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BGSU looking for evidence of weekend incident

The Bowling Green State University Dean of Students has issued a statement about an incident that may have occurred over the weekend. The statement from Jodi Webb reads: “There have been numerous posts on social media in recent days about a fight or assault involving students that may have occurred over the weekend. Neither Bowling Green Police or BGSU Police have received a report about the incident. “We are committed to providing a safe environment for all of our students. Incidents like this will not be tolerated. BGSU will support anyone who may have been harmed. Any students involved may also be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct. Anyone with information is encouraged to come forward and contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 419-372-2843 or file an incident report. “Respecting one another and fostering diversity and a culture of inclusion is a core value at Bowling Green State University. Let’s all work together to live up to our values.”

Air National Guard to perform test flights today

Alert fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will conduct a test of the Aerospace Control Alert system on today, April 27, starting at 10:30 a.m. Aerospace Control includes maintaining air sovereignty and air defense through the surveillance and control of airspace over Canada and the U.S. The purpose of the event is to exercise coordination between the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Federal Aviation Administration and 180th Fighter Wing. Those living in and around the Toledo and Sandusky areas may hear and/or see fighter jets in close proximity to a Civil Air Patrol aircraft, which will be taking on the role of a Track of Interest (TOI). A TOI is an aircraft that has been identified as a potential threat. Although scheduled for the morning, the exercise flights could be delayed due to weather concerns. These types of exercises are conducted on a routine basis as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Operation Noble Eagle, which was initiated after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Roller on a roll at Art Walk

Art Walk winners   Art Walk has been good to artist Tom Roller. In previous years he’s won both the top prize awarded by the jurors and has won the top prize chosen by the public. This year he won both. That double win will amount to a fond farewell for Roller, who said earlier in the day that he’s going stop doing art fairs this year. At 78 hauling his large metal sculptures is more than he wants to take on. Not that he’ll abandon his metalworking tools. He’ll continue selling his sculptures inspired by flora and fauna out of his garage. That’s plenty of work for him. Also winning Juried Art Awards were: Chris Burch, photography, second place, and Shannon Yocum, found art furniture, third place. Winning People’s Choice honors were: Richard Gullett, drawings, second place; John Calderonello, wooden boxes, third place; and Curisa Passalacqua, fourth. Art by professional, avocational and student artists was displayed in 29 locations in downtown Bowling Green.

Faculty union members approved three-year contract

The collective bargaining agreement between the BGSU-Faculty Association has been overwhelmingly approved by the union membership. A notice was sent late Friday afternoon announcing that 95 percent of those casting ballots voted in favor. The contract calls for a 3-percent pay increase in each of the three years of the contract. It also includes more protections for non-tenure track faculty, financial incentives for faculty who bring in grant money, and no changes in health care premiums as well as initiatives to enhance the collaboration between faculty and the administration. If approved May 6 by the University Board of Trustees, the contract will go into effect July 1.

East Reed to be closed for gas line work

Columbia Gas has been authorized to close portions of East Reed to through traffic, between North Main and North Enterprise, during the week of April 25. The closures are necessary for the installation of natural gas service lines as part of the 2016 natural gas line replacements. During these closures, no parking will be allowed in posted areas from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions may be directed to Columbia Gas of Ohio or the Engineering Division at 419-354-6227.

House Bill 173 expands veteran identification

During House session this week, State Representative Tim Brown spoke on the floor about House Bill 173, a bill Representative Brown co-sponsored.  The bill gives military veterans a new identification card and DD Form 214 filing option.  Specifically, HB 173 allows counties to authorize the issuance of veteran identification cards to qualifying individuals, either through the county recorder or the county veterans service office. While some county recorders already issue the identification cards, HB 173 seeks to standardize the cards issued in Ohio.  The cards will give military veterans in Ohio another option for documenting their veteran status for purposes like employment applications, veteran hospital services and discounts at participating retail establishments and restaurants.  Additionally, the identification card will be useful for certain veterans who do not fit into a category to receive a veteran ID card distributed by the federal government or through their local registrar’s office. HB 173 also provides veterans with the opportunity to record a copy of their DD 214 forms with their local county recorder – which will provide a permanent record of the document for the veteran.    The DD 214 is a document issued by the US Defense Department upon retirement or discharge from…

Woodland Mall on sheriff’s sale list, but will not be auctioned, manager says

Woodland Mall, 1234 N. Main St., Bowling Green, is on the list for the upcoming Wood County Sheriff’s Sale of foreclosed properties. But mall manager, Michelle Beaverson, said the owner’s attorney was just trying to get the taxes lowered on the property. She said the mall will not be sold at the sheriff’s sale. “Everything will be taken care of before then,” Beaverson said Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff’s office investigating sale of fake concert tickets

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the sale of fraudulent tickets for the Luke Bryan concert held April 14 at the Huntington Center, Toledo. The fraudulent tickets were sold after being posted for sale on Craigslist. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting if others had purchased the fake tickets for the concert that they contact Det. Lt. Jamie Webb at 419-354-9087.

