Cops busy with weapon charges, retail thefts / D102 bond issue / County tax refunds

 Drug, weapon charges follow traffic stop – A traffic stop for a missing rear license plate lot resulted in a Michigan man being charged with Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon, Manufacture, Deliver, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cannabis- more than 30 grams but less than 500 grams, and Possession of Cannabis- more than 30 grams but less than 1OO grams.

Reports say Police observed a car driven by Ryan McDonald, 22, of Albion, Michigan, traveling eastbound on Dundee Road near Weidner Road when they noticed the missing light. Officers stopped the vehicle and met with Ryan. During the course of the traffic stop, officers found that and was in possession of an illegal amount of cannabis, as well as a fully loaded handgun

Rash of retail thefts at Woodman’s -- Four shoppers at Woodman’s Market, 1550 E. Deerfield Parkway apparently thought self-checkout meant self discount.

            Police were summoned to the store four times recently in response to store security nabbing four shoppers who decided to either bypass the checkout lanes, or did not scan their entire order.

            In one case, officers met with a woman who allegedly stole $37.83 worth of consumable goods by placing them in her purse and leaving the store without even attempting to pay for her purchases. She received an adjudication ticket and a trespass warning.

In a second case, a 45-year-old Hawthorn Woods man tried to make off with what was described as a “cart filled with items.” Reports say Aidas Gemskis left the store without paying for his order which totaled $395.80. He was charged with retail theft.

Police report that in a third case, officers were summoned to the store responded to the listed location for a reopening of retail theft from earlier in the day. Reports note that the shopper originally stole $37.03, but returned some of them totaling $24.36. He did not return $12.67 worth of items. Apparently, the shopper didn’t understand the concept of shoplifting and adjudication tickets. Police say he received an adjudication ticket on Dec. 1 for leaving the store without paying.

Reports say that after officers talked to him, he seemed to understand that he needs to appear for an adjudication hearing. Officers also told him that he would be arrested for trespassing if he returned to the store.

But wait, there’s more. In a fourth incident, store security contacted Buffalo Grove police after they observed a female shopper stop scanning merchandise at one of the self check out stations. Reports say store security stopped the woman in the parking lot, describing her as “cooperative.” Reports say she had a receipt showing 56 items had been sold for a total of $140.20. But things didn’t add up.

Reports say store security told police the shopper had 108 items in her shopping cart totaling $395.73. She was issued an adjudication ticket for local ordinance retail theft along with a trespass warning and told she was no longer welcome at the Woodman's.

Criminal trespass to vehicles -- A resident in the 1200 block of E. Deerfield Parkway reported to police on Jan. 11 that she found the inside of her vehicle had been ransacked. Reports say the resident said the incident occurred while the vehicle was parked near the entrance to her apartment building.

In a second incident, a resident in the 100 block Windbrooke Drive told police, also on Jan. 11, that she left her vehicle parked in the parking lot of her residence on Jan. 10 and when she returned, she noticed the contents from her glove compartment and center counsel were strewn about her vehicle.

She also noticed that the trunk had been broken into and the contents were in disarray.

There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was missing from her vehicle.

            Police reported a third incident of burglary to motor vehicle after officers on patrol noticed a car’s interior light on. Upon checking, they found that the vehicle had been broken into. Reports say the vehicle’s contents were in disarray.

Argument leads to battery charges -- A discussion about the exchange police became heated and led to battery charges filed against a 48-year-old Wheeling man. Reports say Jose Arteaga, Jr was charged after an argument in Dollar Tree Store, 1212 W. Dundee, spilled into the parking lot.

Reports say Arteaga thought a female employee was being rude during his explanation of the policy. Police reports say when Arteaga told the clerk she was being rude, the argument reportedly escalated until he pushed her. The clerk filed charged. Meanwhile, police say the store manager told police she heard the verbal altercation, but both parties were exiting when she came to the front of the store.

In Other Community News

Library hosting “Memory Café”

An event individuals with memory loss and their caregivers, Memory Café will be held at 2 on Thursday, Jan. 26. Each Café will feature an activity and socialization. This month's theme: Chair Yoga. Registration and additional information is available here. The Library is located at 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling,

Wetlands restoration begins

A restoration project in the Mirielle Park wetland has started. The park is located at 2236 Avalon Dr.

