Category: Media Releases

Bowling Green Police Achieve 20 Years of Accreditation

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.

BG Police Arrest One After Incident at VFW

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.

Bowling Green Police Alert Public to Scam

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.



City of BG Asks Citizens to Help Shine a Light On Crime

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.

BG Police Take Report of Adult Approaching 2 Children on Way to School this Morning

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.

Lonnie Wells III Turns Self In to Wood County Justice Center

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.

Bowling Green Police Seek 2nd Suspect in Robbery of BGHS Students on September 29

A Robbery Warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rashaad Le Andre Chatman. Chatman is a black male, 18 years of age, 5’7, 100lbs, black hair and brown Eyes. His last known address is on Brighton Ave. in Toledo.  He is wanted in connection with the September 29 robbery of 4 Bowling Green High School Students in the 200 Block of South Prospect St. During the robbery, approximately 7-10 Subjects approached , assaulted and robbed the boys as they walked down the street. After the robbery the suspects fled in 2 vehicles. Later a third stolen vehicle believed to have been taken from the same area and time of the robbery was involved in a crash on the High Level Bridge in Toledo.  3 Juvenile suspects were arrested at that time. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. If you know the whereabouts of this person or have information about the robbery contact the Bowling Green Police Division or your local law enforcement agency.

Bowling Green Police and Wood County Sheriff Issue Felony Warrants for Lonnie Wells III

Three warrants have been issued for Lonnie Wells III, White male, 40 years of age, 5’7” 165 lbs. blue eyes and blonde hair.  On 10-16-2013 at approximately 5:30 pm Wells entered Quarters Bar at 1234 N. Main St. Bowling Green, and assaulted his former girlfriend and her acquaintance. After the assault he fled the area and has not been apprehended. The warrants issued for Wells include the charges of Felony Domestic Violence and Attempted Felonious Assault. The next day he contacted the victim and stated that he would kill her as well as her acquaintance. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warrant for Wells for Intimidation of a Crime Victim. Wells has been convicted of Domestic Violence previously for assaulting the same victim. If you know the whereabouts of Lonnie Wells III please contact the Bowling Green Police Division, Wood County S.O. or your local law enforcement agency.

BG Police Arrest 2 on Aggravated Robbery Charges

Bowling Green Police have arrested Thomas James, 21  of Offenhauer East (BGSU) and Thomas Kolleh, 19 of Kreischer Darrow (BGSU) on charges of Aggravated Robbery. The charges stem from the October 8, 2013 incident at 524 North Enterprise where 2 men were robbed inside their apartment by 3 suspects with a handgun. The Robbery was drug related and the suspects fled the scene with marijuanna and cash. James was charged on the night of 10-11-13 and Kolleh was arrested on 10-14-13 around 1:30 PM. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and additional charges may be filed.

BG Police Seek Assistance in Identifying Possible Robbery Suspects

The Bowling Green Police have developed information that has lead to the video of 2 black males in Offenhauer Towers who may be possible suspects in the Robbery at 524 north Enterprise on Tuesday afternoon. The video shows the unidentified subjects walking in a hallway. One is holding a towel to a cut on his forehead believed to have been sustained as he was fleeing the robbery. These subjects may be armed and should be considered dangerous. If you know who they are do not confront them but call the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-2571 or your local law enforcement agency.