Break-in probe continues / Trick-or-Treat hours set / Police Department gets high marks

Break-in probe continues -- Police are continuing their investigation into residential break-in reported Sept. 24. Reports say a resident called 9-1-1 to report that someone had just broken into her home. The caller told police she hid in the house and could hear them talking. Officers responded to find forced entry through the front door, but the subjects had already left.

The resident reported that she originally heard someone knocking on the front door but didn’t answer it.  The knocking became louder and she called 911 and hid upstairs.

Resident falls prey to phone scam -- A resident reported falling victim to a scam in which she believed she was pursuing a new occupation. The caller sent her a check and requested that she use it to purchase gift cards.  The gift cards were purchased and the information sent to the offender. According to reports, the received check turned out to be fraudulent. The offender called while the resident was talking with police, and promptly hung up once the officer got on the phone.

Not pussy-footin’ around -- A resident in the 1400 Block of Rachel Lane called to report that a young cat has been in the area since last Sunday. The complainant was unsuccessful with her attempts to find the owner through social media.  But wait, according to Buffalo Grove Police reports The cat was taken into police custody and will be held for several days in hopes that an owner comes forward.” No charges against the cat were reported.

Locked out -- A former employee at a local storage facility contacted police to say she quit working for the company and agreed to move out of the company’s apartment. However, when she returned to gather her belongings, she discovered the lock had been changed.  She was provided a different date by management to pick up her stuff.   

Spicy situation -- A resident in the 500 Block of Highland Grove Drive reported to police that someone rang his doorbell and knocked on his front door.  When he looked outside, no one was there, but when he opened his door, he found a small plastic bottle of curry on the ground.

Bike swiped -- A mountain bike was stolen from a residence in the 400 Block of Chatham Circle during the overnight hours on Sept. 27.

Damage to vehicle -- A resident in the 300 Block of Rosewood Avenue reported finding the rear passenger window on her vehicle broken. Nothing was reported missing.

Old yellers? -- A resident reported that another resident has been yelling at them whenever they park their car in the 1000 Block of Miller Lane. Police contacted the yelling resident and they were asked to stop yelling.

Outside water turned on -- A resident 300 Block of Raupp Boulevard reported to police that someone turned on their outside water faucet.  They believed that it had been running for about an hour before a kind passer-by turned it off. Score one for a nice neighbor.

Not Netflix -- A resident called police to say that a resident was watching inappropriate movies on his television with his blinds open. The officers met with the resident, and he closed his blinds.

On the road again – Buffalo Grove police report that in the past 10 days, they have issued two citations for driving on a suspended or /revoked license , one for operating an uninsured vehicle, two for driving a vehicle with expired registration expired registration, one for excessive window tint, window tint, one for driving without a license, one for illegal lane usage, one for driving under the influence and one for failing to reduce speed.


Community News & Notes

Trick-or-Treat hours set

Trick-or-treating in Buffalo Grove will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. Residents are encouraged to turn on exterior lights to show they welcome costumed visitors, and trick-or-treaters should only visit homes with lights turned on.

Library wants your thoughts

The Indiana Trails Public Library District is surveying patrons on a myriad of topics. The survey can be found At this link. 

Survey gives cops high marks

Results of the 2021 survey taken by the Police Department showed that 96.9-percent of the more than 350 residents who returned the survey feel safe in their home or business, and 93 percent believe walking in their neighborhoods is safe. Additionally, 80.9-percent respondents feel traffic enforcement activities performed by Buffalo Grove Police officers meet the Village’s needs. The department sent out 1,500 surveys. The entire 50-page report is available here. 

17 cited during child safety enforcement

The Buffalo Grove Police Department issued 14 seat belt citations and three other traffic citations during its Child Passenger Safety enforcement campaign that took place Sept. 17- 30. 

The department joined forces with more than 200 local law enforcement agencies to increase awareness about proper child safety seat use, and to encourage motorists to buckle up. 

Village Hall closed

Village Hall is closed today (Monday, Oct. 11) in observance of Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. Normal business hours will resume from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. 

Students get hands-on civics experience

Students from Buffalo Grove and Stevenson high schools took a crack at running the village during the annual civics forum. The annual event, coordinated by Village Clerk Jan Sirabian, gives students a chance to interact and work with staff and then run a Village Board meeting according to The Daily Herald. 

Canine costume event set

Residents who have passion for dressing their dog in a costume should plan on attending the Park District’s annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at  Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Check Road. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Day of registration will be accepted. For more information, visit this link.

Bake sale items, volunteers sought

The Stevenson Patriot Parent Association is seeking donations and volunteers for 11 bake sales throughout the school year, beginning with the first bake sale scheduled for Oct. 20.

Stevenson parents can sign up now to participate in one, two or all of the bake sales. Donations can include a dozen donuts at Dunkin, a sheet cake from Costco, or muffins from Sam's. It’s important to note that all donated items must be store-bought.

When signing up, parents need only to pick your dates. The PPA will contact you a week before each bake sale for you to choose which treats you want to donate and if you want to volunteer at school during the sale. Sign up for the bake sales at: this link. 

Vernon Twp. lists fall food pantry needs

The Vernon Township Food Pantry is seeking items including Mac & cheese, diced tomatoes, boxed potatoes, cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, Progresso & chunky soups (no chicken noodle), canned fruit and salad dressing. The Township says it is always looking for fresh and frozen items to fill its refrigerators and freezers. Items can be dropped off at the Township offices, 3050 N. Main Street. For more information, call (847) 634-4600. 

Stevenson High School gets high rating

Stevenson High School was rated the best school district in the country by 24/7 Wall St. If you’re not familiar with 24/7, you’re probably not alone.  Its website says it “runs a financial news and opinion company with content delivered over the Internet. The company’s articles are republished by many of the largest news sites and portals, including MSN MarketWatch, USAToday, AOL, and newspaper and broadcast sites across America.”  So there. 

D21 considering a health and wellness center

School District 21 is looking to open a health and wellness center inside what will be a new administrative and community service center, district leaders recently announced.  According to the Countryside Reminder, SD21 officials presented plans for the new administrative and community service center near the middle school – which will house a wellness center – as well as the district’s strategic plan and recent initiatives to address learning loss and safety as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 42,000-square-foot building, estimated to cost $15 million to $17 million, will have three floors, featuring a first-floor clinic, a second floor for district administrative offices and a third floor with community meeting space. 

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

Wheeling High School WCAT News: WCAT News


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