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Brayer Arias-Colazo

Brayer Arias-Colazo, 30, of Carpentersville.

A man has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after pleading guilty in a high-speed drunk driving crash that killed a 5-month-old baby and left other children injured in Barrington Hills.

Brayer Arias-Colazo, 30, of Carpentersville, was charged with eight counts of aggravated driving under the influence, reckless homicide and speeding 35 mph or more over the limit.

Court records show Arias-Colazo entered into a negotiated plea deal in November.

He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated driving under the influence causing death, a Class 2 felony.

The crash occurred around 7 p.m. on November 3, 2016, at the intersection of Route 25 and Silverstone Drive on the border of Algonquin and Barrington Hills.

The Barrington Hills Police Department said Arias-Colazo was traveling southbound on Route 25 in a 2001 Ford pickup truck.

More here.

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2023 Seats Up For Reelection

Angela Wilcox, Leah Collister-Lazzari and Barry Altshuler

Angela Wilcox, current and second longest serving 220 Board of Education member, recently withdrew from the race for another term on the board.  This week, the district’s superintendent, Dr. Robert Hunt, announced his departure only eighteen (18) after his installment (as an aside, the BOE under former President Kazmier and then VP Ficke-Bradford spent nearly a year and Lord knows how much in taxpayer dollars searching for Hunt in 2020).

In light of these two recent events, we think it’s time to take a good look at the candidates running for 220 Board of Education in the upcoming April election.

Incumbent Barry Altshuler, a pediatrician who espouses on his professional website to believing in ‘holistic’ care, routinely advocated for vaccination of students, to keep students remote and masked. Altshuler voted to keep Gender Queer in the District’s libraries, saying, “kids need the book,” and he “wished that book was around when (he) was in middle school.”  For reference, the book is recommended for ages 16 and up.

Altshuler was also heard violating the doctor/patient HIPPA confidentiality when he discussed his patient, Alex Strobl, publicly during BOE meetings surrounding the controversy of Strobl dropping from the 2021 BOE election.

Incumbent Leah Collister-Lazzari voted to keep students remote and masked.  Collister-Lazzari also wrote emails micro-managing Dr. Hunt, such as asking him to tell BHS basketball coaches to make sure the kids were properly masked while playing sports.

In December, Collister-Lazzari voted remotely for an increase in the levy while on a purported ‘business meeting’ in New Zealand, yet also advocated in favor of the District increasing the parental cost of kindergarten enrichment and voted against keeping the fees at their current rate in favor of raising them.

During the D220 strategic planning meetings she brought a 3×5 card with Ficke-Bradford’s equity statement written on it and advocated to have the equity statement put into the D220 mission statement.

Most egregiously, in the opinion of the Observer, in 2021 when three new members of the current Board were sworn in for their first BOE meeting, Altshuler and Collister-Lazzari colluded with Sandra Ficke-Bradford and Erin Chan Ding to oust Member Wilcox from any position as a Board Officer. Wilcox was 6 years into the position, to Altshuler’s and Collister-Lazzari’s 2, and had an exemplary record as the Treasurer of the Board in preceding years.

In addition, the public had made it clear to the BOE Board that Wilcox was preferred to succeed to the position of President surrounding controversial actions of Ficke-Bradford and Kazmierz and their treatment of Alex Strobl who withdrew as a candidate in the 2021 election following their strong-arm tactics.

For these reasons, and more to come, we urge voters NOT to vote for Barry Altshuler and Leah Collister-Lazzari.  They do not deserve to continue on our 220 school board.

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Charles Dietz Jr

Charles Dietz Jr., 73, of Barrington Hills. | Photo: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home

A woman has filed a lawsuit against a driver who allegedly ran a red light and crashed into her and her husband’s car in Barrington Hills, leaving her husband dead.

Chicago-based law firm Cavanagh Law Group filed a three-count negligence lawsuit earlier this week in Cook County Circuit Court.

The suit was filed on behalf of 71-year-old Ilene Dietz following the death of her husband, Charles Dietz Jr., 73, of Barrington Hills.

Ilene Dietz was a passenger in a 2020 Tesla with her husband, Charles Dietz, who was driving on November 4.

The lawsuit accuses the other driver, 34-year-old Matthew Zavala, of running a red light, driving too fast for conditions and crashing into the Tesla at Route 68 and Route 59 in Barrington Hills.

The complaint also names the owner of the 2013 Nissan Rogue, which Zavala was driving at the time of the crash.

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Mas Fines

Illinois’ state and local governments collect some of the most fines and fees in the country on a per capita basis, a new study shows.

The Reason Foundation found that Illinois is second highest in the nation, averaging about $50 per resident in 2020. That is compared to less than $3 per resident in Kentucky.

In 2019, local fines and fees revenue accounted for less than 2% of pre-pandemic general revenue in all 50 states. The year 2017 is the most recent year for which local revenue data is available. During that year, 28,159 U.S. cities, townships and counties reported a total of nearly $5 billion in revenue from fines and fees after excluding jurisdictions without sufficient data.

Data for the study was obtained from the Census Bureau’s annual survey of state and local government finances.

