Resident victim of $193,000 scam

A 57-year-old Buffalo Grove woman told police she was scammed out of $193,000 by a man she met on “” The woman told police he first asked for $1,500 for a translator so he could start a business in Turkey.  He then asked for more money, which he apparently received, totaling $193,000, which included the initial $1,500.  She told police that in November she had been contacted by another man who said he purchased 188,752 shares of stock with a reported cash value of $263,000.
The second man wanted her to pay a 20% early collection on the shares prior to October of 2020, totally an estimated $52,600. At this point the woman realized it was a scam and contacted police. She reportedly is working with her bank on recovering some of the money.
Man faces battery charge -- A 50-year-old Vernon Hills man was charged with one count of simple battery after police say he was involved in argument with another employee about trash collection.  Police reports say the argument escalated to the point where the man slapped the other employee, a female, “on the buttocks with an open hand.” She threatened to find another male who could hit the man. The woman refused an ambulance but said, according to reports, that her buttocks area “was really burning and she felt a stinging sensation.”  Police instructed her go into a rest room to see if there were any marks.  She told police she did not see any.  The man reiterated the woman’s story, but said he did not touch her. He said she threatened him by saying she would have a man “kick his a**” and would then “f**k up his car.” Police checked surveillance video which showed that the man did, in fact slap the woman’s buttocks. Police say photos were taken of the woman’s injury.
Vehicle theft, damage reported -- A resident in the 400 block of Bernard Drive reported two pick-up trucks were broken into and a third vehicle was stolen.  Missing items included currency, a phone charging cable and headphones. The stolen vehicle was found on I-94, just south of Willow Road.
Milking it for all he could -- Police observed a man collecting milk crates behind a shopping plaza in the 100 block of McHenry Road.  The man said he had permission, but it was not verified. He may have been trying to skim a little off the top.
Theft reported from construction site -- A contractor reported a concrete saw valued at $1,200 was stolen from a work site on Aptakisic Road.
Well, at least it didn’t hit the fan -- A woman told police that an unknown man throws bags of dog feces on her driveway about four times a week.
Stupid is as stupid does – While motorists in Buffalo Grove appear to be driving sober more often, they tend to forget that the driver’s licenses are suspended or revoked.  Buffalo Grove Police report four tickets issued to motorists driving on suspended or revoked licenses, one for driving without insurance and once for not wearing a seatbelt. Let’s be careful out there.

Community News
Court upholds firefighter’s pension
            The Chicago Tribune’s Countryside reports that the family of a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter who died of colon cancer will be awarded a full line-of-duty pension benefit, a trio of appellate court judges ruled unanimously Friday.
            The ruling gives the family of late firefighter, Kevin Hauber, 100 percent of his pension. Hauber died in January 2018 at age 51.
Local event set for women’s march
If you are interested in supporting tomorrow’s women’s march, but are unable to attend, a “Fight for Women’s Rights” program will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road. The program is free. For information, email Carolyn Pinta at Preregistration is not required.

Village Board meets Tuesday
            The Village Board will have a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. The agenda can be found here. Village Board meetings are usually on Monday nights, but since this Monday is Martin Luther King Day, the meeting was moved to Tuesday.

Lake-Cook work may begin soon
            The Cook County Highway Department has announced that the Lake Cook Road widening project could begin as early as Monday. The initial work is expected to include utility relocation, installation of temporary lighting and traffic signals. More significant construction is expected to start in the coming weeks.

Famers market seeks volunteers
The Farmers Market needs volunteers for the 2020 season the first committee meeting is 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 on the lower level of Village Hall. To apply for this, or other volunteer opportunities, click here.

Skibbe cited
Deputy Public Works Director Mike Skibbe was recently named a winner of the Traeger Award through the Engaging Local Government Leaders organization. The award is given to individuals who are viewed as community influencers through professional associations, mentoring and writing. "Mike thrives in challenging environments, actively seeks solutions through employee engagement and encourages all staff in the best ways,” Public Works Director Mike Reynolds says.

Village recognized for financial work
Buffalo Grove has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This recognition is the highest honor for government accounting and financial reporting, and was awarded for the Village's Fiscal Year 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Schneider to host forum
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10) will host a "Congress in Your Corner" event from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove.

BG Singers looking for members
            If you enjoy singing, the BG Singers may have an opportunity for you.
            The group is auditioning for a few voices for its upcoming 28th season. There are openings for a few men - tenor, baritone or bass singers - that would enjoy the camaraderie and musicianship of a 75-member chorus.
Auditions are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center, at 225 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove.
The season begins April 7, culminating with production week and three performances Sept. 9 through 13.  Weekly rehearsals are held at the Community Arts Center from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. on Tuesdays during the season.
For the audition, singers should prepare a song to be performed either a cappella, with a recorded track, or with a provided accompanist.  Singers will be expected to follow a score and have some vocal/choral experience.
Auditions are booked by appointment only, and can be reserved by contacting the Community Arts Center at (847) 850-2175.  For more information, or answers to questions regarding the program, please contact Linda Rosen at 847.682.4632 or

School News
BGHS music teacher finalist for Grammy
According to the Buffalo Grove Countryside, Bennett, director of orchestras and fine and performing arts co-coordinator at Buffalo Grove High School, is a finalist, from a field of over 3,300 teachers, for the Grammy’s “Music Educator Award.”

Stevenson mulls expansion of athletic facilities
            The Stevenson High School District 125 unveiled plan for what the Daily Herald calls a “massive expansion” of its athletic facilities with an estimated price tag of $45 to $50 million. The facilities, the Herald reports, would include athletic courts, enhanced training facilities athletic offices and a larger running track.

D103 sets registration
            Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration in School District 103 begins Tuesday. Registration will be at Laura B. Sprague School, 2425 Riverwoods Rd. in Lincolnshire
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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