Category: Media Releases

Bowling Green Fireworks And Traffic Information


The Bowling Green Community Fireworks will be held on Thursday, July 3 at dusk at the Bowling Green State University Intramural Fields. 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.  During the event, Doyt Perry Stadium will be open.  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.  Those attending the fireworks should be aware that no sparklers or fireworks will be allowed in the stadium or on the grounds of BGSU. 

Following the event, the Bowling Green Police Division will implement a traffic exit strategy to aid in traffic flow.  In order to maximize safety and efficiency of travel, the Police will be directing traffic onto predetermined routes.  After the fireworks, Mercer Road will be closed between Stadium Drive and Ridge Street.  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 “outer belt” of the city to aid in traffic movement.  For example, Clough Street traffic will be directed to Napoleon to reduce traffic on Wooster Street.  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.  Attendees are asked to be alert and mindful of the directions provided by Police.  For the safety of all, those attending need to follow the directions of the Police and should not circumvent barricades. 

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.

BG Robbery Suspect Apprehended

WCSO Has apprehended Matthew Stoughton after afoot pursuit in the area of Kahler Road and Bradner Road.

Armed Robbery Suspect

At 0917 hours, the Jak’s Pharmacy located at the Wood County Hospital was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect, who is identified as Matthew Stoughton, entered the pharmacy with a handgun and demanded prescription drugs. Stoughton then fled the scene. A short time later, Stoughton was observed driving a vehicle and Bowling Green Police Division initiated a traffic stop which resulted in a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended at the intersection of Bradner and Eisenhour Roads near Pemberville in rural Wood County. After Stoughton crashed the vehicle he then fled the area on foot. It is asked that citizens stay clear of this area at this time.


Stoughton is considered armed and dangerous. Citizens are urged not to take any enforcement action based on the information provided here. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this suspect contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-2571 or your local law enforcement agency.


Matthew Stoughton

Matthew Stoughton









Bowling Green Police Investigate Theft of Scrap Aluminum

BGPD is investigating two separate reports of scrap aluminum theft from a local business, with both thefts possibly being committed by the same individual.  BGPD is requesting assistance in identifying the individual in the attached photos, as he is a person of interest in the report.  If anyone has any information on the suspect or vehicle, please notify BGPD at 419-352-1131.



Bowling Green Police investigate report of bank robbery

Bowling Green (June 19, 2014) – On June 19, 2014, at approximately 10:43 AM PM the City of Bowling Green Police Division received the report of an attempted bank robbery that had just occurred at the Huntington Bank located at 1480 East. Wooster St.

The robbery was reportedly attempted by a thin black male, approximately 6’5” with an athletic build, in his late 30’s to early 40s, wearing a tan suit, white collared shirt, light colored necktie, an “Obama 2010” hat, with gold teeth, and carrying a black in color bag or briefcase. The subject brandished a black in color handgun during the attempt.

The subject entered a light blue colored sedan and left the area eastbound on Wooster St.

The Bowling Green Police Division is being assisted at the scene by agents of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, BCI & I, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone having any information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Bowling Green Police Division at (419) 352-1131, or Wood County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME.

Suspect Vehicle

Suspect Vehicle




Involuntary Manslaughter Indictment Issued in Heroin Overdose Death

The Bowling Green Police Division in conjunction with the Wood County Prosecutors Office announce that Tricia A. Miller, 29, of Bowling Green has been indicted by a Wood County Grand Jury on one count of Involuntary Manslaughter; a first degree felony. 

Miller is accused of supplying the heroin that caused the death of Daniel Patton, Jr inBowling Greenon March 1, 2014. Patton Jr’s death was ruled accidental due to morphine toxicity on May 16, 2014.

Miller is scheduled to be arraigned on June 13, 2014 at 1pm in front of Judge Mayberry at the Wood County Court of Common Pleas.

BGPD Sergeant Justin White Graduates From Police Executive Leadership College

Sergeant Justin White of the Bowling Green Police Division graduated from The Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) on Friday, May 16, 2014. The Course presents key leadership topics necessary for effective development of personnel and accomplishment of agency goals and objectives. It is based on the premise that leadership skills can be learned and that given the opportunity for feedback and practice, executives can substantially improve their abilities to lead. It is an intensive learning experience focused on leadership skills vital to long term personal success and change in the organization, both for the benefit of the community. Sergeant White has been with the Bowling Green Police Division since August of 2001. He was promoted to sergeant in July of 2012.

Bowling Green Police Seek Suspect in Domestic Violence Incident

UPDATE – Subject has been arrested.



A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Brian Edward Poulin II. Poulin is a white male, 21 years of age. His last known address is on Clough Street in Bowling Green. He is wanted in connection with the March 23rd assault of a Bowling Green woman.

Citizens are urged not to take any enforcement action based on the information provided here. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Brian Poulin, contact the Bowling Green Police Division or your local law enforcement agency.

The Bowling Green Police Division can be contacted at (419) 352-2571 or (419) 352-2572.


Brian Poulin

Brian Poulin

Liquor Establishment Training

The Bowling Green Police Division will be providing Liquor Establishment Employee Training (LEET) on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. The training will run from 7:00-9:00 PM and will focus on civil liability, state and local liquor laws and fake ID recognition. Employees and management staff of local businesses that sell alcoholic beverages (bars and retail outlets) in Wood County 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 Scott Kleiber at (419)352-1131 for answers to questions related to this event. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED and is limited to the first 40 individuals. The training is free and certificates will be presented to attendees.

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Business Alert

Bowling Green Police Division requests that businesses be aware of possible tampering with cable, telephone and alarm lines. On 2/27/2014, a business in the City of Bowling Green had their cable cut in the evening hours. It is unknown if this incident was testing to see what response occurred or if it was just vandalism. Please be aware of your businesses exterior and report anything suspicious to the Bowling Green Police Division.