Neponset man charged in Kewanee bar incident


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Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2013, 7:44 pm
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By Lisa Hammer, rlhammer@qconline.com
CAMBRIDGE -- A Neponset man who allegedly threatened the life of a Kewanee police officer's mother was in court on Tuesday.

Judge Ted Hamer found probable cause for Paul R. Carlson, 42, to proceed to trial for Class 2 felony aggravated battery, Class 3 felony aggravated battery, Class 2 felony aggravated intimidation, Class A misdemeanor resisting a peace officer and two counts of Class A misdemeanor aggravated assault.

Kewanee Police Officer Gene DeValkenaere testified on Tuesday that he was dispatched to a bar named J.T.'s Place at 1:18 a.m. Feb. 15 to remove a belligerent customer. He said Mr. Carlson kept saying the officers had the wrong customer as they took him outside, threatening to punch Officer DeValkenaere if he didn't stop. The officer said he had to take Mr. Carlson to the ground and, when he did, Mr. Carlson said he was hurt and was going to get them all fired.

Eventually officers were able to get Mr. Carlson into a squad car. The officer testified the jail refused to admit Mr. Carlson until he had a scratch next to his left eye checked out at a hospital. On the way to the hospital, Mr. Carlson allegedly cursed at officers and elevated threats to punch Officer DeValkenaere and Officer Eric Hamilton. Mr. Carlson also allegedly said he would find Officer DeValkenaere's mother's house and slit her throat and kill her.

Mr. Carlson remained in the Henry County Jail on $75,000 bond on Tuesday. His next pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 21.



















 



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