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The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), is the largest public awareness vehicle and grass roots fundraiser for Special Olympics.   Known honorably as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into the Opening Ceremony of local competitions, and into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games.

Annually, almost 110,000 dedicated and compassionate law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope,” symbolizing courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

This Sunday, June 2nd, the men and women of the Village of Barrington Hills Police Department will be participating again – rain or shine in this year’s LETR benefiting Special Olympics Illinois beginning at 8:00 AM. “You, too, can participate in this largest fundraising campaign for Special Olympics by making a donation to this cause and/or line the street to cheer on VBHPD. For donations, contact Sergeant Ron Riedel at 847-551-3006 or by email rriedel@vbhpd.net” 

Note: Due to the construction on Route 62, the run will begin at Route 62 and County Line Road in Algonquin, then north to the Town of McHenry.

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A plan to legalize recreational marijuana leaves some Illinois lawmakers on a collision course with many cops and prosecutors tasked with catching stoned drivers.

“It’s a nightmare,” McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said of legislation under debate in Springfield. He and other local law enforcement experts worry legalization will embolden more people to drive while high and raise crash rates.

Proving a driver is impaired by marijuana beyond a reasonable doubt is no slam dunk for law enforcement.

While Breathalyzers provide an exact measurement of how drunk a driver is, “the technology doesn’t exist” yet for precisely capturing marijuana impairment, Kenneally contends.

And training officers to conduct flawless sobriety tests for weed or buying experimental pot-detection devices is expensive, police say.

“I think some of the lawmakers are out of touch with reality,” Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner said.

Read more here.

Related: “Legalize pot? No way, says leader of state police chief association”

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A Carpentersville man was struck and killed by a car while walking his dog Saturday in Barrington Hills, authorities said Tuesday.

Barrington Hills police said Michael Buchholz, 28, was walking west with his dog on Dundee Road near Potter Lane when a he was hit by a white 2009 Chevrolet Impala also traveling west at 11:48 p.m. Saturday. East Dundee Fire Department paramedics took Buchholz to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where he later was pronounced dead, police said.

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A man in his 20s was struck by a car and killed in Barrington Hills late Saturday, officials said.

At about 11:50 p.m. Barrington Hills emergency responders were called to the intersection of Dundee Road and Potter Lane for a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

Officers found a 28-year-old man who had been struck, according to the Barrington Hills Police Department. East Dundee Fire Department paramedics rushed the man to Sherman Hospital in Elgin where he was pronounced dead, police said. The man’s identity had not been released Sunday morning.

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This Sunday September 30th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the Village is holding the 6th annual The Hills Are Alive Festival at the Barrington Hills Park District Riding Center, 361 Bateman Road.  The free event will go on, rain or shine, with attractions being moved inside the indoor riding arena in case of inclement weather.  Below is a press release from Village Hall.

“For the 6th year, Village of Barrington Hills is hosting a Community Fall Festival. This year’s event promises to be another spectacular day! 

Whether you are new to our community, a longtime resident or a friend from a neighboring village,  this is the perfect opportunity for camaraderie, meet ‘n greet,  and simply enjoying fun, food, attractions and entertainment to satisfy all ages.

New draws this year are the Climbing Rock Wall, Dunk Tank, Equestrian Drill Team & Barrel Racing, Blacksmithing Demo, Interactive Animal Show, Make Your Own Ice Cream–just to name a few.  Check out the full listing below with the associated times.

Of course, no fest would be complete without great BBQ, Grilled Meats, Sides, Cold Beer, Chilled Wine and something for the sweet tooth!  See you there!”

 

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Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 5.29.53 AMTwo people were injured after a four-vehicle crash at Brinker and County Line roads in Barrington Hills at 6:15 p.m., according to Barrington Hills police Lt. Curt Underwood.

Three cars were waiting at the three-way intersection when a truck with an attached landscaping trailer rear-ended the last car, causing a chain reaction, according to Underwood.

Two of the people involved were transported to St. Alexius Medical Center with minor injuries, Underwood said.

Police are still investigating.

You can see the article in the Daily Herald here.

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This news comes via the Barrington Hills Police Department:

“Barrington Hills Police Department (BHPD) Officer Jeremy Hensler was recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which is progressively debilitating and eventually terminal. As we all know, lives, priorities, and future plans can change in an instant and this is sadly the case for Officer Hensler.

Jeremy is a 13-year veteran of BHPD and served five years as a police officer in Richardson, Texas before moving to Illinois with his wife and young daughter. His daughter is now 15 years old, beginning her high school years and is the light of Jeremy’s life.

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BHPD Officer Jeremy Hensler

Jeremy has spent all of his adult life in public service and he has gone above and beyond in his career at BHPD, serving 12 years as a Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Emergency Services Team (EST) sniper. Jeremy is also a 10-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps in which he served as an infantry rifleman in the 1st Battalion 9th Regiment at Camp Pendleton, California – consequently, he is very proud and was initially reluctant in allowing Department members to organize a request for assistance on his behalf.

Jeremy is currently on an administrative desk assignment and is in the process of obtaining a non-duty-related disability. He will need progressively more care and assistance during the course of this terrible disease. While we all pray for a miracle cure or remission, we also realistically know that the financial strain on Jeremy is something he should not need to worry about.

Any assistance you may provide to assist Jeremy in facing this difficult disease will be greatly appreciated by him, his daughter, and the entire Barrington Hills Police Department staff.”

Interested parties may contribute to Officer Hensler’s Go Fund Me page here.

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