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DeKalb police: Drugs may be involved in death

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 6:14 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 1, 2014 8:00 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – Police are investigating whether a 30-year-old Cortland man arrested Thursday for allegedly dealing heroin is connected with the death of a 27-year-old transient man.

David Pierce, originally of McHenry and more recently of Sycamore, was unresponsive with no pulse and lying next to a fence near Northern Public Radio, 801 N. First St., DeKalb police said. DeKalb firefighters began CPR about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and he was pronounced dead soon after at Kishwaukee Hospital.

Authorities found drug paraphernalia near Pierce and are investigating whether drugs were involved with his death, DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said. Petragallo declined to reveal what type of drug paraphernalia they found.

Police are exploring whether Anthony S. McClain, of the first block of West George Avenue in Cortland, is connected with the death; they also are exploring leads unrelated to McClain, Petragallo said.

About 12:45 p.m. Thursday, DeKalb police talked with McClain as part of an unrelated, ongoing drug investigation, according to a news release. McClain was pulled over on Sycamore Road south of Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb.

McClain was charged with unlawful delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of heroin and driving on a revoked license, the news release states. McClain is on parole for attempted residential burglary and aggravated driving under the influence, according to state records.

The most serious charge McClain faces typically is punishable with up to 15 years in prison. His bond is expected to be set in court Friday.

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