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BG police arrest 4 while investigating break-ins of 54 vehicles this morning

This morning, at approximately 3:49 a.m., Bowling Green police officers responded to 505 Lehman Ave. to take a report of a vehicle that was broken into.  Officers arrived on scene and observed that the vehicle window had been broken out.   During the course of their investigation, officers canvassed other areas within the city and located 53 other vehicles in the areas of 480 Lehman, 300 Lehman, 325 S. Summit, 995 S. Main and 1000 block of Fairview that had windows broken out.  Officers were given a description of the suspects’ vehicle by witnesses.  Officers located the suspects leaving the area of 1070 Fairview. Shywoun Lanier, 22, from Toledo, Leonard Richardson Jr., 18, from Toledo, Davion Tyler, 18, from Toledo and Kallin Gary, 19, from Toledo, were arrested for Criminal Damaging, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Tools and Receiving Stolen Property. Bowling Green Police Division detectives are conducting an investigation. Anyone with further information is urged to contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME (419-352-0077).

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Ohio EPA to hold public meeting on new glass plant in county

Ohio EPA is accepting public comments at an April 29 public meeting on a draft air emissions permit-to-install for a proposed float glass manufacturing plant in Luckey. NSG Glass North America is proposing to locate a new plant at 21705 Pemberville Road. The public information session and hearing begins at 6 p.m. at the Pemberville Public Library, 375 E. Front St. A hearing will immediately follow during which the public can submit comments for the record concerning the draft permit. If Ohio EPA approves the permit, it would allow construction of a manufacturing plant to produce coated float glass products primarily for the solar market. Float glass is made by floating sheets of molten glass on beds of molten metal. If the permit is approved, the total maximum air emissions would be limited to protect public health and the environment. Ohio EPA does not have regulatory authority over issues such as siting, eminent domain, setbacks to homes, schools or businesses, noise levels, traffic, zoning or property value effects. Written comments are considered the same as verbal testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments must be received by the close of business on May 6, 2019. Comments can be mailed to Mark Barber, Ohio EPA Northwest District Office, 347 North Dunbridge Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402, or emailed to mark.barber@epa.ohio.gov.   A copy of the draft permit is available online.


Ziggython 2019 total tops $250,000

Ziggython, Bowling Green State University’s version of Dance Marathon, raised $255,198.28 for Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo over the past year. That total was announced after participants completed 24 hours of dancing in the Perry Field House from Saturday through Sunday. The organization also said that over the past 24 years, Dance Marathon at BGSU has raised more than $5 million.


Heavy rain could bring localized flooding later Sunday

Jeff Klein, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: Rain will be moving through Wood County most of today.  Morning storms will not be severe, however that may change.  The best chance for severe weather in our area will be 3-10pm.  We can expect rain up to 1.5” with localized flooding, hail as well as an isolated tornado. Wind gusts up to 40 mph can be expected.  The positive is regardless of the weather model used, the majority of Wood County  is on the northwestern border of this system.  The farther east and south you travel, expect the weather conditions to worsen.  The Wood County EMA will be monitoring local conditions and providing updates impacting our County as they occur.


Public hearing set on transmission line planned north of BG

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a hearing to allow the public to express their views about American Transmission Systems Inc.’s (ATSI) proposal to construct a new six-mile long 138 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in central Wood County. The local public hearing will be held June 13, at 6 p.m., Ohio Department of Transportation – District 2, 317 E. Poe Road, Bowling Green. The proposed Wood County 138 kV Reinforcement Project would connect ATSI’s existing Lemoyne-Midway 138 kV Transmission Line to the existing Brim Substation. Route alternatives under consideration would travel through Middleton, Center, and Plain townships and a part of the city of Bowling Green. ATSI proposed the project to improve the reliability of the electric grid in and around Bowling Green. The adjudicatory hearing in this proceeding will begin at 10 a.m. on June 27, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Hearing Room 11-C, located at 180 E. Broad St., in Columbus. The purpose of the adjudicatory hearing is for the applicant, the OPSB staff, and any other parties to the case to provide evidence regarding the project. Additional information regarding the Wood County 138 kV Reinforcement Project is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 18-1335-EL-BTX.


Injury crash on I-75 closes some lanes near Perrysburg

The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating an injury crash on interstate 75 near Perrysburg. Troopers on the scene have reported that two lanes of travel have been restricted on the southbound side of the roadway and one lane of travel has been restricted on the northbound side of the roadway. Troopers are asking that motorists proceed with caution through the area.


Downtown construction work now moving onto side streets

The utility project within the downtown has progressed up Main Street to East Oak with the installation of the replacement water line. The contractor will now move onto the installation of water and sewer lines on Wooster Street and various side streets. This includes West Wooster, from Church to Main; East Wooster, from Main to Prospect; East Court, from Main to Prospect; East and West Washington; Pearl Street; Lehman; and Ordway. It is anticipated that during the week of April 15, the contractor will begin installing the water and sewer line on West Wooster, from Main to Church Street. As a result, westbound traffic within this area will be prohibited and on-street parking will be removed. Eastbound traffic will be maintained. Following the West Wooster installation, the contractor will shift to East Wooster. The East Wooster work will include the area from Main to Prospect. A similar traffic impact will occur with eastbound traffic being maintained and the westbound lane of traffic being closed. The utility portion of this project is anticipated to last through the spring. Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown. Questions about this may be directed to the city’s engineering division at 419-354-6227.