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The suspect in a June 12 shooting in Lost Nation that resulted in three Ogle County Emergency Response Team members being shot has been taken into custody and charged with four counts of attempted first degree murder, a Tuesday press release from Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock said.

The Rochelle Fire Department and the Ogle-Lee Fire Protection District responded to two separate structure fires on Monday evening. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters, and eight residents were displaced from the homes due to damage, RFD Chief Dave Sawlsville said.

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Rochelle Township High School Board of Education unanimously approved a $311,307 bid from Law Excavating for an upcoming detention pond reconstruction project.

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve its 2024-2025 tentative budget and appropriations.

Three Ogle County Emergency Response Team members and one barricaded suspect were shot late Wednesday morning at a residence in Lost Nation in the rural Dixon area and survived after being transported to area hospitals, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 

At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Hillcrest Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing for and unanimously approved a new solar panel ordinance.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Rochelle Elementary School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to issue a maximum of $11,163,432 in general obligation school bonds for renovations at Tilton Elementary School and possible future work at its other schools.

On Tuesday, the Rochelle Chamber of Commerce hosted its 54th Annual Chamber Play Day at Fairways Golf Course.

At its meeting Monday, the Rochelle City Council unanimously approved a bid, possible change order allowance and the use of motor fuel tax (MFT) and Rebuild Illinois (RBI) funds for a Steward Road pavement improvement project.

On Friday, a grand opening event was held for Luna at 531 S. 7th St. in Rochelle. The event included a ribbon cutting, appetizers & drinks, and live music. 

Robert Lee of Rochelle served in the United States Army from 1958-1960 as a maintenance supply clerk in the 555th Engineer Brigade.

John Gruben of Rochelle served in the United States Army from 1970-1972. 

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, the Creston Village Board of Trustees heard an update from Village Engineer Kevin Bunge on a storm sewer project that the village is considering.

Sam Graber, owner of Graber Financial Group at 409 4th Ave. and a former Rochelle Township High School history teacher and assistant basketball coach, recently retired from his work selling insurance in the community.

On Wednesday morning, the Rochelle Police Department took part in its annual Law Enforcement Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois. 

Rochelle Community Hospital’s XCEL Orthopedics will provide sports physicals this month on June 11, 18 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sports physicals will be performed this season by Harrison Swalla, MPAS, PA-C; and Carter Gallick, PA-C, ATC of XCEL Orthopedics. 

On Tuesday, the City of Rochelle presented a facade grant check for $5,000 to Luna at 531 S. 7th St. in Rochelle.

The City of Rochelle will begin alley reconstruction work this summer, City Street Department Superintendent Tim Isley said May 15. 

Residents of Lincoln Manor have spent the past two months making sleeping mats from recycled plastic shopping bags to donate to Miss Carly's, a non-profit dedicated to the homeless in Rockford.

The Flagg-Rochelle Public Library kicked off its Summer Reading program this week. The theme this year is Read, Renew, Repeat. The library has hosted a summer reading program for over 50 years to offer area kids a place to go and activities while they’re on summer break from school.

The Rochelle Township High School Art program recently wrapped up its 2023-2024 year, with students boasting nearly 50 awards from competitions including the annual RTHS Art Show, the I-8 Conference competition, the Rockford Art Museum Young Artist Show, the Kishwaukee College Juried High School Art Show, and the Northern Illinois University Art Invitational. 

Local charitable organization From the Heart has established a Queen of Hearts drawing that will take place weekly on Thursday evenings at Luna starting June 13.

At its meeting Tuesday, the Rochelle City Council discussed a potential urban park that it may erect in the future at 517 W. 4th Ave., where it recently demolished a building that was the former site of Vinny's Barbershop.

On Saturday, Rochelle Township High School held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2024 outdoors on the football field. There were 209 graduating seniors. 

The City of Rochelle hasn’t seen any recent developer interest in the former site of Hickory Grove at 1127 N. 7th St., City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh said May 15.

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