Cops probe battery, phone scams

From the Police reports

** An employee at a local shipping store told police he was sitting at his desk when an unknown man became irate.  The employee said the man was upset that he was not being helped by the man and started calling him a racist.  He then threw two hand-held shrink-wrap dispensers and threw them at the employee, hitting him in the head.  Then customer fled the scene.

** A resident contacted police about a suspicious person who knocked on his door in the 400 block of Crofton Lane with a Fed-Ex envelope.  The resident said he was not expecting a package and indicated the person was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans and visor.

** Police received a complaint about an “inappropriate question” asked by a clerk at the Shell station at Lake-Cook and McHenry Road.  Police reports say a customer contacted them when the clerk asked “why do black people buy lottery tickets?” The customer told police he was “alarmed and dismayed” by the racial insensitivity of the clerk.

** A resident told police he provided money to a caller who said h was from Social Security and there was a problem with his SSN and he would have to pay for a replacement. The resident told police he purchased $5,200 in Target gift cards.

** Police received a complaint from a Villa Verde resident who said his next door neighbors have weekly parties that attract between 30 and 40 guests and that the screaming and yelling from guests is excessively loud. The resident was advised to call 9-1-1 if it happens again.

** A customer at a Jewelry and Pawn shop became agitated when he was told in a phone call his Playstation 4 console would be worth between $150 and $170 but when he arrived at the store he was offered $160.  The customer left the store, but not before he knocked a box filled with items on to the floor.

** A local woman told police she became concerned when a man she met on asked her for money.  She thought it was odd and realized she was being scammed.

** Police are investigating a case of forgery.  A resident sold some furniture on “Let’s Go” for $1500.  The purchaser told the woman he would send her a check, but in the meantime asked her to send the difference to mover who would pick up the furniture. The woman told police she noticed the initial amount was deposited and sent $1,000 via Zelle to the purchaser’s email. The woman checked her account and found it was overdrawn because the check was forged.

** A resident told police she was defrauded out of $4,750 by someone who said he was from the FBI. She  told police she paid the amount in gift cards.

** A local electrical company filed a complaint with police after it appeared that a former employee purchased supplies totally $7,246.61.  The employee was fired in January but was able to make purchases.

** A Chicago man was investigated by police after he wrote a check for $191.71 at  Woodman’s even though the checking account was closed.  The police said the man opened the account with $25, but still wrote checks in excess of that amount thinking, he said, that the bank would cover the over drawn amount until he made a deposit once he was paid. Police say the man was very apologetic and vowed to repay the store. The Lake County State’s Attorney’s office declined to file charges.

Election 2019

Candidates’ forum video available
Residents can watch the video from the March 5 candidates’ forum at Candidates forum video.  The video runs nearly 2 ½ hours.

Board President candidates debate
Candidates for village posts, including Village Board President, participated in a public forum and debate March 5. Coverage of the Board President debate can be found at Board President debate.

Herald lists endorsements for Stevenson school board
The Daily Herald endorses Terry Moons, David Weisberg, Amy Neault and Heena Agrawal.  The full endorsement editorial can be found at Stevenson board endorsements.

Around BG

Prairie View economic development plan input available until April 4
The Public Comment Period for the Draft Prairie View Metra Station Area Plan is available through April 4, 2019. Within this period of time, there are several opportunities to view the video about this vision, which can be found Prairie View plan video , to review the plan Prairie View plan overview , and provide feedback - both online and in-person. Please visit the project's website at  for more information. For additional questions and comments, please contact Principal Planner, Nicole Woods at or 847-459-5539.

Village files appeal in pension case
The Village of Buffalo Grove has filed an appeal to a Lake County judge’s ruling that gave the family of a 51-year-old village firefighter who died of colon cancer last year full pension benefits. Coverage can be found at Village appeals and at Pension appeal.

Public Works staff members achieve national certification
Two Buffalo Grove Public Works employees, Public Works Director Mike Reynolds and Maintenance Superintendent Bryan Beitzel, have achieved a top, national certification through The American Public Works Association (APWA).
Both staff members were required to take a written exam that was offered during the APWA Expo, which was held in August of 2018.
This certification recognizes individuals working in the public works field who possess the knowledge, experience and ability to manage public works department organizations. Reynolds and Beitzel are two of just three public works professionals in Illinois, and 30 from across the country, who have achieved this certification.

You be the judge
Residents of Cook and Lake counties are invited to serve as election judges for the upcoming April 2 consolidated election. To be eligible to serve, candidates must be a U.S. citizen and be registered to vote in county of their residence for the upcoming election and can be a junior/senior high school student.
For more information about Cook County Election Judge information, click Cook County election judge info. or call 312-603-0970.
For more information about Lake County Election Judge information, click Lake County election judge info. or call 847-377-2408.

Recycle events set
Two free household chemical waste events will be held in March, sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO). Events are for Illinois residents only, and will be held at the agency's Gurnee Facility, 1311 N. Estes Street. Only residential waste will be accepted, and appointments are required. Acceptable items include CFL bulbs, unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins/supplements (human and pet), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, and oil-based paints (no latex) and varnishes, in addition to other household chemicals. Click  SWALCO event info to schedule an appointment.

D214 Foundation accepting scholarship applications
The D214 Foundation is now accepting applications to award more than $40,000 in college scholarships through the generosity of its donors.  Interested Township High School District 214 students should contact their college counselor to learn more about the available scholarships and the application process. District 214 includes Buffalo Grove and Wheeling high schools. Click D214 Foundation scholarship info. for more information.

Take a look at…
A unique camp for middle school students drew young teens to make new friends, design art projects and take small group selfies. Yet it also included interfaith prayer -- and lots of planning how to stand up against hate when they see it. See the full story at Peace Camp.

Student Voices

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Coming soon
Starting Wednesday, Buffalo Grove News & Info. will begin a series of profiles of the 11 candidates seeking Village Board positions. This includes the nine candidates for Village Trustee and the two candidates for Village President.

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