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Post Labor Day syndrome?

Gaggin' in the Grove: A pretty quiet month on the police blotter. At least the police like to share some good news.

Maybe it’s a post Labor Day syndrome that brought an end to strangeness.  The September police logs lack the usual number of somewhat unusual complaints.

But not totally…

Let’s hope it’s not Margaret Hamilton

Resident reported finding a note under her door that stated “Bad wicked ugly neighbor, move out!” The note was written in capital letters with a black marker. The resident has not had any issues with anyone. 

This is suspicious?

Resident reported a tan Kia SUV driving through the neighborhood. Officer checked the area with negative results.

Gotta be careful on social media..

Resident stated that a former high school acquaintance used to call her constantly and he was told not to do so. During the past week, the resident received three letters from the acquaintance addressed to her parent’s address. Officer attempted to contact the acquaintance and left a message that further contact by him would lead to an arrest. 

Talk about trashing the place..

Complex manager reported that a contractor, hired by a bank for the foreclosed property, is throwing garbage from the third story balcony, putting residents and their property at risk. Officer spoke to the contractor and advised him of the error of his way. He agreed to stop throwing things off the balcony. 

A reminder about scams...

Resident stated that she has received a number of calls from a male caller that stated the resident won a large sum of money and needs to first send $500 for fees. The resident suspects that this is a scam and she was advised that it is. The officer told the resident that if the subject calls again, tell him that the police have been notified and hang up.

From the “you are kidding, right?” department…

Employee reported a male subject in a blue/green mini van that kept changing parking spots and looking into the store. The employee believed that the subject was wearing lingerie. Officer located the van and spoke with the driver who stated that he was going into the store to purchase a present for his wife. The Officer noted that the driver was wearing a tee shirt and a slip trimmed in lace. The officer requested that the driver put his pants back on and not to return to the store. 

Other news from the blotter…

In addition to the myriad of summaries posted by the Buffalo Grove Police, there is other news.  Hats off to Officer Jim Harris.  As posted in the blotter…

Officer Harris awarded for tornado relief efforts

Buffalo Grove Police Officer Jim Harris received the department's first quarter 2012 Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award.

Harris was honored Sept. 10 for leading a relief effort to benefit tornado victims in Kentucky earlier this year.

Officer Jim Harris was given a plaque after Village Manager Dane Bragg spoke of his efforts to provide assistance to residents of West Liberty, Ky., following the March 2 tornado.

Harris was nominated to receive the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Above and Beyond the Call of Duty award by Deputy Chief Steve Husak, Commander Tom Reed and Officer Danielle Baron.

“After seeing the newspaper coverage of the damage, Jim began to think about what he could do to help the people in the area,” said Bragg, reading from the nomination letter from Harris’ colleagues. “He decided that he would travel south with needed supplies, as requested in various newspaper articles he read.”

Harris turned to fellow village employees for help, and donations were provided by staff, The Connie Sizer Foundation, Critter Stuff Pet Supplies, and two local Brownie troops.

“His truck was packed so tight, he almost didn’t have room for a change of clothes,” Bragg read from the nomination letter. “Jim told us it made him proud to work in such a fine village.”

Harris quietly accepted the award before receiving congratulatory handshakes from members of the Village Board.

Think about this the next time you get mad at a cop.  They do a lot more than just issue tickets.

(Stan Zoller's blog, Gaggin' in the Grove, can be found at zolleronbuffalogrove.blogspot.com or at stanzoller.wordpress.com. He also blogs on ChicagoNow at http://www.chicagonow.com/suburban-scene)

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