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Sheriff’s office gets grant from state for body armor

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has announced that more than 300 local law enforcement agencies are now participating in the Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Program. The program is funded by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and awards grants totaling up to $40,000 to each agency. Wood County Sheriff’s Office will receive $14,827 to spend on body armor vests for officers. And Pemberville Police Department will receive $2,660. The 320 local agencies vary in size and are concentrated primarily in the metro areas surrounding Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Youngstown. Although a vast majority of the grants have gone to police departments, agencies such as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District in New Philadelphia, the Lorain County Metropolitan Park District Rangers and the Stark County Park District in Massillon have also received funding. A total of $2.7 million was awarded to the entities for body armor.


Public input sought on proposed Portage River Water Trail

Communities along the Portage River in Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties are getting together to create a water trail that runs from the Village of Pemberville to the City of Port Clinton. A water trail is a series of safe and convenient access points to a river as designated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, with parking and educational signage. Easy access encourages recreation and also allows for trash cleanup and monitoring of the river’s health. The public is invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about a Portage River Water Trail and to be part of creating a new recreational and tourism asset in the region. Organizers are asking for local knowledge and experience: Do you live in a Portage River community?Are you a birdwatcher? Do you fish in the Portage?What are possible access sites?What are river conditions like at different times of the year?What information would paddlers need to know in your area? One of those meetings will take place in Wood County – on May 23, from 7 to 8 p.m., in the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. Local government officials and these groups will answer questions and share information: the Ohio Department of Natural Resources – division of State Parks and Watercraft, TMACOG, and the Portage River Basin Council (a committee of TMACOG). Some designated water trails in our area include East Sandusky Bay Water Trail sponsored by Erie Metroparks, and the Maumee River Trail with a trail guide from Metroparks Toledo. ODNR has more information about water trails here: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/watertrails. For more information about the proposed Portage Water Trail project, contact Sara Guiher, TMACOG water quality planner: 419.241.9155 et. 1147, guiher@tmacog.org.


BG Revolving Loan Fund Committee meeting set

The City of Bowling Green Revolving Loan Fund Committee is scheduled to meet on April 29, at 10:30 a.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 discuss an existing loan for the Business Revolving Loan Fund. This meeting is open to the public.



‘School Bus Safety Act’ legislation proposed by Gavarone

State Senator Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, today introduced the “School Bus Safety Act,” legislation that will bring more awareness to school bus safety issues and increase penalties for people who violate laws designed to protect students while going to and from school. Last year, then State Senator Randy Gardner, who is now state chancellor for higher education, held a forum with local bus drivers and school officials to listen to their concerns. The Columbus Dispatch reported that between 2015 and 2017 there were 4,306 accidents involving a school bus and 4,198 drivers cited for failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or unloading children. School administrators, law enforcement and parents believe that impatience, more than ignorance of current laws regarding improperly passing a school bus, is to blame. Under the bill, the fine for improperly passing a school bus will double. For repeat offenders, the fine will increase $250 and include a rise in level of driver’s license suspension for each violation. The legislation will also enhance the penalty for vehicular homicide or vehicular assault if the offender hits or kills a student as a result of improperly passing a school bus. “Recent accidents involving children from schools in my district has made school bus safety an even bigger focus of mine,” Gavarone said. “This bill is going to bring more awareness to the issue and increase penalties for people who blatantly disregard laws that have been proven to protect our children.” The legislation also creates a pilot program that will allow districts across the state to apply for school bus cameras and designates August as “School Bus Safety Awareness Month.” Senate Bill 134 will be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.


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).


Health dept. encouraging vaccines during National Infant Immunization Week

Parents should begin making plans now for vaccines that their children will need when they return to school in the fall. Physician offices often become busy with immunization appointments, so Wood County Health Department is encouraging parents during National Infant Immunization Week (April 23-29) to begin making their vaccine plans now. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for preventing disease and death. They help protect vaccinated individuals as well as entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Giving babies their recommended immunizations by age 2 and throughout childhood is the best way to protect them from many serious diseases, such as whooping cough and measles. Parents should ask their child’s doctor about what vaccines are recommended for their age. Wood County Health Department provides immunizations to children from birth to age 18 whose doctors do not offer them. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on May 8 and June 4, and from 1-3:30 p.m. on May 23 and June 20. For more information or to make an appointment, call 419-352-8402. Most insurance and Medicaid is accepted, and the cost without insurance is $20 per vaccine. If you or your child does not have a medical provider, Wood County Community Health Center is accepting new patients. Call 419-354-9049 to schedule an appointment. The mission of Wood County Health Department is to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles and protect the health of everyone in Wood County. The Community Health Center provides comprehensive medical services for men, women and children. The center welcomes all patients, including uninsured or underinsured clients, regardless of their ability to pay, and accepts most third-party insurance. For more information, visit www.WoodCountyHealth.org


Fire marshal seeks suspect in Northwood arson

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau (FEIB) are seeking the public’s help in locating a Toledo woman wanted in connection to a March 24 fire in Northwood. Brooke Marie Marcy-Tipton Brooke Marie Maxcy-Tipton (AKA: Brooke Marie Liggons) has been charged with aggravated arson for her role in a vehicle fire at a hotel on Oregon Road, Northwood, at 3:03 a.m. March 24. Maxcy-Tipton is 5’1” with brown hair and brown eyes. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to Maxcy-Tipton’s arrest and conviction for the fire.Anyone with information is encouraged to call the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728 or the Northwood Police Department at 419-691-5053.


