Police Blotter: Drug, Alcohol Charges; Golfer Finds Lost Wallet

The following information was supplied by the Buffalo Grove Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction. Email cristel@patch.com with questions about this blotter.


An officer noted a vehicle and occupants parked in front of a closed business at 12:40 a.m. Sept. 29 on the 100 block of North McHenry Road. When the officer spoke with the occupants, he noted a strong odor of burnt cannabis. The driver then handed the officer a plastic bag with a green leafy substance and a glass smoking pipe. The officer also recovered an opened bottle of vodka. Ashley M. Rodriguez-Vargas, 18, of the 100 block of Phaeton Drive, Wheeling, was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor. Karen I. Neri, 18, of the 800 block of Colonial Drive, Wheeling, was charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Mjomza Vitia, 18, of the 200 block of Parkwood Drive, Streamwood, was charged with driving under the influence and illegal lane usage at 1:55 a.m. Sept. 29 on Arlington Heights Road at Hapsfield Lane.

Merrie E. Scipione, 20, of the 1200 block of Thyne Court, Wheeling, was charged with driving on a suspended license, driving without insurance, defective muffler, failure to secure new registration, transportation of open liquor and possession of drug paraphernalia at 11:50 p.m. Sept. 29 on southbound Arlington Heights Road near Nichols Road.

A 15-year-old Wheeling resident was charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor and curfew violation at 12:05 a.m. Sept. 30 on the 1-100 block of University Court.

Vicente Blanco, 29, of the 800 block of Valley Stream Drive, Wheeling, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and illegal transportation of open liquor at 12:50 a.m. Oct. 1 on Lake-Cook Road near Milwaukee Avenue.


A resident reported that while watching a soccer match at 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at Cherbourg Park, his 3-year-old daughter was bitten by a dog on the face, requiring medical treatment. An officer spoke with the dog’s owner, who admitted responsibility and was given the appropriate instructions. 


A resident of the 1100 block of Auburn Lane reported Sept. 29 that her upstairs neighbor is at home all of the time and plays his music very loudly. When the resident spoke with the neighbor he became aggressive and rude and stated that did not care, and that he could play his music as loud as he wanted. When the officer knocked on the neighbor’s door, he refused to open the door and told the officer he could play his music as loud as he wants to. The resident turned the music up, and the officer knocked on the door again. The neighbor told the officer that if he did not stop knocking on the door, he would “come out and kick the officer’s butt.” The music was then turned down to an appropriate level and the officer departed without further incidents. 

A resident reported that while playing at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 on the 1200 block of Deerfield Parkway, another boy threw a knife at her son. An officer spoke with the other boy, who stated that the resident’s son was bullying him, and when asked to stop, he did not, so the boy threw a knife at the resident’s son to scare him off. The resident and the boy’s mother requested an appointment with the police social worker.  

Officers responded to a report of resident smoking cannabis on his patio at 5:10 p.m. Sept. 30 on the 2500 block of Live Oak Lane. Officers located the resident, who was smoking a flavored cigar. There were no indications of cannabis. 


A company official on the 800 block of South Buffalo Grove Road reported Sept. 28 that a contractor did landscape work on several strip malls that the company manages, and the contractor demanded additional funds. The official stated that the contractor had been paid the required amount and refused additional funds. An officer spoke with the contractor who stated that he did not remember being paid. When he was shown a copy of the check he remembered and left. 

A complainant told police that he saw a vehicle driving too fast at 11:10 a.m. Sept. 29 in a parking lot on the 0-100 block of North Buffalo Grove Road. The complainant told police that when he yelled at the driver, “the driver responded with obscenities and the finger salute.” The complainant confronted the driver and an argument followed. Both agreed that the situation could have been dealt with better and both departed.  

A cab driver reported that his passenger said that he would go inside the house and return with the fare at 2:25 a.m. Sept. 30 on the 800 block of Old Checker Court. The driver waited for 40 minutes, but the passenger did not return. An officer made contact with the passenger who stated that he had only been away for 10 minutes. He went outside and paid the fare.  


A resident reported finding the door to the shed containing bicycles and tricycles for Safety Town unlocked at 5:50 p.m. Sept. 29 at Twin Creeks Park. An officer noted no signs of forced entry and locked the padlock. 


A complainant reported that when he got home from the Arboretum Golf Course at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28, he realized that he left his brown tri-fold wallet on top of his car. The wallet was gone and when the complainant retraced his route, he did not locate the wallet. The complainant called back and said that another golfer had found the wallet and called him. The wallet and its contents were returned.  


A resident reported receiving harassing text messages from her ex-husband at 10:20 p.m. Sept. 29. Their son was in the hospital and the ex believed the boy should have been at home. The resident believed that some of the messages were threatening. An officer spoke with the ex, who stated that he meant no threats and that he understood not to send any more messages. 

A resident reported that his daughter received unwanted calls between 3-5:50 p.m. Sept. 30 from a male caller who refused to identify himself. The resident will contact his cell provider and have the number blocked.


A Buffalo Grove High School student reported that someone keyed her car between noon and 2 p.m. Sept. 28.

Someone damaged the mat to a trampoline between 10 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8 a.m. Sept. 29 on the 2300 block of Birchwood Court North. The damage is estimated at $200. 


An Environmental Protection Agency official reported at 9:20 p.m. Sept. 29 that restaurant employees on the 0-100 block of South Buffalo Grove Road were powerwashing sewage in the parking lot using bleach. The official was concerned that the mixture of bleach and sewage would drain into the Buffalo Creek and contaminate it. The Buffalo Grove Health Department was notified. 


A resident of Villa Verde Drive reported seeing a vehicle being driven by a person whom she believed to be a friend of her soon-to-be-ex-husband at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28. The resident has a current order of protection against the husband. When the resident went to the parking lot, the vehicle left. Officers checked the area with negative results.  

A resident reported a vehicle and people parked on Aspen Court at 1:45 a.m. Oct. 1. An officer located the vehicle and found a couple in a “compromised situation” in the back seat. The couple was asked to go home. 


A resident reported the unauthorized use of his credit account between Aug. 30-31. A $197.94 purchase was made from a golf supply company in Canada. The credit provider will follow up. 

A resident reported Sept. 29 that someone made unauthorized purchases on her debit account. The purchases totaled $225.39 and were made in Ireland. The bank will follow up. 

A server at IHOP reported that two female customers left the restaurant without paying for the $20.22 check at 2:05 a.m. Oct. 1. The two left in a gray Pontiac Grand Prix with a license plate that came back as no record on file. The area was checked with negative results. 


A Strathmore Square Mall official reported that someone spray-painted graffiti between 7 p.m. Sept. 28 and 8 a.m. Sept. 30 on the rear of the building, 1202-1300 West Dundee Road. The recording unit on the surveillance camera was unplugged. 


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