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ROBY, Ill.: Cancel the black helicopters: The five-week siege of Shirley Ann Allen by Illinois police has ended without incident — apparently when Ms. Allen simply wandered out the back door.

After beating the tear gas with petroleum jelly; after holding off deputies with a shotgun; after shooting a police dog in the nose; the 51-year-old Ms. Allen must have decided she’d had enough. She was immediately taken into custody by police, who will now ensure that the court-ordered psychiatric evaluation that started it all is finally carried out.

It has been an expensive — and occasionally laughable — standoff, but also a successful one. Concerned militiamen may now return to their homes.