Category: Media Releases

BG Police Arrest Suspect in Sunday Morning Sexual Assault

Bowling Green Police have arrested William D. Jackson, 20 of Macdonald East, BGSU, on one count of Rape. This charge stems from an incident that occurred at 802 E. Wooster early Sunday morning. Officers were called to the scene to investigate a sexual assault. Upon arrival witnesses pointed to Jackson and an unconscious female in the yard of the residence. Investigation revealed that Jackson did not know the victim. The victim was found to be intoxicated beyond the ability to consent. She was tansported by BG Fire to the Wood County Hospital, treated and released.  Jackson has been incarcerated at the Wood County Justice Center. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Update: Second Suspect in August 18 Kidnapping and Robbery Turns Herself In to Court

Hui Zang has turned herself into Bowling Green Municipal Court with her attorney present. She was released on her own recognizance and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 8-28-13 at 1:30 PM in Bowling Green Municipal Court.


The Bowling Green Police Division has issued warrants for Hui Zang, 23 of Toledo in connection with the kidnapping and Robbery of a University of Toledo Chinese exchange student. Zang was identified by the victim as a possible second abduction victim but was later determined to have been involved in the on-line chat that convinced the victim that he should go with her to Cedar Point. Investigation into the incident revealed that Zang had contacted several different UT students on the Chinese language site Q Q in an effort to set up the kidnapping and robbery. While on-line she portrayed herself to be a UT student in attempts to gain the trust of potential victims. Zang was present in the vehicle when the victim was picked up and remained part of the incident during its entirety.  The incident remains under investigation and 2 other suspects have been identified and charges for them are pending.

UPDATE: BG Police Arrest Suspect in Kidnapping and Robbery Incident

Updated: 7:50PM 8-20-2013.

BG Police have taken Brittany Long into custody in Toledo at approximately 7pm this evening. She will be booked into the Wood County Justice Center. The incident remains under investigation and other suspects remain at large. Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-2571 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-54 CRIME. You may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.



On August 18, 2013 a 20 year old Chinese male student reported that he had been abducted and robbed at knife point earlier in the day. He indicated that he was at his home in Toledo on the night of August 17 when he replied to a chat message asking if he would like to go to Cedar Point. He made arrangements to meet at a location near his home to be  picked up. Around 1030 AM on August 18 he entered a teal colored Oldsmobile convertible with a white female driver, an Asian female and a white male. The 4 occupants drove to a second location in Toledo and picked up an unknown black male. After picking up the black male, the white female driver proceeded to a vacant house in Bowling Green. The victim was led inside and robbed of his wallet and cell phone at knifepoint. The victim was held there for a time as one of the suspects used his debit card at a local business. They then got back in the car and drove to an Econo Lodge in Holland,Ohio where the victim was held while an attempt to secure ransom from his relatives in China was made. The victim was then released around 6pm  after being threatened with death if he reported the crime. The Asian female reported to the victim that she too had been abducted on Friday. Her whereabouts and identity are unknown at this time. Investigation into the incident has resulted in the identification of suspect Brittany J. Long of Toledo. She has warrants on file for Robbery and Kidnapping. She is a white female, 5-3” 170 lbs. brown hair and brown eyes.  The vehicle used in the incident is a teal 1994 Olds Cutlass convertible with Ohio plate FYD1972. If you spot the suspect or vehicle please notify your local law enforcement agency immediately. The suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Photos attached.

Updated: Suspect in Burglary and Vandalism Case in Custody

Update: Lance E. Pfaff was taken into custody following a short foot pursuit in Lucas County last night. He claimed injury during the arrest and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He will be taken to the Wood County Justice Center upon his release from the hospital.

On August 11, 2013 officers responded to a call of a burglary at 804 North Enterprise Street. Upon their arrival an apartment in the complex was found to have been entered and extensively damaged. Items in the apartment were destroyed and paint sprayed throughout. The damages to the apartment alone exceeded $11,000.00. Officers contacted the resident who was staying out of town at the time of the burgalry. It was learned that the resident had been a victim of a staliking. Additional evidence was collected and probable cause was developed to charge   Lance E. Pfaff, 46 of Holland, Ohio. Pfaff has active warrants for the burglary and vandalism. Pfaff is believed to be in the Toledo, ohio area and is known to have a handgun. He is considered armed and dangerous and if located do not confront him and call 911 immediately. He is the owner of a 2011 Tan Volvo with Ohio Plate EWY 6943.  He may also be driving a navy blue Volkswagon Passat with an unknown plate number. Picture Below.



Bowling Green Police to Hold Swearing In Ceremony for New Officers on 8-12-2013.

