Chicagoist Weekend Blotter
Cold and crime and Bears, oh my!
- Three teenagers were killed and another injured in a fatal car accident on the West Side early Sunday morning. A 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix carrying the four slammed into a CTA support at a high rate of speed near the Cicero Green Line stop (the Trib says Blue Line, but considering the info provided, that doesn't add up). Two of the passengers were thrown from the car. The victims ranged in age from 17 to 19, with the surviving teen being 13.
- A pipe bomb was found at an unidentified skyscraper downtown on Thursday. The bomb, which was not primed, was very similar to a device that showed up at American Century Investments in Kansas City, Mo., the previous day. Both bombs came with notes attached and were defused without incident. The FBI is investigating the relation between the two bombs, where they came from, and why.
- A 1-year-old girl was found alone in a car in a Jewel parking lot Friday night. Police were tipped off to an infant left in an unheated car in the 3500 block of North Kedzie. Because of the severity of the cold temperatures, they broke a window and took the child into protective custody. The mother, 25-year-old Heba Mohamed, and her 5-year-old son returned to the car about 10 minutes later; Mohamed was arrested and charged with child endangerment. The baby was treated for cold exposure, but is otherwise fine.
- Finally, back in November we told you about a hotel identity theft ring. Twelve people were arrested for selling customers' credit card numbers over a span of six years. Well, all charges against those twelve have been dropped; six were dropped some time ago, while the other six were let go on Thursday. Seems like the only informant used in the bust was "compromised," rendering testimony inadmissible. Who says the system doesn't work?
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