City of BG : Mercer Closed Friday; Merry Closed Friday & Sunday

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Certain streets will be closed in coming days to facilitate move-in activities at BGSU.

Mercer Road, between E. Wooster and Poe, will be closed to through traffic on Friday, August 22.  Also on that day, Merry will be closed between Thurstin and North College.

On Sunday, August 24, Merry will be closed again between Thurstin and North College.

Those attending the Oak Grove Living History Day on Sunday, which begins at 2 pm, should know that the cemetery entrance from Merry Street will be accessible.  Suggested routes are Wooster to Mercer to Merry into Oak Grove or Poe to Willard to Merry into Oak Grove.

BG Police Warn Residents of EZ Pass Toll Notification Virus / Malware

The Bowling Green Police Division was made aware of an e-mail circulating that purports to be from the EZ Pass Service Center. The e-mail contains an official looking graphic from EZ Pass and it indicates that a customer has not paid for driving on a toll road. It then states ” The invoice can be downloaded here.” The link attached to the word “here” will attach an executable file to the persons computer. This file is a virus or malware. Do not respond to e-mails that come un expectedly or to which you have no current account.

The message as it appears will contain the below format and language:

E-ZPass
Service Center
Dear customer,You have not paid for driving on a toll road. This invoice is sent repeatedly,
please service your debt in the shortest possible time.

The invoice can be downloaded here.

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2014 E-ZPass

BG Police Warn Businesses of Billing Scam

On Monday 8-4-14 the Bowling Green Police was made aware of a billing scam involving at least 3 phone calls to local businesses in which the caller stated they were with First Energy. The scammer claimed that the businesses were past due for electric bills and that they were sending out a technician to disconnect the business unless the bills were immediately paid. The businesses are not First Energy customers and recognized the calls as a scam .  The numbers and names associated with the scam are as follows:

1-866-251-5398                 Eric Smalls

1-866-978-7766                 John Gordon

1-866-978-7766 ext 95    John Gordon

In calling the numbers back it was found that the scammers have changed tactics and now answer the phone as ” City of Bowling Green Disconnection.”

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.

 

 

 

Traffic Signal Not Functioning – Updated

As of 7:50 AM The traffic signal is functioning.

 

Notification:  Traffic signal at Wooster Street and I75 not functioning.  Temporary stop signs in place.  Drive with caution in this area.

BG Police Investigate Theft and Offer Reward for Information

On Friday 7-11-14, a car in the parking lot adjacent to the south west corner of  Ace Hardware had a window broken out and numerous items stolen from the vehicle.  The theft occurred between 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM. A reward is being offered for assistance in identifying the perpetrator. If anyone has any information regarding this theft please call the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME.

 

 

BG Police Warn Residents of Computer Scam

On 7-17-14 the BGPD received a complaint from a local business that numerous calls were made to the business in an attempt to allow access to their computer system. The callers claimed to be from Microsoft or Windows tech support and were warning that they needed access to the computers because of malware or malfunctioning computers. The men that called were said to have Indian accents and calls came from numbers with area codes from New York and Sacramento, California but  could have been from anywhere. The complainant indicated that the men were very persistent and would call back immediately after being hung up on. This is a classic example of a scam. Microsoft does not make calls from their tech centers in this manor. Unsolicited attempts to get into a computer system or access personal information are scams and should not be responded to. No information or access was provided in this incident.

BGPD Investigates an Attempted Abduction

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a reported attempted abduction which occurred at approximately 4:10 PM on July 14th, 2014.

The suspect is described as a heavy set white female, possibly in her mid thirties, with a short butch style haircut.  The suspect was sitting in the passenger side front seat of an early 90′s mid sized sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile.

The suspect approached the victim as the victim was walking northbound on South Church Street near the intersection of Wooster Street.  The victim was motioned to get into the car  as the suspect stated, “Come, get in,” as the passenger side front door was being opened.

The victim felt scared and uneasy about the woman and immediately entered the Bowling Green Police Division building.

Possible Suspect Vehicle

Possible Suspect Vehicle

 

 

BG Police Investigate Theft

The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating a theft of cigarettes from the Circle K store located at 103 N. Prospect. The suspect is described as a bald black male in his 40’s wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The suspect entered the business just after midnight on 7/7/14 and had the clerk retrieve two cartons of Newport 100 cigarettes from behind the counter. As the clerk was ringing up the order the suspect grabbed both of the cartons. The clerk was able to pull one carton away from the suspect. The male fled with the second carton of Newport 100’s valued at $61.42. He was last seen running north on Prospect and east on Court Street. Please contact Detective Kleiber at (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers if you have information in this case.

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BG Police Investigate Burglary

The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating a burglary from a residence in the City of Bowling Green. The theft is believed to have occured between 3 PM and 11 PM on July 4th, 2014 when he was out of the residence. Numerous items were taken including two shotguns (no description given), up to $20,000 thousand dollars in collectable coins, and 15 – 20 bottles of liquor from the Caribbean and Mexico. The following descriptions were provided for some of the property that was taken:

COINS

$500 Complete Set (Book) –Uncirculated Franklin Halves

$700 Album Indian Head Pennies (XF Condition)

$6,000 All US Coins (1999- Present) –MS 70 Condition

$300 Presidential $1 (Complete Set), Uncirculated

$200 Native American $1 (Compete Set), Uncirculated

$600 Washington Quarters (1963 – Present), Uncirculated

$700 Kennedy Halves (1963 – Present), Uncirculated

$600 Jefferson Nickels (1938 – Present), Uncirculated

$8,000 Washington Quarters-MS66- (1999- Present)

Please contact Detective Kleiber at the Bowling Green Police Division (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419) 352-0077 if you have any information in this case. Anyone providing information in this case could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if their tip leads to a criminal conviction.

 

Bowling Green Police Investigate Robbery, Suspect Apprehended after Pursuit and Crash

On Tuesday 7-8-14 at approximately 8:50 pm , The Bowling Green Police Division was notified of a robbery that had occurred at Tan Pro, 1432 E. Wooster St. An officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on E. Wooster St. and observed the vehicle turn south on Interstate 75. The vehicle spun out and as the officer drove up to the vehicle it continued south failing to comply when signaled to stop. The Officer pursued the vehicle to west bound Route 6 where the vehicle exited at Route 25, crossed over 25 and crashed while attempting to re-enter Route 6. The car rolled multiple times and the driver was ejected. The driver was taken into custody and transported by Life Flight to St. Vincent’s where he remains in ICU with serious injuries. The driver was identified as Thomas Fred Quick Jr.37 of GaylordMichigan. Quick has been charged with aggravated robbery, 2 counts of failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, and falsification. The incident remains under investigation.