Katie Finlon

A little girl from Sycamore went missing 59 years ago Satuerday. The disappearance is still remembered by many in the community.

Seven-year-old Maria Ridulph was playing outside with a friend before she disappeared on Dec. 3, 1957. Then, a man named “Johnny” appeared and started talking to them and gave them piggy-back rides.

When her friend came back after she left to grab mittens, Ridulph was gone. Police found her body in northwest Illinois months later.

Victim Identified In Sycamore House Fire

Oct 31, 2016
city of Sycamore

The DeKalb County Coroner identified 47-year-old Jeffrey Conery as the victim of a house fire Sunday morning.

The home is located on Somonauk St. in Sycamore. No one else was in the residence at the time of the incident.

According to a news release, the home did have working smoke detectors.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Sycamore Fire, Police and the State Fire Marshall's office.

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The Sycamore City Council adopted an ordinance Monday that regulates donation boxes for clothes, shoes and other products.  

The measure addresses recent complaints that boxes have appeared on private property without permission, some becoming dumping grounds for unwanted goods. When property owners tried to contact the owners of the boxes, they received no response.  

Dibble Family LLC’s request to build a propane distribution facility in DeKalb County is facing another public hearing.  

The Morris-based company wants to build the facility at 25330 Five Points Road, a patch of farmland west of Sycamore.  However,  local landowners worry their properties could be affected if the building catches fire.

A former Sycamore resident who abducted and raped an NIU student in 2001 at gunpoint is asking a judge to reconsider a decision that changed his jail sentence.

Todd S. Allgood, 48, forced the student to drive to his Sycamore trailer, where the attack took place.  

The original jury trial resulted in a 55-year prison sentence, but the Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled last year that part of that sentence  violated state law.  Allgood's prison term was reduced to 31 years earlier this month.