BG Police and DEA to collect unused prescription drugs

 On April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Bowling Green Police Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the main entrance of the Wood County Hospital at 950 W. Wooster Street in Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  This entrance is located on the eastside of the building.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the…

BGSU names new VP for student affairs

Bowling Green State University has tapped an administrator from Ball State as its new vice president for student affairs and vice provost. Dr. Thomas Gibson, associate vice president for student affairs at Ball State University, will join Bowling Green State University on July 1. According to a letter to the university from President Mary Ellen Mazey: “His vision for student affairs aligns well with what we strive for at BGSU, that is, a campus environment where classroom and co-curricular activities work together to support student success. As you may have gathered from the title change for this position, the vice president for student affairs and vice provost will have additional interaction with the academic side of the University to further enhance the synergetic relationship between the two.” Gibson has worked for 19 years in higher education including at York and Queens colleges CUNY and the University of Connecticut previous to his job at Ball State University. Those experiences, Mazey’s letter says “provided him with a ground-up view of student affairs. His experience includes serving as an advocate for students along with strategic planning, program development, diversity and inclusion efforts, retention and degree-completion initiatives and budget, resource and facilities management.” Jill…

West Evers to close for gas work

Columbia Gas of Ohio has been authorized to close West Evers to through traffic from Fairview to Main Street on Thursday and Friday, April 21-22. Temporary no parking will be in place on these dates from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Intersections along West Evers will not be affected and will remain accessible during the closure. The closure is required to complete concrete and asphalt repair associated with the natural gas line replacement project. Questions or concerns may be directed to Columbia Gas of Ohio or the Public Works Department at 419-354-6227.

County recorder submits quarterly report

The Wood County Recorder, Julie Baumgardner, has released a report covering the transactions of the recorder’s office for the first quarter, January 1 thru March 31, 2016: 1,375 deeds were recorded for this quarter, compared to 1,083 deeds being recorded for the same quarter last year. 991 mortgages, with a valuation of $3,763,692,164.90, were recorded for this quarter, compared to 939 mortgages, with valuation of $188,354,546.85 being recorded for the same quarter  last year. Numerous other documents were recorded, in addition to the above, for a total of 4,285 documents being recorded for this quarter, compared to 3,727 documents being recorded for the same quarter last year. Julie Baumgardner, Wood County Recorder, paid a total of $248,368.41 into the county for this quarter, compared to $214,276.89 for the same quarter last year. $109,026.91 of the total for this quarter was paid directly into the county general fund, compared with $83,389.39 for the same quarter last year. $122,665.50 of the total for this quarter was paid into the housing trust fund, less one percent back to the county general fund by the state for the timely distribution of the money to the fund, compared with   $105,757.50 for the same quarter last…

City income tax filing deadline is Monday

The tax filing deadline for a 2015 city income tax return is Monday, April 18. The City of Bowling Green does not accept returns filed electronically. A paper copy must be submitted. Any requests for an extension of time to file a return must be filed with the Bowling Green Income Tax Division by April 18. The IRS does not inform the Bowling Green City Income Tax Division if a request for an extension for a federal tax return has been submitted. Residents are encouraged to call the Income Tax Division for questions at 419-354-6212 or visit the Income Tax Division webpage which may be accessed from

Deadline for storm debris pickup is Friday

The deadline to report debris as a result of the April 9 winter storm is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Residents are to call the Public Works Division at 419-354-6227 to verify the damage and to be added to the list of properties for storm damage pick-up. Any limbs or trees that qualify must conform to the brush pick-up guidelines – stumps and limbs must be less than 12 inches in diameter and shorter than 10 feet in length. Once the deadline has passed, additional properties will not be added to the list for final clean-up. Questions should be directed to Public Works, 419-354-6227.  

BG parents charged with permitting child abuse

Two Bowling Green parents were charged with permitting child abuse Monday, after a boy ran to a neighbor’s home for help. Sarah Ybanez, 30, and Tony Ybanez, 37, of 516 Napoleon Road, were arrested after a child ran from their home around 12:30 a.m. to a nearby apartment complex. The resident at the complex reported to police that there was a knock at the door after midnight. “It was a young child,” the police report said. The child, age 15, asked the resident to call the police, according to Bowling Green Police Lt. Dan Mancuso. The boy had bruises allegedly from being struck by his father and stepmother. The child had reportedly been struck so hard with a shoe that he had shoe imprints on his face and collarbone, plus reddened areas on his arms and hands, Mancuso said. The parents were taken to the Wood County Justice Center, and the boy was released into the care of another family member.