Town Center plans / Village Hall reopens / Bogus Norton hits resident
Computer hack – A resident reported to police that an “unknown person” took over her computer. The person told police they received an email from Norton Antivirus stating they were owed a refund and to call the number on the email. The resident called and spoke with a person who instructed the resident to log into a site so they could receive a refund. Police reports say the resident did as was requested only to find the person, posing as a Norton agent, take control of the computer and then move $8,000 from the resident’s savings account to a checking account. The resident was then told to go to the bank and wire $7,000 to an account in Thailand. When the resident went to the bank, he was told that it was a fraud attempt and the bank did not wire over the money. The resident did not lose any money.
Criminal damage -- A resident in the 100-200 block of 190 Old Oak Drive contacted police about ongoing problems with damage to their church van and Amazon packages. Reports say the resident told the lettering has been scratched off the van and that Amazon packages have been punctured and damaged. While the homeowners’ association does not have security cameras. The resident told police he has installed one on his balcony to monitor activity near the van.
Computer fraud – A resident reported to police that they purchased multiple gift cards for Target and Walmart, in response to what they thought was an email from their boss. Reports say the email told the person to purchase $5,600 in gift cards as a "thank you" for other employees. The resident purchased the cards with their personal money, turned the card numbers over to the emailer before realizing the mistake. Reports say the email was from a fake email address. The resident is working with their bank in an attempt to recover the stolen funds.
Attempted theft – An employee at Wolfy’s Barber Shop contacted police saying he got into a struggle with an unknown male who was trying to steal cash from the register. The employee said the man left the store and headed northbound on Buffalo Grove Road. No cash was reported missing.
Going postal – Police were summoned to the Buffalo Grove Post Office in response to a report of two men fighting. Reports say an unknown man was aggravated due to the long line, and exchanged words with another man. One of the men knocked packages out of the second man’s hand, and they started to fight. The caller told police the unknown male punched him in the back of the head and ran out the front doors.
In Other Community News
Town Center plans coming soon
The long-awaited plans for a redeveloped Town Center may be coming soon according to a report in the Buffalo Grove Countryside. The village entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Kensington Development Partners in November regarding redevelopment of the site. According to the Countryside report, construction could start this summer.
Village Hall lobby reopens to public Monday
The Village Hall lobby reopened to the public on Monday, Feb. 14. The building is open from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., on Mondays and from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The Village Hall will be closed on Monday, Feb. 21 in observance of Presidents' Day with normal hours resuming Tuesday, Feb. 22. For details about the decision to reopen Village Hall, see this Daily Herald report.
Village tops safety evaluation
MoneyGeek.com recently evaluated small cities and towns across the United States - those with 30,000 to 100,000 residents - and ranked them according to the per capita cost of crime. They ranked Buffalo Grove the No. 1 safest town in the country with a $22 crime cost per capita. To learn more and view the full rankings, click here.
BGRA registration open
The Buffalo Grove Recreation Association is in its "Regular Registration" period with prices as follows: T-Ball and Pinto - $130, Farm-Palomino - $195, and Colt - $160,
These prices will go up again after the teams are put together during the beginning of March.
Participants interested in playing are urged to sign-up now to avoid paying an extra fee and to help the BGRA plan for the best season possible.
Players can register by www.bgrabaseball.org
More spots for young thespians
Due to popular demand, the Buffalo Grove Park District has opened additional spots in its summer Broadway Bound, Dance and Star Makers camps. For more information and to register, visit http://bgparks.org/program/camp.aspx.
Park District plans job fair
The Buffalo Grove Park District is hosting a job fair from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 16. to learn about all the exciting opportunities. For more information, go to this link.
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
Need a reason to celebrate?
Mark your calendars for these upcoming observances!
Random Act of Kindness Day
National Cabbage Day
National Drink Wine Day
Thumb Appreciation Day
Tug of War Day
National Chocolate Mint Day
National Vet Girls Rock Day
National Love Your Pet Day
National Clean Out Your Bookcase Day
No Politics Day
National Sticky Bun Day
Daisy Gatson Bates Day
National Margarita Day
National Walking the Dog Day
Cook a Sweet Potato Day
National Banana Bread Day
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Inconvenience Yourself Day
National Chili Day
National Tortilla Chip Day
I Hate Coriander Day
National Clam Chowder Day
National Chocolate Covered Nut Day
National Skip the Straw Day
National Pistachio Day
For Pete’s Sake Day
Open that Bottle Night
For more information on these festivities and to find others, go to nationaltoday.com
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