Irate customer a challenge for employees, police

Employees at a liquor store on Dundee Road contacted police about a customer who was acting belligerent – to put it mildly. The employees said the man was throwing money around, yelling at the clerk and was very intoxicated. When officers arrived, reports say the man “immediately showed hostilities” towards them by yelling and waving his arms around. Reports say the man, who was having difficulty communicating, told officers that he was attempting to buy some alcohol and was using a large amount of small change that he put on the countertop.

One of the employees told police that the man began throwing his change at him. The employee told police he did not want to complete the sale. Reports say the man continued yelling and was highly agitated. The employee wanted the man removed from the store and told police that the man comes into his store several times a day to purchase alcohol.

Reports say the man refused to identify himself saying that he did not need to and questioned the officers’ authority. He allegedly called one of the officers a "n*****." The officer is not Black.

Reports note that the man left the store and walked towards his car which was running. To no surprise, officers noted  a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath even through his facemask.”  Officers told the man that could not drive and that he should call for another mode of transportation home.

The man told police he would walk, but first needed something from his car. When he left his car, the man began yelling at the officer and told him to leave.

He was told that he was not allowed back in the store, but he went back in and, according to reports, confronted the store employee.

But wait, there’s more. According to reports, the man left the store, got into his car and drove off in a high rate of speed. Officers followed the man and eventually caught up to him in his driveway.

When police confronted the man, he told them, reports say, “that he was now safe” and officers could not do anything to him. So he thought. The man declined a field sobriety test and opted to go into his garage to find a cigarette.

For reasons not detailed in reports, he called 9-1-1 despite being told that his call would just be relayed to the officer to whom he was speaking. Reports add that the man did not display an understanding as to how the 9-1-1 system works.

When told he was being placed under arrest, the man allegedly protested and said he had not been driving and was home all day.

The man was placed in a patrol car, but, reports say, refused to wear his face mask. During attempted discussions at the police station, the man allegedly told officers to, “shut up...I'm not listening to you" and refused to sign processing forms

A processing continued, the man, according to reports, said he was on a break from work and went over to the liquor store to buy some Tequila.

While the man originally agreed to a Breathalyzer test, when it came time to administer it, he refused.  Reports say that while in the man was in a bonding room, he proceeded to call 9-1-1 again. He was reportedly advised of the penalty for harassing a 9-1-1 call center, but reports say he did not seem to be concerned. The man was released and told police he would contact Uber for a ride home. Must have been a heck of a ride. By the way, he was charged with DUI. Surprised?

Restaurants chided for indoor dining -- Police report that they received two complaints about Buffalo Grove restaurants violating state mandates related COVID-19. In one case, police report that between 20 and 30 people were the bar area. Additionally, reports noted that “some of the staff were wearing masks, but none of the customers were.”

Another complaint was received by an anonymous person who said a restaurant was serving people indoors. Reports say management encouraged customers, none of whom were wearing masks, to leave and that all indoor dining would end.

Facebook fake – A resident reported to police that she tried to buy items from Facebook marketplace. However, after she made payments to the sellers, she was blocked. She told police that she attempted to purchase a laptop computer for $500 from a person in Austin, Texas. She told police she paid the person $500 via Google pay. He claimed he did not receive the money and requested that she send it again. Reports said she did not send him any more money, but later learned he had withdrawn the money.

In addition to the computer, the resident was also attempting to purchase a "computer desk, setup," via Facebook. This time she communicated with a person who said he was in Crown Point, Indiana. She discovered he had three different Gmail accounts and paid him $400 for the items via Google pay. After sending the money, the man stopped communicating with the resident. Amazon may have been a better choice.

Package pilfered from porch -- A resident in the 400 block of Springside reported observing a man steal a package from her front porch after receiving a front door motion alert from her “Blink Home” security system. The resident indicated that while replaying the video, she observed a postal service employee deliver a small cardboard box and leave. The resident told police she was not expecting any deliveries and did not know what had been stolen.

Resident watches burglary while at home -- A resident in the 2800 block of Dunstan contacted police to tell them about a burglary in progress at her residence. Here’s the kicker – she told police she was watching live security footage from inside her home and saw two unknown subjects inside. Responding officers reported that the front door was forced open. Reports say police searched the home and it appeared the master bedroom door was forced open, and the room was ransacked.

With friends like this – Police were summoned to a motel on Lake-Cook Road in response to a report of a parking complaint. Police found a vehicle registered to a Vernon Hills man who said, ready - - an acquaintance had stolen the car to buy groceries but never returned it. But wait, there’s more. Police say the man refused to provide police any information about the man who allegedly stole the car, citing Al-Anon rules regarding anonymity. According to police, the vehicle’s owner stated he had been in constant contact with the individual, and was planning to report the car stolen the next day. Reports say the vehicle owner was adamant he did not wish to pursue charges and would pick up the car, and did not want police to contact the man who borrowed (stole?) the car. The owner told police he did not even want officers to wait by the car. Beam me up, Scotty.

