Man's tirade gets him booted from book fair, ice cream social

Police were summoned to a book fair and ice cream social at Ivy Hall School in response to problem with a couple of parents. According to police, a school official said one parent was using vulgar language around children and was complaining about a vehicle that, according to reports, “had parked in an unauthorized spot and may have driven too close to his children.” Reports say the parent followed the driver of the car into the school and got “very close” to the driver’s face and was, reports say “yelling and cursing at her.”
The school official told police he asked the man to stop using vulgarities and leave and walked with him toward the parking lot. According to police the man was “not done with his tirade” and continued to use vulgar language and attempted to reenter the school. The school official was successful in getting the man to leave.  The school official later escorted the driver, a female resident, to her car where it was discovered that grass clippings had been thrown at the car and an empty “Red Bull” can was placed near the car’s windshield.
Police contacted the man who told police that the driver almost struck his child, which the woman denied. She documented the information given to police by the school official.

Five cases of fraud under investigation
*       A 42-year old resident told police when she logged on to her computer there was a suspicious message saying her bank account had been locked.  She called the number and was told it was in fact bank security.  It wasn’t.  The woman told police she gave the caller the last for digits of her Social Security number and account number of her debit card.  She later realized it was a scam.
*      A 70-year old resident told police he received two emails demanding $900 in bitcoins or videos would be sent to his personal contacts. The man told police he suspected phishing. Pretty good hunch.
*       A 66-year old woman told police she received several calls from people saying they were with the IRS or other federal agencies. She said she was threatened to have “a Sheriff come and arrest her for her activity in Texas involving money laundering.”
*     A 62-year woman told police she was notified by the Human Resources Department at her employer requesting information regarding the woman’s application for unemployment benefits. But the woman never applied for unemployment benefits and was gainfully employed.
*      A 33-year-old woman told police that while at work she received a call telling her she had seven counts of theft and could end up in prison. They had the woman’s address and provided the caller with the last four digits of her Social Security number.  She told police the call sounded “very convincing” and told police she hopes it doesn’t happen to someone else.  The woman told police she is willing to prosecute. Good idea.

If you see something, say something -- A resident was concerned about a solicitor and contacted police.  Responding officers tracked the solicitor down who said he was not registered with the Village. The man, from Summerville, Georgia, told police he was selling magazine subscriptions so he could win a trip to Italy. The responding officer requested a background check and later found that the man had an active warrant in Georgia for probation violation. No wonder he wanted to win a trip to Italy. Ciao, baby.

Talk about a closed course – Police received several complaints about people racing in a parking garage in the 2100 block of east Lake-Cook road.  Police located the vehicles and drivers and explained the nature of the complaints.  Both drivers denied racing “despite fresh tire marks on multiple levels of the garage.” The drivers said they did not work at a business associated with the garage and we’re just filming videos. Like the ones on a bridge in Brooklyn?

Stupid is as stupid does – Buffalo Grove police issued three tickets for driving with a revoked or suspended license, one ticket for driving an uninsured vehicle, two tickets for driving without a valid vehicle registration – and one ticket for driving to close.

Information about arrests and calls to the Buffalo Grove Police Department is from public records and is obtained in accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Community News

Gas tax not pumping up support

Despite showing a list of communities in the Chicago area the impose a local gas tax, Village Board Members Monday night took a neighborly approach.
            During its Committee of a Whole (COW) meeting, village staff once against suggested a four-cent-a-gallon tax on gas sold in Buffalo Grove. Several trustees expressed concern that the tax could force residents to neighboring communities, such as Wheeling, Vernon Hills, Long Grove Palatine and Lincolshire to purchase fuel.
            There was also concern voiced about the potential or attracting or maintaining business because of the tax. Monday night was not the first time trustees heard of about the tax. An initial discussion was held during the August COW meeting. “We can’t keep imposing on our residents to fund our projects; it does more harm than good,” Trustee Lester Ottenheimer said. Fellow trustee, Eric Smith said it could have a “psychological impact” on residents who will instinctively go to a neighboring community to purchase cheaper gas, even if the tax was only a cent or two.
            An informal of the poll showed that several trustees were against the tax all together while some favored a one- or two-center per gallon tax.

