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Dawn Patrol: Disabled woman left in Tennessee; Stephen Peterson sues

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  • Lynn Cameron, "didn't know her name, address, phone number, date of birth -- nothing" when police responded to a call from the staff of a Caryville, Tenn., bar where she was left alone, Caryville Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith said. "She said she was not taking her, that she couldn't care for her, and she went back to Illinois," Smith said about the Lynn's mother.

      Lynn Cameron, "didn't know her name, address, phone number, date of birth -- nothing" when police responded to a call from the staff of a Caryville, Tenn., bar where she was left alone, Caryville Assistant Police Chief Stephanie Smith said. "She said she was not taking her, that she couldn't care for her, and she went back to Illinois," Smith said about the Lynn's mother.
    Courtesy of WVLT-TV, Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Former Oak Brook police officer Stephen Peterson, son of Drew, claims Oak Brook's former police chief conspired to get him off the force.

       Former Oak Brook police officer Stephen Peterson, son of Drew, claims Oak Brook's former police chief conspired to get him off the force.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

 
 

Algonquin woman left disabled daughter at Tennessee bar

An Algonquin woman struggled to explain yesterday why she left her mentally disabled 19-year-old daughter in a Tennessee bar late last month. "(Lynn) wasn't really missing. We knew where she was," said Eva Cameron, who was on her way back to Algonquin after no charges were filed against her because her daughter is not a minor. Lynn has been placed temporarily at a facility for disabled children and adults in Tennessee, and Cameron said that's a good outcome. "It took five minutes for her to get (into a placement) in Tennessee; it took 10 years for her not to get one in Illinois," she said. It's still unclear if Eva Cameron can be charged with any wrongdoing in Illinois, Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine said. Full story.

Drew Peterson's son sues former Oak Brook police chief

Drew Peterson's son has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming Oak Brook's former police chief conspired with another official to fire him from his job as a police officer. The lawsuit claims former Chief Thomas Sheahan vowed he was "going to get" Stephen Peterson and ruin him financially after the younger Peterson testified before a grand jury in his Oak Brook police uniform during his father's murder case. Full story.

Suspect escapes police after Wood Dale burglary

Despite the help of K-9 units, a helicopter and neighboring agencies, Lombard police could not locate a suspect who flipped his vehicle while fleeing a Wood Dale burglary late Monday night. Police were able to locate a passenger in the vehicle after it crashed just after midnight, but the driver remained at large as police called off the search Tuesday morning. Full story.

Hot weather means big numbers at Lake County pools

Many Lake County public pool managers are grateful for last week's record-tying three days of 100-degree temperatures, which bumped up attendance and in turn income for park districts. Gurnee's Hunt Club Park aquatic center, for example, saw an attendance jump of 32 percent compared to the same period during the first week of July last year. Full story.

Parolee arrested after St. Charles burglary

A 35-year-old Aurora man with a history of residential burglary convictions was arrested while running from a St. Charles home that he broke into Monday morning, according to police. A resident of the home hid in an upstairs bedroom when he heard the suspect break in through a glass door and called 911, police said. Aric A. Liberati is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Full story.

Weather

Sunny and warm today with a high of about 88 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 66 degrees when you head out the door this morning, and dip back to 64 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.

Traffic

People are urged to avoid the corner of Route 59 and Route 72 near Bartlett and Wayne for an accident with injuries between a semi and a car. A second accident is being reported at Route 83 and Half Day Road near Lincolnshire. People should also avoid reconstruction and widening of Walkup Road from just south of Route 176 to Burning Bush Trail in Crystal Lake that is expected to last through November. Full story.

Sale pitches scoreless inning, Chicago batters go hitless

The NL all-stars struck early in last night's All-Star game, jumping out to a 5-run lead in the first inning that the team's pitchers held on to for the rest of the game. White Sox starter Chris Sale pitched a scoreless inning, giving up 2 hits and striking out one, while teammate Jake Peavy failed to get into the game. Peavy was the only pitcher on the AL roster who did not pitch. Brian LaHair and Starlin Castro were both hitless in their lone at-bats, while White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was hit by a pitch in his one at bat. Full story.

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