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High winds expected for rainy spring day

Jeff Klein, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: The National Storm Prediction Center has Wood County in a risk of thunderstorms now through this afternoon.  Along with potential thunderstorms and associated rainfall, wind damage will be our primary concern.  This should just be a typical rainy spring day for our area.   However, east of I-71 NWS Cleveland is expecting wind gusts up to 60/ 70 mph.  Should this system form earlier than expected, there is a potential strong winds creating power disruption as well as tree damage on roadways.  We recommend all outdoor items be secured to prevent damage from becoming flying objects.  While tornados may be a possibility, NWS Cleveland does not believe it to be a high risk During this time please monitor weather conditions for any sudden changes.  The Wood County EMA is activity monitoring this weather pattern and will provide updates as they occur. We are also monitoring potential severe weather the afternoon and evening of Sunday April 14, 2019.  As with this system, we are currently on the northwest edge in the lowest thunderstorm category .  Updates will be provided as they become available.


New state rep Ghanbari assigned to House committees

State Rep. Haraz N. Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, has announced his committee membership for the 133rd General Assembly in the Ohio House of Representatives. Speaker of the House Larry Householder, R-Glenford, has assigned Ghanbari to the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Insurance Committee, and the Higher Education Committee. “I am looking forward to serving on committees that will have a strong and positive impact in the lives of the people in Northwest Ohio,” said Ghanbari. “I appreciate the speaker appointing me to these influential committees and I am excited to do all that I can in order to make the 3rd District an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”  Ghanbari is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives for House District 3, which includes all of Wood County.


City to hold two fair housing public outreach forums

Currently, the city of Bowling Green is conducting a fair housing study. Known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI),” the AI enables the city as a Community Development Block Grant recipient to, in part, “affirmatively further fair housing” as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist locally in the rental and real estate markets as well as the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries. Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that could, intentionally or inadvertently, lead to housing discrimination. The AI process includes soliciting the opinions of persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. For those who prefer not taking an online survey, need clarification, seek more information about Fair Housing laws or wish to provide added input, two forums will be held. These identical, open-ended forums allow the public the opportunity to complete a paper copy of the fair housing survey (currently online at www.bgohio.org), receive Fair Housing Program materials, and provide any added input regarding your knowledge, opinions, experiences and feelings about fair housing choice. Public Outreach Forum #1: Tuesday, April 16, noon-1 p.m., City of Bowling Green Council Chamber, third floor, 304 N. Church St., Bowling Green. Public Outreach Forum #2: Wednesday, April 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., City of Bowling Green Community Center, 1245 West Newton Road, Classroom A-B, Bowling Green. Should you need special accommodations, please provide at least 72-hour advance notice by calling 419-354-6203 or via bggrants@bgohio.org . If you cannot make one of these forums, please call 419-354-6221 to receive a survey, discuss ways to provide input and receive any materials made available during the forums.


First responders to be recognized for role fighting opioids

As Ohio continues to face an opioid issue of epidemic proportion, the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board wants to recognize the work being done by individuals on the front lines of this fight. On April 29, at 1 p.m., at the Wood County Courthouse Atrium (One Court House Square, Bowling Green), first responders and their families will be invited to listen as community leaders express their gratitude and address local issues that many first responders face. Anyone with questions may call the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board at 419-352-8475.


BG residents can sign up for CodeRED notifications

The City of Bowling Green has entered into a partnership with Wood County for a free community notification system – CodeRED. This system will eventually take the place of the Nixle alert system currently being used. CodeRED provides the city with the ability to notify residents in the event of emergency situations or critical information such as water boil advisories, snow emergencies, or large scale electrical outages. In order to receive these notifications, residents need to sign up for this free service. A link has been posted on the City’s website, www.bgohio.org, along the right-hand side with helpful facts and information as well as the opt-in link for residents to register. Residents are also encouraged to download the free mobile app as well. Personal information will be controlled by CodeRED and will not be released unless compelled to do so by a court of sufficient jurisdiction. Through this system, residents will receive the type of notification of their choice – voice, text, and/or email. This includes a notification for the visually impaired.


I-75 lane restrictions planned for ODOT to install traffic cameras

The Ohio Department of Transportation is installing interstate traffic cameras today, so some lane restrictions are planned on Interstate 75 south of Bowling Green. Today from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., there will be lane restrictions on northbound I-75 at Oil Center Road, and on southbound I-75 at Bays Road. Today, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Bays Road over I-75 will be closed. On Thursday, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., lane restrictions are planned on northbound I-75 at Greensburg Pike.


BGSU offers Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter’s Webinar

The BGSU Department of Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management in coordination with the Wood County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a 2019 Skywarn Severe Weather Spotter’s Webinar. This training is open to BGSU students, faculty, staff, first responders and the general public. The webinar will be presented Thursday, April 18, 1- 2:30 p.m. in Room 206 (Theater) at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union No pre-registration required. You will register the day of the webinar starting at 12:30 p.m.The webinar will be presented by the National Weather Service Cleveland Weather Forecast Office. There is no cost to attend.


