Gun shots probed / ASHS grabs state title / New principal at Prairie

Buffalo Grove Police are continuing their investigation into a report of gunshots being fired in the parking lot at Garden Fresh Market, 880 S. Buffalo Grove Road on April 11.

Reports say officers were summoned to the lot around 11:30 p.m. and on arrival found shell casings in the alley on the north end of the strip mall . Police spoke with the complainant, during which time they learned the situation started as a road rage incident. Reports did not indicate the type of firearm that was discharged.

Vacant building vandalized -- Police say a vacant building on Redcliffe Road was vandalized April 13.  Reports say the building, which  is in the beginning stages of interior demolition and remodeling, was damaged by graffiti on the walls, a broken interior window and fire extinguishers being discharged. Officers also discovered that a brown Teddy Bear had been spray painted red.

Criminal trespassing – Also on Radcliffe Road, police report six unnamed people received adjudication tickets for trespassing in a building in the 1200 block. Police do not say if the six were connected to the vandalism at a vacant building on Radcliffe Road.

Thefts reported at  Woodman’s – Police responded to two incidents at  Woodman’s Market, 1550 E. Deerfield Parkway, involving theft of merchandise. In the first case, reports say video surveillance spotted a female shopper who made off with $232 in goods.

In the second case, two Arlington Heights women were nabbed after they tried to abscond with $532 in items. Reports say Ana Maria Cuellar Saenz, 24, and Johanna Saenz Cla Vijo, 42 were each charged with retail theft for trying to steal the goods in two shopping carts.

Thieves nab cigarettes -- Police report an undetermined number of cartons of cigarettes were taken during a burglary at a store in the 1100 block of McHenry Road. Reports say that upon arrival police found the front window broken and the back door propped open with a garbage can. The investigation is ongoing.

Thief is now in control, maybe – Buffalo police were summoned to the Walgreens at 15 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. in response to a theft of a, wait for it, single pill.

According to police, employees said a male had just stolen medication and fled the area in a silver Nissan. Reports say the man was described as Hispanic, in his early 20s, with dark hair in a "bowl cut" style and a thin mustache, weighing approximately 130 pounds.

He was observed entering the store and going to the area where the "Plan B" contraceptives are kept. Reports say the man was then spotted removing a single box and going into the restroom at the north end of the sales floor where he remained for several minutes.

Witnesses told police that once the man left the restroom, employees entered the restroom and discovered the packaging for the pill in the trash, but no pill.  Reports say that according to store employees the trash bag had been changed several minutes prior to this encounter, and no other persons had been in the store during that time.

Employees confronted the subject at the register as he was attempting to purchase, wait for it,  an energy drink. To no surprise, the man denied any knowledge of the incident before paying for his drink in cash and leaving the store. The cost of the singular pill is $30. There was no speculation by police or store employees as to why the man needed an energy drink after allegedly consuming an oral contraceptive.

In Other Community News

Stevenson captures state journalism championship

Stevenson High School finished first in the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) state journalism tournament held April 21 at Heartland Community College in Normal.

Top placers for Stevenson included Elizabeth Yuan, 1st place, Advertising; Sarah Zhang, 3rd place, feature writing; Jenny Huang, 1st place, Info. Graphics; Collin Fan, 4th, Newspaper Design; Anika Krishnaswamy, 1st, Review Writing; Ava Winber, 2nd, yearbook caption writing; Nicole Yao and Vivian Zhu, 1st place yearbook theme development.  Dean Bradshaw is the journalism teacher at Stevenson.

Stevenson has finished second twice in the tournament; in 2007 and in 2016.

Buffalo Grove placed in one category as the trio of Jack Greenspan, Neko Heinrich and Xavier Lipani finished third in video news.

Longtime coach steps down

Stevenson basketball coach, Pat Ambrose who posted a record of 505-191, has resigned as coach of the Patriots’ boys basketball team. His immensely successful run at Stevenson was chronicled in this Chicago Sun-Times article.

News principal at Prairie School

Kildeer Elementary School Dist. 96 board members named Lauren Delahanty as the next principal of Prairie Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. The appointment was approved at the district’s April 11 Board meeting.

According to The Journal and Topics, Delahanty is no stranger to Dist. 96, where she has served as assistant principal at Twin Groves Middle School in Buffalo Grove since August 2021. In that position, she is responsible for the instruction, supervision and academic progression of more than 620 students in grades 6-8. She has also served as an instructional leader for teaching staff, instructional coaches and related service providers.

In a message on the school’s website, outgoing principal Christine Pfaff called Delahanty “…an excellent leader who will continue the great practices and traditions already in place at Prairie and will integrate new ideas in the months and years to come.”

Schneider touts Israel’s 75th birthday

Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), Co-Chair of the Abraham Accords Caucus, along with Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-2), Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of the Abraham Accords Caucus, Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10), and Vice Ranking Member Kathy Manning (NC-6), introduced a resolution honoring the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Israel relations and calling for the expansion and strengthening of the Abraham Accords.

“The United States is justifiably proud to be the first nation to recognize the nascent state of Israel in 1948. In the 75 years since, our shared values have been the bedrock of an extraordinary relationship. Together, the United States and Israel have promoted democracy and enhanced regional security in the Middle East and North Africa. We honor this 75th anniversary and look forward to the potential of this partnership over the next 75 years, namely in the expansion of the Abraham Accords and the normalization they bring with them,” Schneider said.

Road project set to start May 1

For those of you who know where it’s at, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is set to begin road work on Old Arlington Heights Road, from Dundee Road to Arlington Heights Road, on Monday, May 1. This work is expected to take two months to complete and will include pavement rehabilitation and ADA improvements.

Parenting strategies topic of D21 program

School District 21 is offering a presentation on Positive Parenting Strategies from  6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27.

The event will be at the District 21 Community Service Center & Administrative Office, 959 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling. The program is a partnership with the Wheeling & Prospect Heights Police Departments.

The English language program will be in  Room B311 with the Spanish language program in Room B310. Childcare for children ages 3-10 will be provided. For more information call 847-848-1175.

Park District adds extra Robotics Academy class

Due to popular demand, the Park District has added another Robotics Academy class. The new session is from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays starting April 27 and running through May 18. For more information and to register, visit this link.


Looking For Something To Celebrate?

April 25

National Hug a Plumber Day

International Noise Awareness Day

License Plates Day

National Hairstylist Appreciation Day


April 26

Administrative Professionals Day

Get Organized Day

National Help A Horse Day

National Static Cling Day

Remember Your First Kiss Day


April 27

International Donor Conception Awareness Day

Love Your Thighs Day

National Devil Dog Day

Woody Woodpecker Day


April 28

Biological Clock Day

Clean Comedy Day

Kiss Your Mate Day

National Cubicle Day


April 29

Machynlleth Comedy Festival

National Sense of Smell Day

National Zipper Day


April 30

Hairstyle Appreciation Day

Honesty Day

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

National Bugs Bunny Day

National Mr. Potato Head Day


May 1

Couple Appreciation Day

Global Love Day

National Chocolate Parfait Day

National Mother Goose Day


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