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I-75 crash results in death of unborn child and multiple injuries to others

Troopers from the Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol are investigating an injury crash that occurred on Interstate 75, south of Cygnet Road in Wood County, on Wednesday. The accident resulted in multiple injuries and the death of an unborn child. At approximately 3 p.m., a 2005 Chevrolet Aveo, a 2013 Toyota Prius and a 2017 Volvo commercial tractor-trailer were traveling north on I-75. The Chevrolet Aveo lost control and drove off the left side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected and re-entered the roadway, driving into the path of the Toyota Prius. The Prius struck the Aveo and the Volvo commercial tractor-trailer. The Prius overturned and came to rest on its top. The Aveo was operated by Eric R. Ramirez, 22, of Findlay. Ramirez was not wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred. He suffered minor injuries and was transported by EMS to Wood County Hospital. Lori Cox, a passenger in Ramirez’s car, was trapped in the vehicle and extricated by mechanical means. Cox was transported by Lifeflight to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with serious injuries. Cox was pregnant at the time of the crash. Her unborn child was pronounced deceased at St. Vincent’s Medical Center. The Prius was operated by Maria K. Simon, 54, of Bowling Green. She was wearing her seat belt when the crash occurred, suffered minor injuries and was transported by EMS to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Marc V. Simon, 54, of Bowling Green, was a front seat passenger in the Prius. He was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred, suffered minor injuries and was transported by EMS to Blanchard Valley Hospital. Mary C. Roemer, 78, of South Bend, Indiana, was seated in the backseat of the Prius. She was wearing her seat belt when the crash occurred, and was transported by Lifeflight to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with serious injuries. The truck was operated by E. Lawrence Reevers, 61, of Birmingham, Alabama. Reevers was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred and he was not injured. Impairment by alcohol and/or drugs is not believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the North Baltimore Fire & EMS, Lifeflight, Ohio Department of Transportation, BG Towing and Wright’s Towing.


Waterville bridge closure delayed until June 18

The starting closure date for the Waterville bridge construction has been moved to June 18, giving some motorists an extra week to take their normal routes across the Maumee River between Wood and Lucas counties, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. The closure is planned to last an estimated 45 days to allow for the construction of a roundabout on the Wood County side of the bridge, which is also being replaced.


‘Pause for the Pledge’ planned on Flag Day in BG

The City of Bowling Green will hold its annual “Pause for the Pledge” ceremony on Flag Day, Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. near the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., in Bowling Green. During the program, Mayor Dick Edwards will read a proclamation and the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited. Additionally, the city will participate in Wood County Job and Family Services Elder Abuse Awareness program, which will also occur at the Senior Center. All citizens are invited to participate.


All trash and recycling containers to get address labels

The Bowling Green Public Works Department has contracted with GIS Landmark to place address labels on all refuse and recycling containers that are picked up by the city. This work will begin in Wards 1 and 2 on June 13. Residents are asked to help in this effort by placing containers – full or empty – at the curb so that the GIS Landmark crews can affix the label beginning with collection on June 13 and continue to do so until a label has been placed on all containers. The address label is a black sticker with orange letters approximately 3 inches by 7 inches. Each sticker will associate a particular container with the address it is registered to. This work is being done to ensure proper tracking of containers so individual properties are not assessed an incorrect amount for the refuse/recycling fee. Questions about this work may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.


BGSU announces spring dean’s list

Bowling Green State University has announced the undergraduate students who have been named to the spring semester dean’s list for achieving grade point averages of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. To be chosen for the dean’s list, undergraduate students must carry no fewer than 12 letter-graded credit hours per semester. Candidates for spring commencement are also available. The names of graduation candidates and dean’s list honorees can be found online at https://webapp.bgsu.edu/forms/gradlist/ Names are listed by county. Counties must be downloaded individually.


Wintergarden-Conneaut intersection to close Wednesday

In conjunction with the Conneaut Avenue sanitary sewer project, the intersection of Wintergarden and Conneaut will be closed from noon until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6. The closure is required to replace the temporary pavement patch previously installed. Questions about this work may be directed to the engineering division at 419-354-6227.


‘Every Dog Matters Rally’ planned at Wooster Green

The Wood County Canine Alliance will hold a rally on the Wooster Green in Bowling Green on Friday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The “Every Dog Matters Rally for Wood County Dog Shelter Dogs” is intended to educate the public and increase interest in the dogs at the county dog shelter. Wooster Green is at the corner of West Wooster and South Church streets. Friendly dogs are welcome to attend the rally.