Election battle lingers

Six months after the village election, there’s still a battle for the last seat.  Sort of. The Daily Herald reports that David Weidenfeld, who won the last seat by two votes over Soojae Lee, is, notes the Herald, “asking a Cook County court to throw out a legal challenge to his victory” filed by candidate Lee. The Herald report quotes Lee as saying Weidenfeld’s action is "kind of a waste of time."  Interestingly, Lee has mounted a court battle to win the seat, but has been at very few Village Board meetings since the election.

Lake-Cook construction could impact Armstrong traffic
The long-anticipated widening of Lake-Cook Road is a step closer to reality as bids were approved last month.  The project, which Village Engineer Darren Monico said could start later this year or in the Spring of 2020, may lead the village to ease restriction at the intersection of Armstrong and Lexington drives.  The Village Board discussed the temporary removal of turning restrictions at the intersection during its October Committee of the Whole.  While staff recommended removing all restrictions, trustees expressed some concern about traffic at nearby Pritchett School on Horatio Boulevard.  Other proposals include barricading traffic on Armstrong and not changing the current regulations.  Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steve Casstevens said removing restrictions would not cause a major impact because despite enforcement, drivers still make illegal left turns at the intersection.

2019 Farmers Market season ends Sunday
The last Farmers Market of the 2019 season is 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Farmers Market is at Mike Rylko Park.

Cops plan enhanced DUI enforcement during Halloween
The Buffalo Grove Police Department will crack down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort - and gives a warning to all partygoers to, ‘keep the party off the road’ from Oct. 19 through Nov. 3.
“Driving while alcohol- or drug-impaired is deadly; it is illegal and it will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween,” said Sergeant Michelle Kondrat.
Impaired driving not only puts the driver and their passengers at risk, but also everyone else on the road around them. If citizens observe a potentially impaired driver, they are asked to call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to report what they saw.
Should the driver be arrested for DUI, the caller can be rewarded with $100 from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) “Drunkbusters” program.
            The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign works to keep everyone safe on the roads and urges motorists to follow these additional safety tips:
           If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver
           Take public transportation or a car service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
           If someone is observed attempting to drive while impaired, help them get home safely.
This law enforcement crackdown is made possible by federal traffic safety funds provided through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Holy COW, they’re now on TV
Residents who have an insatiable desire to watch Village Board meetings can rejoice.  Committee of the Whole meetings (best known as COW meeting) will be shown on public access Ch. 6 starting with the Oct. 7 COW meeting. This will pit the COW meetings against Monday Night Football, C-Span coverage of the government or reruns of McHale’s Navy. Tough choice.

Registration open for BGPD’s trivia night
Registration is now open for the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s 4th Annual Trivia Night on Saturday, Nov. 9.  The event will be at Concorde Banquets, 20922 N. Rand Road in Kildeer.
The Department will once again be raising funds for Special Olympics Illinois and the 23,000 athletes they support. The Buffalo Grove Police Department has raised more than half a million dollars, with more than $55,000 of those dollars raised in 2018.
“We are looking forward to our largest turn-out yet,” Police Chief Steven Casstevens said. Casstevens will emcee the event. “This is a fantastic night made possible by all of our sponsors and volunteers, as well as our community coming together to support Special Olympics and their families.”
The event will consist of ten rounds of challenging questions, dinner, multiple raffle opportunities and a cash bar. Silent raffle items include sports memorabilia, gift baskets, gift cards and more.
The cost is $40 per person with a maximum of 10 people per team. Check-in begins at 5 p.m., with the event starting at 6 p.m. Tables reservations are also available.
The Police Department is also looking for sponsorships and donations for raffle prizes. To learn more about sponsorships or to donate a raffle prize, contact Melessa Horbus, Assistant to the Chief of Police, via email at or by calling (847) 459-2575.

Symphonic Band performance Nov. 16
The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band's 18th Annual Fall Concert entitled "Old World...New World" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 at Vernon Hills High School. Tickets are available at Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd., or at the door. Prices are $8 for seniors and students (with ID), $10 in advance for general admission or $12 at the door. Tickets are also available online.

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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