“In Illinois, local governments retain a fairly substantial portion of the revenue generated by citations and traffic tickets within that jurisdiction,” said Vittorio Nastasi, director of Criminal Justice Policy with the Reason Foundation.

Nastasi notes that fines and fees have turned many courts into revenue centers for state and local governments, creating what he calls undesirable conflicts of interest.

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Flock

Barrington officials are expected to decide next month whether to purchase license plate-reading cameras like this one and install them at 12 locations in town. (Courtesy of Flock Safety)

Barrington police soon could have an additional tool at their disposal to help catch suspected criminals.

The village board is expected to vote Feb. 13 on a plan to install license plate reading cameras at 12 locations in town, where they would take snapshots of passing vehicles to capture their make and model, license plate information and any unusual or unique features.

Under the proposal, Barrington would sign a two-year, $70,250 contract with Atlanta-based Flock Group Inc. for the cameras, which are solar-powered, motion-activated and work in all weather conditions.

Police Chief David Dorn said the system would read the plate and, if the vehicle has been reported stolen or there is a warrant associated with it, a real-time text would be sent to a watch commander.

The Flock cameras also would be linked to the FBI’s National Crime Information Center federal and state hotlists, which are updated at least every 24 hours.

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Editorial note: Cameras of this type are in use throughout our Village, and have been for some time.

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Porsche Oops

A Porsche stolen from Motor Werks in Barrington crashed outside of the dealership on Dundee Road while fleeing from police Sunday morning. | Photo: Benjamin Lundquist

Two have been charged after multiple high-end cars were stolen from a car dealership in Barrington, which resulted in four separate crashes, including a police car that was rammed.

The Barrington Police Department responded around 8 a.m. Sunday to the Motor Werks, located at 1475 South Barrington Road in Barrington.

Several vehicles were stolen from the business, which is a collection of dealerships including Porsche, INFINITI, Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Officers were notified about suspicious activity at the business, police officials said.

Officers arrived and observed numerous offenders stealing vehicles from the Motor Werk’s car lot. The security gate had also been opened.

An officer positioned his squad car across the exit to the dealership to block the suspects.

One of the offenders, identified as Tavarius Jackson, 27, of Chicago, was in a stolen vehicle attempting to exit.

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VBH Village HallOur Village Board of Trustees will be conducting their regular monthly meeting beginning this evening at 6:30 PM. A copy of the agenda can be viewed and downloaded here.

This month’s agenda now has two options for residents to attempt to listen in to tonight’s meeting:

Audio OptionsWould those with the time and inclination try listening to both options and report back which one sucks less in terms of sound clarity?  It would be ever so much appreciated!

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SB MWB

Crash with entrapment at Barrington Road and Algonquin Road in South Barrington after suspects fled with multiple stolen autos from Motor Werks of Barrington.

Police from Barrington and Barrington Hills responded about 8:00 a.m. Sunday, January 22, 2023 to a report of a theft of multiple vehicles in progress at Motor Werks of Barrington, 1475 South Barrington Road in Barrington near the intersection of Dundee Road and Barrington Road.

Upon arrival, a suspect fleeing the scene in a stolen vehicle rammed a Barrington Police Department patrol vehicle, disabling both vehicles. Several other vehicles were also stolen from Motor Werks of Barrington, and the offenders stealing the vehicles fled at a high rate of speed.

According to the Barrington Police Department, police from Barrington and several other police agencies responded to the incident. According to Barrington Police Department, several suspects were taken into custody.

Crash scenes with personal injuries were reported at three locations: Dundee Road and Barrington Road, Algonquin Road and Barrington Road, and Dundee Road and Ela Road. Several of the vehicles were severely damaged, and a lot of debris from crashed vehicles was in the roadways after the crashes occurred. At one of the crash scenes, a vehicle hit a utility pole with power lines, but none of the power lines appeared damage, and the pole did not appear to damaged either. However, fire command requested ComEd responded to the scene to inspect the utility pole and power lines.

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MetraTrain712

Metra Train #712 at about 12:00 p.m. stopped on the UP Northwest Line just west of Ela Road after striking and killing a pedestrian (PHOTO CREDIT: Jimmy Bolf).

Police, firefighters and paramedics from Barrington responded about 11:27 a.m. Sunday, January 22, 2023 to a report that a Metra train on the Union Pacific Northwest Line hit a pedestrian near the block of 1100 South Northwest Highway in Barrington.

Metra train #712 is stopped just west of Ela Road after striking a pedestrian. All inbound and outbound trains were stopped just after 11:27 a.m. Metra train #712 on Sundays and holidays is an inbound train from Harvard to Chicago, and was scheduled to arrive at the following locations immediately after the Barrington Metra station

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MW

Police say they are actively searching for an offender who fled on foot after multiple suspects stole vehicles from Motor Werks in Barrington Sunday morning.

The Barrington Police Department said they responded to the Motor Werks, located at 1475 South Barrington Road in Barrington.

Several vehicles were stolen from the business, which is a collection of dealerships including Porsche, INFINITI, Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Officers were able to take multiple offenders into custody.

Police said late Sunday morning that they were still searching for one additional suspect.

The offender is a male black who was last seen on foot from the business, police said.

Officials believe the suspect possibly left the area.

More here.

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