Woman thwarts stranger's efforts to enter home

Unwanted visitor -- A Buffalo Grove couple told police that while they were sleeping, they heard somebody was knocking on the windows and door. The man told police he thought it was his son, but it wasn’t – it was an unknown male. Reports say the man noted that the man outside was trying to come inside through the basement door. He was stopped by the homeowner who called police. The man trying to enter was described as having cuts and bruises on his face. Reports say that while the homeowner was on the phone with police, the man was trying to come in through the front door. Reports note that the homeowner’s wife stopped the man from coming in and held him down until police arrived.

The couple declined to file charges. Police, however, noticed that the man who tried to enter the home had cuts and bruises on his face and he was intoxicated. He also did not have any shoes on or a jacket with him. When asked how he got hurt and where his shoes and jacket were at, the man said he did not remember.

Traffic stops yields multiple offenses -- A Hoffman Estates woman was charged with resisting a peace officer and a Buffalo Grove man was charged with multiple traffic offenses as the result of an incident March 7. The incident started when police noticed a car make a quick left turn on to Beechwood Road from southbound Arlington Heights Road.

Reports say the vehicle was observed traveling 36 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone. Police say an officer observed a male driver and female passenger in the vehicle. Reports say the vehicle was observed running a stop sign at Weidner and Beechwood as it continued to accelerate eastbound on Beechwood.

Police say the vehicle eventually pulled into a driveway in the 1000 block of Beechwood where the couple “quickly exited” the vehicle and ran towards the house.

The responding officer, reports say, pulled in the driveway behind the car. A short time later, reports say the female passenger exited the home. When asked where the driver was, the woman said that she was the driver. Despite being warned about the consequences of lying to a police officer and that she could be arrested for obstructing justice, the woman maintained that she was the driver.

When additional officers arrived, the officer who initiated the stop went to the front door and attempted to make contact with the driver. After knocking on the door, reports say a male subject exited the residence and said he was the driver. The male, David Speck, 28, admitted to being the driver. This resulted in the female, Kristina Ball, 28, being placed under arrest for obstructing a peace officer.

Reports note that officers observed that Speck’s speech was slurred, and eyes blood shot and watery. Police say he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. He admitted to drinking "thee or two beers".

Speck was charged with two counts of DUI, one count of speeding and once count for disregarding a stop sign

Two charged for damaging property -- A Wheeling man and Buffalo Grove woman were charged with criminal damage to property by Buffalo Grove Police following an incident March 5 in the 700 block of Grove Drive.

Police were summoned to the location in response to reports of a glass door being shattered and a tire being punctured.

Surveillance cameras revealed that the couple, Robert Walrod III, 19, and Lilianna Dobrowski, 18, go through the parking lot where they allegedly punctured a tire. Moments later, surveillance cameras showed the man, throw two objects at a front door causing it to shatter. Walrod as charged with two counts of criminal damage to property, Dobrowski with one count.

Bike theft – A resident in the 900 block of Beechwood told police that a gray/green mountain bike valued at $600 was taken from outside the garage.

Secret shopper fraud – A resident told police she was scammed out of $2000 after receiving a text offering a chance to be a secret shopper. After agreeing, the woman said she received a check for $2390.73 and a letter with instructions on what to do with the money. She said she was told to purchase four $500 American Express gift cards. She contacted the person who called and gave him the numbers on the four gift cards. She was then notified by her bank that the check was not valid and took the money out of her account.

Not the cable guy – A resident told police he received a call from a person claiming to work for Comcast-Xfinity. The man said the caller claimed to work for Xfinity and told him they wanted to upgrade his service, and asked him to send them $200. When the man asked the caller if there was an address he could send a paper check to, the caller got nervous and abruptly ended the call.

Not the friendly skies – A man contacted police regarding online fraud, telling them searched on Google looking for a way to purchase an airline ticket. After he connected with someone, the man was told to purchase Google Play gift cards in the amount of $350 for a plane ticket. The man provided the Google Play gift cards and was told there was an error and to download an app in order to provide a refund to his bank account. The man was told to quick pay $500, reset his phone, and the full amount would be put back into his account. However, reports say when the man restarted his phone, he saw another fee of $998.62 taken out of his account. He was able to have the charges reversed.

Woodman’s theft – A man admitted to police that he was "stupid” after a series of thefts from Woodman’s Market, 1550 E. Deerfield Parkway. Reports say store security observed “a frequent shoplifter.” Officials say the man would steal items by failing to scan them while making a purchase using the self-serve stations. He was not charged, but was issued a trespass warning.

Credit card fraud – A resident told police that a credit card she opened three years ago was recently used by unknown people. She told police that more than $1,300 in purchases were charged to the card. The woman is working with the issuing bank to resolve the situation.

Charges filed following fight -- A month-long investigation has resulted in battery charges filed against a 19-year-old Arlington Heights man, following a fight with another employee at Lou Malnati’s in February. Police say that Angel Velasquez allegedly struck another man in the face with a tire iron during an altercation in the parking lot.

