News Break

Man shot multiple times in BG after alleged break-in

A man was taken to a Toledo hospital early this morning for multiple gunshot wounds after a local resident said he shot at intruders in his home. Bowling Green Police Division received a call at 1:05 this morning from a resident in the 100 block of Liberty Street, who said a couple people broke into his home and he shot to defend himself, according to Lt. Dan Mancuso. The intruders ran, and police found the man who had been shot at the corner of North Main and Evers streets. He was treated at the scene for multiple gunshot wounds by Bowling Green EMS then transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, according to BG Fire Captain Lucas Ward. The other suspected intruder has not been found. It is unknown if the men were armed. No names of those involved were available this morning. No charges have been filed, Mancuso said. The incident is under investigation by BG Police Division, which is being assisted by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Anyone who has information regarding this case can call the Bowling Green Police at (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419) 352-0077.  


Hobby Lobby closing store in Bowling Green

Hobby Lobby, the giant arts-crafts and home decor store, is leaving Bowling Green. The store, currently located at 1080 S. Main St., is being relocated to Holland, Ohio. The grand opening of the new location will be Feb. 5, according to a representative at the company’s corporate offices in Oklahoma. The company would not say how many people are employed at the Bowling Green store, but did say that it was likely  the employees would be offered a chance to work at the new Holland location. The representative did not know the exact closing day for the BG store. “It’s unfortunate that they are leaving,” Assistant Municipal Administrator Joe Fawcett said. “Certainly anytime a business leaves Bowling Green, we’re not happy. But we wish them well.” “We’re glad it appears the employees can keep their jobs,” Fawcett said. Hobby Lobby specializes in arts and crafts, but also sells items such as holiday decorations, fabrics, picture frames, scrapbooking supplies and artificial flowers.


BGSU suspends fraternity for hazing (updated)

Bowling Green State University has suspended the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity for hazing and related activities. Dean of Student Chris Bullins announced the suspension today in an email to the campus community. The suspension is effective starting in the spring semester. The statement says: “The suspension is the result of a formal disciplinary sanction hearing regarding the violation of two Code of Student Conduct charges: hazing and discouraging participation in the conduct process. Individual students may also be held accountable under the Code of Student Conduct.” Bullins said that the fraternity accepted responsibility for the violations. It does have the option of appealing. As it stands the fraternity would have to wait until fall, 2020. to be eligible for reinstatement. “There is a detailed process and plan of action to be considered for reinstatement,” the statement explains. The fraternity has 50 members, 12 of whom live in the fraternity house. University Spokesman Dave Kielmeyer said the university will be able to accommodate those still are required to live on campus. Though hazing is gainst state law, Kielmeyer said, “the incident is not being investigated by police.” The statement continues: “Please know that student safety is our No. 1 priority and we thoroughly…


BG garbage and recycling collection delayed next week

The city of Bowling Green non-24 hour offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25. As a result, all refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day per the following: • Regular Monday collection will be collected on Tuesday. • Regular Tuesday collection will be collected on Wednesday. • Regular Wednesday collection will be collected on Thursday. • Regular Thursday collection will be collected on Friday. Questions about this schedule or the city’s refuse/recycling program may be directed to the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.


Liberty and Buttonwood to be closed for tree work

A few planned road closures will occur on Dec. 20 and 21 in order to conduct tree work on Liberty and Buttonwood avenues. The city arborist will be closing Liberty, from North Main to North Grove streets on Wednesday, Dec. 20, to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buttonwood and Adams will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 21. The Buttonwood closure will occur from Ordway to Adams; the Adams closure will occur from Buttonwood to South Maple. During these closures, on-street parking will be prohibited. Questions about this work may be directed to City Arborist Grant Jones at 419-353-4101.


BGSU recruits scholar from California to direct Women’s Center

Bowling Green State University has announced the hiring of Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor as the new director of the Women’s Center. The appointment is effective Jan. 4. In a letter to the university community, Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost Thomas Gibson, called Clark-Taylor: “An experienced higher education administrator, organizer and community leader, she is deeply committed to gender equity, empowering women and creating a community free from violence and oppression.” Clark-Taylor has served as a visiting assistant professor in the counseling and higher education programs at the University of Redlands in California, since 2015. According to Gibson: “During her time at Redlands, she helped to expand both its teaching and research in women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Last May she was named the inaugural Rochford Leadership Initiative Faculty Fellow to encourage and support first-generation, low-income students of color to attend and succeed in college.” Before her appointment at Redlands, she was program manager of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester in New York. Clark-Taylor has a doctorate in higher education from the University of Rochester in 2016, and a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies in…


Two injured in accident at Ohio 235 and Ohio 281

Two people were injured this morning (Thursday) at 6:47, in a two-vehicle crash at Ohio 235 and Ohio 281, southwest of Bowling Green. The accident is under investigation by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. Daisy L. Wright was driving a Chevy Cavalier  northbound on Route 235, when she approached the intersection and was struck by a Kia, driven by Ricky E. Hull, that was traveling eastbound on Route 281, according to the sheriff’s office. Wright was transported to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo by Life Flight. Hull was transported to Wood County Hospital by Northwest 190 EMS. Assisting at the scene were Milton Township Fire District, Weston EMS, Northwest 190 and the Ohio Department of Transportation. No other details were available this morning.



