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Palatine judge gives chase after defendant flees courtroom

 Judge Ron Dygert stands with a life-sized cardboard cutout  of Deputy I. M. Cheap at the Town Hall in Palatine on Wednesday.
Judge Ron Dygert stands with a life-sized cardboard cutout of Deputy I. M. Cheap at the Town Hall in Palatine on Wednesday.
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The only barriers between Michael Shostek and freedom last week were a 6-foot-tall cardboard policeman and a sprinting judge. Neither stopped him. Shostek, 29, of Canajoharie, appeared in Palatine Town Court the evening of Dec. 12 to answer misdemeanor heroin charges. Judge Ron Dygert set cash bail at $1,500 and told Shostek a deputy was on his way to bring him to Montgomery County Jail. At that point, Shostek apparently decided obeying his appearance ticket ...


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