Traffic stop leads to weapon charges / Early voting under way / Campaign sign guidelines

Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon Two 18-year-old men are facing multiple charges after an Oct. 21 traffic stop.

According to police reports, Police observed a vehicle traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Dundee near  Buffalo Grove Road.

Report says officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle at 872 Cambridge Dr. While officers were exiting their squad car, two men exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers pursued and apprehended both men who were identified as Jason Zhivotovsky of Buffalo Grove and Adam Rodriguez-Barron of Palatine.

According to reports, Zhivotovsky was carrying a backpack that contained a Smith and Wesson M&P 380 Shield EZ with attached laser, two large knives, cannabis paraphernalia including a digital scale and metal grinder, two rolled cigars containing suspect cannabis, and one rolled "joint" containing suspect cannabis.

Police say Rodriguez-Barron was charged with one count of resisting/obstructing peace officer.  He was released on a personal recognizance bond. After conferring with the Cook County State's Attorney's office, Zhivotovsky was charged with  one count of Possession of Firearm with a Defaced Serial Number, one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon/No FOlD, one count of Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon/Under 21, and one count of Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer. Zhivotovsky was also issued an adjudication citation for possession of cannabis under 21.

Retail theft – Buffalo Grove Police were summoned to Woodman’s Market, 1550 E. Deerfield Pkwy. on reports of a customer who tried to leave the store with items, but not paying for them. According to reports, the unidentified man tried making off with $28.63 in items. Police say he scanned a few items and paid for them, but then swiped the remaining items. Store officials decided not to press charges if the man paid for the items, which he did and was, note reports, “trespassed from the premise.”

Also on the Woodman’s beat – While reports are sketchy, police report that two motorists were engaged in a “road rage incident” at 1549 E. Deerfield Parkway that spilled over to the Woodman’s parking lot at 1550 E. Deerfield Parkway. Reports say one motorists reportedly approached the other’s car and reached inside, hitting the second motorist in the face and knocking off his glasses and damaging them. When police arrived the second motorist, say reports, “requested an apology and $100 (for bent eyeglasses) in lieu of seeking battery charges. Reports say the first motorist agreed and, according to reports, wait for it, “and they exchanged their final pardons in the parking lot before leaving peacefully.” There were no reports of a group hug or the singing of Kumbaya.

Accident leads to felony DUI charges – An Arlington Heights man was charged with six various violations following an accident Oct. 21 at Arlington Heights and Old McHenry roads. Police reports say James Ziah, 67, was cited for Aggravated DUI resulting in accident and bodily harm, DUI / Alcohol, Operating an uninsured motor vehicle, a violation of the median and failure to reduce speed.  The only felony charge is the one for Aggravated DUI resulting in bodily injuries.  Reports say the charges stemmed from a three-car accident.  During their investigation, responding officers noted that Ziah was not clear on the nature of the accident and appeared intoxicated. Ziah told officers that he was coming from a golf outing and had “a few drinks.  Had a beer and Jack.” Reports did not list a court date.

Criminal trespass to a vehicle – Police say a resident in the 900 block of Chaucer Way reported that someone broke into her car while it was parked in the driveway.  Reports say contents were strewn around the front yard. The resident did not recall if the vehicle was locked. Police say there were no signs of forced entry.

Vandals toss groceries – A resident in the 800 block of Woodhollow Lane contacted police after she “heard "thumping," on her house”  She told police that when she went outside, she discovered toilet paper, eggs, ketchup, shaving cream and a can of beans splattered across the back of her house, the roof and inside her air conditioning unit. Reports note that there was an extensive amount of assorted grocery products stuck to the walls and ceiling including an entire can of baked beans dumped inside of the air conditioning unit.


Halloween decorations trashed – A resident in the 400 block of Hawthorne Lane told police that he observed five juveniles running around the neighborhood knocking over Halloween decorations.


Auto break-in – A resident in the 1000 block of Brandywyn Lane told police his vehicle was entered as it was parked in his garage. Reports say the center console had been opened and a car charger was missing.


