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State Highway Patrol to conduct online survey

During the next month, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is conducting an online survey to identify traffic safety concerns and obtain feedback about interactions with the agency. The 2018 Public Survey is anonymous and takes approximately five minutes to complete. The survey is designed to be used as a platform for organizational learning, asking specific questions related to traffic safety issues and previous interactions with OSHP employees. The survey is created in accordance with standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). To take the survey please visit: https://www.statepatrol.ohio.gov


Wood County Democratic Party offers rides to the polls

The Wood County Democratic Party is offering free rides to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 6. To reserve a ride, call the Wood County Democratic Party Headquarters at 419-352-5299. “Democrats believe strongly that everybody should exercise their right to vote. Please give us a call and we’ll get you a ride so you can vote,” said Wood County Democratic Party Chairperson Mike Zickar.


BG police arrest drug trafficking suspect

Bowling Green Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5162 Bostwick Road in Perrysburg with the assistance of the Perrysburg Police department in a continuing investigation involving the trafficking of drugs, specifically marijuana. During the search approximately 23 pounds of raw marijuana, a half pound of “shatter, “ more than 300 THC distillate cartridges, various packing materials, multiple scales, a cash counting machine, drug ledgers and $1,285 in U.S. currency were seized. The THC distillate cartridges can be used in vaping devices. Laura Heringhaus, 37, of Perrysburg was arrested and lodged in the Wood County Justice Center on three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.


Vigil set for Sunday to remember Pittsburgh, Jeffersonville victims

Not In Our Town Bowling Green will host a vigil on Sunday for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the community of Jeffersonville, Kentucky. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m., in the First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green. Not In Our Town asks that people attend to remember the victims of the massacres at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the recent hate killings in Jeffersonville. Attendees can sign a banner with supporting messages and donations will be accepted to help rebuild the Tree of Life Synagogue. There will be time for fellowship, coffee and cookies after the vigil. Not In Our Town Bowling Green was created to champion diversity and advance the mission of guiding and inspiring people and the community to work together to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments for all. This movement exists to address acts of intolerance and discrimination. Through the partnership of Bowling Green State University and the City of Bowling Green, those involved with Not In Our Town pledge to stop bigotry before it starts and stand against any and all forms of hate.  


RR crossing at Poe Road to be closed for week

CSX Railroad has notified the City of Bowling Green about rail crossing work scheduled on East Poe Road. As a result of this work, the rail crossing will be closed from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12. CSX has indicated that the dates are dependent upon weather and progress of work.


BG reports updates on construction projects in city

Bowling Green has multiple construction projects currently underway. Below is a summary of these projects along with anticipated schedules. Questions about respective projects should be addressed with the individual department/division or entity listed. The schedule outlined is dependent on weather and progress of work. Downtown: • The Columbia Gas project within the downtown area is anticipated to be complete soon. The City was recently notified that all of the associated low-pressure natural gas lines have been retired and that the focus through this week and next will be on restoration efforts including sidewalk and street repairs. Questions about the Columbia Gas work should be directed to Raquel Colon, External Affairs Specialist for Columbia Gas.  Colon may be reached at rcolon@nisource.com or 419-539-6206. • The City is scheduled to begin the installation of a water line, sewer line, and miscellaneous electrical upgrades throughout the downtown beginning January 2019. This work is anticipated to last until the spring, with a contract completion date for the contractor of April 30, 2019. • Following the utility work, the downtown area will be repaved. It is anticipated that this work should begin in May, 2019 – with a contract completion date of October, 2019. Questions about the utility and paving projects should be directed to the City’s Engineering Division at 419-354-6227. Conneaut Sanitary Sewer Project: • It is anticipated that by the end of next week, all sanitary sewer work will be complete. Concrete work was planned to begin this week and paving to occur during the month of November. • Questions about the utility and paving projects should be directed to the City’s Engineering Division at 419-354-6227. Rosalind/Donbar Sewer Line: • Work has been slowed due to some unexpected difficulties and conditions – shallow bedrock and deteriorated conditions of existing facilities that were not a part of the project. To date nearly 300 feet of sewer line has been installed. It is anticipated this work will be complete in mid-December. • Questions about this work may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.


Menards planning to build store in Bowling Green

Menards is planning a store in Bowling Green, though no specific details are available. Sue Clark, director of Bowling Green Community Development Foundation, said this morning that Menards has been scouting out possible locations in the city. “They have been looking at the community for eight months or so,” Clark said. Initially, the company was looking at a site on East Wooster Street near the Holiday Inn Express, she said. More recently, the firm has been looking at a location on South Main Street – south of WalMart and across the street from Home Depot. Though the company has been in contact with the city’s planning office, no applications have been filed yet with the city, according to city planning director Heather Sayler. “We plan to build a new store in Bowling Green, OH at some point in the near future,” Jeff Abbott, Menards spokesperson stated in an email.  “We are still in the planning phase and have not yet finalized when we might start construction.”


