STANDOFF AT ROBY RIDGE

AS MILITIAMEN CHEER HER ON, ONE WOMAN HOLDS OFF ILLINOIS STATE TROOPERS

The town of Roby is a strangely idyllic place for a siege. Nevertheless, as acres of corn and soybean have been undulating in the fall breeze, and as birch, maple and oak have been turning their autumnal colors, Shirley Allen, 51, has been facing down the law for the past month. On Sept. 22, Christian County sheriff's deputies knocked on the door of her two-bedroom farmhouse to serve her with a court order for psychiatric evaluation. She met them with a 12-gauge bolt-action shotgun. They backed off and set up the siege.

Her family had been worried about Allen ever since...

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