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Paperwork mix-up blamed for a prisoner’s mistaken release

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

     CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago man sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for dealing heroin that killed a person was mistakenly released from prison because of an apparent paperwork mix-up.

     The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 33-year-old Walter Redawn Dixon was handed that sentence by a judge in Iowa. But before he could begin serving it, Dixon was set free in December from the Stateville Correctional Center in suburban Joliet, where he was completing a sentence for an unrelated Cook County offense.

      Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says Dixon was not transferred to federal custody because the department never received a detainer order.

      Ken Robinson of the Marshals Service says deputies arrested Dixon after receiving a call last week from Iowa authorities who had just learned of the mistaken release.

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Minor injuries after car and bicycle accident in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

Whether you are driving your car or riding your bicycle, pay attention to where you’ are going.  A 14-year-old boy was treated for minor injuries after getting into an accident Friday evening in La Salle.

It happened on Hennepin Street.  Police say the boy was riding a bicycle.  The woman driving the car, Roxanne Stalker, wasn’t ticketed.  Police didn’t say who was at fault.

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Longtime Ottawa Police Sergeant retires

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

          If you were ever pulled over in Ottawa, the officer might have been Randy Baxter.  The 20-year veteran of the police force retired Thursday after rising to the rank of Detective Sgt. 

          With Baxter’s retirement, Corporal Darrin Schmitz was promoted to sergeant and Officer Michael Cheatham was promoted to corporal. 

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No one hurt during three-car accident in Oglesby

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

          A crash lead to another in Oglesby, but it wasn’t serious.  It happened Friday afternoon on West Walnut Street near Lewis Avenue. 

Mia Porter of Utica was ticketed for not slowing down to avoid an accident after police say she hit Richard Pucharich of La Salle.  Police say Pucharich then hit William Walter of Oglesby.

No one was hurt.

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