Category: Media Releases

BGPD Investigates Reports of Criminal Damagaing with BB Gun

On October 5, 2016, at approximately 11:08 AM the Bowling Green Police Division received a report of the front window of 882 Sandridge Rd being shot out with a BB gun overnight.

On October 10, 2016, at approximately 1:13 PM the Bowling Green Police Division received a report of several vehicles being damaged at 540 S. Maple St. by a BB gun. The damage occurred between 2 PM on October 8, 2016 and 8 AM on October 10, 2016.

On October 11, 2016, at approximately 8:23 AM the Bowling Green Police Division received the report of a loaded .357 caliber pistol as described by two complaining witnesses as being located in the bushes at 1034 Fairview. Upon arrival it appeared to the responding officer to be a real handgun; however upon closer inspection it was discovered that it was a Crossman BB gun.

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.


Lot 2 Parking Kiosks

The parking kiosk system in City Parking Lot 2 has been fully installed. Beginning on September 12, 2016, visitors of Lot 2 will be required to begin to pay for 2-hour or 10-hour parking at one of the 3 kiosks within this parking lot. Previously enforced parking rules will continue including the prohibition to backing into or pulling through parking spaces.  As a reminder, visitors will be required to enter their license plate number at the kiosk so the vehicle can be associated with the payment.

Please view the instructional video below to learn how to use the parking kiosks.

A feature named Extend by Phone is also available for those who choose to pay by credit card.  A service fee of 25 cents is added to our parking rate each time this feature is used.

As a reminder city parking rates are as follows:

5 cents for every 12 minutes – or – $2.00 for all day parking*

* Drivers will be permitted to pre-pay for parking starting at 7 AM.  These payments will be applied beginning at 9 AM.  Check your receipt for valid expiration times.

Parking Regulation Reminders

  • No parking on sidewalk to include sidewalks crossing driveways.
  • No parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
  • No parking in front of a public or private driveway.
  • No double parking.
  • No parking at any place where signs prohibit stopping.
  • No parking within 4 feet of a public or private driveway.
  • No parking at yellow painted curbs or pavement.
  • No parking in alleys.
  • No parking in one spot on a public street for more than 24 hours without moving the vehicle.
  • No parking where signs  prohibit parking between the hours of 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • No parking on the left side of any street or road.     Parking when allowed, must be in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
  • No parking on any street designated as a snow street when a snow emergency has been declared.
  • No parking on the grass.
  • No parking on a crosswalk or within 20 feet of a crosswalk within an intersection.
  • No parking within 30 feet of a stop sign.


Bowling Green Police Division Blotter

The Bowling Green Police Division is currently transitioning to a new computer aided-dispatch and records management system.  Therefore, the regularly published blotter will not be available during this transition.

Thank you for your patience.

Updated Refuse and Recycling Regulations

City Council passed legislation at the August 1 City Council meeting updating Chapter 94 of the Bowling Green Codified Ordinances, which covers garbage and litter laws within the City. These changes were made by Council to help keep Bowling Green neighborhoods appealing and healthy as well as improving the efficiency of refuse/recycling collection. Some of these changes include:

  • container lids shall be closed at all times.
  • all containers shall be set at the curb with the lid opening facing the street with the lid fully closed, and all containers shall be removed from the right-of-way by 7:00 am the day following collection.
  • on non-collection days, all refuse and recycling containers – including dumpsters – whether City or privately owned, shall be stored within an enclosed area or in the side or rear yard of the premises adjacent to the structure with the lid closed.

The purpose of requiring container lids to be closed at all times is to help prevent the breaking of the lid during the collection process. If the lid is open or the container is facing the wrong way at the curb, the lid can break. Also, if the lid is open during non-collection days or at the curb, the chances increase that the garbage within the container will fall out becoming loose litter. These changes will go in to effect on August 31st.

Call Public Works at 419-354-6227 or the Mayor/Municipal Administrator’s Office at 419-354-6204 for questions.

