5:26 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Dixon Strike Threatens Student Testing

Credit Dixon Athletics

In Dixon, teachers and the school board remain split on how to resolve a strike.  Members of the Dixon Education Association bargaining team walked out of contract talks Monday. The main sticking point is salary increases. As they two sides stand apart on a contract, students are supposed to be taking standardized tests.

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4:57 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Dixon Teachers To Strike This Week

Credit Dixon Athletics

Teachers in Dixon plan to strike Thursday.  In an open letter to the community, the Dixon Education Association says unresolved issues include continued salary freezes and staffing shortages.

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Rita Crundwell
4:53 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Crundwell Jewelry Auction Nets 250K

Credit U.S. Marshals Service

A sale of Rita Crundwell's jewelry brought in more than $250,000.  The U.S. Marshals Service reports the highest item went for more than $12,000. The auction was conducted online and the furthest bid came from Hawaii.

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5:37 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Dixon Doesn't Want State Charges Against Crundwell Dropped

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke

The city of Dixon wants state charges against its former comptroller Rita Crundwell to move forward. Crundwell was sentenced last week to more than 19 years in federal prison for embezzling more than 50-million dollars from the city.

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Rita Crundwell
5:06 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Crundwell Liquidation Nearly Complete

Credit Jenna Dooley

The U.S. Marshals Service has liquidated nearly all of the assets of Rita Crundwell, the former Dixon comptroller who admitted embezzling vast sums from the city. One of the final sales will be her personal jewelry collection. The jewelry sale, scheduled Feb. 23 in Texas, will be simulcast to reach a wider audience.

When all is said and done, the city of Dixon will only recoup a fraction of the $53 million taken from the city's coffers over the last two decades.

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Rita Crundwell Case
2:40 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Wanna Buy A Microscope? Latest Crundwell Auction Underway

Rita Crundwell's personalized paint job on trailer that's up for auction this week.
Credit professionalauction.com

UPDATE 11/14/12: The trailer/lab equipment auction yielded $56,450. The trailer went for $31,500.

UPDATE: Crundwell changed plea to guilty: see follow-up stories.

Time is running out for anyone interested in getting a deal on a horse hematology lab. The auctioning of former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s possessions continues, with a trailer and lab equipment on the on-line block until Wednesday night.

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The Crundwell Case
11:02 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Rockford vet seeks payment from Crundwell assets

Rockford-based Strathman Veterinary Services Inc. says Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell owes more than $52,000 for services to 67 of her horses, according to documents filed in federal court this week.

The company’s attorney filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed in early May to recoup those losses when U.S. Marshals sell those and 334 other horses that belong to Crundwell.

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2:17 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Internet virus used to raid Dixon fire pension funds

An Internet virus was used to steal more than $30,000 from a fund that pays Dixon Rural Fire Protection District pensions, Dixon police told saukvalley.com, and they have traced the virus to a person in Massachusetts,

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11:52 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Dixon horse auction is likely this summer

U.S. Marshals Service

At least some of the more than 400 prime quarter horses belonging to former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell  should go on the block at a multi-day, live public auction later this summer in Dixon under a proposal by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Using www.fedbizopps.gov,the Marshals Service has posted a dozen or so documents detailing the requirements to bid for the contract – including the fact that it is open only to small businesses.

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5:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Dixon to host competition for "cubers"


16-year-old John Brechon was a shy teen, until he discovered others shared his passion of cubing.  A familiar example of cubing is the popular Rubik's Cube puzzle game.  But it is much more than that.  There are cubes of all shapes and sizes, and for Brechon, it is about beating the clock to solve each puzzle.

"They time your solves and basically whoever has the fastest times wins."

Sounds easy, right?  That depends on how skilled the cuber is, and in some tournaments, the cuber must solve the puzzle blindfolded.

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