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Crime & Courts

Some odd police calls mark July 4 weekend

DeKALB – The Fourth of July brought no increase in crime in DeKalb County but it did bring several unusual cases. 

The holiday weekend proved to be fairly quiet for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. But on Monday morning deputies responded to a call about a man in Somonauk who was drunk and wanting to hunt coyotes. 

After the police arrived, they charged Hawken L. Oldfather, 21, of the 2200 block of North 2800 East Road, Emington, with possession of a firearm and ammunition without having a firearm owner’s identification card.

When the police found Oldfather, he was sitting at a picnic table with a gun, which didn’t belong to him, laid on the top of the table, said Gary Dumdie, sheriff’s office chief deputy. He had been drinking but he wasn’t dangerous, he said. 

“He wasn’t threatening anyone,” Dumdie said. 

Oldfather made a comment to the police he was hunting coyotes, he said. While coyotes are open season in Illinois year-round, hunters must have a license and a firearm identification owner’s card, he said. 

DeKalb police responded to an incident where a DeKalb resident had been run over by a train, said DeKalb police Lt. James McDougall. 

The man was intoxicated and sleeping between the rails when a train ran him over overnight Sunday, but he only suffered a broken arm. He was cited for trespassing, McDougall said.

“It is very unusual for someone to be run over by a train and not suffer anything more than a broken arm,” McDougall said. 

For other cities in the county, offenses weren’t any more significant than the fireworks. 

In Genoa, where the police have stridently enforced anti-fireworks laws for the past seven to eight years, there were only three citations issued for unlawful use of fireworks, said Genoa Police Chief Ty Lynch. 

“I think the Genoa Police Department has been strict on fireworks for a number of years and I think people know not to light them up here,” Lynch said. 

Sycamore police received about a dozen calls for fireworks complaints over the weekend but not much else, said Sycamore police Lt. Darrell Johnson. Other than the fireworks, there were three noise complaints. Most of those complaints reported loud parties and dogs barking, he said. 

“I think it is because there are more people out of town than usual,” Johnson said about the lack of crime over the holiday weekend. “More people traveling.” 

Number of  incidents during Fourth of July weekend reported by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office:  

Driving under the influence: 2

Noise violations: less than 5

Domestic battery: 3

Burglaries: 3

Accidents: 3

Possession of drug paraphernalia: 1

Fireworks complaints: 10

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