Unneighborly noise keeps cops busy

Buffalo Grove police last week were summoned to five residences this week, all in apartment or condominium buildings in response to a major distraction – noisy children. It appears that holiday visitors may be at issue as in one case, police received a complaint about a visiting two-year-old’s loud “foot traffic.” The complainant told police the child was running around the house causing the constant foot traffic.  Police heard the noise and told the complainant that it was, in fact, normal and that the child was leaving that day and heading with his other back to Ohio. The child was probably an Ohio State fan.
In another case, a neighbor called to complain about another neighbor who had a small child visiting her and the child running around while playing causing what the complainant said was excessive noise. The complaint also told police that they can hear the female resident when she has sex, something they said was disturbing and offensive. This is not a child-related issue.  Not yet, anyways.
Another resident called police about, yep, a neighbor whose children were too loud.  The woman told police she thinks the neighbor is purposely being loud just to disturb her.
In another child-noise complaint, a resident told police she was threatened by an upstairs neighbor after multiple noise complaints involving her child. Police say they did not hear any excessive noise and told the complainant that “it was not the intent of the Village noise ordinance to regulate noise associated with normal living.”  Keyword here is normal.

Not all noise comes from children -- Police were called to a multi-unit residence regarding excessive noise from an upstairs neighbor.  Police reports indicate that the neighbor was exercising and dropped a weight on the floor. The complainant also said the neighbor has hardwood floor, which not only amplifies the sound, but is against the homeowners’ association rules.

Theft from an auto – A resident reported to police that a window on his car was broken and an auxiliary gauge pod was taken.  Nothing else was reported missing. If you’re wondering what a gauge pod is, it’s a device used to hold automotive gauges in a car. It is not related to an iPod and is not made by Apple.

Holiday package theft – It’s that time of year. A resident reported a gift sent to them and delivered by Amazon was reported missing from the lobby of their building. The resident said he put up signs asking for the package’s return, but no one responded.  Amazon confirmed delivery to the lobby.

Fraud – A resident said she got a message via Facebook Messenger saying she had won $500,000, but first had to send the sender $5,000 – which she did.  The she realized it was a scam. Police told the resident to never send money to people she does not know.

Who’s the boss? A Lake Zurich man said he received an email from someone claiming to be the CEO of his company asking him to buy $500 worth of gift cards for clients of the company. The man did, but soon found out that it was a bogus email, but not before he purchased the cards. He was able to transfer the remaining balance to a personal account.

Gotta give the bank credit -- A Buffalo Grove man’s bank notified police on suspicion of a scam. The man told then bank and police that he had been called by a man regarding a time share the man and his wife own in Mexico.  The man said the caller offered to sell share of the company that manages the time share valued at $150,000, but first the man would have to pay taxes for the sale.  The man told the bank and police that he deposited $5,980 in an account managed by the Private Investment Bank.  Over the course of the next six weeks, the man deposited an additional $16,000 in various accounts.  When the caller requested another $16,000, the man went to the bank, where a bank official became suspicious and contacted police.

Community News
Buffalo Grove Road widening project to begin early 2020
With an agreement with Lake County in hand, work on the widening of Buffalo Grove Road from Deerfield Parkway to Half Day Road is set to begin early next year. The project will coincide with the widening of Weiland Road, which may make north-south travel a bit of a challenge.

Second Woodman’s gas station gets OK
The Village Board Dec. 2 approved plans for a second gas station operated by Woodman’s. The self-serve station will be located on the south side of Deerfield Parkway and will operate 24 hours.

Local knitters helping the needy
Two area craft groups, the Craft Ladies and Sedgebrook Knitters have found a novel way to enjoy their hobby while helping others.  Both groups are donating the scarves, hats and gloves they are knitting to the Vernon Township Food Pantry, which provides not just food, but other necessities for needy families in the area.

Yard waste collection ends Dec. 15
The last day of landscape waste pick up for the year is Dec. 15. Yard waste should be set out on the regularly scheduled recycling pickup day, and be contained in 32-gallon special yard waste paper bags, or 32-gallon rigid unlined waste containers marked with a large "X". For more information on acceptable landscape waste items, click here.

Various fines, fees to climb Jan. 1
Fines for violations to various village ordinances, including possession of fireworks and drug paraphernalia will increase Jan. 1. There will also be increased in various fees to construction permits.

Holiday light recycling available
If you’re coming across holiday lights that you no longer want to use, they can be recycled or disposed of at either Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd., or the Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd. through March 31, 2020.

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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