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 . Â The numbers and names associated with the scam are as follows:
1-866-251-5398Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Eric Smalls
1-866-978-7766Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â John Gordon
1-866-978-7766 ext 95Â Â Â 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 Â call the Bowling Green Utilities Office at 419-354-6258.
As of 7:50 AM The traffic signal is functioning.
Notification: Â Traffic signal at Wooster Street and I75 not functioning. Â Temporary stop signs in place. Â Drive with caution in this area.
On Friday 7-11-14, a car in the parking lot adjacent to the south west corner of Â Ace Hardware had a window broken out and numerous items stolen from the vehicle. Â 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.
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 Â 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.
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. Â 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. Â The victim was motioned to get into the car Â 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
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 40â€™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 100â€™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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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:
$500 Complete Set (Book) â€“Uncirculated Franklin Halves
$700 Album Indian Head Pennies (XF Condition)
$6,000 All US Coins (1999- Present) â€“MS 70 Condition
$300 Presidential $1 (Complete Set), Uncirculated
$200 Native American $1 (Compete Set), Uncirculated
$600 Washington Quarters (1963 â€“ Present), Uncirculated
$700 Kennedy Halves (1963 – Present), Uncirculated
$600 Jefferson Nickels (1938 â€“ 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.
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. Vincentâ€™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.
The Bowling Green Police Division is currently investigating a theft case involving a carton of cigarettes from the Circle K store located at 103 N. Prospect. The suspect is described as a bald black male in his 40â€™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 100â€™s valued at $61.42. He was last seen running north on Prospect and east on Court. Please contact Detective Kleiber at (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers if you have information in this case.
The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on Thursday, July 3 at dusk at the Bowling Green State University Intramural Fields.Â Prior to the fireworks display, the Bowling Green Area Community Band will perform a free patriotic-themed concert near the BGSU Mileti Alumni Center beginning at 8 pm.Â During the event, Doyt Perry Stadium will be open.Â Children may play on the field prior to the game, restrooms will be open, and the fireworks may be viewed from the east side of the stadium.Â Those attending the fireworks should be aware that no sparklers or fireworks will be allowed in the stadium or on the grounds of BGSU.Â
Following the event, the Bowling Green Police Division will implement a traffic exit strategy to aid in traffic flow.Â In order to maximize safety and efficiency of travel, the Police will be directing traffic onto predetermined routes.Â After the fireworks, Mercer Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Ridge Street.Â In conjunction, the police will be requiring traffic to exit via the following routes:
- North Exit Route(Ice arena lot, Stadium Drive): will be directed north to Poe Road or west to Merry.
- South Exit Route (lots to the south of the stadium): will be directed to Wooster via Mercer or Alumni.
In other cases, depending on traffic patterns, Police may be directing vehicles to the â€œouter beltâ€ of the city to aid in traffic movement.Â For example, Clough Street traffic will be directed to Napoleon to reduce traffic on Wooster Street.Â Event attendees, or those traveling in the Bowling Green area on the evening of July 3, are encouraged to utilize outlying routes and entrances to I-75 at US Route 6 or OH 582 in lieu of the Wooster entrance for I-75.Â Attendees are asked to be alert and mindful of the directions provided by Police.Â For the safety of all, those attending need to follow the directions of the Police and should not circumvent barricades.Â
The rain date for the fireworks is Friday, July 4.
In case of severe weather during the event, indoor sheltering will be provided on the BGSU campus in the bathrooms at Doyt Perry Stadium and at the Stroh Center.