Sheriff’s office warning of scam phone calls

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints of scam calls from people stating they are with the sheriff’s office. They may identify themselves as Davis and state that a household member has a warrant. This is a scam. The sheriff’s office is warning people to not give the callers any personal information.


BG Schools to hold open forum to organize committees on school facilities

The Bowling Green Board of Education will host a public open forum at the Performing Arts Center, 540 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green, on Monday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and organize committees to make recommendations in regards to the future of school facilities and methods of raising revenue to support those recommendations.


BG to consider application for business revolving loan

The Bowling Green Revolving Loan Fund Committee is scheduled to meet on June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Bowling Green Community Development Foundation Office, Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider an application(s) for the Business Revolving Loan Fund. This meeting is open to the public.


Free book bags offered to students who need them

United Way is asking that any Wood County families with students in need of new backpacks and supplies for the school year starting in the fall call 2-1-1, anytime between now and June 15.  By calling the number, students or family members can get information on how to get a free book bag for school.


Columbia Gas gives tentative work schedule for downtown work

Columbia Gas of Ohio has provided the city with the following tentative work schedule for the week of June 4. On June 4, Columbia Gas is scheduled to begin work in the vicinity of Church Street and Clay Street installing a medium pressure natural gas line. Work will progress east towards Main Street. Once at Main Street, installation of the medium natural gas line will continue south on Main Street. As previously announced, Columbia Gas of Ohio will be upgrading existing low-pressure gas lines to medium pressure lines within the downtown of Bowling Green. Work is scheduled to last through August, possibly in to September. As a result of this work, changes to traffic patterns will occur and on-street parking will be affected. The total project area will encompass Main Street, roughly from Clay to the area of Ordway and Lehman. Certain side streets, alleys, and city parking lots will also be affected. Columbia Gas plans to work one to two blocks at a time, working Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., possibly working periodic Saturdays as well. Work will primarily occur within the curb lane of Main Street, with some crossings and installation on side streets and in alleys as well. At the end of each work day, steel plates or backfill will cover any open work areas. Questions about the Columbia Gas project should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas. Colon may be reached at rcolon@nisource.com or 419-539-6206.


South Grove Street closure changed to June 4

The Bowling Green Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Division will be closing South Grove Street, from Wooster Street to Clough Street, on June 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closure is required to install a sanitary tap and lateral sanitary line in the area. Questions about this work may be directed to the Water Distribution/Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.


County to open permanent mixed recycling drop-off sites

The Board of Wood County Commissioners has announced the start date for the Permanent Mixed Recycling 24/7 Drop-off Locations as June 25. The new permanent sites will allow residents of Wood County to recycle at their convenience. There are many more materials (specifically plastics #1-7 for food and beverage containers) that can be recycled and no sorting is required. The service provider for the collection/hauling and processing of the recyclable materials is Republic Services of Toledo. Residents are asked to follow established guidelines for recycling so that all materials will be clean and not contaminated as they are processed. No plastic bags or garbage is to be placed at these locations. All containers should be empty and rinsed. Report any illegal dumping to our office at (419) 354-9297. The following are the list of new permanent locations: – Bloomdale: Watershed (Near Water Tower) – Custar/Milton Township: Village Park (Superior St.) – Grand Rapids: 17460 Sycamore Rd. – Jackson Township/Hoytville: Township Building – Pemberville: Public Works Yard, 411 Sherman St. – Perrysburg Township: 26609 Lime City Rd. – Portage Township: 9720 Mermill Rd. – Troy Township: Across from Township Building – Tontogany: Town Hall on Main St. – Weston: Old Elementary Parking Lot Coming Soon North Baltimore: 226 E. High St. Visit www.recyclewoodcounty.org for more information and to see a complete list of the recyclable materials.


As remnants of Alberto move in keep an eye on weather

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The remnants of sub-tropical storm Alberto will move into Indiana today and impact Ohio.  Periods of heavy rain will be possible late this afternoon into the overnight hours.  Rain chances will continue on Thursday.  Total rainfall through Friday morning will be 0.50” to 1.5” of rain in isolated areas.  The SPC also has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather late this afternoon and evening.  This storm system will allow for some rotation in the atmosphere that could cause an isolated brief tornado as well as damaging straight-line winds.  Please monitor weather conditions today and into this evening.