Routine traffic check results in criminal trespass charges

A 33-year old Itasca man is charged with criminal trespass to property after a random license plate checked revealed a stolen car.  Police made the original observation at Checker and McHenry roads and began to follow the car. It reportedly made a turn into a driveway on Sandhurst Drive at which time police activate emergency lights at which time the vehicle began to back out.

It was then blocked by a second Buffalo Grove police unit. Reports say officers drew their “duty weapons and pointed them toward the man while staying in cover/concealment. Three officers gave verbal commands to the man to exit the vehicle, which he did, and was apprehended by police. Once the adults were secured, weapons were secured.

Police found that in addition to the man, Golden David Wellington, the man’s wife, Driver Jennifer Wellington and three children were in the car. Golden Wellington was charged with criminal trespass to property.  Golden said he rented the car after the extended warranty expired for his personal vehicle.  He was unaware that it was reported stolen. He told police he had no communication with the rental company.  He also told police he shared a cell phone with his 11-year-old daughter as a primary form of communication and the primary form of communication with the company was supposed to have been by e mail. The rental company told police that it tried to request the vehicle be returned several times but was unable to make contact with him. A certified letter was also sent.
From the Police Reports
Picture not perfect – A Lake Forest woman reported to police that a painting valued at $12,000 was missing from her self-storage unit in the 500 block of Aptakisic Road. According to reports the woman said she found the unit’s door down and locked, but the picture was reported removed from the frame, which was found damaged in the unit.

Weeds whacked -- Police were summoned to the 0-100 block of Downing Road to a report of excessive lawn/weed growth. Police reports say the home appeared to be vacant and going through renovation.  The lawn, however was not cut and weeds and growth were in excess of 12 inches.

Funny money – Employees at the Walgreens at Buffalo Grove and Lake-Cook roads reported $900 in what appeared to counterfeit $100 bills. Police reports say additional investigation found that some of the bills had security features found on $10 bills including a picture of “President Alexander Hamilton” watermark and “USA Ten” security strip. Store security video revealed three men who allegedly bought gift cards using the bogus cash.

Package theft – A resident in the 0-100 block of Villa Verde reported that a package from eBay was missing.

Where there’s smoke – There’s an upset HOA.  Police were summoned to the pool area in the 100 block of Manchester Drive after a resident complained about another resident smoking at the door to the pool and clubhouse. Police extinguished the situation by telling the smoker about smoking laws and told him to act accordingly with no if, ands or butts.

Lassie, come home – A resident reported a stray dog, a pit bull, was observed loose. Police reminded the owner of village leash laws and that his 4-foot restraining fence was not high enough.

Break-up could be cause of break-in -- A 27-year old Chicago woman has been charged with residential burglary after a resident noticed a broken window and drawers in an upheaval state. The resident also noticed fresh blood. The resident told police he suspects the break-in could have been done by a “former roommate” with whom he had a “confrontation” about retrieval of property.

Fraudulent license – An Indiana man faces three charges following a traffic which led police to discover 101 South Carolina driver’s licenses – 88 of which had the suspect’s picture on the, 13 of the licenses had a different picture. Police also found drug paraphernalia.  The man, Justin Earl Clark, 27, of South Bend, was charged with possession of fraudulent driver licenses, permits, possession of drug paraphernalia and bot wearing a seat belt.

Domestic dispute leads to DUI charge -- A Buffalo Grove man was charged with DUI following a reported domestic dispute. Police were told the man left the scene in a red minivan before they arrived. When they located the man in the van, it was parked. The man said he was just having a cigarette. Police noticed that he appeared intoxicated.  He said he had been dating his girlfriend on and off for 16 years and that he is an alcoholic. The argument began when after she said if he found him drunk again, she would kick him out of her house and end the relationship.

Accident leads to DUI arrest – A 57-year old Buffalo Grove man was charged with four traffic violations after police responded to a crash June 27. Police say the two-car accident occurred when the driver of one car hit another.  Before leaving the scene, the driver of one car dropped a bag containing an unopened bottle of vodka, tell a witness that police will arrest him if he’s caught. He was right. Police found the car and the man, who was lying down with his head face-down in some bushes near the scene.  Police say the man was so intoxicated that when a spider crawled across his should and on to his face, he (the man, not the spider) had no reaction.