BG Schools offers meeting for parents on suicide prevention

Following is a letter sent to parents by BG Superintendent Francis Scruci: Dear parents and guardians, The health and well-being of each and every student is the highest priority of the Bowling Green City Schools. As you know, we had a difficult week last week with the unexpected passing of one of our Senior High students. During these times, there are more questions than there are answers and events like this leave us feeling concerned moving forward. We are committed to partnering with you and sharing information that parents can use with their children to identify signs, how to have the important conversations, and resources available. As part of our on-going partnership with you, on Monday, April 29, in the Performing Arts Center beginning at 6 p.m., we will be hosting a very important meeting. Mental Health/Suicide Prevention specialists Noelle Duvall and Ann Huss will give a presentation on helping parents identify the signs of depression and suicide, conversation starters with your children, resources available and an opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end. Please consider joining us for this important meeting. Throughout the school year we have provided opportunities and resources for students, staff, parents, and guardians and will continue to do so in the future. We encourage parents to attend future opportunities as we are eager to partner and help keep our students safe. Some of the events held this year that you will continue to see in the future include: Mental Health Awareness Night; Signs of Suicide for all 9th graders; Mental Health Awareness for all 7th graders; School-based Mental Health Therapist through CRC; Alcohol, Drug, and Other Counselor through the ESC; Instruction in coping strategies, bullying, and conflict resolution in K-5; K-12 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In addition to offering these for parents and students, we also require that all faculty are trained on depression, suicide awareness, and child abuse. It is my sincere hope to see on Monday, April 29. Together we can make a difference. Sincerely, Superintendent Francis Scruci


Crash south of BG closes lanes on I-75

The Bowling Green Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a one-vehicle injury crash on Interstate 75 south of Bowling Green, and north of Cygnet. Troopers on scene have reported that the two left lanes of travel have been restricted on the northbound and southbound sides of the roadway. The patrol is asking that motorists proceed with caution through the area.


What’s next for construction project in BG’s downtown…

The utility project within Bowling Green’s 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.  During this work, intermittent road closures will occur along side streets.It is anticipated that the end of this week, 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 of 2019.  Once complete, a contractor will repave the downtown.Questions about this may be directed to the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.


Safe Communities reviews fatal accidents

Wood County Safe Communities’ Fatal Data Review Committee met on Tuesday, April 9 to review 3 fatal crashes from the first quarter of 2019. The following fatal crashes were reviewed: Bays and Bradner RoadsI-75 at MP 198I75 at MP 183 The following countermeasures were established: Drive for weather conditionsRemain inside your vehicle when disabled on the interstate.  Call #677 or 911 for assistanceDon’t drive distractedMove Over/Slow Down


County Park District will conduct planned burns at several properties

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT Wood County Park District is planning to conduct prescribed fires on several park properties this spring. Potential locations are the following properties: Baldwin Woods Preserve at 14080 Range Line Road in Weston, Bradner Preserve at 11491 Fostoria Road/SR 23 in Bradner, and Cricket Frog Cove at 14810 Freyman Road in Cygnet. The exact timing of the fires will be determined by weather factors to ensure the most effective and safe conditions, including smoke mitigation. All of our prescribed fire practices are conducted under waiver through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, notification of the Ohio EPA, as well as, direct supervision by an Ohio Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Local fire departments for each site are aware of these plans and will be directly notified at least 24 hours before the fire and also on the day of the fire by our fire manager.The purpose of the fires is for the benefit of the natural areas and native ecosystems. Prescribed fires can restore nutrients and lead to more desirable future plant growth. All fire management is completed with best management practices. Call 419-575-7339, or email alowien@wcparks.org, with any questions directly involving our prescribed fire practices. For more information about the 20 parks and nature preserves in the Wood County Park District system and about the public programs offered, please visit www.wcparks.org, download the free app ‘wcparks’ or call 419-353-1897.


Sexual assault reported on campus

A female Bowling Green State University student reported that she was sexually assaulted in Founders Hall on April 10, 2019, according to campus police. The suspect is a male who is known to the student. In issuing the alert on the incident, BGSU police stated that: “The University shares this information so that members of the community can take appropriate precautions. Campus notifications are made in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Certain details in this alert are omitted to to protect the privacy of the reporting party.”


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.