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This Week in Stupid

By Joanna Miller in News on Sep 22, 2006 5:57PM

What is it that drives people to be stupid? It’s something Chicagoist often wonders about. Perhaps stupid comes from the same place that drives the rest of humanity to do more productive, or at least less illegal, things – family, fortune, fame, hormones. Maybe the road to stupid is paved with good intentions. After all, it’s a pretty heavily traveled road, and traffic can make anyone crazy.

  • 2006_09_22familycar.jpgA couple from north suburban Winthrop Harbor faces charges after crashing their car, grabbing their two young kids and trying to leave the scene on foot. Shelly Oliver, 28, stumbled and fell as police brought her, along with husband Michael Oliver, 33, and their two children, back to the scene of the accident. She then pushed an officer who tried to help her up. At Midwestern Regional Medical Center, she swore at and slapped a nurse who was trying to treat her. There is some dispute over who was driving at the time of the accident, so they’ve both been charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and endangering the life/health of a child. Shelly Oliver has also been charged with aggravated battery and resisting a peace officer. The children have been turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
  • A Chicago man is in custody after a robbing a Lakeview bank and leaving some key evidence behind. After Edward Randle robbed a North Community Bank branch, he took off his shirt and jacket, while running from the scene. His jacket pocket contained a pay stub with his name and address. Randle turned himself into police on Wednesday.
  • The three Wisconsin men who tried to dig up a woman’s body to have sex with the corpse aren’t in quite as much trouble anymore. A judge dismissed the charges of attempted sexual assault last Friday. Lucky for Nicholas and Alexander Grunke and Dustin Radke, all 20, there wasn’t enough evidence, and Wisconsin has no law against necrophilia. They still face lesser charges.