Shirtless parker, scams, and a lot of vodka keep police busy

** You can always tell when it’s a full-moon cycle – Police responded to a call of a nude man who was sitting in a car with New York license plates in a parking lot in the 900 block of south Buffalo Grove. Responding officers found that the man was not nude, just shirtless. But as it has been said, “but wait, there’s more.”

            According the reports, a woman called police saying she was being followed by the vehicle. Police were able to locate the vehicle in a parking lot adjacent to the Buffalo Grove Golf Course and, conveniently enough, the police department. Reports say when officers asked him why he was following the woman, he told them, “he thought she was signaling to him that she wished to engage in intercourse, and he was following her believing she was selecting a good location.” But wait, there’s more. Reports say the man indicated to police that the woman “gave him a wave” while on southbound I-94, a gesture he thought meant she wanted to “engage in intercourse” with him. He then proceeded to follow her to the parking lot of a bank where he removed his shirt. The woman, in the meantime, apparently used the ATM.

            Reports said that while he was explaining this to police, he realized how his actions may have startled the woman. The fact that this occurred shortly after 2 a.m. may also have contributed to the woman being startled.

            While this seems to be just a case of some person acting a bit strange, it’s not because, wait, there is more.

            Police reports indicate that officers learned that there was an active warrant for the man in Milwaukee County for a parole violation. The man, 56-year-old Ronald Kramer of Milwaukee, was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

            But once again, wait, there’s more. Police found what police describe as “unlabeled prescription pill bottle containing four tightly knotted clear plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance” in Kramer’s car.

            While in custody, Kramer complained of chest pains and was transferred by paramedics to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

            He was scheduled to be turned over to Milwaukee County officials.

** What’s in your wallet? – Police were summoned to the Chase Bank on Deerfield Parkway after a customer went ballistic because she was told the funds from a check she had just deposited would not be available until the check cleared. The customer was not happy and told bank staff “just you wait” before leaving. She was gone before police arrived. Bank staff said she had been problematic on previous occasions. No word on how she would react for a penalty of early withdrawal. Remember, this is a banking issue.

** Fake unemployment claim – A resident told police she received word from a bank in Cleveland, Ohio that there was a new Illinois Department of Employment Security prepaid debit card issued in her name. The woman said she knew it wasn’t hers because she’s retired.

** Identity theft -- A woman told police she was notified that she had filed for unemployment compensation when, in fact, she had not. According to police reports, the woman said according to the information she received, she applied for a Small Business Administration loan, which she had not. At least she doesn’t have to go Cleveland.

** Credit card scam – A Buffalo Grove man reported to police that he gave personal information to someone who said they were from Venmo. You know what’s coming, right? They were not, but used his personal information to spend “in the thousands of dollars.” The bogus account and ensuing purchases came from someone in Massachusetts.

** ‘Absolut-ly’ absurd – Store officials at the Jewel on McHenry Road reported a man walked out of the store with – according to reports – eight boxes, each with 24 bottles, of Absolut vodka valued at $1,568.55. For those of you keeping scored at home, that is 192 bottles of vodka, for an average price of $8.17 per bottle (plus tax, of course). Remember, Moneypenny, shaken, not stirred.

** Argument leads to arrest – A Buffalo Grove man was charged with violating an order of protection after an argument over a pizza order with his mother. Reports indicate the man, who was allegedly intoxicated, used his mother’s debit card to pay for the pizza. According to reports, the order of protection stipulates that the man cannot be in his mother’s residence while under the influence.

Community News

Stevenson students cited at conference.

Several students were honored during the HOSA (Future Health Professionals) International Leadership Conference held virtually June 22-27. Fifty-two members of Stevenson’s HOSA chapter participated, and were among 8,310 competitors who competed in 77 health science events.

Student journalists, adviser receive honors

Members of The Statesman, the student newspaper at Stevenson High School have received various honors from scholastic journalism associations. Also honored was adviser Dean Bradshaw who was named journalism educator of the year by Youth Journalism International.

Schneider to host two virtual events for local small businesses

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10) will host two events focused on small businesses adapting to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, July 9, Schneider will host a webinar on loan forgiveness requirements for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and associated tax implications for recipient businesses and organizations. He will be joined by guests from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and CPA accountants from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) to help answer constituent questions. The program begins at 4 p.m.

On Friday, July 10, Schneider will host a conversation with the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Lake County for a conversation on the resources available to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges and opportunities facing Latino-owned businesses in our community. Simultaneous Live Spanish interpretation will be available. This program begins at 10 a.m.

Registration for both programs is available at this link.


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