Category: Media Releases

Counterfeit Bills Alert


In the past month and a half, the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan areas have been inundated with counterfeit $20 and $50 bills.  The suspects are mainly targeting convenient stores and fast food chains; however, they have also been identified as passing bills at big box stores.  Bowling Green Police are asking that local businesses stay vigilant when taking in cash and encourage the use of marking pens to identify counterfeit bills.  If in doubt, please notify the local police immediately.  Clerks are encouraged not to give the bills back to the individual and to notify police immediately of any suspicious activity.

If any local business is notified by their bank that they have received counterfeit bills with their deposits, please notify the police and attempt to narrow down a time frame of when the bill was taken in.  Bowling Green Police are working with area law enforcement agencies but we need local business’ help to stop this trend.

If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Det. Brian Houser at 419-352-1131.

Sexual Assault Investigation – Updated 10/28/15

The Bowling Green Police are currently investigating a 2014 sexual assault case involving Harold Dernell Rogers, formerly of 706 Napoleon Apt.#212 in Bowling Green.

Rogers was indicted by a Wood County Grand Jury on October 21st for sexual battery and rape. He is described as a 26 year old black male, weighing approximately 150 pounds and is 5 feet 11 inches in height.

Citizens are urged not to take any enforcement action based on the information provided here. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Rogers contact the Bowling Green Police Division (419-352-2571), Wood County Crimestoppers (419-352-0077) or your local law enforcement agency.



Photo of Rogers

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Thefts From Vehicles

The Bowling Green Police Division has taken numerous reports of thefts from motor vehicles in the past week.

We would like to remind citizens to lock their vehicles and to secure valuables to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of theft.

BGPD Investigates Assault

On 09-27-15 Bowling Green Police Officers were dispatched to the parking lot at 103 N. Prospect regarding a large fight.  Upon arrival Officers located a victim who was unconscious. Officers called for medical assistance and stood by with the victim until the ambulance arrived.  Other Officers began identifying several subjects that were being pointed out as being involved in the fight by other people at the scene.  Bowling Green Police Officers filed assault charges on the subjects that were identified as being involved in the fight.  In the interest of further investigation, some of those assault charges have been dismissed and Bowling Green Police Division is continuing the investigation with the possibility of addition additional charges be filed.

Bike Theft

The Bowling Green Police Department is currently investigating the theft of two 3-wheeled bicycles belonging to the same developmentally disabled person. The bikes were taken from a Wood Lane group home located at 1088 Fairview in Bowling Green. The thefts occurred on August 18th and August 27th. The first bike was a green Desoto Classic which was unsecured when it was taken. The second bicycle was a red Desoto Classic locked to a bike rack. The suspect cut through the rack to gain access. Anyone with information can contact Detective Scott Kleiber or Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419) 352-0077. Callers can remain anonymous and information leading to a conviction could result in a cash reward up to $1,000. The photos below are of a similar bike.




Online Scam Reminder

The Bowling Green Police Division would like to remind residents to be cognizant of scams being perpetrated online.  We have received reports of several types of scams, hacked accounts or requests for cash.

Read further information on Facebook security  (Facebook)

Read further on money transfers  (Federal Trade Commission)


Blotter for August 21, 2015

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The Bowling Green Police Division will be providing Liquor Establish Employee Training (LEET) on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. The training will run from 7:00-9:00 PM and will focus on civil liability, Ohio and Bowling Green liquor laws and fake ID recognition. Employees and management staff of local businesses (bars and retail outlets) that sell alcoholic beverages 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 to register for this event or for answers to questions related to this event. Pre-registration is not required. The session is free and certificates will be presented to attendees.

Threats at City Industrial Site

On Thursday August 6th, 2015 at approximately 6:15 PM BGPD responded to VehTek Systems following the receipt of a phone call at the Bowling Green Fire Division in which a male caller threatened a shooting rampage at the factory at an undetermined time later in the day.

Police were able to identify the caller as Jeffrey L. Wegman II,  07/29/1985 of 531 Jerry Street in Jerry City, OH.  Wegman was arrested without incident as he reported for work at VehTek Systems.  He has been charged with Aggravated Menacing (ORC 2903.21) and Making False Alarms (ORC 2917.32) and transported to the Wood County Justice Center.

The investigation continues.