The Bowling Green Police Division recieved a report on 11/24/2013 of a telephone call recieved by a resident soliciting funds for “Shop with a Cop” The caller indicated he was John Miller of the BGPD. No such officer exists and the BGPD does not solicit funds by phone or for “Shop with a Cop.” This scam has also been reported in other areas of Northwest Ohio. Citizens are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone they do not know and to be certain of the legitimacy of a charity before sending money.
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The Bowling Green Police Division is proud to announce that the agency has been Re-Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. at its November 16th conference. Chief Brad Conner and Lieutenant Brad Biller travelled toWinston-Salem,North Carolina for the commission hearing and subsequent presentation.
This award marks the 20th year that the agency has been accredited, first attaining accredited status in 1993. The agency was the first inNorthwest Ohio and one of the first in the state to become accredited.
CALEA Accreditation represents the agency’s commitment towards professional excellence. Participation in the accreditation process provides the agency with guidelines and best practices, to ensure that the agency operates with the highest of professional standards.
During the Review Hearing, Commissioner Ray Johnson commended the agency for its longstanding commitment to the CALEA process. The Commissioner also complimented the agency for its efforts earlier this year to attract and hire minority applicants, working towards a more diverse work force.
The CALEA Accreditation award is for three years and the agency will be required to maintain continuous compliance during the award period. The men and women of the Bowling Green Police Division are very proud of this accomplishment and thank the community for the support that it provides to the agency.
At 11:43 AM Bowling Green Police recieved a 911 call indicating that the callers daughter was inside the VFW with her estranged husband and that he was acting in a threatening manner and she believed he had a gun on his person. Units responded and secured the area around the VFW while businesses were closed and Kenwood Elementary was informed of the incident. The suspect, identified as Matthew A. Smith of Custar, Ohio was called out and surrendered without incident. A search of his person did not turn up a firearm. The Wood County SRT Team was called in to search the premises and they also found nothing inside the building. Smith is charged with one count of Aggravated Menacing. Traffic was blocked until just after 1:00 PM. No injuries occurred and the incident remains under investigation.
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.”
At 10:20 Am the BGPD took a report from 2 Crim Elementary Students of a black male, with short hair, wearing a black coat in his 30′s approaching them as they walked to school in the area of the numbered streets in BG around 8:00Am. According to the children the male walked up to them and asked them where they were going and what street they were on. He then commented how it was cold and asked if they wanted a ride. When they declined and walked away the subject did not follow them. There was no threats or attempts to make physical contact. If anyone has any information as to the identity of this person please contact the Bowling Green Police Division.
In Conjunction with the DEA the Bowling Green Police Division will be staffing a drug take back location at the Wood County Hospital on October 26th from 10am until 2pm.
With public participation at an all-time high after six prior events in three years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national, tribal, and community partners will hold a seventh National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at thousands of sites across America on Saturday the 26th. These Take Back Days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Collection sites are open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Prescription drugs that languish in medicine cabinets create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S.are alarmingly high; almost twice as many Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Lonnie Wells III has turned himself into the Wood County Sheriff’s Office this evening without incident. He was wanted for Domestic Violence, Attempted Felonious Assault and Intimidation of a Crime Victim following an incident in Bowling Green on Wednesday.