Chicagoist Weekend Blotter
Chicagoist: Peeking into the minds of the mad, the dangerous and the just plain stupid.
- On Thursday we told you about a woman finding the body of a teenage boy while walking her dog. Turns out the body belongs to 16=year-old Nathan Gregory of Chicago Heights. Gregory allegedly said some unkind words about a gang member's friend's mother. Arnaldo Cruz-Ortiz, 20, took so much indirect umbrage over the remark that he ended up shooting Gregory in the back. According to Cruz-Ortiz, "street justice" had to be administered.
- An ex-con fresh out of prison was charged with kidnapping and sexual assault Friday. Scott Hildreth of Des Plaines was released from jail April 13; on April 16 he abducted an unidentified woman in the Iriquois Woods Forest Preserve and raped her. Hildreth, 48, was arrested 20 years earlier for raping a woman in Mount Prospect in a similar fashion. Although he apologized to his most recent victim during the assault, his bond was mercifully denied.
- In a week rife with tension and paranoia due to the Virginia Tech shooting and the anniversary of Columbine, a student at Schaumburg High School added unnecessary drama to the mix Thursday. The 16-year-old minor claimed he wanted to construct a bomb and was found to have the right equipment on his person, though he did not express an explicit grudge against the school. Classes were canceled for the day's remainder while police investigated. The boy was charged with misdemeanor orderly conduct.
- Speaking of misadventures in education, five students at Harper College in Palatine pleaded guilty to a robbery at a currency exchange in January. Three of the students approached a woman at the exchange on Roselle Road; two pushed her down while the third made off with the contents of her wallet, totaling $1,300. The victim relayed their van's license number to police. Our favorite part of this story? Four of the five guys are going to Harper on football scholarships. We didn't know community colleges had such valuable football programs.