Disorderly conduct, vandalism highlight police reports

 A report of five men wearing masks and carrying a gun resulted in one man being arrested and cited with a Buffalo Grove adjudication disorderly conduct charge after he ran from police.

            Reports indicate that police were summoned to the 1100 block of Miller Lane on June 2 and began searching for the men. When officers spotted the group, reports say officers identified themselves as police at which time one man ran from police throwing what appeared to be a gun to the ground. The gun was recovered and identified as a “high-quality metal replica of a Sig Sauer rifle, used as an airsoft gun.”

            Police were able to apprehend 23-year-old Christian Longworth. Reports say that while being taken into custody, Longworth “complained of having difficulty breathing” telling police stating he was having a panic attack. Paramedics were called, examined Longworth without transporting him to a hospital.

            Cited with an adjudication violation, Longworth will not go to court, but is scheduled to appear before a village adjudication panel on July 14.

** Burglary from car – A woman reported to police that someone smashed in a window on her car and stole her purse. Police confirmed the incident and that the vehicle was locked.

** Graffiti – A property manager for a condo development on south Arlington Heights Road told police several residents complained about KKK being spray painted on the back of a building.

** The Icee man cometh – In a case of “you scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream,” Police reports indicate that around 20 adults and 20 children were gathered receiving ice cream treats from the ever popular Icee man, who was in the 1100 block of Devonshire for a birthday party for two-year-old twins. Reports say that some of the guest were wearing masks and were social distancing. The resident was told the gathering violated the governor’s executive order.

** Tell them to get in their van and go – A resident in the 300 block of Rosewood told police that for the second time in two weeks, two men came to her house saying they were there to paint the house. However, note the reports, the resident said she never contacted anyone to paint the house and that she was moving. Must have been a stroke of misunderstanding.  Seems like she brushed them off.

** More graffiti – Police were notified of graffiti at Lion's Park that contained racial slurs stating, "N---as in my crack," with a swastika and another unknown symbol.

** Homeless person sought – Police observed a man near a business on Dundee Road June 2 who apparently ran when he was spotted. Working with Arlington Heights Police, officers found wat reports describe as a “homeless camp” that included, reports say “...old furniture, trash, marijuana remnants, marijuana paraphernalia, food and empty beer cans.” Police suspect the man had been living there for what they call “awhile”. Reports indicate that the man ran into buildings in the Plaza Verde Shopping Plaza, but were unable to locate him. Reports indicate that police officials left a message for the property managing company urging it to clean up the area.  Officers said the area is near sites where vandalism and graffiti has been recently reported.

** Bogus unemployment filings -- Buffalo Grove Police report five cases of fake filings for unemployment compensation.  In all cases, persons were told to work with their employers and banks to monitor any activity related to the scam.

** Vandalism reported at school – Dist. 21 officials told police they discovered “Justice for GF” spray painted twice last week.

** Big foot?  -- A resident contacted police because, according to reports, her upstairs neighbor “makes too loud of noise while walking around.”

Clean heist – A resident in the 0-100 block of Villa Verde Drive reported a package she received had been opened and the contents – hand sanitizer – removed. The estimated value was $20.

Trash talkin’ – A business owner in the 1600 block of north Buffalo Grove Road told police he observed a man throw two garbage bags into a dumpster in a shopping center parking lot and was not authorized to do so. The man told police his “confronted the man” who then left. Reports do not indicate if he took the garbage with him.

** Pee time during tee time?  -- A man called police to complain about a man urinating on bush on a golf course the adjoins his property. Reports indicate, and as Dave Barry would write, I am not making this up, the resident stated “…this is a common event and most time people apologize and move on to another bush.” However, according to the BGPD’s urological investigation team, the resident exchanged words with the golfer who told the resident that he “could pee where ever he wanted.” Reports say the resident tried taking pictures of the golfer who told police “…he felt threatened” when the resident got into his (ready) “personal space to take a picture of him.”

 Community News and Updates

Casstevens: Knee to neck ‘inappropriate’

Buffalo Grove Police Chief Steve Casstevens told the Daily Herald June 6 said the tactic used by former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin that killed George Floyd was “an inappropriate use of force.”

Casstevens, president of the International Association of Police Chiefs said in a statement on behalf of the organization that "I am gravely concerned about the ongoing events in Minnesota and around the United States. Communities are angry, frustrated, and heartbroken," Casstevens wrote. "The men and women of the policing profession share these emotions. The video of Mr. Floyd's death is shocking, deeply disturbing, and painful for us all to watch."

Business forum focuses on Restore Illinois recovery

A five-part “Back to Business Virtual Forum”, sponsored cooperatively by the villages of Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire, Vernon Area Public Library, and the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for June 9–11.

The free series of online programs is designed to help local business owners and operators safely reopen and/or expand services during phases 3 and 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.

 Sessions include:

 Diving Into Phase 3 Of Restore Illinois & Beyond 

Tuesday, June 9, 10 a.m.

Speakers: State Representative Daniel Didech (D-59)

 Creating New Service Models in A Pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2 p.m.

Speakers: Mike Farrell, Owner of Egg Harbor Cafe Lincolnshire; Nick Bennett, Co-Owner of ZaZa Salon and Day Spa, Mike Schulewitz, General Manager at Buffalo Grove Park District

 Human Resources, A Pandemic, And Embracing New Models for Work

Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m.

Speakers: Adriane Johnson, Populus XP, LLC; Steve Golberg, We Place People: Executive Search, Personal Interview Coaching & Consulting; Aaron Zarkowsky, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

Your Village Is Making It Easier to Get Back to Business

Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m.

Speakers: Nicole Woods, Village of Buffalo Grove; Rati Akash, Village of Buffalo Grove Planner; Tonya Zozulya, Village of Lincolnshire; Ben Gilbertson, Village of Lincolnshire - Government

Financial Support & Opportunities for Funding

Thursday, June 11, 10 a.m.

Speakers: Mitch Bienvenue, Illinois Small Business Development Center International Trade Center at College of Lake County; Ron Lanz, Lake County Partners

Keeping the Peace: Defusing Situations While Keeping People Safe at Your Business

Thursday, June 11, 2 p.m.

Speakers: Meghan Hansen, Buffalo Grove Police; Matt Mills, Buffalo Grove Police; Evan Michel, Village of Buffalo Grove

Registration is required. To sign up, visit https://vapld.info/BackToBusiness

Peddling permits suspended

            As part of executive orders signed by Village President Beverly Sussman, the village has stopped issuing permits for door-to-door solicitations. Individuals or companies that approach residents’ homes and say they have a permit are not being truthful.

            Peddlers without permits should be reported to Buffalo Grove Police.

 Library issues statement against racism

            The Indian Trails Public Library District posted a statement on racism June 6. In it, the District says “At ITPLD, we unequivocally stand against racism in all forms. We stand with those who seek to end systemic racism and bring about positive change in our community.

            The Library is offering a full schedule of virtual events.  A schedule can be found at this site.

While the building remains closed, the Library is serving patrons through its drive-up window. Contact the Library at (847) 459-4100 for specific hours.

            Meanwhile, the Vernon Area Public Library has announced that it will begin accepting checked out materials on June 8. Complete details are here.


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