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Crime & Courts

Man arrested for threatening Streator officer

A homeless Streator man was charged this week with threatening a police officer.

Streator police were called Sunday to the area of Lundy and Sterling streets for a report of a man with a knife and a brick. Upon arrival, an officer found Donald J. Rogers, who appeared agitated, was pacing “frantically” and was uncooperative and threatening, police reported.

Rogers refused to leave and was arrested after a brief struggle on a complaint of obstructing police. Once in custody, Rogers threatened to kill the officer and the officer’s family, which led to another charge of threatening a public official, according to police. Rogers, 35, was taken to the La Salle County Jail.

At a court hearing Monday, Rogers had an outburst and was removed from the courtroom. The public defender is representing Rogers, who needs $10,000 cash to make bond. Rogers has been in prison.

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