Alderman's daughter faces felony charges

Andrea Anderson-Cates, 39, of Rockford was arrested Sept. 2 after allegedly firing a shot in the direction of business partner Delvin Dixon inside The Real Thing Clothing store at 3702 N. Main St. Cates is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 Felony punishable by up to 15 years.

Cates is the daughter of Rockford Ald. Ann Thompson (D-7) and serves as assistant director of finance for the Rockford Housing Authority.

According to police, Dixon threw his keys at Cates during an argument about money and disc jockey equipment. Cates then allegedly produced a pistol from behind the counter as Dixon and Cates’ boyfriend, Billy Charles, were engaged in a physical confrontation. The probable cause statement reports that Cates then fired a shot, striking the wall just above Dixon’s head.

The incident was recorded by the store’s security camera system.

Thompson posted 10 percent of her daughter’s $10,000 bond. Arraignment is set for Oct. 18.

Dixon could not be reached for comment and as of press time, Cates had not returned a call from The Rock River Times.

From the Sept. 27-Oct.3, 2006, issue

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