Weapon charges, car break-ins / BG Days changes / National Night Out
Weapons charges filed – A 34-year Palatine man was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition without a valid Firearms Owners Identification (FOID) after an incident on July 20. Police reports say officers observed Shavez Jones traveling eastbound on Lake Cook Rd. near Weiland Rd. in a vehicle with heavily tinted windows. Police also noticed the vehicle make an improper turn. Upon stopping his vehicle, officers found that Jones was in possession of a stolen handgun loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition. Jones did not have a valid FOID card. Police say the .40 caliber gun was reportedly stolen in Evanston.
Burglary under investigation – Police are continuing their investigation into a residential burglary in the 100 block of Forest Place. Reports say the break-in occurred overnight on July 20-21. According to police, the victim said an unknown male came to the home and offered to do yardwork. The suspect escorted the victim to the backyard and stayed there for approximately 30 minutes to discuss what work could be done. During that time, the man was talking on a phone to someone in a language described as “other than English”. The suspect reportedly told the victim he would be in contact regarding a quote for the work and left the property. The victim later noticed the home was burglarized during the conversation with the suspect. Missing items were described as “personal items”.
Vehicle break-ins continue –Police report five more break-ins to vehicles all in the 500 and 600 blocks of Lyon Court. In one incident, reports say, two people were observed going through a 2022 Tesla. The two were scared off when the owner activated an alarm. Nothing was reported missing. In a second incident, two individuals were observed leaving from a driveway where a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee was parked. Reports say the two left after an alarm was activated. A third vehicle, a 2014 Dodge Charger was broken into and while contents from the glove compartment and center console were “strewn about,” nothing was reported stolen. A fourth vehicle, a 2016 Honda CRV was broken into with nothing of value reported missing. A fifth report indicated that a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder was broken into. The vehicle, reportedly unlocked, was not damaged. A backpack which was in the car was found on the street near the vehicle.
Vehicle stolen – In addition to the vehicle break-ins on Lyon Court, police report a 2010 Suzuki was stolen. Reports say the vehicle was left unlocked and the keys were inside. The vehicle was recovered in Zion. Police are continuing their investigation.
Lawnmower swiped – A lawnmower valued at $650 was taken from a front yard in the 900 block of Greenridge Road. Reports say the homeowner briefly went inside, leaving the lawnmower unattended, and when he returned it was gone.
In Other Community News
Parade cancellation sparks BG Days changes
With the Buffalo Grove Days parade cancelled, alternate plans for Sunday, Sept. 4 have been announced. Factors leading to the decision to cancel the parade included a lack of confirmed participants and safety concerns in wake of the shootings in Highland Park during that city’s Fourth of July parade.
Plans now call for the day to begin with a family fun walk at 8 a.m. at a yet to be determined starting point. The walk will end at Mike Rylko Community Park at 1000 N. Buffalo Grove Road. A community blood drive, sponsored by Vitalant, will be held from 8 a.m. until noon in the Fitness Center at Mike Rylko Community Park. The village is working with the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove to host a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning at Mike Rylko Community Park to support victims of the July 4 Highland Park tragedy.
Updated information will be available on Buffalo Grove Days’ activities at bgdays.com.
‘Night Out’ activities set
The village and Park District are sponsoring National Night Out activities from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Willow Stream Park, 651 Old Checker Road.
The free event will include a meet and greet with the Buffalo Grove police and fire departments, live music by Hi Infidelity from 6:30 – 9 p.m., giveaways, and food for purchase from Dorfler’s Market - along with a variety of food trucks.
A fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m. It is sponsored by BITS - Business IT Source.
Buffalo Creek expansion, improvements dedicated
The long-awaited ribbon cutting heralding a revamped and improved Buffalo Creek Reservoir was held July 20. Buffalo Creek is located at 18163 Checker Rd., at the corner of Arlington Heights and Checker roads.
Railroad crossing closure set
The Canadian National Railway crossing on Buffalo Grove Road will be closed from Aug. 8 through Aug. 12.
Library hosts job fair
The Indian Trails Public Library District is holding a job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the main Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd. in Wheeling. It is hosted by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, Indian Trails Public Library and the North Suburban Cook County American Job Center. Registration is recommended.
Need A Reason To Celebrate Something?
Share a Hug Day -- Group hug!
J.K. Rowling Birthday – How ironic (see above)
National Avocado Day -- Holy guacamole!
Respect For Parents Day -- Just one day?
National Coloring Book Day -- Stay in the lines
National Grab Some Nuts Day – Write your own here
Blogger Day -- Thank you, thank you very much
National Underwear Day – And you celebrate this how?
Work Like a Dog Day – Notice there isn’t one for cats.
Cycle to Work Day – Ride on!
National Fresh Breath Day – Be sure to Scope out the Listerine!
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