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“The Barrington Hills Police Department is investigating a ruse burglary which occurred yesterday at a residence on Route 62 east of Route 25. In this incident, the resident was contacted by a subject at her front door claiming to be with Commonwealth Edison and explaining that he needed to test the water.

Residents should be extremely wary of all unexpected visitors, especially those purporting to be contractors, utility workers, or new neighbors and attempting to enter a home or draw attention or residents away from the home. Regardless how credible a story may sound or how genuine a person may seem, never let a stranger in your home or allow them to draw you outside your home. Residents are strongly encouraged to call 911 to report any suspicious activity or for police assistance in determining the authenticity of an uninvited visitor. Victims often tell officers that despite feeling that a situation felt off, they didn’t call out of concern of being bothersome.

Should that ever be the case, please do bother us – we are here to help!”

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Barrington police have issued an alert after several reports of vehicle thefts or burglaries since at least late last month in the village and surrounding communities.

Police say burglars are targeting areas where it’s known residents leave vehicle doors unlocked. Authorities are reminding residents to always lock their vehicles and never leave valuables or keys inside them. Any suspicious activity should be reported to police via 911. Communities that surround Barrington include Inverness, Palatine, Lake Barrington and Barrington Hills.

Editorial note: The Barrington Hills Police Department issued a similar alert on July 18th regarding motor vehicles thefts (see here).

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The Barrington Hills Police Department is investigating recent reports of burglaries to motor vehicles, throughout the Village.  The offenders, are also believed to be responsible for other burglaries to motor vehicles, as well as the theft of several vehicles, in other surrounding communities.

The Department would like to remind residents to always lock their vehicles, whether parked outside or in the garage, and to never leave the keys inside the vehicle, when parked. Residents are also encouraged to always promptly report any suspicious activity to Police by dialing 9-1-1. Thank you.

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A monument at the entrance to Horizon Farms

For over ten years we have covering the ups and downs, and the ins and outs of the Horizon Farms legal sagas in Barrington Hills. Along the way, many newspaper articles have been published, and invariable they’ve included pictures of the property signs or the majestic main entrance to Horizon Farms with two horse statues greeting visitors as they enter (one of which is pictured above).

These photos became so familiar over the years that some readers gave the statues nicknames. There was Bob and Fritz, Patty and Karen; you name it, there was some name based invariable on local politics that people identified with those statues. Well, call them what you will today, they’ve disappeared.

As the photo below shows, old spotlights mark where the statues shone at night, but there are no horses, and that leads to the quandary of where they went. So if readers know the whereabouts of our Bob or Fritz (or both), please let us know!

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Cuba Marsh Boardwalk

Law enforcement officials are warning residents of an increase in vehicle break-ins across Lake County since the Illinois stay-at-home order began.

According to Commander Jim Seifken, of the Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police, the burglaries are happening almost every day in forest preserve parking lots because of the increase in popularity at those spots.

Dozens of preserves across the county make up the Lake County Forest Preserves, including Cuba Marsh in Deer Park, Buffalo Creek in Long Grove and Heron Creek in Lake Zurich. Seifken said his department has seen about 25 reports of break-ins taking place throughout these spots since the stay-at-home order was activated.

Read more here.

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“I’m not sure what the address is … ,” one person said. “I’m scared. … Can you see my location? Please come. Please, please, please.”

A review of 911 calls made on the night of a fatal Barrington Hills rental home shooting in early March offers a glimpse into the chaos of the night as party-goers called for help as they reported hiding in closets, bathrooms and other areas in and outside the sprawling house.

The 20 minutes of audio, which Pioneer Press received through a Freedom of Information Act request from Barrington Hills police, features 911 dispatchers fielding about two dozen calls. They were mostly from panicked party-goers, following early-morning gunfire March 7 in the 300 block of Old Sutton Road.

The emergency calls began with dispatchers asking for the address of the incident. Most who had dialed 911 didn’t immediately know where they were and said they had to check. A number of callers were hoping dispatchers could get the location using information from the callers’ cell phone.

Read more from the Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press here.

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Federal and local officials have gotten thousands of fraud complaints. Stimulus checks will create another tidal wave of fraud, authorities warn.

As opportunists and scam artists look to make a quick buck off the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of Chicagoans are inundating City Hall with complaints: $80 toilet paper, $50 hand sanitizer bottles and $15 jugs of vinegar.

And while price gouging is the most prevalent complaint, experts are sounding the alarm on bogus cures, fake deals on protective gear and con artists posing as government officials.

“This is the worst I’ve seen, and I’ve been doing this for 32 years,” said Steve Bernas, CEO of Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. “I’ve never seen a calamity that would affect so many.”

Through Monday, the Federal Trade Commission fielded more than 540 fraud complaints related to the outbreak in Illinois, according to the agency. The Illinois attorney general’s office has reported handling almost 1,300 price-gouging reports.

And in Chicago, city officials have issued two civil citations for price gouging out of more than 400 complaints filed in March through mid-April, according to a spokesman for the city’s business affairs department. In 2019, there were only two complaints of price gouging the entire year, he said.

Read more from the Better Government Association here.

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Barrington Hills officials say they plan to seek reimbursement from the owners of this house on the 300 block of Old Sutton Rd for police costs related to a murder investigation.

Barrington Hills officials may seek reimbursement from a property owner, an online home rental service and others for police costs related to a fatal shooting last month during a house party they say violated village code.

Police spokesman William Walsh said no new information has surfaced regarding the killing of Sean B. Patton, 28, of Chicago, during the March 7 party on the 300 block of Old Sutton Road.

Walsh said three other men suffered gunshot wounds, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Officials said the home was advertised for rent on multiple online marketplaces before the shooting.

Barrington Hills zoning regulations don’t allow for the use of a residential property for commercial purposes, such as short-term rentals for lodging and special events. That’s why the reimbursement of the police expenses should be sought, said Trustee Brian Cecola, who chairs the village board’s public safety committee.

Read more here.

Related: March Board of Trustee meeting recordings released

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The Barrington Hills Bulletin Board claims to be, “AN ALTERNATE RESOURCE OUTLET FOR LOCAL BARRINGTON HILLS RESIDENTS TO READ, COMMENT AND REACT TO NEWS AND TOPICS WITH THE INTENT TO EDUCATE, PROVIDE AWARENESS, TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO RESIDENTS IN A UNCENSORED FORMAT.”

The Barrington Hills Bulletin Board posts fabrications, typo-ridden incoherent ramblings and now offers a new feature to their minimally followed blog; censorship of comments that are posted on Facebook (“…some comments may have been filtered out”).

As for the offensive comment that was, “filtered out”?

“Paragraphs and proper grammar and punctuation would be nice.”

So much for transparency.

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Rafal Ryndak, 28, of Schiller Park, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle through Barrington Hills in May 2018. After a lengthy investigation, police made an arrest in the case Wednesday. (Courtesy of Marcin Ryndak)

A 42-year-old Deer Park man surrendered to Barrington Hills police Wednesday to face a charge stemming from a May 2018 hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist.

Tommy G. Walker III, of the 23000 block of Long Grove Road, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death in connection with the deadly crash along Route 59 south of Route 68.

Authorities believe Walker was behind the wheel of a Toyota pickup truck or SUV that struck a bicycle ridden by 28-year-old Rafal Ryndak of Schiller Park at about 10 p.m. May 11, 2018. Ryndak was thrown from his bicycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Read more here.

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