Former Buffalo Grove trustee calls 911 fearing sniper, drugged water
BY RONNIE WACHTER | firstname.lastname@example.org March 14, 2013 5:49PM
Former Buffalo Grove trustee Lisa Stone.
Updated: March 15, 2013 11:17AM
BUFFALO GROVE — Former Buffalo Grove trustee Lisa Stone made a frantic 911 call the day before she was arrested for violating an order of protection against her father and stepmother.
“I’m concerned somebody is going to kill me,” Stone said during the two-minute, 38-second call.
Just before 4 p.m. March 7, Stone told the 911 dispatcher that a sharpshooter who lives in Buffalo Grove may be after her family. Pioneer Press obtained the audio from the Northwest Central Dispatch System via a Freedom of Information Act request.
On the call, the dispatcher presses Stone to explain her emergency, but is unsuccessful. In the wide-ranging call, Stone alleges that village officials might be drugging residents’ water supply. She also mentions Vice President Joe Biden and her children’s accomplishments in judo.
Despite mentioning she fears for her life, Stone told the dispatcher that she was not really having an emergency.
“You don’t need to come here right now, I’m not having a stroke, thank God, like poor Mark did — Mark Kirk, the good senator, good Jewish people supporting him —”
When reached Wednesday, March 14, Stone said she had called 911 several times recently. She would not clarify exactly what had been making her feel threatened on March 7, but claimed that her collaborations with law enforcement and television journalists put her in danger.
“I work with the FBI, DEA and Katie Couric,” Stone said. “I’m not crazy, I asked my doctors.”
Between 2009 and 2010, Stone served 19 months on Buffalo Grove’s Village Board before her disruptive behavior led her to become the first municipal-level official in state history to be recalled from office. Recently, Stone has been the subject of several police reports and court documents.
In January, Village President Jeff Braiman told Bufffalo Grove police that he was willing to have her arrested for disorderly conduct. Braiman told officers that Stone had visited his Arlington Heights law office to drop off a business card for her sex toy business. Stone followed that encounter with a phone call to Braiman’s home at 2:36 a.m. Jan. 13 to report that the village website was down.
In February, Stone’s stepmother filed an emergency order of protection for herself and Stone’s father against the former trustee. Mundelein police arrested Stone March 8 for violating that order.
“He is my father, he is my blood,” Stone said after the arrest. “Over my dead body will somebody keep me from my father.”
She is scheduled to appear in Lake County court Friday, March 15, for the arrest. She has another court date March 21 for a hearing regarding the order of protection.
And last week, she was convinced someone was trying to kill her.
“... I’m concerned about him, he’s the No. 11 sharpshooter, that identified,” Stone said 35 seconds into the call, before being cut off by the dispatcher.
“OK, ma’am, what is your address?” he asked.
“Excuse me!” Stone retorted. “You can patch me over to Buffalo Grove right now. I’m a former trustee, I’m concerned that someone could kill me.”
Stone ultimately said she wanted to speak with Buffalo Grove police chief Steve Balinski.
“Is there a way to put me one with chief Balinski, the fine officer that is my friend now, about to retire from this goddamn institution of government,” Stone said.
“Did you want to talk to the police desk?” the responder asked, having to cut Stone off at the 2:01 point in the call.
“Obviously, Steve Balinski, period, because my life’s being threatened,” Stone said.
The responder had to interrupt Stone 10 times during the call to extract the required address and nature of the emergency. Three of those times, Stone ignores his questions and continues talking or yelling about a range of subjects.
“What if they kill me?! What are y’all going to do then?! Look the other way?! Now hand me over to Buffalo Grove, right now, that’s an order!” she says. “I’m about to recall the entire board of Buffalo Grove!”
At one point in the call, she threatens the dispatcher.
“I’m gonna be the mayor, and you’re gonna be fired!” Stone declared.
At the end of the exchange, Stone’s call was forwarded to the Buffalo Grove police desk and the recording stops.
Buffalo Grove Cmdr. Jim Newton said Wednesday that his department does keep a record of every 911 call it receives, and that he did not know the outcome of Stone’s.
“The only way we would have a record is if we sent someone out there to check on her,” he said, which they did not.
Unnecessary 911 calls can be met with a disorderly conduct charge, but Newton said Buffalo Grove had filed no such charge against Stone.