Bad check -- A resident who told police he sells strollers through his business, said a customer paid for a stroller using a check written on a closed account. The total of the bogus check was $591.97.

Out of sight -- A resident in the 400 block of Glendale that she noticed a man sitting in a car in her driveway. When she asked why he was there, reports say the woman said he acted shocked and said he was there to visit her neighbor. But wait, there’s more. The man reportedly told the woman that his friend used to live next door and he wanted to see if they have a basement. Reports said he got back into his vehicle and left in an unknown direction.

Here’s the clincher – the woman told police that her neighbor hasn’t lived there for over 18 years.

Trash talkin’ – A man told police that he needed to take his boxes and tires out of a trash dumpster that wasn’t his. The man also apologized.

Stupid is as stupid does -- On the traffic front, Buffalo Grove police report two arrests for DUI, one for driving without insurance, three for speeding, one for driving without a license and four for driving on a suspended license.


Village partners in vaccination event

Residents over 65 years of age can register to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through a partnership with Jewel/Osco and the member communities of JEMS (the Northwest Suburban Illinois Joint Emergency Management System), which includes Buffalo Grove

The first dose will be given Wednesday, March 17, with the second dose to be given Wednesday, April 7. Those who register for this event must be available on both dates and must show proof of both residency and age (65 and over) to receive the vaccine.

Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be completed by clicking here. Please note that appointments are required, and walk-up registration is not available. You will be turned away if you do not have an appointment. Telephone registration is not.

For more detailed information about this event, including what you need to bring with you, visit the village's website here.


“Meet the candidates” starts Monday, March 15

      Buffalo Grove News and Information will provide profiles of five candidates who are running for Village Board in the April 6 election starting Monday, March 15. Each candidate submitted answers to questions about issues facing the village. Their answers will be posted here as submitted to BGNI. Profiles will be posted in alphabetical order starting with Joanne Johnson.


Food bank open Sunday

Congregation Beth Am, 1370 Abbott Court, will have its food pantry open from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14.

No identification or financial verification needed. Each household will receive three bags of non-perishable food. This is available to all residents, regardless of religious background. The congregation’s food pantry is open the second and last Sunday of every month, but will not be open on Sunday, March 28 due to observance of Passover.

More cash for trash?

The Daily Herald reports that residents could be paying .50 cents more a month for trash collection. The rate, reports say, is to cover cost associated with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, better known as SWANCC.

Schneider visits vaccination site  

 U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10) visits the Lake County Fairgrounds mass vaccination site in Grayslake. Schneider visited the site last week.

Village Board meets Monday

The Village Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 15. Residents can participate in this meeting by going to this this link.

The agenda for the meeting, which is expected to include a discussion about summer events in the village, can be found here. The complete packet of information is available at this link.

Due to Centers for Disease Control guidelines for social distancing, physical attendance is limited to 20 people in addition to elected officials and Village staff.

All seats for the public will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone attending in person must wear a face cover, observe safe social distancing during the meeting, and is required to undergo a temperature scan before entering.

The Village reserves the right to deny entry to any person displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees. For questions about this meeting, email info@vbg.org.


Village to survey residents

      The village will be surveying 1,700 of Buffalo Grove’s 15,500 households by mail throughout March. The feedback obtained from this survey helps the village to plan for its future. For more information, contact Assistant to the Village Manager Evan Michel at emichel@vbg.org.


Voter registration deadline is March 21

Residents who are not registered to vote and plan to vote in the April 6 consolidated election, you have until Sunday, March 21 to register online. Cook County residents can visit the Cook County Clerk website for additional election information, and check voter registration status here.

Lake County residents can check here for voter registration status and visit the Lake County Clerk website for election resources.


BGPD participates in DUI enforcement program

Buffalo Grove Police will be participating in the St. Patrick’s Day ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign through March 18.

Funded by federal traffic safety funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Buffalo Grove Police will be patrolling for alcohol and drug-impaired drivers, in addition to stepping up seat belt enforcement, particularly at night when usage rates are at their lowest. Speed limit and distracted driving laws will also be strictly enforced.

“We understand people are looking for a reason to celebrate, but we urge you to do so safely,” said Michael Rodriguez, Administrative Services Lieutenant for the BGPD. While festivities may look different this year, the basics remain the same: If you’ll be drinking, using cannabis, or another impairing substance, make the right choice to find a sober driver to get you and your friends home safely.”


Northwest Chabad offering “Seder in a Box”

Northwest Suburban Chabad is partnering with a Kosher caterer, to provide families their seder needs during Passover which starts Saturday, March 27. Click here for more details, and to order your seder kit today. Orders musty be placed before Tuesday, March 16. Additional information is available from Chabad at by phone or 847-808-7770 or online at NWSChabad.org


It was all “in vein”

      The village blood drive on March 6 attracted more than 50 residents who rolled up their sleeves to donate. According to reports in the Buffalo Grove Countryside, all appointment slots were filled. The March 6 event was one of four blood drives the village hosts during the year. And yes, it’s supposed to be vein. Just a play on words.

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