Phone scam uses police department number / Mega gas station / Rep's reading program

Phone scam – A resident told police that she received a call from someone stating they were a sergeant from the Morton Grove Police Department. The sergeant informed them that she missed a court date and needed to bring a specific sum of Green Dot Cards to their police department.

The caller ID identified the number as Morton Grove Police Department, and the complainant contacted the Department. While waiting to speak with someone she received a call which according to her caller ID was from the Morton Grove Police Department. She switched over the call, and discovered it was the same person who had called earlier. The resident told police she purchased the gift cards and provided the caller with the gift card information.

Sleezy riders? -- It was reported that two males were riding minibikes around the neighborhood and were being a nuisance. An officer responded to the area and could not locate any minibikes or their riders.

Boxed in? -- A building maintenance technician in the 0-100 block of Oak Creek Drive reported that a company’s delivery drivers have been dumping empty boxes into their dumpsters.

Busted booze seller -- A cashier clerk at Garden Fresh Market received an adjudication ticket after selling alcohol to a police department’s underage agent during a liquor license establishment check.

Soggy cycle -- A bicycle was recovered from the pond in the 800 block of Krause Drive. It appeared to be inoperable and was brought back to the station.

Volume issue -- A resident in the 500 Block of Buffalo Grove Road contacted police to report that a neighbor is throwing leaves that have fallen off his tree back into his yard and let his lawn mower run for over an hour near the fence. The neighbor admitted running the lawn mower, stating he was trying to drown out the complainant’s loud music. He was advised to call 9-1-1 in the future if the music is too loud.

Trash can damage -- The shift manager at the Dollar Tree in the 1200 block of Dundee Road reported someone damaged their outdoor trash can.

On the road again

            Buffalo Grove police have issued seven traffic citations recently including three to motorists for driving a suspended or revoked license, one for driving an uninsured motor vehicle, one for improper lane usage, one for not wearing a seatbelt and one for improperly displaying a registration plate.

Community news and notes

Gas station, convenience store complex gets nod

The Village Board Sept. 20 approved plans for “Ricky Rockets” to open a gas station and retail center at Lake-Cook Road and Lexington Drive. The Daily Herald reports that the 7.6-acre development is larger than most gas station and convenience store developments. According to reporting by the Herald’s Steve Zalusky, “The gas station will have 24 fuel positions, while the convenience store will be considerably larger than comparable businesses in the market, which usually range from 4,400 and 5,500 square feet.”

ITPLD celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month  

The Indian Trails Public Library District is celebrating national Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15. The Library is focusing on “the history, achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Users can explore Kanopy, Hoopla, Libby and the Library’s catalog for relevant books and media. Full information is available at the Library’s website,

Yard waste reminders

The village is reminding residents to properly dispose of leaves and other landscape waste). Landscape waste is picked up via Waste Management on your recycling pick-up day.

For pick-up, use 32-gallon yard waste bags, or unlined 32-gallon containers marked with an “X”. Do not include indoor plants, non-native flower arrangements, dirt or sod.

Residents are also reminded not to blow or rake leaves into streets, as that can contribute to flooding. For more guidelines, click here.

Non-scary Halloween event set

The Park District is offering a non-scary Halloween trail, where friendly characters will wave hello.

This extended version of the Trick or Treat Trail will be inside at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

Each registered child will receive a goody bag with trinkets and candy. All children must be registered for a designated time slot individually, and accompanied by an adult during the event. Only children should be registered individually; adult admission is free.

According to the Park District, the event may not last the full 30 minutes. Participants should come at the start of their time slot for the trail. Depending on State of Illinois guidelines for COVID-19 at the time of the event, all participants 2 years of age and older may be required to wear a face covering for the duration of the event. Details and guidelines will be announced the week before the event.

For more information, please visit, or contact Allison Oberst at (847) 850-2146 or

Cop honored

Officer Matthew Mills is congratulated by Police Chief Steve Casstevens on his 20th anniversary as a Buffalo Grove Police Officer. 

Schneider sponsoring K- 5 reading program

            Among the things U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10) is doing when he’s not battling Republicans is sponsoring the fifth annual “Brad’s Bookworm” program.

            The program encouraged reading and learning for K-5 age students and their families. Schneider’s office says in past years, hundreds of students across the district have participated, with help from their teachers, families and local community.

Students participating in the program are asked to read 10 books with help from parents, grandparents, older siblings, or other family members by Dec. 31. Those who meet the goal of 10 books will be invited with their families to a recognition ceremony with Congressman Schneider in early 2022 to celebrate their achievement.

Students are also invited to take part in a contest to design a bookmark, and copies of the winning bookmark will be distributed to all children who complete the reading goal.

More information about the Brad’s Bookworms program, including the completion form, bookmark contest template, and parent permission slip, is available on Congressman Schneider’s website. Additional information is available by calling Schneider’s Lincolnshire Office at (847) 383-4870 or email

D96 seeks input for superintendent search

            School District 96 is seeking resident input as part of its search for a new superintendent. According to reporting in the Journal & Topics, residents have until Oct. 8 to submit input. Current superintendent, Julie Schmidt, is retiring.

Fund raiser nets $20,000

            A Sept. 12 fund raiser for GivenKind raised more than $20,000 for charity. GiveNKind is a nonprofit for nonprofits, serving as a logistics organization to connect donors of quality goods with local nonprofits.

Lake County residents can get help at 2-1-1.

Lake County residents who need help finding food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services, can call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help 24/7.

Callers can speak to a live person in English or Spanish. The 2-1-1 team will also interpret more than 150 other languages. Additional information is available at this link.

Student Voices

Here are links to the student newspapers at Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools.

·         Buffalo Grove High School Charger

·         Stevenson High School Statesman

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