Two nabbed for retail theft

Two Palatine men were each charged with two counts of retail theft from Walgreen’s July 27. The items, valued between $200 and $400, included Nexium, Imodium, Claritin, Flonase, Smokebusters nicotine gum, Nicorette and a variety of vitamins.

Speaking of thefts from drug stores -- An employee at CVS reported to police that a man reportedly stole $300 - $400 of Flonase, an over-the-counter medication.

Not likely to get rehired -- Police met with an employee of a company in the 1200 block of Barclay Blvd. after a confrontation with a former employee, a McHenry man, who reportedly displayed a 4-inch knife.  The man originally, police say, arrived at the company to ask for his job back. The man was fired a year ago and had returned three or four times to request his job back. Police say the man was told that he could not have his job back at which time he became agitated and, after being told to leave, displayed the knife and said, “you want a piece of this?”
The man left without further incident.  When contacted by police at the company’s request, he told officers that was “jumped” by another employee, but did not remember any additional details.  He was told that he was no longer allowed on the property.

Stupid is, stupid does -- Ten people were arrested and charged with various traffic offenses. The 10 stops resulted in six charges for driving on a suspended or revoked license, two for driving without a license and four DUIs.

Errant shot – A Long Grove woman reported to police that her car was hit by a golf ball as she was driving eastbound on Half Day Road. The woman went to the Arboretum Golf Club where officials were able to locate the golfer whose errant shot hit her car. The man agreed to reimburse the woman for any damages, funds which would probably should have been used for golf lessons.

Public indecency A resident reported to police that she observed a man masturbating at Green Lake Park. Police reports say the woman at first saw the man and noticed that he pulled his right hand out of the front of his shorts, looked at her and smiled. She told police she was unaware what the man was doing, but a short time later she looked back and saw the man had his right hand in his shorts.  This time, however, she could see that he was stroking his genitalia while still inside his shorts.  She said it appeared the man, who left before police arrived, was looking at two juvenile girls who were by the edge of the pond. The woman described the man as between 30 & 40 years of age, 5’10” to 5’11’.  No further details were available.

Package theft – A resident in the 2400 block of Madeira Lane reported the theft of a package containing a check for $2,500. The package was delivered by UPS. The package was delivered to the resident’s former address. The current homeowner denied receiving a package.

Counterfeit bill found -- An employee at the Walgreens at 15 N. Buffalo Grove Road, reported a man used a counterfeit bill to make a purchase.  The $100 was really a “washed” $10 bill.

Resident victim of email scam –A woman said she received an email from an address she believed to be the pastor at her church. The email requested she purchase gift cards to help cancer patients. She said she purchased six $500 Target gift cards and was asked to purchase another $700 in gift cards.  It was at that point that she realized it was a scam.

Excuse of the week – A Deerfield man told police that he was “tired and did not believe he was under the influence of alcohol.” Nice try. Results of a Standard Field Sobriety Test indicated that his blood-alcohol content (bac) was .114. Illinois law says drivers are legally considered to be under the influence if they have a BAC of .08 or more. The man also told police he thought he was doing 35 mph. Police reports say he was doing 59 in a 40-mph zone.

Community News
Recreational pot likely to be available in BG
During a discussion at the Aug. 5 Committee of the Whole meeting, Village Board members seemed willing to go along with the sale of recreational marijuana in Illinois. Municipalities have the option to opt out of sales of they want. Sales of recreational pot begin Jan. 1, 2020. The Village Board will discuss the matter at an upcoming regular meeting.

Park District honors cop
Buffalo Grove Police Lt. Mike Rodriguez was named the Park District’s 2019 'Friend of the Park'. According to the Park District, “Rodriguez put in countless hours to prepare, train and educate all involved in the Park District's 'Uniquely Us' celebration. His dedication to the safety and security of participants and event attendees was evident; no incidents required police involvement.”  Rodriguez and Deputy Chief Scott Eisenmenger worked closely with park district staff and volunteers on Tuesday’s “Night Out” program.

Blood drive Aug. 31
The Buffalo Grove community blood drive is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 at the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Dr. Donors are required to provide an ID, and the entire blood donation process takes about one hour. Persons should prepare for donations by eating well and staying hydrated. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, call (877) 258-4825 or visit

“Megabands” on sale for BG Days carnival
Going to Buffalo Grove Days? The carnival runs Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 2. Unlimited ride wristbands are available 2 ways - $65 for megabands good for rides all weekend, or $27 for single day bands good only on select days/times (see for details). Save $5 on wristbands by ordering them online at by Aug. 29. There is a $2.50 online service charge per order. Ride tickets will be sold for $1.50 each (or 20 tickets for $25, or 50 for $60) during the carnival.

Registration due soon for BG Days events
Deadlines are approaching for the annual BBQ Challenge and non-profit table registration.
The annual BBQ Challenge has five categories; burgers, poultry, ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Contestants can enter multiple categories and the entry fee is $5 per plate. The BBQ Challenge is on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Mike Rylko Park (Route 83 and Deerfield Parkway). Applications are due by Tuesday, Aug. 27 and available at here and at Village Hall.
Also, there informational tents available for non-profit organizations. Tents are available Sunday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 2. While there is no cost, booths must be occupied from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday, and 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Monday.
Click here for more information and to download a registration form, which must be dropped off at Village Hall no later than Thursday, Aug. 15th.

Annual duck race Sept. 1
The annual Buffalo Grove Rotary Duck Race is 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 during Buffalo Grove Days. The race takes place in a new ‘racetrack’ by the Rotary booth next to the business and craft fair.
Information is available here to learn how area businesses can get involved, and to purchase duck tickets. Cash prizes - including $1,500 for the luckiest first place duck - will be given to the top 13 finishers. Proceeds support the Buffalo Grove Rotary, which leads a variety of local charitable efforts - including community grants, college scholarships and a foreign exchange program for Buffalo Grove and Stevenson High School students. Learn more about the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club here

BG Singers concert to feature ‘Music from the Movies’
The Buffalo Grove Park District’s BG Singers will perform their 27th annual choral concert, “Now Showing: Music from the Movies” at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 13, and at 3 pm Saturday, Sept. 14, and Sunday, Sept. 15. Performance will be at the Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road.
Directed by Linda Rosen, choreographed by Charla Silver, and featuring accompaniment by Dan Ermel, this show will include such favorites as Hooray for Hollywood, That’s Entertainment, Evergreen, Charade, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, as well as contemporary selections from The Greatest Showman, La Land, and the animated film Sing.
The BG Singers are offering an opportunity for community groups such as senior citizen, charitable, or civic organizations to attend the show at a special time and price.  This performance will be at 7 pm. Thursday, Sept.12.
Tickets for groups of 15 or more are available for $10 per person, and can be reserved by contacting Bruce Bohrer at 847.394.2797. 
Tickets for all performances are available online at, or at the box office at the Community Arts Center. Advance ticket prices are $17 for adults, and $15 for children 12 and under and seniors 62 and older.  All tickets purchased at the door are $20.  For more information, contact Lindsay Grandt at 847.850.2132 or

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