Monday, March 19, 2012
Due to Sheriff Tom Dart's right hand man and top animal cop being arrested in a federal sting, many criminal cases will be thrown out
A suburban woman may seek to have her animal neglect charges dismissed after the lead investigator of the case was recently charged with extortion involving an illegal cigarette operation.
Dawn Hamill, 42, owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary near Tinley Park, appeared in court in Markham with her attorney this morning and was allowed a continuance of her trial to April 9 so her attorney can file motions stemming from the charges against the investigator.
Cook County state’s attorney officials told Judge Christopher Donnelly that animal investigator Larry Draus, a 35-year department veteran with the Cook County sheriff’s office, was charged last week after a two-year-undercover federal investigation that allegedly included him accepting a $10,000 cash payoff for agreeing to protect an illegal cigarette operation.
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