Speeding leads to drug charges

When you are clocked driving at 72 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone, you are going to draw the attention of police.  Which is what happened to a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove resident.
When police pursued the driver, he did not, police reports say, adhere to police lights and siren.  Once he finally pulled over, in his driveway, the man, police reports note, did not follow orders and cooperate with police officers.
Faced with the potential of being Tased, the man continued to not follow police orders at which time he was restrained on the ground at which time the responding officer noted, according to police reports, a strong odor of alcohol. Police reportedly found 19 Hydrocodone pills and 13 Diazepam pills in the man’s jacket.
He was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of fleeing police and, to no surprise, speeding 30 to 39 miles over the posted limit.
            Charges filed after traffic accident, confrontation -- A 63-year-old Arlington Heights woman faces four charges following a traffic incident at Lake-Cook and McHenry roads. According to police reports, the woman was charged with one count each of reckless conduct, leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage, improper use of registration or title and driving without a license.
Reports said the incident cited when a witness said the woman struck another woman who was taking pictures of damage to her vehicle which had been struck by the 63-year-old woman’s car. The woman denied hitting anyone’s car and when asked for her license, presented one which was expired.
Resident victim of phone scam -- A Buffalo Grove woman was scammed out of $1,000 in gift cards after receiving a phone call from a man who said he was a United States Marshal and said there was a warrant for her arrest for drug trafficking and money laundering in “several South American countries”.  He reportedly told the woman that to avoid arrest, she needed to purchase Walmart gift cards for 10 percent of her bond. After contacting police, she was assured that this was a scam and she would not hear from the man again.
Man’s comments draw ire of hotel staff -- An employee at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel on Lake-Cook Road told police an apparently intoxicated guest was making comments that made her feel uncomfortable. According to reports, the man offered to take her away and give her a “good life” and that he was a millionaire.  The man reportedly wanted her to come to his room, but only after she drove him somewhere so he could buy her a gift. The man reportedly had wanted to stay at another nearby hotel, but was told by the manager there to leave. The man did and reportedly ordered a cab to go to another hotel. And you thought online dating sites were strange.

It’s a bird, it’s plane, it’s a spider web? – A resident on Poplar Court reported to police that her video doorbell recorded an object that appeared to be hovering over her house. The resident told police she suspected it was a drone.  However, using their crack arachnological skills, investigators determined that, according to police reports that the object was “likely a spider web, which had been made wet by the rain that was occurring at the time, thereby reflecting light into the camera. Furthermore, the wind associated with the rain was determined to be the most likely reason for the web's movement.”

Community News
Township, village team up for face covering give away
Vernon Township, in a partnership with the Village of Buffalo Grove, is giving away 17,500 face covers to township residents. The program starts May 28 and ends June 4, however the allocation for May 28 and June 2 has been reserved so the last day for distribution is Thursday, June 4. To participate in the distributions, residents are required to sign up at vernontownship.com prior to the date of pickup under the header “Cloth Masks Available.”
Masks will be distributed at the township office, 3050 N. Main Street. Each day, 2,500 will be handed out on from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. A maximum of five face covers will be provided per household. Face coverings will be available in adult and youth sizes.
The face coverings are a cotton/polyester blend and can be washed and reused. They were purchased by the village and the township, with assistance from a FEMA Public Assistance Grant.
For questions, contact Vernon Township at 847-634-4600.

Park District opens registration for June virtual programs
Online registration for the Park District’s June programs is open and available on the Park District website, bgparks.org. All programs begin the week of June 1. Registration is online only.
The Park District is offering a variety of virtual recreation programs online during June. These programs are available to both residents and nonresidents for one low fee
People who have an online registration account can register as they normally would for Park District programs.
Those who need to set up an account can do so by going to the registration page on the Park District website. Because the Park District staff is working remotely from home, it may take over 24 hours to set up any new accounts. Once a new account is created for someone, they will receive an email with their login information. Any questions can be emailed to registrar@bgparks.org to contact the Park District registration staff.
For updated information as things change, please visit the Park District website at bgparks.org.

Chabad offers pre-Shavuoth lecture
Northwest Suburban Chabad is sponsoring a pre-Shavuoth lecture on Zoom, “Why is this Shavuoth Different From All Other Shavuoth?” by Rabbi Manis Friedman at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.  The Zoom ID is 846 3777 4659. For more information, call (847) 808-7770.

Dog park reopens
The Buffalo Grove Park District has reopened the Happy Tails Dog Park, 835 Commerce Court at the south end of the parking lot at the Sidney Mathias Transportation Facility.
The dog park was closed on March 25, as a result of the governor’s expanded “Shelter Inside” executive order
Additional rules have been implemented at the dog park, including practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet apart, and not petting other people’s dogs. Wearing a face mask is recommended. Dogs do not need a face mask. Additionally, for health and safety purposes, the water is shut off at the facility.
With all indoor facilities are still closed, the Park District is unable to process new dog park permits. All 2019 permits to remain valid until 2020 permits are able to be obtained.
Residents who do not have a 2019 dog park permit, can contact the Park District at info@bgparks.org, to inquire about obtaining a temporary permit to use until Park District facilities reopen.
For information about the dog park, including rules, forms, and information on how to obtain a permit, visit the Happy Tails Dog Park page on the Park District’s website at bgparks.org.

B.G. Profile
 Longtime cop hangs up the ‘cuffs
Commander Tom Reed retired May 22 after serving Buffalo Grove for more than 32 years.
Reed began his career in 1982 as a part-time desk officer for the Buffalo Grove Police Department before advancing to become a general service officer a few months later.
Cmdr. Tom Reed
After serving as a police officer with the Libertyville Police Department from 1985 to 1988, he became one of the original team members for the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS), which responds to high-risk situations, from natural disasters, special events, or calls for service. He rejoined the Buffalo Grove Police Department in 1988.
Reed was a highly decorated member of the agency with a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly as an Investigator. He was recognized as a strong detective and evidence technician, due to his keen attention to detail.
He became a sergeant in 2003, and then assigned to patrol for a short time later before returning to supervise the Investigations Unit. He rose to the rank of commander in 2011 and oversaw the patrol division for three years prior to returning to investigations, where he has served since 2014.
Reed received numerous awards as a member of the BGPD, including Officer of the Year (1996), Employee of the Quarter (1990, 1997, 2018), Special Commendation (2000, 2013, 2019), Unit Citation (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004), Honorable Mention (1993, 1999, 2000, 2001) and a Life Saving Award in 2003.
He also received the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Certificate of Appreciation in 1992, an Award of Merit from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department in 1996.
“Tom is one of the most respected officers within the agency, as well as the Northeast Illinois Region,” Police Chief Steve Casstevens said. “He was second to none in terms of intellect, hard work, and dedication; to say he will be missed as a valued member of the command staff would be a vast understatement.”
In addition to being a valued member in the Buffalo Grove Police Department, Reed has been an adjunct professor at Harper College, where he has taught forensics for the past 12 years.

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