The Bowling Green Police Division is currently assisting the Bowling Green Fire Division in downtown Bowling Green on a building fire. Citizens are urged to avoid the area as travel in the downtown area will be difficult. An update to the traffic conditions will be posted when further information is available.
Update (9:30 AM) All traffic on Main Street in Bowling Green is open. East Court Street will be closed temporarily until the Fire Division completes their investigation.
SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE, CALL FOR A RIDE is a collaborative effort of the Wood County Safe Communities Coalition, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bowling Green Police Department, Bowling Green State University Police Department, Person Centered Services Inc., and many other partners who desire to provide safe alternative transportation to the residents of Wood County to lower the number of alcohol involved arrests, crashes and fatal crashes in our area. Free transportation will be available from 11:00 pm on 12-31-2015 to 4:00 am on 1-1-2016. Rides will be available from local establishments in Bowling Green to persons who reside within 10 miles of Bowling Green. Also available is Tipsy Tow sponsored by AAA Northwest Ohio. This program will provide a tow for your vehicle and a ride to your residence, also within 10 miles of the tow.
Sandy Wiechman Wood County Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator
On 12/22/2015 at approximately 4:08pm, officers took a report from a 13-year-old female who advised of a suspicious male in the area of 1082 Fairview Avenue in Bowling Green. The juvenile indicated that the male was driving an older white mini-van with tinted windows. The male stuck his hand out of the partially rolled down window and asked her if she wanted any candy. The juvenile described the male’s hand as being of a slightly darker complexion, similar to a Hispanic male. The juvenile did not respond to the male and left the area. The juvenile advised her mother of the incident and they reported it to the police division
If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Bowling Green Police Division 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers 419-352-0077.
Bowling Green Police Division’s K9 Arci will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Arci’s vest is sponsored by ProHealth of Perrysburg, OH and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Falko, A gift from ProHealth”. Falko was a Toledo Police Department K-9 who was killed in the line of duty this year. K9 Arci’s protective vest is expected to be delivered within eight to ten weeks.
The North American Police Work Dog Association accredited the Bowling Green Police Division’s K9 Team, Sgt. Finger and Arci, on August 4, 2015.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,600 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.5 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, the Bowling Green Police Division suggests BG citizens and BGSU students keep a few thoughts in mind in order to protect your property from thieves.
- Verify all doors and windows are locked (to include the internal door leading from the garage into the house—do not rely on the automatic garage door opener for security).
- If possible, doors should have a deadbolt lock and a reinforced strike plate.
- Secure pet doors or flaps.
- Secure all sliding-glass doors with an additional wooden dowel or metal rod placed in the track.
- Close curtains and/or blinds.
- Use timers on internal lights, TV’s and/or radios.
- Use motion sensors on external lights.
- Have someone bring your refuse containers in if left out on the day you leave.
- Stop your mail and/or newspaper service or have someone pick them up so they do not accumulate.
- Trim shrubbery near entrances to your residence that provide concealment for burglars.
- Do not post on social media the dates and times you will be away from your residence.
Furthermore, the Bowling Green Police Division offers community services such as a “vacation check” in which officers perform periodic checks on your residence while you are away and notify you if a problem exists. For more information, or to schedule this service, please contact BGPD at 419-352-1131 to speak with a dispatcher.
On December 14, 2015 at approximately 1030hrs, the Bowling Green Police Division arrested Michael Minns II of West Palm Beach, FL for corrupting another with drugs. Minns is 21 years old.
The incident occurred on November 22, 2015 when Minns surreptitiously placed a controlled substance into the victim’s beverage while at a downtown Bowling Green restaurant. With the cooperation from the business, video was obtained showing Minns placing the substance into the victim’s beverage.
The incident remains under investigation.