The Bowling Green Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 23, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the administrative offices, 137 Clough St., Bowling Green. This is a workshop of the board, with the purpose to discuss facilities. There may be action taken if personnel resignations and/or hiring, or other items arise.Read More
Mike Campbell has been named police chief at Bowling Green State University. He has been interim chief since the previous chief Monica Moll left to become director of public safety at Ohio State in October, 2016. He was hired in 2011 as a patrol captain. He previously worked for the University of Toledo. He takes over at a time when BGSU is facing criticism for its handling of sexual assault.
The 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard will be conducting training flights at night beginning Monday, May 8, through Thursday, May 11, weather permitting. Area residents may see or hear F-16 fighter jets taking off and landing until about 10 p.m. this week. Training flights normally take place during daylight hours, but F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel are required to conduct night operations as part of their overall readiness training.
After a bomb threat was called into the Starbucks at 1560 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green, this morning shortly after 10, Bowling Green Police detectives were able to identify the source of the phone call as Erik Perez, 36, of Laredo, Texas. Laredo detectives were contacted and paid a visit to Perez, who admitted making the bomb threat. According to Bowling Green Police Major Justin White, Perez has special needs, limited capacity to understand the implications of his actions, and lives with his mother. The Laredo detectives explained the seriousness of the bomb threat to Perez. White said Bowling Green Police Division has no plans to file charges against Perez. The bomb threat call came in at 10:07 this morning, with a Starbucks employee then calling 911 to notify police and the building was evacuated. By 10:11 a.m., the bomb-sniffing canine from Bowling Green State University was requested. The dog arrived on the scene at 10:27 a.m., checked out Starbucks, the neighboring Chipotle, and cars in the parking lot. The canine found no bombs or suspicious packages, and the businesses were allowed to open again at 10:50 a.m.
BGSU will perform outdoor warning siren testing from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. Periodic testing will consist of warning tones and voice commands at four to six locations across campus. Each test will last for 10 to 15 minutes. These sirens typically activate if Wood County goes under a Tornado Warning, for the regular monthly test or for the statewide tornado drill normally held every March. The May 9 test will be rescheduled if there is a chance of severe weather.
A public meeting has been scheduled by the Ohio Department of Transportation on May 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the BGSU Stroh Center. The meeting will be in the form of an open house to present information for the planned installation of roundabouts at Interstate 75 and Wooster Street. The project highlights include a bike path across I-75 as well as the roundabouts. Residents may ask questions, seek clarification on the project, and get a better idea about the scope and timeline of this project. For more information, visit the ODOT District 2 webpage or call the City of Bowling Green Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.
Wood County Safe Communities held their quarterly Fatal Data Review on Tuesday, April 4. Five crashes were reviewed from the first quarter of 2017. The crashes reviewed were: Rte 6 at Wapakoneta Rd. 2111 E. Wooster St. in Bowling Green I-280 at Mile Post 1 Curtice and Wheeling in Northwood I-75 at Mile Post 170 The countermeasures established as a result of these crashes are as follows: Always wear your seatbelt Do not drive at an excessive speed Always be attentive when driving Always obey all traffic control devices Do not drive impaired Always secure children properly in approved Child Restraints For more information, please contact Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 419-352-2481