Absentee ballot deadlines near for General Election

The Wood County Board of Elections is reminding voters of the absentee deadlines as the Nov. 6 General Election approaches. Voters have until noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, to request an absentee ballot by mail from the Board of Elections office. The application may be found at the Board of Elections website at www.co.wood.oh.us/boe. Completed absentee ballots may be returned by mail or in person to the Wood County Board of Elections. If returning an absentee ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 5, and arrive at the board of elections’ office within 10 days of Election Day in order to be eligible to be counted. If returning an absentee ballot in person, it must be dropped off at the Board of Elections office by the close of polls on Election Day. A completed ballot may be returned by a family member. Voters may not return their absentee ballot at a polling location on Election Day. Voters who wish to vote in person may come to the Wood County Board of Elections office located at County Courthouse Office Building, One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green. In-person absentee voting is available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, Nov 2; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3; from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5.


BG Board of Education to hold special meeting

The Bowling Green Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. at the Administrative Offices, 137 Clough St., Bowling Green.  The board will immediately go into executive session to consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee.


BG police to offer training for liquor establishment employees

The Bowling Green Police Division will be providing Liquor Establish Employee Training (LEET) on Thursday, Nov. 15. The training will run from 5 to 7 p.m., 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. Contact Detective Scott Frank at 419-352-1131 or sfrank@bgohio.org to register for this event or for answers to questions related to this event. Pre-registration is highly preferred as space is limited. The session is free and certificates will be presented to attendees.


BG superintendent asks community to avoid rumors

Following is a letter written by Bowling Green City Schools Superintendent Francis Scruci, asking the community to avoid rumors or gossip involving the possible misconduct of a teacher: Dear parents, guardians, and staff, The purpose of this communication is to inform you that on October 19, 2018 I was given information about potential misconduct by one of our Middle School Staff members.  I turned that information over to the Bowling Green Police Department and they are conducting an investigation. The Bowling Green City Schools are simultaneously conducting our own investigation. During this investigation the employee has been placed on administrative leave. This leave is no indication of guilt or any finding of wrongdoing; it is simply a precautionary measure to protect everyone’s rights and allow the District to complete its investigation. Unfortunately, many people in our community without direct knowledge of the situation have created rumors that are not accurate.  Please keep in mind that rumors/gossip can cause harm to those who are directly involved in the situation. Our District places a high priority on the safety of our students and staff and we ask that you refrain from passing along any and all rumors/gossip while the BGPD and the BGCS are conducting our investigations.  Also, rest assured that BGCS is doing everything within its power to maintain the safety of the students who attend and staff who work at BGCS. Sincerely, Superintendent Francis Scruci


Grave decorations must be removed at Oak Grove

In preparation for the winter season, the Bowling Green cemetery maintenance crew will be removing all grave decorations. The exception would be winter grave blankets that have previously been placed on graves. The director of public works requests that all other decorations be removed from Oak Grove Cemetery prior to Monday, Nov. 5. It is suggested that anyone wishing to retain the wreaths or decorations other than grave blankets, remove them prior to Nov. 5.


BG police seek help identifying suspects in assault

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating an assault incident that occurred on Oct. 20, at approximately 2:12 a.m., in the 200 block of North Main Street. The male victim was punched in the head by two separate unidentified male subjects.  The males fled on foot with several other subjects (see attached photo).  Anyone having information related to this incident, to include the identity of the suspects and their whereabouts, is encouraged to contact the Bowling Green Police Division 419-352-1131, Wood County Crimestoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME, or their local law enforcement agency. You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


Safe Communities: Halloween is not occasion for making nightmares

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Safe Communities of Wood County has announced that the annual safe driving Halloween National Mobilization is October 3  to November 1, 2018. Each year, thousands of trick-or-treaters flock to the streets on Halloween night Thousands of others head to local bars and restaurants to also partake in the merry-making. Don’t put yourself and others at risk by choosing to drink and drive. To help spread the message that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, Safe Communities of Wood County is teaming up with the U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind everyone of the dangers of drunk driving. Halloween poses a potentially dangerous threat to pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remember: It’s never safe to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Between 2012 and 2016, there were 168 drunk-driving fatalities on Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 – 5:59 a.m. November 1). In 2016, there were 13 vehicle occupants killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night. According to NHTSA, 44 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2012 to 2016 were in crashes involving a drunk driver. Children out trick-or-treating, and those who accompany them, are also at risk, as 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night (2012-2016) involved drunk drivers. Younger drivers are most at risk: The 21- to 34-year-old age group accounted for the most fatalities (46%) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016. Halloween is a time for making memories, not for causing nightmares. This Halloween, Safe Communities of Wood County would like to remind everyone to party responsibly and to be safe, while also keeping others safe by refraining from drunk driving.