Drug paraphernalia, theft and loud parties highlight police reports

From the Police Reports
Man charged with possession of drug paraphernalia -- A Chicago man is facing village ordinance violations form possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop. Police reports say officers observed a vehicle driving excessively slow on Lake-Cook Road. When stopped, Officers checked the identification of the vehicle’s occupants and found via a criminal history check that the three occupants of the car had 79 total arrests with 73 of them belong to the driver, of which 20 were drug arrests.
A K9 search of the vehicle alerted officers to potential drug related items.  Police eventually found a back pack that contained a bag that had 30 needles and 30vsmall plastic bags that appeared to have heroin residue in them.  Police also found what reports call a “heroin kit” that contained needles, plastic bags, a spoon and cut aluminum can that also had residue on it. The driver told officers he knew about the items, and that the bags were all empty.  One of the vehicles occupants told police he was recently released from jail and is currently “clean” and not abusing heroin.
When all was said and done, the driver was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and a cracked windshield.
Nursing home theft – A resident at the Symphony of Buffalo Grove nursing home reported $101 in cash and a check for $40 missing from her purse.
Cold steal not nice – An Island Lake woman told police her wallet was apparently stolen as she shopped in the frozen foods section at Mariano’s, 450 Half Day Road. She told police that was the only time she left her purse unattended in her shopping cart. The woman told police she noticed a man and woman quickly leave the frozen foods aisle.
Sale or no sale? – A resident in the 400 block of Bernard said a woman knocked on her door and asked if the house was for sale.  It wasn’t and the resident said the woman did not “appear to be a real estate agent.” There was no indication as to what a real estate agent should look like.
Loud party -- Police responded to a complaint of a loud party. The host did not want to open the door, but told police he would keep the noise down. Admit it, you’re wondering what was going on behind the closed door.
Community News
Recreational pot dispensary clears last hurdle
            A recreational marijuana dispensary is set to open in early spring now that the last approvals has been granted by the Village Board. The Board approved the site at 830-840 Milwaukee Ave. Monday, Jan. 6 by a 4-1 vote. The facility will dispense both medical and recreational marijuana.
BGHS Environmental Club holding coat drive
Students in the Environmental Club at Buffalo Grove High School are supporting the environment differently this year by hosting a coat donation event on January 18th from 8 a.m. to 1 pm.
Nearly 20 students participate in the Environmental Club on a year-round basis, and the students are the propelling force for the event. With more than 45 students volunteering, their goal is to collect, sort, and distribute over 2,000 coats to select organizations.
As a long-time partner and advocate for Button & Zipper, Science teacher and Environmental Club leader, Stefanie O’Neill is excited to help students facilitate a full-fledged coat drive and donation event for select organizations in the Chicagoland area.
O’Neil says she thinks it is her job as an educator to be a representative inside and outside of the classroom for things she believes in. Her students are passionate and enthusiastic about the event.
 “One of the greatest, lasting legacies of an educational enterprise is how we better all in our community, not just the students in our building,” Buffalo Grove High School Principal, Jeff Wardle said. “We feel fortunate to partner with such a great organization as Button and Zipper for the Coat Drive. This idea came from students, and seeing their passion is always an inspiration to me.”
Each student will have a specific role in the coat collection and sorting process to ensure there is a high quality of coats delivered to the recipient organizations and to streamline the event as much as possible. Any coat that is identified with a low level of dignity will be upcycled, following Button & Zipper protocol and furthering the environmental impact of the event.
Lake-Cook widening project may start soon
            The Cook County Highway Department has announced that the Lake Cook Road widening project could begin as early as Jan. 20.
The initial work is expected to be minor, including utility relocation, and temporary lighting and traffic signals, with major construction expected to start this spring. The Village is planning a public meeting in partnership with Cook County over the next few months. Information about the project is available at lakecookweiland.com
County cash coming for Buffalo Grove Road project
            The Lake County Board is expected to approve $2 million for the widening of a two-mile stretch of Buffalo Grove Road according to a report in the Daily Herald. The project is slated to include improvements at the Buffalo Grove / Aptakisic road intersection. Information about the project is available at lakecookweiland.com
Registration open for Citizens Police Academy
            Registration for Buffalo Grove's 2020 Citizens Police Academy is underway. The 10-week course will begin Wednesday, Feb. 12 and run through April 15. Participants will learn about all aspects of police work, including speed enforcement, traffic crash investigation, crime scene processing, emergency dispatch, firearms safety, public information sharing, defensive tactics, CPR certification and more.
Christmas tree recycling available
Waste Management will be collecting up to two Christmas trees per residence through Friday, Jan. 17. Trees can be set out on designated collection days and must be clean (no ornaments, lights or tinsel), unbagged and under 6 feet in length (or cut into two pieces, each under 6 feet in length, if the tree is taller than 6 feet). Visit wm.com for more information.
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
Wheeling High School Spokesman
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