Black Student Union hosting meeting on changing name of Gish Film Theater

The Black Student Union at Bowling Green State University is hosting a Gish Theater Update forum Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in room 210 of the Math and Science Building. The organizers said the  forum is open students, faculty, media, and the public to get an “accurate update on the situation as it is unfolding.” The forum will include an update from the task force, statements from the BSU, which wants the name changed, comments from those both supporting and opposing changing the name, and a chance to ask questions. In a statement, the BSU says it has no ill will toward the Gish sisters and their legacy, however, they want “to tell history in great veracity and detail, including the parts that are deeply problematic.” That includes Lillian Gish’s prominent role in “The Birth of a Nation,” a film that played a role in the revival of the Ku Klux Klan. The display in the theater located in the Bowen Thompson Student Union is “offensive to black students whose families were affected by the racism (“The Birth of a Nation”) instilled in this nation.”


BG seeks residents’ input on fair housing matters

Currently, the City of Bowling Green is conducting a fair housing study. Known as the “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI),” the AI enables the city as a Community Development Block Grant recipient to, in part, “affirmatively further fair housing” as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist locally in the rental and real estate markets as well as the mortgage lending, insurance, and appraisal industries. Further, the study examines private and public policies and practices that could, intentionally or inadvertently, lead to housing discrimination. The AI process includes the solicitation of opinions from persons involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. If you live in Bowling Green’s city limits, you are invited to take part in this survey, sharing your opinions and experiences involving fair housing. Your answers are anonymous and responses will only appear in compilation format. This survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will close on April 24. The survey is available in both English and Spanish. To access online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7J3YNPF (in English) or https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/7T9NTVL (in Spanish). The surveys are alsoaccessible at www.bgohio.org . To obtain a paper copy of the survey, call 419-354-6203.


No bomb found at Kenwood, search continues for suspect

A search of Kenwood Elementary School Monday found no bomb. A bomb threat was received in the mail Monday afternoon, according to Bowling Green Superintendent Francis Scruci. Police are still looking for the person who sent the threat. Around 3:30 p.m., after school was let out, Scruci said he received a called from Kenwood Principal Kathleen Daney saying she had just opened a letter that came in the mail. Inside was a hand-scribbled letter stating that a pipe bomb had been placed in the school. The letter reportedly had a return address on the envelope. Bowling Green Police Division was called, and a sweep of the building was conducted in search of any explosive device. The police presence is increased at all the district’s buildings on Tuesday.


Bomb threat mailed to Kenwood Elementary School

A bomb threat was received in the mail today at Kenwood Elementary School, according to Bowling Green Superintendent Francis Scruci. Around 3:30 p.m., after school was let out today, Scruci said he received a called from Kenwood Principal Kathleen Daney saying she had just opened a letter that came in today’s mail. Inside was a hand-scribbled letter stating that a pipe bomb had been placed in the school. The letter reportedly had a return address on the envelope. Bowling Green Police Division was called, and a sweep of the building is being done in search of any explosive device. A message was sent to parents of Kenwood students. Scruci said he plans to talk with Police Chief Tony Hetrick about increasing police presence at all the district’s buildings on Tuesday.


Counselors available at BGHS after student suicide

Counselors are available at Bowling Green High School today after a sophomore reportedly took his life on Sunday. In a letter to parents and guardians, Superintendent Francis Scruci said school and Children’s Resource Center counselors would be available throughout the day. The resources will be available for students and staff. “That’s one of the things we forget. The adults are just as affected by this,” Scruci said. Counselors will be made available for as long as needed, he said. “We’re trying to keep the day as normal as possible,” Scruci said.


Crash on I-75 south of BG kills motorcyclist

Troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Interstate 75, near North Baltimore. Saturday, at approximately 8:51 p.m., a Harley Davidson Tri Glide Ultra, operated by Kevin Suber, 60, of Detroit, Michigan, was traveling south on I-75. The left rear tire of the 2012 Harley Davidson Tri Glide Ultra became detached from the motorcycle, according to troopers. The motorcycle drove into the median, where it struck the concrete median wall and overturned. Suber was transported by Bloomdale EMS to the Wood County Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Suber was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Impairment does not appear to be a factor in this crash. This crash remains under investigation.


La Conexion to hold community meeting in response to racist attack

The La Conexion organization is calling for a community meeting to formulate some responses after the racist attack that police are investigating at the Waffle House in Bowling Green last weekend. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be held Sunday at 7 p.m., on the second floor in First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green. There is parking available behind the church on South Grove Street.


Daniel Gordon case closed with no charges

No charges are being pursued against former Bowling Green City Councilman Daniel Gordon. Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson said Friday (April 5, 2019) : “We’ve decided to not move forward on the case.  After we reviewed it, we did not believe we would be able to sustain a criminal charge. “ In October, Gordon resigned from council where he represented the First Ward, having served about seven years. He cited health concerns, and a change in his residence to the Second Ward. At that time, accusations of rape and sexual assault against him surfaced on social media, and were forwarded to the Bowling Green Police Department. The investigations were turned over to the Perrysburg and Bowling Green State University police because of where the incidents were alleged to have taken place. Gordon issued a statement Friday after being contacted by BG Independent News. “I am grateful that this news reflects the truth. This false allegation has been deeply painful to me.  “Sexual assault is a serious issue. I appreciate that law enforcement took the allegation seriously, and I fully cooperated with the investigation.  “Throughout this time, I avoided taking any action that could be misconstrued as silencing women or being against the #MeToo movement. I believe that when people come forward with allegations, we should listen to them, take them seriously, and investigate. I hope we can build a system that ensures both survivors and the falsely accused can and will obtain justice.  “I look forward to healing, and I am grateful for all those who have supported me during this time.”