Chicagoist Weekend Blotter
Farewell to another weekend, and all the newsworthy mayhem that goes with it:
- A man robbed and brutally murdered a pizza delivery driver in West Chicago on Thursday night. Bradley Justice, 29, borrowed a cell from a strip club bouncer and ordered $70 worth of pizzas from a Rosati's in St. Charles. When 41-year-old driver Karen Hassan showed up, Justice beat her in the head with a blunt object and took some of her money (but only one slice of pizza). Hassan was a single mother of four who was actually covering for one of her sons that night.
- Also in West Chicago, a 12-unit apartment building became the scene of a five-alarm fire Saturday morning. About 80 people are currently displaced at the Main Park Apartments, but no residents sustained injury or death. The building's landlord has offered to house the families in other units until the situation can be assessed. Cause of the fire is unknown.
- An attempted robbery at a comic store in Roselle on Friday ended with the robber dead and the owner wounded. A 40-year-old parolee brandished a gun at Glen Soustek, owner of Westlake Cards, Comics & Coins, who produced his own gun and fatally shot the would-be thief. DuPage County, wherein Roselle is located, allows storeowners to keep weapons on hand for self-defense. Soustek was hit in the arm in the attack.
- Commuters on the Kennedy may have witnessed a suicide early Friday morning: A man's body was found near an Ohio Street ramp, along with gasoline, a camcorder and a sign that said "Thou Shalt Not Kill." Reports of a statue on fire near the scene led police to the grim discovery. They believe the man videotaped his own self-immolation; for what purpose, they know not (yet).
- Finally, 33-year-old Stelio Kalkounos, co-owner of a Schaumburg steakhouse, was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday as part of a sting operation. Kalkounos drove to Milwaukee in March, thinking he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex. The girl was, in fact, a Milwaukee police detective. Oopsy.
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