Cops probe retail thefts, stolen cars, neighbor spats --- and an errant arrow

** Hot topic -- Police were summoned by residents in the 800 block of Silver Rock Lane and 800 Checker Drive over a dispute about the use of backyard fire pit. Reports says one neighbor confronted the other regarding the amount of smoke coming from the fire pit. By the time police arrived, the fire was extinguished.
But wait, there’s more.  During a phone follow-up, both neighbors said there were several more confrontations after the initial police visit, including one of which allegedly included the fire pit owner telling the other that “she would have a fire whenever she pleased,” to which the other neighbor allegedly replied "we're in a ghetto war now, you bitch." At least they were six feet apart.
** Car theft reported -- A resident in the 100 block of south Buffalo Grove Road reported to police that his car was stolen.  He told police he observed a man get in the vehicle and drive off. According to police reports, the man “started his vehicle to warm it up and left the vehicle unattended.” Did you catch that – unattended.
** Bet this made him quiver -- A resident in the 100 block of E. Fox Hill Drive reported to police that he found an arrow stuck in the top of his grill.  Police report the grill, valued at $3,000, was dented and scratched. Police were “unable to determine the origin of the arrow.” A $3,000 grill?
** A pain in the glass – Police were summoned to the Dollar Tree store on Dundee Road in response to a manager’s concern about a man who wanted to return a "glass cup." During the return, reports say, he became very rude because the return was taking too long. When she threatened to call the police, he left the store. Police found the man in the parking lot and advised him not to return to the store. Good idea.
** Maybe the lines were too long – An employee at the Jewel on Lake-Cook Road reported to police that a woman left the store with a cart full of groceries that she apparently did not pay for. The manager was able to obtain a license plate number of the women’s vehicle. She told police as she was entering the north entrance doors, she saw a woman pushing a shopping cart with merchandise out the entrance doors. The manager also told that she also noticed that the merchandise was placed into reusable type grocery bags and that it appeared the woman did not purchase the items because she leaving through the entrance.  Police report that they located the vehicle at a Palatine residence and along with the Palatine Police, were attempting to contact the vehicle owner. Police says the groceries were in plain view inside the vehicle.
** Talk about bad allergies – Police responded to the Walgreens at Lake-Cook and Buffalo Grove roads after a store manager reported a man walked through the store for approximately 25 minutes during which time he reportedly put several containers of allergy medication into a blue canvas bag. The manager said as he exited the store, she asked if he was going to put down the bags, to which he replied, "what bags?", and left the store. The total value of allergy medication taken was $1319.53. In a separate incident, Walgreen store management reported that two men entered the store and removed an unspecified amount of over-the-counter pain medication.
** Car stolen – An employee of a business reported his car was stolen from the company’s parking lot. The man said his keys were his coat pocket, which was hung in a common area. The car’s iPass indicated that the car went through a toll collection site by O’Hare International Airport.
Community News
COVID-19 fears lead to cancellation of Pride Parade
Citing “the inexorable mathematics of COVID-19,” the 2020 Buffalo Grove Pride Parade has been canceled.
In a verified Facebook post, Pinta said the next Pride Parade is scheduled for June 6, 2021. The first Buffalo Grove Pride Parade was held June 2, 2019.
Pinta posted that “The mission of Buffalo Grove Pride, and the purpose behind the Buffalo Grove Pride Parade, is to support and embrace the LGBTQ community and our allies all across the northwest suburbs. This mission has not changed.”
Even though the parade will not be held in 2020, Pinta said “The need for Pride hasn’t diminished, so we don’t want Pride Month to go entirely unmarked. We’re looking at alternative ways to celebrate that don’t put people at additional risk.”

Lake-Cook Road TIF meeting postponed
            The May 4 public hearing about a proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district has been postponed. According to a report in the Countryside Reminder, the hearing was axed because “a prior Joint Review Board meeting cannot be held under current stay-at-home orders.”  The Joint Review Board meeting was scheduled for April 3, but the statewide stay at home order required that the meeting be canceled.

Stevenson eyes alternate dates for prom, graduation
            Stevenson High School is looking at ways to have its prom. In a post on its website, the school said “We will only hold these events when state and federal authorities advise that it is safe to do so.”
It also listed some plans, which include several options, which the school lists as:

Plan Green assumes that the school is unable to hold its May events, and the State of Illinois and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines suggest it will be safe to do in June.  These include:

Prom: Saturday, June 20, location TBA
Patriot Palooza: Friday, June 26, noon-5 p.m., on campus
Graduation: Sunday, June 28, 11 a.m., at the Sears Centre Arena

If the state and CDC suggest waiting until July, the school’s Plan Gold would be an option.  The proposed dates are:

Prom: Saturday, July 18, location TBA
Patriot Palooza: Friday, July 24, noon-5 p.m., on campus
Graduation: Sunday, July 26, 11 a.m., at the Sears Centre Arena

Patriot Palooza, the school says, is similar to Spring Fling, and includes food trucks, inflatables, a softball tournament, a cricket tournament, ultimate Frisbee, and other activities.

Village seeks input about COVID-19 response
The village is seeking input from residents about its response to COVID-19. Residents can click here to take the survey.

Bragg speaks!
            Residents who may want break from listening to whining children and non-stop news, can go here for a message from Village Manager Dane Bragg regarding COVID-19.

 Sussman writes!
            Residents who may want break from making puzzles and reading news reports regarding COVD-19 can go here to read a message on Facebook from Village President Beverly Sussman.

Counties offers COVID-19 case information
            Both the Lake County Department of Public Health and the Cook County Health Department have online data and information related to COVID-19.  Lake County information can be found here while Cook County information is available at this site.

Schneider plans two webinars on federal resources
for small businesses and nonprofits hit by COVID-19

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10) announced two upcoming webinar events specifically for small businesses and non-profit organizations during the COVID-19 crisis.
One is at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 6 and will focus on Federal Resources for Small Businesses.
A second is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 and will examine Federal Resources for Nonprofits
Schneider will be joined by a representative of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to share information on the additional resources created by the CARES Act, including the Paycheck Protection Program loans, Small Business Debt Relief Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit, Employer Payroll Tax Deferral and Business Counseling.
These events are free and open to the public, though space is limited to 1,000 attendees for each webinar, so participants are encouraged to register now. Recordings of both events will be available following their conclusion.  Interested persons can register here for the small business webinar and here for the non-profit program.
Following the events, recordings of both will be available on Schneider’s YouTube channel.

Wheeling, BG high schools making PPE
The Buffalo Grove Countryside reports that teachers at Wheeling and Buffalo Grove high schools who were “Troubled by a shortage of protective gear for essential workers,” have started making equipment to help fill the void.

As Harry Porterfield used to say…here’s someone you should know
            Posts on social media have highlighted a lot of gripes and issues people are having when they can’t get ice cream, or the lines are long at Jewel. However, there are other people out there who are trying to bring a brighter side during the COVID-19 crisis.
            For example, the Glassman family of Buffalo Grove. The Daily Herald’s Steve Zalusky reported on their effort to brighten things up.

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