County auditor offers tips to avoid firewood fraud

Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich is offering tips to avoid fraud when purchasing firewood this winter season. The Weights and Measures Division of the Auditor’s Office ensures that products meet claims for actual weights and volumes, which includes the enforcement of Ohio’s laws defining units of measurement for firewood sales. The following are helpful to review before making purchases: • Firewood is defined as “any kindlings, logs, boards, timbers or other wood, split or not split, advertised, offered for sale, or sold as solid fuel.” • Buy firewood by the cord. Ohio law protects consumers by requiring that non-packaged firewood be sold by the cord (or fractions of a cord). One “cord,” when properly stacked, should be 8 feet long by 4 feet high and 4 feet wide (128 cubic feet). It is illegal to sell firewood by any other unit of measurement, such as a rick, rack, face cord, or truckload. If a consumer believes that a seller did not comply with these rules and regulations, the person should immediately contact the seller. • If non-packaged firewood is purchased, the seller must present the consumer with a receipt, delivery ticket, or sales invoice that includes contact information of seller…


Wood County to get as much as four or more inches of snow

Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: “A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Wood County until midnight tonight.  Stronger areas of snow have been developing across Northern Indiana over the past couple of hours and should be into the Wood County area around 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.  There will be periods of moderate snowfall with some periods of light to no snow in between snow bands through about 10 p.m. this evening.  The NWS is forecasting 3” – 4” across the Wood County area this evening with pockets of slightly higher amounts possible depending on where stronger snow bands move across the county.  If you have to travel this evening, please slow down and use extra caution as roadways and visibility may be challenging at times through the evening.”


BG issues snow street parking restrictions reminder

With forecasts indicating the potential of snow accumulations of 2 inches, the City of Bowling Green reminds residents of parking restrictions that go into effect with a city snow emergency. A snow emergency within the City may be declared if 2 inches of snow accumulates, which begins the implementation of no parking along snow streets. If a snow emergency is declared between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., vehicles parked on a snow street must be removed within two hours of the declaration. If a snow emergency is declared overnight, vehicles must be removed by 9 a.m. Vehicles parked in violation of snow regulations are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense and a citation may be issued. Even if you don’t live on a snow street, it is very helpful to remove vehicles from the street whenever possible. Doing so will expedite the removal of snow along the roads. Designated streets and other winter regulations are posted to the City’s website, www.bgohio.org. The city has created an account to issue text alerts if snow emergencies are declared or cancelled. Those wishing to receive these alerts need to text “follow bgsnowemergency” to 40404. Text messages from this…


BG residents warned of possible utility scams

Bowling Green Municipal Utilities has been made aware of possible scam activities in the area. Customers have reported receiving a postcard advertising one month free electrical service, phone calls from individuals purporting to offer low cost electrical service, and having someone knocking on doors asking to see utility bills so that they could provide a quote for reduced electrical service. Residents are reminded that utilities in Bowling Green (water, sewer, and electric) are municipal owned and operated – making the utilities a “closed system,” meaning that other utility companies cannot use the infrastructure servicing Bowling Green residents. Customers should ignore mailers and phone calls advertising other utility services as the services being advertised are not even available. Likewise, if a door-to-door salesperson is knocking on doors, customers are asked to call the Bowling Green Police Division non-emergency phone number at 419-352-1131.


Mazey will receive 80-percent of president’s salary as emeritus in 2018

President Mary Ellen Mazey will receive 80 percent of her salary next year serving as president emeritus at Bowling Green State University. Mazey announced at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting that she would be stepping aside from her position as of Dec. 31 after six years on the job. The trustees voted to grant her emeritus status later in the meeting. Mazey will remain at the university through the end of her contract, which runs through June, 2019. She said her new position will allow her to do what she loves, raise money. Her efforts will be focused on large donors. Mazey will also assist in transition and finding a new president. BGSU launched the public phase of its “Changing Lives for the World” comprehensive fundraising campaign. The stated goal is $200 million, but at the launch Mazey indicated the campaign could raise much more than that. Trustees named Provost Rodney Rogers to serve as interim president. David Kielmeyer, chief communications officer for the university, said that in 2018 Mazey will receive 80-percent of her salary, $339,600. In the final six months of her contract, she will become a member of the faculty, and receive compensation of $47,819, based on…


BG taxi license board to meet

The Bowling Green Taxicab License Board will meet in council chambers, 304 N. Church St., on Dec. 14, at 1 p.m., to discuss operator, new taxi driver and renewal applications, as well as other driver and operator matters. Completed license applications must be received by the office of the municipal administrator not later than Dec. 11. Applications may not be submitted electronically.


Agricultural use value renewal forms mailed out

Wood County Auditor Matthew Oestreich has announced that the 2018 Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) renewal forms have been mailed to property owners currently enrolled in the program. Eligible property owners, who are not currently enrolled, may also apply for the program now. In accordance with Ohio law, CAUV applications are to be filed with the county auditor’s office by the first Monday in March, this year by March 5, 2018. Eligible property owners must reapply each year with no renewal fee. There is a $25 initial filing fee for all new applications. If renewal forms are not returned by March 5, the county auditor will be required by law to value the property at its market value and recoup the tax savings for the past three years. Current Agricultural Use Value authorizes the county auditor to assess farmland at its crop production value rather than its market value. It protects and preserves farming operations by gearing the tax base to the production of the land rather than its potential for development. Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment which created the program and since 1974 most of the state’s agricultural land has been taxed at this value instead of market…