Text leads to theater theatrics

An Arizona man was admonished by staff at the Buffalo Grove Theater for answering a text during a movie. Police reports say the man and his son were the only people in the theater when he received a text.  He said a staff member told him he was not allowed to have his cell phone on and was told to turn it off. The man said he told the staff member that if he was being asked to leave, he wanted a refund. The staff member and the man went to see the manager of the theater who removed the cash drawer from the register, placed it in an office and told the man he could not have a refund due to there being no money in the register and the movie having been playing for an hour.
Police reports say the theater manager and the employee documented the story, but the employee said the man “got in her face” in an aggressive manner when he demanded a refund. The manager also stated, reports say, that due to a “disclaimer that plays before any movie, it is illegal for any device capable of recording to be operating, including cell phones”. The manager also denied any refund request.
The man said he was going to give the theater a bad review online and speak with the village regarding licensing of the business.

Lane Change? -- A Northbrook man told police that a driver was throwing coins at his car. When police checked, the man who threw the coins was found to have his license suspended because of what police reports said were “financial”.

Strange odor – A Buffalo Grove woman called police about a suspicious car because he dog followed a scent to it.  The woman was able to take a picture of the license plate and told police said the car had a Lyft sticker in the rear window.  She said she was concerned about a body being in the trunk because her car led her to the car. Lyft did not have any information on the car. Police were unable to make contact with the owner or the body.

Let’s get this straight – A driver escaped parking ticket because if conflicting no parking signs along Ivy Hall Lane. The driver told police that one sign said no parking on School Days from 2 to 4 p.m., while another says no parking on school days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sign has been replaced.

Don’t take a deep breath –Police were summoned to check for a vehicle with “heavy exhaust.” Police had a license plate number and were able to locate the vehicle’s owner.  Exhale.

So, who’s getting the benefits? -- A man told police he was contacted by Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) that they were processing his benefits. Thing is, the man never filed for unemployment insurance. Police gave the man information about ID theft prevention, but no job offers.

Takes guts – A village employee said she was contacting PayPal about opening up an account for the village, but was told one had been opened six days before. No one at the village was aware of this and contacted the Fraud Department at PayPal.

Excuse of the week
A subject told police he was not wearing a seatbelt because he was recovering from surgery after being bit in the groin by a pit bull.

Community News
Former trustee dies
John Marienthal, who was the longest serving village board member died Sept. 21.  Marienthal was on the board from 1975 through 2002.

Patching set for BG Road
The Cook County Highway Department (CCHD) will begin patching work on Monday, Sept. 30 on portions of Buffalo Grove Road between St. Mary's Road to south of Dundee Road - including some turning lanes. One lane in either direction will be closed for approximately six weeks for the duration of this patching project.

Pedal up
National Walk or Bike to School Day is Wednesday, Oct. 2. Buffalo Grove Police officers will be at Meridian Middle School welcoming students with a healthy treat and giveaways. School Resource Officers and others will also be available before school, greeting students. Motorists are reminded to be aware of the increased number of pedestrians and to use caution in school zones.

Coffee with a cop is Wednesday
Buffalo Grove Police will be at the Dunkin' Donuts at 245 N. McHenry Road for the 4th Annual National Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday, October 2nd from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Officers will be available to chat and answer questions from members of the public in a casual and friendly environment.

Rotary sponsoring exchange students
The Buffalo Grove Rotary is sponsoring foreign exchange students for the 2020-2021 school year.  Students must be between 15 ½ and 18 ½ years of age.

State law targets law enforcement suicides

Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker has signed into law a measure that allows police, firefighters and other first responders to seek mental health care confidentially. Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steve Casstevens has been active in this effort.

 Student Voices
Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.
Buffalo Grove High School Charger
Stevenson High School Statesman
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