Use your imagination – According to police reports, a resident called to say “there were three rudimentary depictions of what appeared to be a banana and two oranges, spray painted on the rubberized surface of the playground.”

Resident reports feeder theft – Police say they received a complaint from a resident whose new bird feeder was missing. Reports say she found the base of the feeder on the ground outside by the kitchen door. In addition to the feeder, the hanging chains and seeds were also taken.

Mat missing – A resident reported that their door mat that said “Live, Laugh, Love” was missing No other missing mats were reporting.

Woodman’s theft – Police were summoned to Woodman’s after a customer allegedly got carried away at the self-checkout. Reports say the customer did not scan all the items in their cart. Reports say the customer purchased 14 items totaling $23.25, but there were an additional 24 items, totaling $148.66, which had not been paid for in the cart. The woman was charged with one count of theft.

Stupid is as stupid does – BGPD reports the following arrests during traffic enforcement: three arrests for DUI, four for driving without insurance, one for driving without a license and one for driving a revoked or suspended license.

Halloween DUI enforcement results -- Buffalo Grove Police made two impaired driving arrests and issued 14 seat belt and child safety seat citations during the recent Halloween traffic safety enforcement effort. Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this effort that took place from Oct. 17 through Nov. 2.

Community News

Indian Trails Library halts in-person services

Due to increased positivity rates of COVID-19, in-person services at the Indian Trails Public Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd. in Wheeling are suspended until further notice. Drive-up services will remain open. The vestibule will be open for grab and go projects. Materials can be returned to book drops outside the library. Residents who have questions can call the Library at (847) 459-4100

Village wants revised recreational pot policy

The Daily Herald reports that the village is hoping state lawmakers will change the policy that keep companies that are licensed to sell medical marijuana in a city from also selling recreational weed.

D214 stays hybrid

Despite escalating rates of reported COVID-19  cases, School district 214 plans to continue with hybrid classes. The district includes Buffalo Grove and Wheeling high schools.

Skibbe to head DPW

The village has named Mike Skibbe director of public works.  He replaces Mike Reynolds who is retiring. Reynolds held the post for seven years. Further details can be found at these links: Journal-Topics, Daily Herald

Budget hearing held, vote set Dec. 7

The Village Board held a virtual public hearing about the proposed 2021 budget Nov. 16. If you opted to watch the Bears instead of the budget hearing, the budget the presentation can be found at this link.

Park District installs air purification systems

The Buffalo Grove Park District has installed iWave air purifying devices in all of its indoor facilities, which include the Alcott Center, Community Arts Center, Emmerich Park building (excluding the garage), Fitness Center, Golf Dome building (excluding the dome structure), Raupp Museum, and the building at Twin Creeks Park (excluding the garage and bathrooms).

The iWave uses needle-point bi-polar ionization that creates equal amounts of positive and negative ions. When released, these ions breakdown passing pollutants and gases. When air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device helps reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air. This technology does not create ozone as a by-product.

“The iWave is not a replacement for social distancing and wearing a mask indoors; but, it is certainly a way that we can help minimize the risk of contracting viruses like COVID-19 inside our facilities,” says Ryan Risinger, executive director of the Buffalo Grove Park District.

Library offers online programming

The Indian Trails Public Library District has scheduled the following online programs:

Novelist Database: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Learn how to use the Novelist database and find new books and authors based on ones you’ve liked in the past. The register, go to this link.

Candy Crisis Virtual Escape Room: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4-5 p.m. Live Zoom Program, Grades 3-5. Play with other kids in a virtual team environment on your computer. Test your skills at math in a candy-themed game. Register at this link

Boondoggle Keychains: Tuesday, December 1, 9-9:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 8 and older, participants will learn how to create two different boondoggle keychain designs in this video tutorial. Supply kits will be available for pick up by registered members one week before the program.

Register at this link.

Zoom to Bed Storytime: Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30-7 p.m. Live Zoom Program.  This program is for children ages 3-7 with a caregiver. What better way to wind down with your family after a long day than a live, interactive story time. Enjoy books, songs and rhymes while building early literacy and listening skills at home. Register at this link.

Park District receives awards

The Buffalo Grove Park District received two Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Best of the Best Awards. The Park District received awards in Arts in the Park and The Power of Parks categories. The Arts in the Park Award recognizes agencies (park districts, forest preserves, conservation, recreation, and special recreation agencies) that support the arts, and partner with artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.

The other IAPD Best of the Best award the Park District received was The Power of Parks Award. This award is intended to recognize an IAPD member park district, forest preserve, conservation, recreation or special recreation agency that displayed innovative and insightful ways to adapt their programs, events and services to best meet the needs of their residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rotary helping the needy

Members of the Buffalo Grove Rotary Club spent several days last week packing boxes of food for area needy families. You can learn more at either of these links. Making Thanksgiving memorable Keeping the thanks in Thanksgiving.



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