Chicagoist Weekend Blotter
Who needs the cold? We're basking in our radiators and skimming the events of the past weekend:
- Former Burger King employee James Ealy was arrested and held without bond Friday for the Nov. 27 murder of Mary Hutchison, 45. Ealy, 42, robbed the Lindenhurst BK early that morning; to eliminate witnesses, he strangled and stabbed manager Hutchison, his former boss. Police found money from the safe in Ealy's apartment, as well as blood-stained clothing. Hutchison moved to the Lindenhurst location in June due to safety concerns; she had been robbed and pistol-whipped at her previous location.
- A tollway worker was struck and severely injured Saturday morning by a hit-and-run driver. Wayne Pauley, 42, was assisting with a crash on I-88 when he was hit around 2 a.m. Police are looking for the driver.
- In an unrelated but similar accident, a state trooper was also struck and seriously injured while helping crash victims, this time on I-290 near Irving Park Road. Mary Huffman Gariepy, 30, sustained non-life-threatening injuries; her offender has been taken into custody.
- Former death row inmate Anthony Porter, 51, was indicted Friday for felony domestic abuse against his girlfriend, 28-year-old Tracy Bell. Bell wants the charges dropped because she instigated the fight, during which Porter hit her with a beer bottle so hard it shattered and sliced her cheek. Porter gained notoriety first in 1983 when he was convicted of a double homicide and sent to death row; he was back in the spotlight in 1999 when another man confessed to the crime.
- Finally, a baby on the West Side just couldn't wait for the snowstorm to be over. Jennifer Duncan gave birth in an ambulance Friday morning on the way to West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. She adds her new son, Dontrell, to her list of birthdays to celebrate on Dec. 1, along with her 2-yaer-old son and a cousin.
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