Man charged with domestic battery against his grandmother

 A 23-year-old Buffalo Grove man faces one count of domestic battery after an incident involving his grandmother.

Reports say the victim, a 78-year-old woman, came to the police department to report that her grandson allegedly woke her up and demanded she take him to buy beer. According to reports, the woman refused.

According to police reports, the woman's grandson then grabbed both of her wrists and dragged her into the living room. Reports indicate that despite the women’s pleas that he was hurting her, her grandson didn't let go of her.

Reports say the man “became more upset and threw a remote control for the television on the floor and broke it.”

Reports further indicate that the man did let go of her but then “slapped her several times in the head with his open hands.”

The woman, according to police, relented and drove her grandson to a nearby gas station and “bought beer for him so he would leave her alone.”

Once home, the woman told police her grandson took the beer into his bedroom. The woman told police that at around 3 a.m. her grandson came into her bedroom and woke her up. The woman told police that her grandson wanted to talk and after the conversation, he stood up, “pulled down his pajama bottoms, shook his bare butt in her face, and rubbed his bare butt up against her arms before going back to bed.” The woman said that during the conversation her grandson allegedly said he wanted to kill himself and has been wanting to kill other people and eat them.

The woman told police she was concerned about the safety of both she and her husband.  Reports say her husband, who also lives in the apartment, has a serious medical condition. The woman told police she wanted her grandson arrested for grabbing her wrists and slapping her in the head.

** Two charged with theft -- Two women, one from Woodridge and one from Wheaton, were each charged with one count of retail theft and burglary after allegedly trying to steal items valued at more than $650 from the Jewel-Osco at 79 N. McHenry Road. Reports say the two, with $655.32 worth of merchandise. The two were detained by Jewel in-store security until police arrived.

            In an unrelated incident also at the Jewel, police report that a man was observed taking four cases of Modelo Special in a shopping cart and leaving the store without paying.

** Woodman’s theft -- Police were summoned to Woodman’s Market, 1550 Deerfield Parkway, in response to an attempted theft by a customer. Reports say store officials spoke with the customer and requested to see the receipt for the $236 worth of merchandise he had in his cart. The man reportedly told the employee that he paid for the items and already threw the receipt away. Reports say the store official asked the man to return to the store so payment could be verified. The man complied and returned to the store, but as the employee was about to check the video surveillance, the offender ran out of the store and drove off. No items were lost.

** Liquor theft reported – Police were summoned to Woodman’s on a report that two people stole $600 worth of liquor.  Reports say the offenders took approximately 15 bottles of liquor.  Reports says one person was observed on video surveillance placing 12 bottles of liquor (yes, 12 bottles) inside his jacket and left the final point of sale without purchasing said items. A second person was observed placing three bottles of liquor inside his jacket, leaving the store without purchase. No doubt the second man had a smaller jacket.

** Theft from motor vehicle -- A resident in the 0-100 block of Columbus Parkway reported that his vehicle has been burglarized sometime in the last two months. The resident said he left his vehicle parked in the driveway of his residence on in late November until he returned Jan. 10. Reports indicate the resident reported a “bucket of equipment” missing. Police say the rear passenger side window had been broken out by an unknown object.

** Apple phone swiped during burglary – Police report that an Apple watch was stolen during a break-in at the Verizon store, 812 N. Milwaukee. Reports say the “north glass door broken and merchandise thrown on the floor.” Police also note that the back office door was also opened and merchandise in the office was strewn on the floor.

** Unusual note -- A resident contacted police about an unusual note in her mailbox. Reports say the resident was concerned because the note "I live in your neighborhood and need a ride to court tomorrow (Friday) to obtain emergency restraining order. I cannot be in a car with perfume, air freshener, or lotion. I can not (sic) wear a mask". The note also listed an email address which, when checked, was spam.

** Assault on batteries? – Reports don’t indicate why a resident called police or what he expected them to do, but a man contacted police to say he purchased batteries approximately a month ago from a store in Northbrook, and when he attempted to charge said batteries, they exploded causing damage to the charging device. The man stated this was not the first time he has received a faulty product from this store. The man did not tell police why he keeps going back to the store or if the man has a store charge.

Community News

Village moves to Tier 2 on COVID restrictions

Buffalo Grove is among the municipalities in Illinois Region 9 (Lake and McHenry counties) and Region 10 (suburban Cook County) that met the requirements to move from Tier 3 to Tier 2 resurgence mitigations as of Jan. 15. The move to Tier 1 mitigations requires a region to meet metrics that are detailed here.

 Decision expected Friday on candidate’s nominating petition

            The Buffalo Grove Electoral Board will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22 to determine if Village Trustee Candidate Gowri Magati can remain on the ballot for village trustee in the April 6 election. Magati’s nomination petition was challenged by former village trustee Jeffrey Berman. In a marathon meeting that lasted almost 4½ hours on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Board weighed allegations that a number of signatures on Magati’s nominating papers were invalid which could nullify the filing petitions. Berman also alleges in his objection that Magati did not follow proper procedures for witnessing signatures.

Indian Trails Library plans programs

            Registration for the following programs offered by the Indian Trails Public Library District:

I Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA, Drum Roll Please. These are all engaging books that younger readers can enjoy through our youth book clubs. Register, read a book, then join a Zoom discussion with peers. There is time to join our January discussions or sign up for a February program. More information is available here.

Strengthen Your Resilience in The Middle of a Pandemic” Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. -- Free Zoom Program.  Dr. Ilene Berns-Zare will focus on helping attendees recharge – increase their ability to get through, overcome, and even thrive during these challenging times. The program will combine positive psychology with practical strategies for daily life. To register, email, or call (847) 259-7730.

Metra parking passes on sale

Annual Metra parking passes, which run from Jan.1 – Dec. 31 are now on sale. Passes cost $450 for the full year.

The cost is prorated for passes purchased later in the year. Passes can be purchased at Village Hall, or by sending a check to Village Hall, 50 Raupp Boulevard, Buffalo Grove, Ill. 60089, with ‘Annual Metra Pass’ in the memo section.

Persons purchasing passes are asked to provide self-addressed, stamped return envelope. Residents who have questions or need additional information can call 847-459-2500 or email Metra passes are not currently available for purchase online.

BG Days co-chair dies

Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon, who was co-chair of the Buffalo Grove Days Committee, died Jan. 13. Gordon was volunteered on the BG Days Committee holding many roles including winning many BBQ competitions. He was 62.


 Former BGHS football coach dies

Grant Blaney, who started Buffalo Grove’s football program and led it to an undefeated state championship died Jan. 12. He was 85.

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