Trash stalkin’ – Police had two reports of trash container thefts.

Cops check for liquor sales to minors -- A check of 56 liquor-license holding establishments found only one violation for selling alcohol to minors.  The one location was Pizza Amore, 808 Milwaukee. Ave.

Dog gone it – A resident in the 300 block of Le Parc Circle reported that her 10-inch tall statue of a boxer puppy was reported missing. Video surveillance revealed a woman approaching the sculpture in the resident’s garden around 6:23 a.m. and looked at the statue.  She reportedly returned about 20 minutes later and took the statue.

Vandals hit local firm -- A company in the 200 block of Aptakisic reported windows on three trucks parked at the company were smashed.  Each window was valued at $350. The company also reported various tools were taken from some of the trucks.  The loss is estimated at 100, 2000-4000,600, 300m 100 and $1,000 of tools from another truck.

A resident in the 100 block of Old Oak filed a report claiming packages are disappearing.  The resident said several packages have been opened and contents removed.

Stray dog – a resident in the 2600 block of Chelsey reported that his neighbor’s dog is running loose.  The dog’s owner was warned.
Community news
Election results to be heard in court

Soojae Lee’s bid to become a member of the Village Board takes to the courts Tuesday during a hearing on Tuesday. Details are at The Daily Herald and Journal-Topics.

Rt. 53 extension fading?

The long-debated extension of Rt. 53 could becoming to an end, according to a report by Marni Pyke, transportation/projects writer for the Daily Herald.

Deadline approaches for school supply donations

Residents who want to donate to Vernon Townships school supply have until July 17 to donate. The project is expected to help 100 families.

Park District taking Board Member applications

The Buffalo Grove Park District Board of Commissioners is now accepting applications from residents of the Park District who are interested in filling the vacancy created by the sudden passing of Commissioner Richard Drazner.

The individual selected will serve as Park District Commissioner until the middle of the term at the annual meeting in May 2021.  The remaining two years of the term will be open during the April 2021 consolidated election.

Interested residents should contact Buffalo Grove Park District Executive Director Ryan Risinger at (847) 850.2122.  Applications for the position are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday July 31, and can be found on the Buffalo Grove Park District website at, under the category of Information, on the Board of Commissioners page.

Now open

Garden Berry has opened its new location in Woodland Commons, 340 W. Half Day Road.

Village surpasses Relay for Life fundraising goal

The Village’s Relay for Life team raised more than $4,200, eclipsing its goal of $3,500.

Team Captain and Village Trustee Joanne Johnson worked with Lou Malnati's to donate a pizza party for the department that raised the most money. The Village Hall/Golf team won the pizza party.

Overall, the event raised nearly $106,000, surpassing its goal of $80,000.

Artists and crafters wanted

Artists & Crafters are wanted for a juried Art Fair which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 31, during Buffalo Grove Days. To obtain and application and for more information on how to participate, here.

Sunday is First Responders Day at Farmers Market

Sunday is First Responders Day at the Buffalo Grove Farmers Market. Members from Buffalo Grove's Police, Fire and Public Works Department will be present to meet with residents and provide more information about their services. Activities will include K9 demonstrations, emergency vehicle tours, giveaways and more. The Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is held at Mike Rylko Park on Rt. 83 between Deerfield Parkway and Buffalo Grove Road.

Public Works helping fight hunger

The Buffalo Grove Public Works Department is participating in the Lake County Responding to Hunger campaign. Donation boxes for non-perishable food items are located at the Public Service Center (51 Raupp Blvd), Village Hall (50 Raupp Blvd) and the Police Department (46 Raupp Blvd); donations will be accepted through Friday, July 19th.

Community Arts Center gets certification

The Park District reports that the renovation at the Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center completed last spring has received LEED V4 ID+C: Commercial Interiors Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USBGC).  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements prescribed within the LEED rating system, as created and maintained by the USBGC.

The Park District’s most recent renovation of the Community Arts Center began with planning in fall 2016, and included new pitched seating in the theater, an upgraded sound and lighting system, updated multipurpose rooms, new bathrooms, a new concessions area, and a new art gallery.  As we moved closer to construction, the Board of Commissioners expressed interest in making sure we were being environmentally conscious, and using materials that were sustainable.
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