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Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride


Safe Communities of Wood County Logo

WHEN: Thursday, December 29, 2016, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Thayer Family Dealership, Chevrolet Showroom
1225 N. Main St., Bowling Green Ohio
On Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm, Wood County Safe Communities Coalition will hold a press event to announce the SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE, CALL FOR A RIDE program for New Year’s Eve 2017.  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, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, 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 12-31-2016 to 4:00 am on 1-1-2017. Rides will be available from local establishments in Bowling Green to persons who reside within 10 miles of Bowling Green.

For More Information:
• Lt. William Bowers, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
• Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu


Personal Safety Class Offered



BG Police Warn Businesses of Billing Scam

The Bowling Green Police has been made aware of a billing scam involving several phone calls to a local business in which the caller stated they were with Toledo Edison. The caller claimed that the business risked a shut down of service if payment was not immediately received. The business was not a Toledo Edison customer and recognized the calls as a scam .

The numbers and names associated with the scam are as follows:


1-800-677-4032, extension 202

The City of Bowling Green Utilities Department does not rely exclusively on phone calls to warn of past due accounts and utilizes a more formal process of notification.

If your business receives a similar call do not provide them with any information. If you have a question about your business account call the Bowling Green Utilities Office at 419-354-6258.











FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2016

Contact: ODPS Communications, 614-466-4344


COLUMBUS – The Bowling Green Police Department (Wood County) has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

The agency joins nearly 120 other agencies who have become certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring. The standards are the first of their kind in Ohio and were developed by the Collaborative in August 2015.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.

Certifications will continue throughout 2016. The first list of all Ohio compliant agencies will be published in March 2017.

For more information on the Ohio Collaborative, the certification process for law enforcement and the complete list of agencies who have been certified, please visit: http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/ohiocollaborative/

False Report Charges Filed

On November 10, 2016 the Bowling Green Police Division received a report of an assault that took place in the 100 Block of Crim St. The Bowling Green Police Detective Bureau was assigned to investigate the complaint. Based on this investigation it has been determined that the report was fabricated.

On November 17, 2016 the Bowling Green Police Division charged Eleesha Long with Falsification and Obstructing Official Business she was subsequently released.

Parking Holiday Announced

Mayor Edwards has declared that there will be no charge to park within City parking lots during the month of December. All other parking regulations will be in effect.

The free parking will not include the on-street meters in front of the Wood County Courthouse on Court Street, between North Summit and North Prospect, or the meters in the County Parking Lot.

Although the charge for parking will be removed during December in designated spaces, all other parking restrictions, such as the two-hour parking limit, parking in handicapped spaces, prohibition of on-street parking in the downtown from 3:00 – 5:00 am, and other regulations will continue to apply and will be enforced.

The Mayor encourages businesses, proprietors, and persons working in the downtown to share rides and park in long-term spaces to allow parking turnover for those shopping and/or dining in the downtown.

Breaking and Entering Investigation

Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a breaking and entering at Gearhart Plumbing Heating & Cooling that occurred during the afternoon hours of October 30, 2016.  The suspects appear to be white males driving a white Dodge Caravan with Michigan registration.  The Dodge Caravan appears to have a full size spare tire on the passenger rear and also has visible damage to the bottom portion of the rear lift gate as well as the passenger side rear portion of the vehicle.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or has any further information is urged to contact Det. Brian Houser at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.




BGPD Investigates Robbery



The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating a robbery which occurred on October 30, 2016 at 0506 hours at the Circle K Store located at 103 N. Prospect Street.

The unknown suspect brandished a knife, cutting one of the clerks on the hand while attempting to force the clerk to open the cash registers. The suspect ran out of the store when the clerk advised him there was no money in the registers.

The suspect is described as a black male, between 5’02” and 5′ 05”, weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds wearing a maroon hoodie sweatshirt, white rubber gloves and a black bandana covering his face,

Anyone having any information related to these incidents is encouraged to contact the Bowling Green Police Division at (419) 352-1131, or Wood County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME.