On 11-6-2013 the BG Police took a report of an attempted scam involving someone claiming to be a grandson in trouble and need of money. The scam has been perpetrated before and the scenario goes like this: A person calls the selected victim who is usually a senior citizen and purports to be their grandchild. They claim to have been arrested or are having car trouble and they need money to get out of the situation. They leave instructions on how to send the money and it usually involves a third party. Some of the scams have information about the grandchild or the victim that would lend credibility to the scam. It is possible that the information is gleaned through the use of social media. In the most recent situation the victim did not follow through with sending money after becoming suspiscious. He made contact with the grandson in question who was fine and not in need of money.
You can protect yourself from this type of scam by verifying the identity of the caller, never sending money to anyone or an adress you don’t know and contacting the police immediately if you recieve a call of a similar nature.
In the interest of safety and crime prevention, the Bowling Green Police Division and the Bowling Green Electric Division are asking the community to help us identify street lights that are in need of repair. With the change from daylight savings time and with darkness coming earlier in the afternoon/evening, citizens may be more likely to notice that their street lights are not working. If a resident notices a street light in need of repair we are asking that they note the numbers on the pole and report it. On wooden poles, the numbers are visible on the yellow strip attached to the pole. On steel poles, an address closest to the pole should be noted. Once the poles have been reported, the Electric Division will typically have the light repaired within 2 weeks.
To report a street light needing repair a citizen should call 419-354-6260 (M-F) between the hours of 7a-3:30p. Reporting outside of those hours should be done at 419-352-1131.
This action on the part of our residents will help us better serve the community.
The City of Bowling Green has issued the following Press release:
“Trick or Treat” night will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Bowling Green.
Citizens handing out treats should indicate participation by turning on porch lights.
The City waited to make the decision as late as possible with hopes that strong weather would not materialize. However, after consulting with the Wood County Emergency Management Agency, the determination to postpone until Sunday was made in the interest of public safety.
Bowling Green Mayor Edwards explained: “Several years ago, my predecessor attempted to change the trick-or-treat time in Bowling Green. What followed was a spirited community debate and the final conclusion that our community would set Trick-or-Treat night as October 31 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, rain or shine. This year, our definition of rain or shine has been challenged. Although forecast models vary, there is a potential for strong weather. Although we believe that participation in any event should ultimately be governed by parental discretion and judgment, the City does not want to encourage children to be out when high winds are predicted.”
“This is a situation,” the Mayor said, “where we feel that we can’t please everyone. However, in this case, we must consider public safety and that is why we’ve made the decision to move the designation to Sunday, November 3 from 6:30 – 8 pm.”