Former alderman arrested on gun charge

Tribune reporters

A former Chicago alderman was ordered held on bond today after being charged with illegally carrying a loaded gun at a West Side police station over the weekend, authorities said.

Sharon Denise Dixon--who ended her term as alderman of the 24 th Ward in 2011--was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 bail in a hearing today before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Donald Panarese, said state’s attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton. Dixon, 50, of the 1600 block of South Central Park Avenue, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon and failure to register a firearm.

Dixon was arrested Saturday morning at the Ogden District Police Station, 3315 W. Ogden Ave. in the Lawndale neighborhood, after coming into the station and lingering for a while and then showing a holstered gun to an officer just outside the district station, authorities said.

Dixon had gone into the station and stepped out after being asked to wait outside because she had been in the station for a while, authorities said. Outside, a tactical officer noticed her walking back and forth and saw she had a holster on her waist.

The officer went up to Dixon to ask her about the gun, and she showed him a .357-caliber revolver, police said. The officer brought her into the station and arrested her.

Dixon was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital for observation, but was charged on Monday. She is due back in court next Monday.

Dixon served one term as alderman of the 24 th Ward. She was defeated for re-election in 2011 by Ald. Michael Chandler, whom she had defeated in 2007 after he served 12 years as alderman.

In 2009, Dixon lost her drivers license for several months after she refused to take a Breathalyzer test following an extended argument with several police officers in the Rogers Park District. Police alleged Dixon smelled of alcohol and failed sobriety tests after she tried to go around a marked squad car that was blocking traffic during a fire near Sheridan Road and Morse Avenue.

Dixon’s license was returned, however, after a judge found there was insufficient evidence to prove she was drunk, partly because officers let her leave the scene in her car.



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