Widening concerns / Prostitution charges / Migrant restrictions
Prostitution charges – A police investigation into a complaint of possible prostitution resulted in the arrest of a 52-year-old woman at JK Massage, 253 W. Dundee Road. Reports say that “during the investigation a sex act was offered for currency” and the 52-year-old woman was arrested and charged.
Armed robbery -- Police responded to the Wheatlands Apartments, 1221 E. Deerfield Parkway for a man with a gun call. Upon arrival police met with a person who told officers two males with ski masks were taking off a catalytic converter of a vehicle in the parking lot. One of the offenders pointed a gun at a witness. The suspects got into a white four-door sedan and left the area. The investigation is ongoing.
Domestic battery -- Police responded to the 500 block of Crown Point Drive for a domestic battery complaint. Reports say that a male resident “battered a subject in the home and was arrested.” The man was charged with aggravated domestic battery/strangulation, and domestic battery/bodily harm.
Residential burglary – Police say a resident in the 900 block of Cooper Court reported a residential burglary report. Reports say various items were taken during a four-hour period. The investigation is ongoing.
Motor vehicle theft – A resident on Oak Creek Drive told police her 2014 Nissan Rogue was stolen while it was parked near her residence.
Retail theft – An employee at the Aldi grocery store on Dundee Road said two men left the store through the entry door with a full cart of grocery items. Reports say the employee observed putting items from the cart into a black Toyota that was in the parking lot.
Criminal damage -- Police responded to the Burger King at 80 McHenry Road for a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers were told a customer became irate about his order. The customer then fired five "BB" pellets at several windows of the restaurant, the offender then drove away on Lake Cook Road. The investigation is ongoing.
Construction theft – Police say an unknown offender reportedly removed some prefabricated shower valves and copper pipe from The Clove construction site. The offender did not take the unfabricated shower valves, which were still in their original boxes.
In Other Community News
BG Road widening revisions ahead?
A scheduled meeting of the Lake County Public Works and Transportation Committee may shed light on the plans for the proposed widening of Buffalo Grove Road between Illinois Rt. 22 and U.S. Rt. 45.
Opponents of the project are hoping there will be revisions discussed at Wednesday’s (Jan. 10) meeting that will show a scaling back of the plans for the project.
Key members of the opposition group cite safety, environmental impact and increased traffic, especially truck traffic, as their key concerns.
The project was unveiled at a May 24 public forum sponsored by the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) which, organizers say, drew around 100 people, which they say is more than most project-based forums. Since that time, they say more than 300 people have voiced opposition to the project, mostly through the group’s website that includes its 1,650 word “declaration”, basically a petition, that provides considerable discussion about their objections.
The declarations focus on three general areas: The lack of need for the expansion, new problems created by the widening and how the section of Buffalo Grove Road between state Route 22 and U.S. Route 45 differs from Buffalo Grove Road south of state Route 22 (Half Day Road). Full coverage of this project can be found here.
Ordinance restricts migrant drop-offs
Buffalo Grove joined a growing list of Chicago suburbs that will restrict, if not prohibit, buses dropping off migrants sent to Illinois from Texas.
“This is not political in nature,” Village Board President Eric Smith said. “To drop people off within the village without making prior arrangements is inhumane.”
The ordinance, approved unanimously, allows the Police Department “to regulate unscheduled bus stops, requiring a complete and accurate application for an unscheduled bus stop with no less than five (5) days’ notice.” It requires bus operators to file a complete plan for drop-off, housing, and general care of passengers. If a drop-off is approved, it must be “consistent” with the schedule of Metra’s North Central line which serves Buffalo Grove. The ordinance does not background checks on passengers, personal health information on passengers and does not impose a “per passenger” fine or fee. Full coverage can be found in this report in the Daily Herald.
Wild Fork status unclear
The status of the potential of a Wild Fork meat market opening in the village remains up in the air.
The market, which features a variety of traditional and exotic meats, was planned for a new retail plaza on the southeast corner of McHenry and Lake-Cook Roads. However, it appears a disagreement between the property owner and leasing agent is keeping things in limbo.
Deputy Village Manager, Chris Stilling, told BGNI in an email that “We are aware that the space is now being actively marketed. The permit for Wild Fork was ready to be issued back in August. After several attempts to contact them to let them know it was ready, they did inform us that they were no longer proceeding. We inquired for more information since they had gone through the entire permit process. Unfortunately, they have not responded with any further details.
“Given the site’s strong location and the continued private investment occurring in the Lake Cook corridor, staff is confident that we will be welcoming a new business in that space.”
Meanwhile, Mitch Goltz of GW Properties noted that “We have a signed lease commitment from Wild Fork but we are not certain if they will open or not at this point so we are marketing the space to find other users in the interim. We hope they open but cannot control that side of things since we turned over the space to them in the fall.”
Brendan Reedy of Mid-American Real Estate Corporation would not comment on the future of Wild Fork opening at the location, saying only that the “available space” is 4,000 square feet.
In other animal news related to the location, the Veterinary Emergency Care facility is eyeing a February opening.
Trees removed as part of road project
Even though the bulk of the work is scheduled to start in the spring, trees in the median along Arlington Heights Road have been removed as part of a reconstruction of the road from state Rt. 83 to Lake-Cook Road. The Daily Herald reports the trees were removed because the median will also be removed as part of the project. The project is being done by the Lake County Division of Transportation. A complete description of the project can be found here.
Future of artificial intelligence forum topic
The Indian Trails Public Library is sponsoring a panel discussion featuring three best-selling science fiction writers, Cory Doctorow, Ken Liu and Martha Wells, who will discuss the future of artificial intelligence at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11.
They will examine the promise, perils and possible impacts that AI will have on the future, as well as AI in contemporary and future science fiction writing.
Used book sale Jan. 13
The Indian Trails Public Library is having a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13. The sale is held in the Lake Cook room on the first floor of the library, located at 355 Schoenbeck Rd., Wheeling. Additional information is available here.
Dist. 21 plans “Family Zumba”
School District 21 is hosting a “Family Zumba” event from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 at London Middle School, 1001 W. Dundee Road, Wheeling. The event is for children over age 5 and their parents.
Registration is available at this link.
D21 names new director of childhood ed
Melissa Scaletta has been named the new director of early childhood education in School Dust. 21, effective July 1, 2024. Scaletta succeeds Lynne Duffy, who is retiring.
Scaletta previously served as a student services Educational Life Skills Program coordinator within the district, and prior to that, as an instructional specialist for special education and as a special education teacher at Frost Elementary School.
BGPD names three new commanders
Three veteran officers have been named commanders in the Buffalo Grove Police Department.
Police Chief Brian Budds administered oaths of office during the Jan. 2 Village Board meeting. The new commanders are (from left) Sergeant Anthony Turano (17 years of service), Lieutenant Tara Anderson (23 years) and Lieutenant Tom Nugent (34 years).
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