Firearms arrests / Unhappy committee / CPR classes set

Firearm charges filed -- Buffalo Grove police report they arrested and charged two men with unlawful use of firearms in separate cases.

In the first case, A North Chicago man was charged with unlawful use of a firearm following an incident related to forgery at First Midwest Bank. Reports say Oliver Garcia, 19, was charged with one count of forgery as well as the firearms charge after he tried to cash a bogus check. Reports say that while they were arresting Garcia, a brief struggle occurred during which officers found that he had a Glock 19 semi-auto pistol with a 24-round capacity magazine.

In a second case, reports say a 52-year-old Melrose Park man was charged with unlawful use or possession of a after a traffic stop. Reports say Lovell Blackman was originally stopped for speeding and heavily tinted windows. Reports say that during a routine search of Blackman’s vehicle, police found a bag containing a black Taurus G2 9mm as well as a two magazine holsters each containing a black magazine with 12 9-mm rounds and another black magazine. Blackman, police say, did not have a Firearms Owners Identification card or concealed carry card.

Laptop stolen -- A resident in the 300 block of Town Place Circle reported that his work laptop was missing from the vehicle. A security camera spotted a fully bearded male who was able to open an exterior door to the parking garage and enter the garage.

Suspicious person reported -- Police were summoned to Wendy’s at 300 W. Half Day Road in response to a complaint about a man who had been coming into the restaurant for several days and spending up to eight hours sitting in the establishment until closing time. An employee told police that on the night she called police, the man came to the door and asked her to come to his car and provide jumper cables to help jump his disabled vehicle. Reports say officers approached the man to offer assistance to start his vehicle. However, reports note, the man became “immensely argumentative and verbally aggressive.” It sounded as if the man was a bit frosty.

Retail theft -- Employees at Woodman’s, 1550 Deerfield Parkway, summoned police after they observed a Long Grove woman leave the store without paying for the more than $250 worth of items in her cart. The items, reports say, under bags of groceries she did pay for. The woman left with the items she did pay for and was issued an adjudication ticket for retail theft.

Car theft -- Officers responded to a residence on Glendale Road for a stolen vehicle report. The resident stated he left his Chrysler unlocked with the engine running in his driveway. He then said he heard a door close outside so he looked out his window. He saw two subjects in a white Land Rover with a black top and enter his vehicle. Both vehicles were then driven away. The vehicles were last seen going north on Raupp Blvd. Buffalo Grove police notified central dispatch which immediately issued a local alert and, reports say, approximately one hour later Naperville Police called to report they had recovered the vehicle which had substantial front end damage.


In Other Community News

Village agreement focus of BG Day Committee meeting

            A “memo of understanding” between the village and the park district regarding Buffalo Grove Days is the focus of Tuesday night’s (March 8) Buffalo Grove Days Committee meeting.

            And it stands to be contentious.

            The memo of understanding was approved by the Village Board at its Jan. 18 meeting. According to one BG Days Committee member, the committee was unaware that the memo of understanding was going to be discussed at the Jan. 18 meeting. (Editor’s note: The item was listed under new business and the agenda was posted in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.)

At issue, sources told BGNI, is the diminished role of the BG Days Committee in the planning of the annual event. Also at issue, sources say, is the reduction of elimination of funding for some longtime aspects of the event including, they say, the BBQ Challenge, car show or the parade.

Tuesday night’s meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Lower-Level Training Room at the Public Service Building, 51 Raupp Blvd. 

Buffalo Grove Days is scheduled for Sept. 1 – 5.


Parks foundation fundraiser set

Friends of the Parks Foundation is hosting a trivia night April 2 to benefit the fee assistance program for military families, and families in need. For more information, go to this link..


Park Commissioner named to state post

Park Board Commissioner Tracy Bragg has been appointed to serve on the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) Honors and Resolutions Committee, and the IAPD Program Committee.

She joins several other park commissioners and staff members who serve the IAPD and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).


DPW names employee of the year

Ted Sianis, a civil engineer in the Department of Public Works, has been named DPW’s employee of the year. Details about Sianis’ award can be found here.


Apartment complex proposed

A 300-unit, four-story apartment complex is being proposed for an area near the Prairie View METRA station. The Daily Herald reports that a proposal was made to Buffalo Grove village trustees last week. The Herald’s Steve Zalusky reported that “…e-Terra+ and Interforum, the developer and contract purchaser of the approximately 11-acre site at 16606 W. Route 22, is finalizing the plans for the development to be called the Arden Residences of Buffalo Grove. Zalusky’s report can be found here.


Public works plans vegetation burn offs

The Countryside Reminder reports that starting in March, crews from the forestry division of the Buffalo Grove Public Works Department will begin prescribed burns to rid village forest areas of invasive of vegetation and greenery. “Most of our burning will be conducted in the spring before plants green-up,” Tom Milas, forestry and grounds manager, told the Countryside. Vegetation burning dates back to times when Native Americans burned overgrown prairie grass to flush out herds of Buffalo Grove for hunting. The ensuing burning also added nutrients to the soil that enhanced crop production. Click here for the full story.


CPR class registration now open

Registration for the Fire Department's March Heartsaver CPR classes is now open. Classes will be offered on Thursdays twice per month, with one session for healthcare providers only and another for the general public. All classes will be held at the main fire station, 1051 Highland Grove. The fee is $50. A two-year certificate is provided upon successful completion of the program. To register for March classes, click here.


Cops nab 16 during Super Bowl enforcement…

The Buffalo Grove Police Department issued 16 traffic citations during its recent Super Bowl enforcement campaign. Citations included seatbelt, speeding, distracted driving and other violations.

The Super Bowl weekend Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket enforcement effort ran from Friday, Feb.11, through the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 14.


…St. Patrick’s Day is next

The Police Department’s next enforcement effort will focus on St. Patrick Day revelers when officers will be out in full force from Friday, March 11 through Friday, March 18.

In addition to pulling over drivers who appear to be impaired by alcohol or drugs, the department will step up seat belt enforcement—particularly at night when seat belt usage rates are lowest. Speeding, distracted driving and other traffic laws will also be strictly enforced.

The St. Patrick’s Day enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Need a reason to celebrate?

Mark your calendars for these upcoming observances!

March 8

National Peanut Cluster Day

Be Nasty Day


March 9

National Get Over It Day

National Meatball Day

National False Teeth Day


March 10

National Popcorn Lover’s Day

National Pack Your Lunch Day

International Bagpipe Day


March 11

World Plumbing Day

Middle Name Pride Day

National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day


March 12

Alfred Hitchcock Day

International Fanny Pack Day

Aztec New Year


March 13

Smart and Sexy Day

National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day

National Good Samaritan Day


For more information on these festivities and to find others, go to

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