Liquor swiped – Police were summoned to the Walgreens at 15 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. after a man reportedly stole nine bottles of liquor.  Reports say the man grabbed a cart, headed to the liquor section, grabbed the liquor and left the store. Reportedly taken from the store was one bottle of Sauza Silver Tequila, two bottles of Jack Daniels Honey 750ML, one bottle of  Bulleit 95 Rye, two bottles of Basil Hayden’s, two bottles of Jameson Regular and one bottle of Jameson Regular. The value of the missing items was put at $278.


Also on the Walgreens beat – Employees at the Walgreens, 15 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., told police two men filled two large bags of make-up and ran out of the store without paying.  Employees told police they entered an “older sedan with tinted windows” and drove eastbound on Lake-Cook Road. No value of the stolen goods was available.


High-speed trespasser -- An employee at Kingwood United Methodist Church contacted police after he saw a white vehicle drive at a high rate of speed, estimated between 40 and 45 mph. The man said he went outside to attempt to ask the driver to slow down and when the vehicle came back through the parking lot it sped past him without stopping and exited eastbound onto Dundee Rd.

Police were told there has been an ongoing issue of vehicles speeding through the parking lot to get to the subdivision behind the church. Reports say the church installed gates across the driveways on Parkview Terrace because someone kept cutting the chains that were up.


In other community News


Early voting available now in Lake, Cook counties

            Voters who want to cast their ballot prior to Election Day on Nov. 8, can do so in both Lake and Cook counties.  Information about early voting is available at these links.

·         Lake County

·         Cook County


Village lists campaign sign guidelines

With the mid-term elections next week, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, village officials are reminding residents that political signs may be placed on private property, but need to adhere to the following guidelines:

** While there is no limit on the number of political signs, they cannot exceed 32 square feet.

** The height of political signs cannot block the line of sight of adjacent vehicular traffic. 

** Political signs cannot be placed within the public right-of-way or on public property except as permitted by the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq.). Generally, this is the area between the public sidewalk and the street and any roadway median areas.

Signs placed on the public right-of-way may be removed and disposed of by the village.

 Shredding event Nov. 5

Residents who have documents with personal information that need to be safely and securely destroyed can bring them to the Metra Parking Lot, 825 Commerce Court, from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 and have the shredded free. A list of accepted documents and other information can be found here. The event is sponsored jointly by The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and the village of Buffalo Grove.

 Symphonic Band concert to feature stage and screen tunes

The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band will present its 2022 Fall Concert, “From Stage and Screen”, featuring music from the Broadway stage, Hollywood movies, and television shows, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Vernon Hills High School Performing Arts Center 145 Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets for senior citizens and students are $8.

Tickets can be obtained online at: this link, or at the Buffalo Grove Village Hall. For more details check symphonic band's website.

 Veterans Day observance Nov. 11

The Park District will be honoring all veterans, their families and friends on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road. The program includes lunch from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. followed by a ceremony at 1:30. VFW Post 981 Color Guard will present and remove the Colors, as well as present a special Armed Services Flag Presentation.

Speeches and military music will also be included in our celebration. Lunch will be served before the program. This is sure to be a day that will be remembered by everyone. All ages are invited to this special celebration of our veterans. For more information, contact Brian O’Malley at (847) 850-2146 or


Need A Reason To Celebrate?


Oct. 31

National Doorbell DayOn Halloween no less

National Knock Knock Joke Day


Nov. 1

International Pet Groomer Appreciation Day

National Author's Day

National Calzone Day

National Cook For Your Pets Day


Nov. 2

Broadcast Traffic Professionals Day

National Deviled Egg Day

World Ballet Day



Cliche Day

Give Someone a Dollar Day

International Stout Day

Jellyfish Day


Nov. 4

Fountain Pen Day -- And how many people still have one?

Love Your Lawyer Day

National Day of Community Service

National Waiting for the Barbarians Day


Nov. 5

Gunpowder Day

Gunpowder Day

National Bison Day

National Chinese Take Out Day


Nov. 6

Daylight Savings Ends  -- Remember, spring ahead, fall back.

Dog Film Festival

National Nachos Day

National Saxophone Day


Nov. 7

Color the World Orange Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Programmatic Advertising Day

Notary Public Day


Nov. 8

Election Day – Need we say more?

International Day of Radiology

National Cappuccino Day

National Harvey Wallbanger Day





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