Battery, weapons charges filed / Quick thinking pays off / Park fundraiser set

Crime and Punishment

Incident leads to battery, weapons charges – A Mississippi man was charged with battery, use of a deadly weapon and not having Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card after an incident at the Extended Stay hotel, 1525 W. Busch Parkway. While police did not release details of the incident, they identified the man as Richard Q. West, 24, of Quitman, Mississippi.

So much for getting a reference -- A business contacted police to say it had received several emails from a terminated employee.

And the police are supposed to do what? – A complainant reported damage to her passenger side tire rim and tire after she struck a pot hole on Dundee Road.

Realistic looking Airsoft rifle spurs response -- Officers responded to a call for a person with a gun. Upon arrival, the individual was standing by the trunk of a vehicle and immediately dropped the rifle, which ended up being an Airsoft rifle. The subject apologized and advised he had just purchased it and was looking over his new toy.

Vehicle break-in -- A driver passing The Four Points hotel on Lake-Cook Road and reported seeing a vehicle parked in the parking lot with a broken window. Officers located the vehicle, and the owner said several items were missing from the vehicle.

It was the ‘lease’ they could have done – Police report that they were summoned to an apartment complex because a landlord and tenant had a verbal dispute on when the tenant should move out.

Final means final – Police responded to a store after a customer became upset after being told “all sales were final” when he tried to cancel the delivery of a refrigerator he had previously purchased. The responding officer explained the term “all sales final” to the customer, and he agreed to have the fridge delivered.

Wallet swiped from car – A woman reported to police that she discovered that her center console and glove box had been gone through upon returning to her vehicle while parked at the “Spray and Play” on McHenry Road. She told officers that her wallet was missing, and she has since received a fraud alert from a store and two other fraudulent charges that went through on two of her cards in the wallet. There was no damage to the vehicle.

Purse taken – A woman reported her purse was taken from her unlocked parked car while at Emmerich Park.

Loud landscapers rattle resident -- A resident called police to complain that he felt the landscapers hired by the association drove too quickly and made excessive noise. Officers explained to the complainant that the machines are very loud by default, and the owner of the company explained that his workers do the job quickly since the temperatures are so high and they have other job sites to attend to. Police report that “everything was calm upon the officer’s departure.”

Wallet theft probed – A woman told police that after she left Woodman’s and walked to her car, she was approached by an older male subject. The subject began asking her questions about her car and was shortly joined by a female, who also asked her about the vehicle.

Both individuals offered to help her put her groceries in her car, and the woman offered to take the cart to the cart return. The following morning, the complainant stated that she realized her wallet was missing and last remembered placing it in the shopping cart after paying for her groceries.

Drug theft -- Employees at the Walgreens store on west Dundee Road told police that a man grabbed an unknown number of boxes of allergy relief medication and left the store without paying for them.

Maybe they should write “Dear Abby” -- Police were summoned to the 800 block of Vernon Court to quell a verbal altercation between two neighbors when one expressed her displeasure with the other’s parenting style. The other neighbor didn’t appreciate her advice.

Bike theft -- A resident in the 800 block of Marseilles Circle discovered his bicycle was missing after he inadvertently left his overhead garage door open overnight.

Unexplained miles – A resident reported that a vehicle shipped from Buffalo Grove to California arrived with 10-15 additional miles on the odometer. A black bag with some personal items was also missing. It’s not clear what police were expected to do or why the resident didn’t contact authorities in California.

News and Notes

Park District employee cited

Kenny Velu
The Park District is touting the efforts of Kenny Velu, a pool manager at Willow Stream Pool for taking quick action when a guest collapsed in the park. In a social media post, park officials said Velu rushed over to provide care and notify 9-1-1. While Velu and his team were helping the guest, he delegated responsibilities to staff to ensure that the pool was in safe hands.

In the post, the Park District said “due to Kenny, and his team’s quick response and safety mindset, the pool remained safe; and, the guest in the park was able to get the help needed.”

Library announces card sign-up program

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, members are encouraged to bring a friend or family member to sign-up for an ITPLD library card. There is no maximum number of friends or family members that a member can bring in to sign-up.

With every successful sign-up, the member receives a raffle ticket for their chance to win a Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant gift card.

Every new library cardholder will receive a raffle ticket for their chance to win a Dunkin’ Donuts or Amazon gift card.

If you have signed up for a library card between Sept. 1-6, the library will honor your sign-up with a raffle ticket. Winners will be contacted in October.

Visit the checkout desk in the lobby for more information or call (847) 459-4100 for assistance. 

Changes coming to Arboretum Golf Course

          An indoor golf simulator is among the highlights of an agreement the village has entered into with WJ Golf. The agreement, was approved at a special Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Full coverage can be found here. 

Metra revises schedule

            Starting on Tuesday, September 7, Metra's North Central Service will be modified slightly to accommodate increased ridership. Outbound Train 101 will arrive at Buffalo Grove five minutes later than the current schedule. Inbound Train 112 will depart Buffalo Grove eight minutes later. View the new schedule here. 

Grandparents Day event set

            The Park District is offering a Grandparents Day program from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Green Lake Park. A variety of fun outdoor activities for all ages, plus a new playground, story walk, and fishing pier.

For more information, visit page 60 of our fall program guide at this link. 

No Farmers Market on Sept. 5

The Farmers Market will not be open this Sunday, Sept. 5, due to Buffalo Grove Days. The market will return next Sunday, Sept 12 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mike Rylko Park.

The market is will be open every Sunday through Oct. 10. For more information on the Farmers Market, click here. 

Village Hall closed Monday

            Planning to do business at Village Hall? Wait until Tuesday. That’s because Village Hall will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, September 7, when Village Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hold the bins a day

            Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 6, next week's waste collection will be delayed by one day throughout the week. Click here for the full holiday waste collection schedule. 

Friends of the Parks plans fund raiser

The Park District is planning “Flights in the Park” from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road.

The event, a Friends of the Parks Foundation Fundraising Event, will include drinking, eating, dancing as well as a beer and wine tasting event, paired with snacks from local businesses in Buffalo Grove. There will be live music by Six On Friday.

The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 17. Tasting selections cannot be changed after the deadline. Pre-registration is required, as limited tickets will be available. For more information, please visit or contact Allison Oberst at 847.850.2146 or 

Workout facility nixes plans

          Plans for a fitness facility in Cambridge Commons has fizzled according to a report in the Journal and Topics.



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