The link below contains the entire chapter with changes:

Chapter 94 – Refuse and Recycling Collection

Soaring Eagle Run Information

The Boy Scouts annual half marathon will take place in Bowling Green on September 3. 2016.  The run will begin at 7:30 AM from the Wood County Fairgrounds.  The route will be as follows:

  • West on Poe Rd.
  • North on Haskins Rd.
  • East on West Newton Rd.
  • South on Fairview Ave.
  • East on Poe Rd.
  • South on Main St.
  • West on Sandridge Rd. to the Slippery Elm Trail
  • Exit the Slippery Elm Trail onto W. Gypsy Lane Rd.
  • West onto Sandridge Rd.
  • North on Wintergarden Rd.
  • West on Pine Valley Dr. through the Stone Ridge subdivision exiting on to Mitchell Rd.
  • North on Mitchell Rd.
  • East on Conneaut Ave.
  • North on Fairview Ave.
  • West on Poe Rd.
  • North on Village Dr. through the Village subdivision exiting into the Fairgrounds

While runners are present on each road traffic will be affected and traffic patterns may be altered.


Run Map

Click on map for route information



The Bowling Green Police Division will provide Liquor Establish Employee Training (LEET) on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM.  The training will cover State of Ohio and Bowling Green liquor laws, civil liability, and fake ID recognition. Employees and management staff of local businesses (bars and retail outlets) that sell alcoholic beverages are encouraged to attend. This training will take place at the Bowling Green Police Division’s Training Room at 175 W. Wooster St.  Please contact Detective Andy Mulinix at (419) 352-1131 or to register for this event.  Pre-registration is not required.  The session is free and attendees will receive certificates upon completion.


CALEA On Site Announcement

The Bowling Green Police Division is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain accreditation by verifying the agency meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with internationally accepted best practices and standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at the public information session on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Simpson Garden Park Building, 1291 Conneaut Avenue. The session will conclude when everyone that has signed in has had an opportunity to speak.

Agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling (419) 353-7459 on Tuesday July 26, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Bowling Green Police Division , 175 W. Wooster Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Local contact is Accreditation Manager Lt. Daniel Mancuso at (419) 352-1131.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Bowling Green Police Division’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Public Information Session
July 26th @ 5:30 P.M.

Phone in Session
July 26th from 1:00P.M.-3:00 P.M.

Bowling Green Police Division Seeks Assistance in Identification of Suspect Passing Counterfeit Money

The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating the passing of multiple counterfeit 100-dollar bills within the City at multiple locations. Two counterfeit 100-dollar bills were passed on 7/5/2016 at Sally’s Beauty Supplies in Bowling Green by a black female, looking to be in her mid 20’s. The same female also attempted to pass three counterfeit 100-dollar bills at Staples in Bowling Green around the same time, but ran from the store when employees questioned the bills. The Bowling Green Police Division is looking to identify this female as well as looking for any information related to these incidents. If you have any information please contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077.Counterfeit suspectStaples Counterfeit





























City Lot 2 Parking Restrictions

Beginning Friday, July 8th, parking will be restricted in City Lot 2.  The repaving project is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete and during that time, sections of the lot will be closed.  Parking permit holders for City Lot 2 will be permitted to park at 10 hour meters at any of the other metered city lots during this time.   Thank you for your cooperation!

Bowling Green Police Division Seeking Assistance in Identification of Subjects Involved in Assault

The Bowling Green Police Division is seeking assistance in identifying suspects in an assault on 4/24/2016 at approximately 0200 hours. The victim was standing on the sidewalk in the 100 block of N. Main when four subjects began yelling at the victim. A black male suspect (5’10’’ to 6’’ tall, approximately 260 to 300 lbs, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, which read “I Love Loud”) then struck the victim twice in the face. The black male suspect was with a white female suspect (5’03” to 5’06” tall, approximately 150 -170 lbs, wearing a white shirt and a green hat). The other subjects shown in the photographs are associates of the male and female suspects.

If you have any information related to this crime, please contact BGPD or Detective Andy Mulinix at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers 419-352-0077.  You may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to a conviction.



3a 6 7