On Monday August 12, 2013 Mayor Richard A. Edwards will swear in 3 new city police officers. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 PM in City Council Chambers, Central Administrative Services Building,  304 North Church St. Bowling Green.  The new officers are Richard M. Torres, Adam J. Cox and Caleb Kusmierek. Each officer will attend the 18 week Ohio Highway Patrol Basic Peace Officer Academy before returning to complete an additional 14 weeks of field training. The new officers are expected to finish training and be out working in the community in April of 2014.

BG Police Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on August 5, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Bowling Green Police Division’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.


As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 beginning at 5:30 PM, at the City of Bowling Green Parks andRecreation Simpson Center, located at1291 Conneaut Ave. 


If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so by telephone.  The public may call (419) 353-0935 on Tuesday August 6, 2013, between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.


Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Services Office of the Bowling Green Police Division at175 West Wooster St.  Local contact is Lt. Bradley Biller (419) 352-8775.


Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Bowling Green Police Division’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.,13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320Gainesville,Virginia,20155.


The Bowling Green Police Division has to demonstrate compliance with nearly 188 standards in order to gain continued accredited status.


The Accreditation Program Manager for the Bowling Green Police Division is Ms. Christie Goddard.  The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. 



The assessors are:  Mr. Randy Nichols (retired as Chief of Police of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH)Police Department,North Carolina) (Team Leader;) and Captain Stanley Johnson (Maryland-National Capital Park Police,Prince George’sCountyDivision(Maryland)). (Team Member). Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted continued accredited status.


Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it is accredited.  The Bowling Green Police Division has continued its accredited status since 1993.


For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

BGPD Reminds Public of Parking Regulations

With the nice summer weather more people are outside and active in our community.  As a result, complaints regarding parking violations have increased.  Parking regulations can be found through the Police Division web site or the City of Bowling Green website under Chapter 76 Parking Regulations.  The following violations have resulted in complaints in recent weeks:

      No person shall stand or park a vehicle,

  • On a sidewalk, except a bicycle;
  • In front of a public or private driveway;
  • Within four feet of a public or private driveway;
  • On or across a sidewalk, including sidewalks traversing driveways, except for bicycles;
  • At any place where signs or yellow painted curbs or pavement prohibit parking or stopping.

Commercial Vehicles- No person shall park a school bus, commercial tractor, agricultural tractor, truck of more than 1/2-ton capacity, bus, trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or moving van on any street within the residential districts of the city between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.

 No person shall park a vehicle on any of the public streets or alleys in the city for a continuous time longer than 24 hours.

 The Police Division wants to remind residents to obey the parking regulations to avoid issuance of parking tickets for these and other violations within the Bowling Greencommunity.

BGPD Involved in Standoff With Domestic Violence Suspect

BG Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of Conneaut Ave on June 6th for a domestic violence complaint, which resulted in a warrant being issued for James Henley.  Acting on a tip, BGPD responded to the residence today to attempt to serve the warrant to Henley.  The suspect refused to exit the residence and initially would not allow the three children at the residence to exit.  Henley eventually did allow the children to leave the residence, but refused to exit himself.  The Wood County Sheriff’s Department Special Response Team (SRT) was called in and made entry to the residence, placing Henley into custody after deploying chemical munitions.  Henley was transported to Wood County Hospital for treatment of an unrelated medical condition and then taken to Wood County Justice Center.  BGPD was assisted at the scene by the Bowling Green Fire Department, BGSU Police Department, and the Wood County Sheriff’s Department.

Road Safety Education: To Keep YOU Safe

Sponsored by the City of Bowling Green, AARP and the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc.

Friday, August 23, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m.

City of Bowling Green Street Departament

815 East Poe Rd., Bowling Green

(enter on the North side of the building)

Drive in to experience the following:

  • Educational Seminars consisting of updates on traffic laws, tips for safe driving, etc.
  • CarFit.  An educational program sponsored by the AAA, AARP, and AOTA that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles fit them.
  • Booths related to adoptive vehicle equipment, transportation, refreshments and much more!


  To register for this great event contact the Wood County Committee on Aging at:

305 North Main Street

Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

419.353.5661 or 800.367.4935 or email















Robbery Suspect Arrested in Michingan Awaiting Extradition


Update** Jesse S Bays was arrested in Wayne, County Michigan on Sunday5-26-13 and is awaiting extradition back to Ohio.


A tip generated from the earlier media release concerning a robbery in Bowling Green on 5-23-13 has resulted in the identification of the suspect. A warrant has been issued for Jesse S. Bays 26, of Toledo for robbery. Bays is described as a black male, 5’09″ , 162 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. Bays has multiple tattoos including one under his left eye of writing in 2 lines.  Bays may be driving a 98 maroon Chevy Malibu missing its front hubcaps with an Ohio plate of FRF 7396. Bays is considered armed and dangerous. If you spot Bays do not approach him and contact law enforcement immediately. Photo attached.