Police investigate thefts at grocery stores

A 78-year-old Des Plaines woman reported that her wallet was missing while shopping at Woodman’s, 1550 E. Deerfield Parkway. A check of video surveillance indicated that two people were near the woman and that one, a female, reached into to victim’s purse and took her wallet while she was distracted picking out groceries.

** Hair today, gone tomorrow? – Speaking of Woodman’s, security officials there reported to Buffalo Grove Police that video surveillance revealed a female customer leaving the store with “numerous packages of Rogaine.” No suspects have been apprehended, but it’s possible they have thin hair.

** Not a good week for grocery stores – Security officials at the Jewel-Osco, 75 McHenry Road, reported someone stole some Jameson Irish Whiskey – a lot of it. Jewel personnel told police video surveillance revealed that two people left the store with two carts filled cases of the whiskey valued at $2,828.56. L’chaim.

** Item stolen from attic -- Police report several items were stolen from an attic above a garage in the 100 block of Lawn Court. Reports say the garage in a condominium building is shared by three units. The only item reported stolen was an electric pontoon motor valued at $480.

** Crash yields DUI charges – A 42-year-old Woodstock man was charged with DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash and damage to village property after a single-vehicle crash in the 300 block of Half Day Road. According to reports, the man, Michael Lisak, told police someone cut him off causing his vehicle to swerve and strike a light pole. Reports also say that Lisak told the person who witnessed the crash not to call police. According to police, when officers arrived, they noticed that Lisak was having trouble standing and continuously fell down. Reports note that paramedics had to support Lisak to keep him from falling over. Reports say Lisak was reluctant to submit to tests to measure blood alcohol content and did not indicate if a test was administered and what Lisak’s BAC was. He was released to the custody of his girlfriend. Lucky woman.

** Home break-in reported – Police are investigating a burglary at a home in the 500-block of Checker Drive. Reports say the resident noted interior garage door was open when they returned home. Multiple rooms, reports say, were “ransacked.” An inventory of missing items was not available.

** Mask refusal – Police were summoned to Woodman’s, 1550 Deerfield Parkway, in response to a complaint about a couple refusing to wear masks or face coverings while in the store. Reports says the woman refused to wear a mask because she “has a medical condition.” Her husband agreed to wear a mask provided by the store and finished his shopping. Dr. Fauci would still be concerned.

Community News

Candidate’s filing petitions challenged

            A “petition of objection” contesting the nominating petitions filed by Village Board Trustee candidate Gowri Magati, was filed Dec. 30 by resident and longtime Village Board member, Jeff Berman.

            The petition contends that Magati’s petitions fail to meet the requirements to be on the ballot in the April 6 election. According to the petition of objection filed at Buffalo Grove Village Hall, “The Petition contains signatures for persons who are not registered voters in the Village of Buffalo Grove. The Petition contains duplicate signatures; the Petition contains signatures that are not genuine and do not match the official signatures on voter registration materials in the County Clerk’s Office for the individuals who purportedly signed the Petition; and The Petition contains signatures that were not gathered in the manner provided for in the Illinois Election Code, specifically that they were not signed in the presence of the Circulator, contrary to the sworn certifications by Magati, as Circulator, contained on each Sheet of the Petition.”

The determination of Magati’s nomination petition will lie with an electoral board as required by the Illinois Election Code. Under the code, the electoral board consists of the Village Board President, the Village Clerk and the senior trustee. However, the senior trustees, Lester Ottenheimer Joanne Johnson and Andrew Stein, are on the ballot, which prohibits them from being on the electoral board.

The code stipulates that a member of the general public be appointed by the chief judge for Cook County Circuit Court.

The election code also requires that the hearing initial hearing be held between three and five days after the objection has been received by the chair of the electoral board which is Village Board President Beverly Sussman.

Indian Trails Library trims drive-up hours

            The Indian Trails Pubic Library has announced a change in drive-up service hours. Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, the library and drive-up services will close at 8 pm, Monday-Friday, until further notice.

Library announces programs

The Indian Trails Public Library District has scheduled several programs including:

** Trivia Challenge for Kids: 4-5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6. This live Zoom program is for children in grades 3-5. Participants can test their knowledge of math, history, science, language arts and social studies in a virtual team environment. Registration is available through this link.

** Online Grocery Shopping Tips: Premiers on YouTube beginning Wednesday, Jan. 6

Do your grocery store shopping through useful apps and have it delivered to your home. This video covers the apps Shipt, Amazon Fresh and Instacart. More information is available here.

** Time Management and Organizational Skills During Your Job Search: 7-8:30 pm Monday, Jan. 11. In this live zoom program, Bill Schrack of the Barrington Career Center will teach you how to manage your time and get organized while searching for a new job. Registration is available here.

** Blood Drive: The Library has scheduled a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The drive is sponsored by Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. Click here to schedule your preferred donation time.

Stevenson gets top rating

            Adlai Stevenson High School was rated the top school district in the country by NICHE. The school rating organization cited the school’s rigorous curriculum among the reasons for the rating.

Royal Messages replacing Cinderella Ball

            The ongoing pandemic has led to the Buffalo Grove Park District offering a video message program instead of its annual Cinderella Ball usually held in February. According to the Countryside Reminder, residents can arrange for a variety of characters to deliver a video message. Each message costs $10.

Longtime Police Department employee retires 


          When Linda Paul joined the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Records Unit in 1988, it was housed in the basement at Village Hall.

After 32 years of service, she bid farewell to the department on Dec. 30.

As Records Unit Supervisor, a post she was promoted to in 2000, she was responsible for overseeing police records, including citations and arrests, as well as public requests for information and reporting to state and federal agencies.

During her tenure at the department, she received numerous awards including Employee of the Year (2001), Employee of the Quarter (2000) and several unit citations.


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