DeKalb-based Syndeo Networks to install a fenced building to house the cables and city servers. This new space is north of the airport’s maintenance building. The council approved a 20-year lease with the airport with an option to extend another 20 years.


A DeKalb man who is facing child pornography charges has also been charged with manufacturing explosives that have been used by terrorist groups. According to the Daily Chronicle, 26 year-old Brenton Strobert of West Lincoln Highway is charged with possession of ammunition and possession of ammunition without a FOID card. The suspected explosives were found in his Lincoln Towers Apartment and more were found in his storage unit. The substance was found to be ammonium nitrate and other compounds that could make an explosive that has been used by ISIS. Police also found cut pipes and unknown chemicals. The Kane County bomb squad was called in to detonate the materials last week.


DeKalb City Clerk Lynn Fazekas has filed a lawsuit asking a DeKalb County judge to declare a new ordinance passed by the City Council earlier this week unconstitutional. According to the Daily Chronicle, Fazekas filed the lawsuit Tuesday in response to the ordinance that changes the powers of her office. The amended ordinance eliminates the deputy clerk position and gives those duties to the executive assistant to the city manager, which is held by Ruth Scott. The amendment gives Scott the authority to affix the City Seal onto documents when Fazekas is unavailable. Fazekas has said she will not comply with the ordinance, which keeps the clerk role elected and part-time.


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