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Hoffman Estates fire lieutenant charged with battery

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A Hoffman Estates fire lieutenant is scheduled to return to court Friday, Aug. 1, on a misdemeanor charge of battery, stemming from an allegation he pushed and punched a Bartlett man last month during a traffic altercation in Hoffman Estates.

According to Cook County court records, Anthony M. Butler, 47, of the 700 block of Lancaster Lane in Geneva was off-duty when he became involved in the altercation June 12 on eastbound Golf Road at Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates.

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Butler approached the driver's side of the Bartlett man's vehicle, began yelling, then reached into the vehicle through the open window and pushed the man in the chest with an open hand, court records said. As the Bartlett driver exited his vehicle, Butler punched him in the face with a closed fist, causing a cut lip, records said.

Hoffman Estates Village Manager Jim Norris said the village administration was immediately made aware of Butler's arrest and conducted its own internal investigation completely separate from the police investigation. Butler was placed on administrative office duty during the investigation.

Discipline has been issued and is in the process of being served, Norris said, adding he couldn't comment further on a personnel matter.

The police report on the altercation wasn't available Wednesday. The village has five business days to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed Monday.

Butler could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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