Three businesses accused of selling liquor to minors
Fraud reported – Buffalo Grove police received four reports of fraud in the past week.
One woman received a text message thanking her for a recent purchase. But she had not made one.
* An 81-year-old woman told police she received a call from her bank about checks totaling $256,016.67 from her savings account. The woman did not lose any money as the bank flagged the transactions as suspicious. The checks were cashed at a bank in Colorado.
* A 35-year-old man told police he received a text from thanking him for adding a new line to his cell phone plan. He did not, however, make any purchases authorize any changes to his plan.
* A 72-year-old Wheeling man told police he received a call from someone claiming to be with Microsoft saying they were increasing their prices to $330 a month. The man gave the caller access to his computer after which the man was instructed to wire $19,0000 to a Hong Kong-based bank account. The man became suspicious can checked with is bank in Buffalo Grove. The man was advised to change his phone numbers and have his computer checked for spyware.
Forcible entry – A resident in the 800 block of Horatio Blvd. told police he received notification from his burglar alarm of someone trying to enter his home. He checked with the alarm company who said there were no further activations. Upon returning home, the resident found his garage door open as well as a rear window. Police say whoever entered the home used a snowblower as an aid to get into the window. Police found jewelry on the grass near a screen that had been removed. No other items were reported missing.
Tipped off – An employee at the Subway in the 300 block of Half Day Road reported someone took a $5 bill out of the tip jar on the counter. The suspect did, however, pay for his order with a $10 which he took out of his wallet. A $5 tip at Subway?
Nursing home theft – An employee at a nursing home in the 500 block of McHenry Rd. reported $320 in cash missing from her purse. The woman told police the alleged theft occurred while she attended to a resident
The Joker was wild – The manager of the movie theater in Town Center reported customers banging on a door demanding a refund contending they were overcharged. The customer said that the five 17-year-old youths she was with should have received a student discount with their valid identification. The manager explained that Sony Motion Pictures authorizes student discounts for college students only and provided the woman a $12.50 gift card.
Stupid is as stupid does – In the past week, Buffalo Grove Police issued five tickets for driving on a revoked license, one for driving without a valid license, two for driving without insurance, two for transporting open liquor or marijuana, one for having drug paraphernalia in a motor vehicle and one for driving too close.
Excuse of the week – When a 33-year-old Elmwood Park man was asked by police if he had a valid driver’s license, he said “I’m driving on tickets.” When asked if his license was suspended or revoked, the man said “I’m not sure, it might be.” The man was charged with possession of marijuana (less than 10 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia and, oh yes, driving with a revoked or suspended driver’s license. There was a full moon.
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
Village Board meets Monday night
The Buffalo Grove Village Board has a regular meeting at 7:30 Monday night. On the agenda are items related to “Amending the Buffalo Grove Municipal Code Chapter 5 and Chapter 9 Regarding Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations”. The issue has prompted considerable discussion among trustees and residents, some of whom have reportedly mailed postcards to residents urging the Board to not approve sale of recreational marijuana in the village.
Village eyes software to improve service
At its Oct. 7 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Village Board heard a proposal from staff to purchase software to, as the Daily Herald reports, streamline village services.
The software, with a $246,000 price tag, would be used by the Community Development Department.
Enhanced DUI enforcement set
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,” Sergeant Michelle Kondrat says.
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.
BGPD plan prescription drug collection
The Buffalo Grove Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) have partnered to host the last official prescription drug collection event of the year on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Expired, unused, or unneeded prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. between 10a.m. and 2 p.m. The Police Department additionally has a gray mailbox permanently placed in the station’s lobby, where residents can conveniently and responsibly dispose of prescription drugs, year-round
For more information, please visit takebackday.dea.gov/ or contact the Police Department at 847-459-2560.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (847) 459-2575.
Volunteers needed for 2020 Farmers Market season
Even though the 2019 Farmers Market season ended last Sunday, the committee is already looking toward 2020.
Residents are invited to become Farmers Market volunteers; meetings will begin in January, and the market will return in June of 2020. Applications are available on the Village website by clicking 'Apply Now' under the Volunteer Listing tab.
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.
Link to add connection to Forest Preserve path
Users of paths in the Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve will soon have an easier way to go into the Arlington Heights.
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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