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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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Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 5.03.49 AM Barrington Hills police have narrowed down the model of the vehicle that struck and killed a bicyclist late Friday on Route 59. The offending vehicle is believed to be either a black 2010 Toyota Sequoia SUV or a black 2007 or later model Toyota Tundra pickup, according to information released by Barrington Hills police Tuesday afternoon. Police said the vehicle likely sustained extensive damage to the passenger side. The victim, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park, was thrown several feet from his bicycle and was unresponsive when first responders found him. Police have yet to release a description of the driver of the vehicle.

 

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Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 5.29.53 AMPolice are searching for the driver of a truck who struck and killed a bicyclist late Friday in Barrington Hills, authorities said Saturday.

The victim, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park, was thrown several feet from his bicycle and was unresponsive when first responders arrived to the crash scene after 10 p.m. on Route 59 south of Route 68, according to Barrington Hills police.

When police arrived, they observed the bicycle, badly damaged, on the shoulder of the roadway. Paramedics from the Barrington Countryside and Lake Zurich fire departments provided emergency medical assistance to the victim at the scene, according to a news release.

The man was officially pronounced dead at the scene at 10:22 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Cause of death was listed as multiple injuries after an autopsy on Saturday.

Police said the vehicle that hit the bicyclist and fled is a dark-colored Toyota Tundra pickup truck. A description of the driver was not available.

You can read the full Daily Herald article here.

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Police arrested five men they say worked together to distract and rob an 87-year-old Barrington Hills woman.

On April 30, the five-person group police referred to as a “ruse burglary crew” rang the woman’s doorbell and tried to lure her outside using ploys such as seal-coating the driveway, working on construction on an adjacent property and landscaping her backyard, according to a news release from Illinois State Police.

When the woman went to the back of the home to look at the landscaping, the remaining men broke into the house and stole about $60,000, the release stated.

The woman became suspicious and asked the crew to leave when the men began to question if anyone else was home. As she called 911, she saw two men running from her bedroom and out the front door, according to the release.

As officers approached the home, they saw the offenders fleeing the front door running from the backyard, the release stated.

The full article in the Northwest Herald can be found here.

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Fire crews had to rescue a school bus driver who crashed into a ditch near the intersection of Bateman and Algonquin roads in Barrington Hills late Tuesday afternoon.

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters arrived on the scene at around 4:37 p.m. and found that the bus, which was only occupied by the driver, was tipping to one side. The driver was unable to exit the bus without potentially causing the vehicle to tip or roll over.

Fire crews stabilized the bus and helped evacuate the driver, according to a news release issued late Tuesday.

To read the full story in the Daily Herald, click here.

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We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Shining Star Award — Barrington Hills Police Chief Richard Semelsberger. Chief Semelsberger epitomizes the very best in a public safety professional, and the residents of our village are very fortunate to have such a dedicated individual at the helm of our Police Department.

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Chief Semelsberger is well-known to many in the community, having started as a patrolman in 1989, and rising through the ranks over the last 28 years.  Having worked under four of the nine previous village chiefs of police, Rich became Deputy Chief in 2011, eventually becoming Chief of Police in March 2015, after the retirement of Chief Michael Murphy.

He is respected and well-liked by officers in his department, and works easily with our elected officials, village hall staff, and attorneys.  A familiar face to many, Rich is in attendance at each annual Hills Are Alive Heritage Fest, where he can be seen engaged in friendly conversation with village residents.

Over the years, Semelsberger has continually impressed us with his vast knowledge of the department’s operating budget during Board of Trustee meetings, always having the appropriate facts and figures when questioned by board members.  But what has been the most striking recently has been his active participation in many other discussions during Board Meetings.  Whether the topic was the somewhat controversial outsourcing of our 911 Dispatch services to QuadCom, or the purchase of a new phone system for the Village Hall, it was obvious that Semelsberger had studied the issues very carefully and had an intimate understanding of all of the pros and cons.

The Chief’s low-key yet highly effective style was most notably on display in early 2017 when he set the record straight on the many of facts surrounding the village’s CTY alert system, police staffing levels, and the false accusations of discontinuation of the police non-emergency number.  These issues had been raised during the months leading up to the April 2017 Election by the “Your Barrington Hills” slate and their supporters.  Despite the highly political atmosphere that had been created, Semelsberger calmly and clearly refuted the unfounded allegations one-by-one in a decidedly nonpartisan and straightforward manner that left little doubt what the facts were.  See these Observer articles for more detail: All the world’s a stageApril 24th Board meeting recordings released, and Regime revived?

Our village is indeed lucky to have such a fine man as Richard Semelsberger fully committed to serving and protecting our homes and families.  We commend the Chief for his leadership of our award-winning Police Department, and for making our community safe each and every day.  Thank you from the residents and from all of us at the Observer!

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VBHPD From the Barrington Courier-Review police report here. :  

“Peggy Judd, 63, of the 200 block of Westfield Way in Barrington Hills, was cited Nov. 28 with disorderly conduct for shining a laser beam light into a neighbor’s window. Her court date is scheduled for Dec. 27, police said.”

“Note: An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.”

 

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