Police investigating rash of vehicle break-ins
Buffalo Grove Police reported a recent rash of thefts and burglaries from motor vehicles. Vehicles, reports say, were left unlocked either in a driveway or an open garage. According to police reports:
** A resident in the 700 block of Bernard told police someone apparently broke into his mother’s car while it was parked in the driveway. Reports say the woman’s purse and contents were stolen, including credit cards and $500 in cash. Other items were tossed around the car. The passenger side door was found ajar. The woman told police she was uncertain if she locked the car. Which means…
** Police report three vehicles in the 700 block of Essington Lane were entered. The owner said the only item that may be missing was a set of jumper cables. Breaking news – all three vehicles were left unlocked.
** A resident in the 1000 block of Twisted Oak reported that his car was entered while it was parked in the driveway. A woman’s coat was reported missing, but later found. If you want to know, the car was left unlocked and the garage was open. Nothing was reported missing from the garage.
What do you want on your Tombstone? – A man was charged with two counts of DUI, driving too fast for conditions and damaging village property after a single-car crash in which struck a street sign. According to police reports, the man told police that “He was fine and he was driving. He then stated that was drunk and coming home after picking up a pizza. DoorDash® would have been a good idea.
Domestic battery charges filed -- A 40-year-old Buffalo Grove man was charged with one count of domestic battery after an alleged argument with his wife. Reports say the man’s wife left the house on foot. During their investigation, police learned that the argument was over food and that there was no physical contact. However, once police were able to talk with the man’s wife, they noticed “visible injuries on her neck.”
Woman victim of scam – A Buffalo Grove resident said she received a phone call from a man who told her to go buy three $200 e-Bay gift cards, which she did, and then gave him the access information.
A clean case of battery? – Police responded to the Walgreens at Buffalo Grove and Lake-Cook roads regarding a theft. Store officials said a man apparently stole laundry detergent pods and batteries. There were no charges.
Protestors trespassing – Two protestors at an animal specialty clinic were asked to move off the property to continue their protesting against the Veterinary Specialty Clinic in the 1500 block of Busch Parkway. Reports did not say what the two women, sisters from Aurora, were protesting. Reports did indicate that the weather was clear, which means it was not raining cats and dogs, something that likely would have agitated the protestors.
Hate vandalism reported – Police report a maintenance employee at a condominium complex on Dundee Road said he found the words “Good Bye Jew” carved into the lobby elevator.
Was the man on Coke? -- A store manager at Woodman’s contacted police about a man who “consumed beverages while shopping and believes he was acting strange.” The man said he was going to pay for the consumed beverages. Caffeine will do that do you.
Village Board meets Tuesday
The Village Board will have a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Jeffrey Braiman Council Chambers in Village Hall, 50 Raupp Blvd. The agenda can be found here.
Village Hall closed Monday
Village Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17in observance of Presidents' Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, February 18 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Park District receives honors
The Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center was named the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) 2019 winner of the Outstanding Facility Award Division II.
“It’s especially nice to receive an award that resulted from the efforts of so many people. The transformation of this facility over multiple years happened because of the vision and dedication of people on our Board and staff, as well as many in the community, who have donated money to make it possible,” Park District Executive Director Ryan Risinger said. “Without all of them, we don’t have a Community Arts Center, let alone one that wins awards.”
The Park District was also recognized for being named an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) and the IPRA. A park district or recreation agency that applies for Distinguished Accredited Agency recognition undergoes a detailed, lengthy process of application and evaluation. The Buffalo Grove Park District first became an Illinois Distinguished Accredited Agency in 1995, and also received reaccreditation in 2001, 2007 and 2013.
Another highlight for Buffalo Grove at this year’s state conference was Park Board President Adriane Johnson being named the IAPD Board Chairperson.
“I am so honored to be chosen to help lead this great association. Buffalo Grove has been a leader in parks and recreation in Illinois and the nation. And, it’s part of our agency’s mission and values to give back. This is one way that I can help do that, as well as let the great work we are doing here in Buffalo Grove have an impact on the entire state,” Johnson said.
BGPD to offer home safety tips at seminar
Think you need to invest a ton of money to deter criminals and keep your home safe?
A program sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Police and the Vernon Area Pubic Library will provide easy ways you can make your house, condominium or apartment more secure and less attractive to criminals.
The free program is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, at the Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road.
Certified Law Enforcement Security Assessment Specialist and Buffalo Grove Police Officer Matthew Mills will provide tips on what makes a home less attractive to burglars. Video doorbells, home security systems, landscaping and lighting will be just a few of the topics discussed, along with plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.
Registration is available online at vapld.info, by telephone at (224) 543-1485, or in person at any service desk in the Vernon Area Public Library.
Blood drive set March 7A community blood drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the Alcott Center, 503 Bernard Drive. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made here, or by calling Vitalant at (877) 258-4825
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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