LOCAL NEWS – THURSDAY DECEMBER 12th 2019

Jim Leach

A DeKalb man has been charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after threatening to shoot a security guard at a Batavia business this morning. According to the Daily Chronicle, 27-year-old Derri Enoch of DeKalb is a former Suncast employee who arrived at the company early Wednesday morning and the guard told him that he had been fired and was no longer allowed on the property. Enoch, who was believed to have had a gun, then allegedly threatened to shoot the guard. Enoch was taken into custody without incident. No gun was displayed or located.


The city of DeKalb is now accepting applications from local nonprofit groups for its 2020 Community Development Block Grant. According to the Daily Chronicle, the grant funding comes from federal community development dollars that is provided to DeKalb by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Interested groups should submit an application on the city’s website, by clicking the Community Development Department tab. Letters of intent to apply are due by January 10. Organizations that receive the grants must provide public services to city residents whose income is less than 80-percent of the area median income. The projects must increase public services that promote independent living for the homeless, elderly, low-income residents and those with disabilities.


A Sycamore pastor who was indicted in 2015 in a child porn case will finally stand trial in 2020. According to the Daily Chronicle, 39 year old Corey Butler, who is listed as pastor of the Jesus is the Way Christian Center in Sycamore appeared in DeKalb County court yesterday with his new attorney, who asked for more time before the trial begins. Butler was charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography, and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of dissemination. He has been free since posting bond after his 2015 arrest. He next pre-trial court date is January 23.


As enrollment continues to drop at NIU, so does the number of students who live in the residence halls, and the university is looking at ways to make use of the empty spaces. According to the Daily Chronicle, enrollment is at its lowest in 50 years, and nearly 20 percent of the dorms on campus are vacant. The university is making plans to raise enrollment, and is working on a campuswide master plan to better assess space, capacity and use of academic and residential space. The campus has the ability to house 43-hundred students in its six residence halls, and fall 2019 occupancy sits at just over 34-hundred. Despite the drop, NIU has remodeled many of its dorms in recent years to appeal to more students.


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