Category: Media Releases

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:

1-800-872-2202

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.

BGPD AWARDED CERTIFICATION

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2016

Contact: ODPS Communications, 614-466-4344

OHIO AWARDS CERTIFICATION TO THE BOWLING GREEN POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR ADOPTING STANDARDS

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.

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BGPD Investigates Robbery

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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.

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.

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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