"Game of Thrones" pre-empts shed fire

From the Police Reports

Hot topic -- Residents on the 600 block of Macarthur Drive reported that their shed was on fire. When police arrived, the couple said they were engrossed in “Game of Thornes” and did not hear anything and were not aware of the fire.  Neighbors told police they heard two loud explosions, like “M-80 type of fireworks.’  The residents said the contents of the shed included garden tools and lawnmower, which had not been used in two years.
Bonnie and Clod? -- An attendant at a Speedway station on Milwaukee Ave called police after overhearing a couple’s conversation which the male said “Why did you tell them I robbed a bank? To which his female accompanist responded “I didn’t know not to, you should have told be.” The attendant told the police that the female appeared to be under the influence of narcotics and very anxious.”  She purchased alcohol an according to the attendant, proceeded to consume the alcohol as she left as a passenger in a car.
Daily routine? -- A resident reported a suspicious car at Willow Stream Pool parking lot. Police were able to find the driver who said that driving around the parking lot was part of his routine before going to work.
Well-being check -- Police were summoned to the Bucky’s in the 1200 block of McHenry Road in response to a request for as well-being checked. Police were told a woman had been in the restroom for 45 minutes. A customer told employees that the woman was shaking. When police arrived and were able to communicate with the woman, she began yelling at them and the returned to the restroom. She eventually came out with her belongings, still yelling at police, which continued near the main entrance. As she walked south on McHenry Road, police checked and found the woman had two active Lake County Sheriff Office “Failure to Appear”. She was arrested and taken to Lake County Jail unable to post $75,000 bond
Burglary from motor vehicle – A Rolling Meadows man reported a “RedMed” (medical device was taken from his car on May 11 while he shopped at the Dollar Store in the 1200 block of Dundee.  The car was left unlocked.
Cry uncle? A woman said she received an email from a man “who she thought was her uncle.” The man requested $100 in iTune gift cards. She obliged before realizing it was a scam. Apple was issuing a refund.
Missed sign? A door-to-door salesman became upset when a resident yelled at him for ringing his doorbell and waved a holstered gun at him. The man said the sales person ignored the “No Trespassing” and “No Soliciting” signs. The man did have a valid FOID and Concealed Carry License.

Cops looking for seat belt scofflaws
A seat belt enforcement campaign will run through 28, which includes one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year. Click It or Ticket enforces the proper use of seat belts and car seats to keep all motorists and passengers safe.
“Our police officers see firsthand the tragedies that can occur when people do not buckle up,” Traffic Sergeant Michelle Kondrat says. “It’s such a simple and effective way to protect yourself while traveling. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, we want to make sure people are doing everything they can to stay safe.”
Buffalo Grove Police will be taking a ‘no excuses approach’ and writing citations day and night. Motorists and passengers not wearing seat belts will be ticketed, and those who are caught driving impaired will be arrested.
“Please help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed, because they failed to buckle up,” Kondrat says. “Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up for every trip, every time.”
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit BuckleUpIllinois.org.

Cops hit the roof
Members of the Buffalo Grove Police Department participated in the “Cop on a Roof” fund-raiser for Special Olympics on Friday. Cops were at all three Dunkin' Donuts in Buffalo Grove.

Elected officials to be sworn in Monday
Recently elected members of the Village Board will be sworn into office, including Village President Beverly Sussman, Clerk Janet Sirabian, and Trustees Eric Smith, David Weidenfeld and Gregory Pike during a special Village Board meeting Monday, May 20. The special meeting scheduled for 7:29 p.m., immediately proceeds the regularly scheduled Board meeting at 7:30 p.m. The agenda for the board meeting can be found at this site.

Weiland lane closures start
Due to excavation work, extended lane closures have begun on Weiland Road between Lake Cook Road and Armstrong Drive, and will remain in place for roughly the next two weeks. The right lane is closed at northbound Weiland Road in this area, with semi-trucks entering and leaving; flaggers will not be present, so motorists should proceed with caution or consider alternate routes. The right in/right out entrance for the Schwind Crossing shopping center (Weiland and Lake Cook roads) will be affected during this period of lane closures.

Bike rodeo rescheduled for May 18
Buffalo Grove Police are hoping the weather cooperates for the rescheduled Bike Rodeo this Saturday at Mike Rylko Community Park, 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Road from noon until 2 p.m. Participants can enter a raffle for a chance to win a 24" new bike, generously donated by Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg and Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim. This event will not take place in the event of bad weather.

Public Works’ open house Saturday
The Public Works Department’s annual Open House and Touch-a-Truck event is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Public Service Center, 51 Raupp Boulevard. Free raffles, prizes and food will be provided. This event will take place rain or shine, and families with children of all ages are welcome.

All in vein
The Buffalo Grove Community Blood Drive will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Drive in Buffalo Grove. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments and recommended. Please call Vitalant (formerly known as Life Source) at 877-258-4825 to schedule your appointment.

Park District planning forum set
The Buffalo Grove Park District will be hosting a Strategic Planning Public Input Forum from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at the Community Arts Center, 255 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove. All Park District residents are welcome to attend and may RSVP before May 24. Full information about the meeting and response form is available here.

Enjoy the Buffalo Grove Symphonic and Jazz Bands Spring Concert, 'Wind Band Classics', at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the Stevenson High School Performing Arts Center,1 Stevenson Drive in Lincolnshire.
Tickets are available in advance for $10 at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Boulevard, or online here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $12. Discounted senior and student tickets are available for $8 each at any time. To learn more, click here.

D103 PTO honors volunteers
Todd Spohnholtz and Rilina Ghosh were named the winners of the PTO Scott B. Guziec Award - Volunteer of the Year.
Spohnholtz was selected because of his involvement as a Pack 78 Cub Scout leader. He has had a dramatic positive influence on countless D103 families. The PTO noted that “Our teachers have Todd to thank for a good number of high energy boys being just a little bit reigned in. He is a volunteer in daily events at Half Day and DW including the class parties, D103 Run and countless other activities.”
Ghosh was selected because of her inspiration as a member of the Parent Education Committee and has been the backbone to many of the PTO's successful events. The PTO noted that Ghosh “brings wonderful ideas to the table and then immediately researches and follows up to make things happen. She works diligently and with true passion. She is always the first person to take on a task or help you with others without hesitation or complaining.”

Fire Department promotes two
More than 30 years’ experience pays dividends for a pair of BG fire fighters.

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