Battery cases, thefts keep cops busy / Memorial Day observance set / New girls' hoops coach

 Domestic Battery – A 30-year-old Naperville man, Pena Martinez, is facing two counts of domestic battery (class 4 felonies), domestic battery (bodily harm), and domestic battery (physical harm) after an incident in the 100 block of Windbrooke Drive. Reports indicate Martinez was armed with a  “Lethal Cutting Instrument”. The victim sustained what police reports say were minor injuries.

Battery charged – A 43-year-old Wateska, Illinois man was charged with two counts of battery and criminal damage to property after an incident at the Extended Stay Motel 1525 E Busch Parkway. According to reports the victim said he was attacked by Luis Perez-Gutierrez in the parking lot and his phone was damaged.

Battery reported – In a second and unrelated incident, also at the Extended Stay Motel, police said a female guest said she was attacked by another woman.  Charges were not filed, but the second woman was asked to leave the motel.

Not your typical retail theft  -- A call to Woodman’s Market for retail theft resulted in more than  few items being slipped by a scanner. According to reports, police arrested Marisol Rodriguez, of Rockford, and charged her with retail theft and possession of a controlled substance, identified by police as Methamphetamine.

            But wait, there’s more. Her partner, Jay George, 43, of Rolling Meadows, found himself on the wrong side of the law as well  Reports say Jay was nabbed and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, retail theft, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Retail theft – Employees at a gas station convenience store in the 0 -100 block of west Dundee Road reported someone entered the store after hours and swiped merchandise. The theft is under investigation.

Windshield damaged – A resident of the Buffalo Ridge Apartments told police his windshield was damaged while his Mercedes was parked overnight on May 13.

Catalytic Converter swiped – A resident report to police that the catalytic converter was stolen off his Hyundai Tucson while it was parked at the Metra Station on Commerce Court.

In Other Community News…

Memorial Day Observance set

A Memorial Day Service is scheduled from 11 to noon on Monday, May 29 at the Knopf Cemetery, 525 Arlington Heights Road.

The ceremony will include music, historic readings, a guest speaker, and prayers for the country. Attendees may also bring aged and torn flags to be retired honorably. The event is coordinated by Kingwood United Methodist Church. The church has been coordinating the event for more than 30 years.

Kingswood United Methodist Church is trustee of historic Knopf Cemetery. Founded in 1853, Knopf was the final resting place for some of the first settlers of Buffalo Grove. Today, it is open to Kingswood members and the wider community for burials and purchase of plots. The cemetery is located on the east side of Arlington Heights Road, north of Lake Cook Road.

For information about the history of the cemetery, see this link.

“Cop on the Rooftop” raises big bucks

            The Buffalo Grove Police Department raised more than $3,350 during the annual “Cop on a Rooftop” fundraiser Friday. Members of the department hit the roof at two area Dunkin’s, one at 245 McHenry Rd. and another at 1165 McHenry Rd. from 5 a.m. to noon to raise money for Illinois Special Olympics.

            Statewide, more than $925,000 was raised across 315 locations. This year was the 20th anniversary of the “Cop on a Rooftop” program, which has raised more than $7.6 million in Illinois.

Bike rodeo Saturday

Children ages 5 to 12 can test their bicycle skills on a course designed by the Illinois Secretary of State from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at Mike Rylko Park,

Prizes will be given out for the first, second and third place bikers, plus a raffle will be held for tons of other great prizes, including the grand prize drawing of a new bicycle. Winners do not need to be present to win, and no registration is required. Learn more here.

Stevenson girls’ hoops gets new coach

As the Chicago Sun-Times reported – The shoes are big. But Will Benson will be the one to fill them.

Benson, the veteran head coach with stops at Harvard, Marengo and Huntley, will replace Pat Ambrose at Stevenson, pending approval of the District 125 school board at its next meeting.

Ambrose, who turned the Patriots into one of the best, most consistent programs in the Chicago area, resigned last month as head coach.

Benson has spent the last nine years at Huntley. While just 136-128 in nine seasons, Benson’s Red Raiders have gone 86-28 in the last four. That included a pair of 27-win seasons and two regional championships. 

This past season Benson led Huntley to 22 wins and a regional title. He spent one season at Marengo, where his 2013-14 team won 20 games, and three years at Harvard prior to that.

Alcott’s multi-purpose room being razed

An assessment by a structural engineer of the multi-purpose room on the southeast corner of the Alcott Center had some startling results -- the room was deemed unsafe.

With little choice, the District has decided to demolish the room and evaluate the needs of the Alcott Center The demolition is expected to take about a week. For more information, click on this video, or visit the Construction Projects page at

Spray ‘N Play opens May 27

The Buffalo Grove Park District’s Spray ‘N Play, featuring more than 20 water toys, sprays and fountains, plus a picnic area, will open for the 2023 season Saturday, May 27. Located at Rylko Park, 951 McHenry Road, the facility is completely interactive. The facility is available for birthday parties, corporate parties, family reunions and special events. For more information on Spray 'N Play fees, passes and rentals, visit the Spray 'N Play page at

Dist. 21 announces administrative appointments

Jenny Lagunas has been named principal of  Holmes Middle School. She previously served as an assistant principal at Cooper Middle School. She has also served as an instructional coach for four years at Kilmer and Frost Elementary Schools. Before her role as a coach, Lagunas was a dual language teacher for 10 years at Frost.

Also joining the district is Astrid Rodrigues  as director of teaching and learning for science and social studies in School District 21. She joins the district  after serving as the principal of Americana Elementary School in Queen Bee School District 16 in Glendale Heights for the last five years. Rodrigues previously was an assistant principal at a middle school in Dist. 16 for four years.

She was a math and science teacher at Fenger High School in Chicago for the five years prior to her role as an administrator. 

Cops plan Memorial Day driving crackdown

            Much in the same way that the swallows come back to Capistrano, the Buffalo Grove Police are participating in a holiday-themed traffic crackdown. This one is the Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign running May 19-30 and reminds motorists to buckle up for safety. “Click It or Ticket” leverages education and enforcement to save lives.

            And as a reminder, The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal highway safety funds.

            Also, the return of the swallows was celebrated March 25. None were cited for distracted flying.

Need a Reason to Celebrate?

May 22

Buy A Musical Instrument Day

National Boss Babes Day

National Craft Distillery Day

May 23

National Drinking with Chickens Day

National Lucky Penny Day

World Turtle Day

May 24

Denny's Endless Breakfast Day

National Caterers Appreciation Day

National Escargot Day

May 25

Geek Pride Day

Chardonnay Day

National Tap Dance Day

May 26

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Cherry Dessert Day

National Paper Airplane Day

National Sorry Day

May 27

National Italian Beef Day

National Grape Popsicle Day

Old Time Player Piano Day

May 28

International Burger Day / National Hamburger Day

National Brisket Day

Slugs Return From Capistrano Day

May 29

National Alligator Day

National Paperclip Day

National Snail Day

Put a Pillow on your Fridge Day

May 30

International Hug Your Cat Day

National Hole In My Bucket Day

National Creativity Day


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