The village’s forestry section is restoring the wetland by clearing the undesired and dead woody underbrush. It will be replaced with native and desired woodland and wetland species.

This work is scheduled to take several weeks throughout the winter. Additional information is available here.

D102 seeking funds

Residents of Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 may be paying more than $450 a year for building upgrades and new classrooms.

According to the Daily Herald, the D102 Board has authorized a $49 million bond issue be placed on the April 4 ballot.

More information is available here.

Public Works cited

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter - Lake Branch presented three awards to the Buffalo Grove Public Works Department.

They include:

·         Project of the Year in Environment - Less than $5M: Cambridge Lift Station Reconstruction

·         Exemplary Performance in Journalism

·         Young Leader of the Year Award: Chris Krase

Additional information about these awards is available here.

Spring program guide available

The Park District’s Spring 2023 program guide is now available at Residents can check out the variety of programs and events planned for the upcoming season. In-district registration is open and can be done in person, online, by mail, by fax or via the drop box located outside the Alcott Center, 530 Bernard Blvd. For more information, visit

Interim duo leading D214

            Two longtime school administrators are leading Dist. 214 while it looks for a replacement for superintendent Dave Schuler who is leaving the post Feb. 24. According to the Daily Herald, “District 214 Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Laz Lopez and retired Community Unit District 300 Superintendent Ken Arndt will share responsibilities overseeing the state's second-largest high school district until a new schools chief is in place this summer.”

Indian Trails Library lists upcoming programs

The following programs are scheduled at the Indian Trails Library, 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling.

Adult Programs

• January 22, 1 pm - Dorothea Lange: Photographer & Activist (Offsite)

• January 24, 2 pm - Robberies, Holdups, and Shootouts: True Crimes of Lake County

• January 24, 7 pm - The Art of Maynard Dixon (Virtual)

• February 1, 10 am - Using a Mouse/Typing

Youth Programs

• January 21, 11 am - Super Saturday: T-Rexplorers Dinosaur Discovery

• January 24, 6:30 pm - Family LEGO Club (Ages 5+)

• January 25, 4:30 pm - Spin Art (Grades 6-8)

• January 27, 6 pm - Dumpling Day (Ages 3+)

• January 31, 7 pm - Dungeons and Dragons (Grades 6-12)

• February 1, 7 pm - Trivia Night: Know Your Logo (Grades 9-12)

Cook County issuing tax refunds

            Cook County homeowners who overpaid their property tax bill last year can expect to receive automatic refunds over the next three months.

Over $47 million in overpaid property taxes will be refunded to more than 53,000 county homeowners according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The automatic refunds are for property owners who overpaid on their 2021 first installment taxes, which were due in the first half of 2022. More details available here.

Sheriff elected to state board

Lake County Sheriff John D. Idleburg has been elected to a leadership position with the state agency that oversees how police agencies in Illinois hire and train law enforcement officers. Idleburg will serve as vice chairman of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. The 14-member panel sets the standards for the education and training officers receive.


Looking For A Reason To Celebrate?

Jan. 24

Belly Laugh Day

Change a Pet’s Life Day

International Mobile Phone Recycling Day

National Beer Can Appreciation Day – Full or empty?

Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

Jan. 25

National Fish Taco Day

National Irish Coffee Day

National IV Nurse Day

Jan. 26

Clashing Clothes Day

Dental Drill Appreciation Day – Just don’t watch Marathon Man

National Peanut Brittle Day

National Spouses Day

Jan. 27

National Big Wig Day

National Chocolate Cake Day

National Fun at Work Day

Thomas Crapper Day – Flushed with pride.


Local Quilt Shop Day

National Kazoo Day

National Pediatrician Day

Rattlesnake Roundup Day

Jan. 29

National Carnation Day

National Corn Chip Day

Big Schools Birdwatch

Jan. 30

National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day – Bet you can’t just pop one.

National Croissant Day

National Draw A Dinosaur Day

Yodel For Your Neighbors Day – Keep your windows closed.


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