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After party shooting leaves victim in serious condition

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of October 13 at 2055 E. Napoleon Rd., Bowling Green, OH. Shortly after 1 a.m., patrol units were dispatched to a report of a person that had been shot with a handgun after a 911 call came from the residence. The victim, identified as Kyren Palmer, 22, of Cincinnati was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent’s of Toledo where he is listed in serious condition. Patrol units had responded to the residence earlier in the evening for a report of a large party. Responding officers indicated the music was very loud, people were yelling, and they detected an odor of marijuana emitting from an open window of the residence. The gathering was subsequently shut down and a resident was cited for a nuisance party violation. Approximately one hour later, patrol units were dispatched to the same address for the reported shooting. It is reported that there was a physical altercation between Palmer and several other unidentified individuals which led to Palmer being shot in the left abdomen with a 9mm handgun. The scene was processed by Bowling Green PD detectives and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with further information is urged to contact Det. Brian Houser with the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54-CRIME (419-352-0077). Callers are eligible for cash rewards up to $1,000 for information resulting in the arrest and conviction of perpetrators of crime.

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National manhunt continues for 2 men charged with rape and kidnapping of BG sisters

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The national manhunt continues for two men wanted for the alleged rape and kidnapping of two sisters, ages 13 and 14, in Bowling Green. Two other men have been apprehended for the crime. Simon Juan Thomas, 24, from Guatemala, was arrested last week in Bowling Green. David Ramos Contreras, 27, from Mexico, was apprehended Thursday by the U.S. Marshals Service, in Lubbock, Texas. The two suspects remaining at large are Juan Garcia Rios Adiel and Arnulfo Ramos. The four men are charged with the rape and kidnapping of the two girls on June 28, according to Bowling Green Police Lt. Dan Mancuso. The sisters were staying at Days Inn, in Bowling Green, with their mother. The address listed for the family is Bowling Green. The four men were also staying at the hotel at the time. Police were notified after the mother took the girls to Wood County Hospital. Thomas was arrested by Bowling Green Police the next day. He was charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and is being held in the Wood County jail with a $50,000 bond. Warrants were issued for the other three men. Police received a tip that Contreras was seen at the Walmart in Spring Meadows, in Lucas County, last Saturday, June 30. A store video captured images of Contreras walking with two women. Police were able to locate the women and determined they were not connected to the suspect, Mancuso said. “They believed he needed some assistance,” Mancuso said. “They believed they were doing a good deed helping someone out.” Information was then developed placing Contreras in Lubbock, Texas, after investigators for the U.S. Marshals Service and Bowling Green Police followed leads developed over the last two days. Contreras, who was found hiding under a bed in Lubbock, will be extradited back to Ohio. “He will come back to Wood County to face the charges,” Mancuso said. Nationwide warrants have been issued for the remaining two men at large, and numerous law enforcement agencies, including ICE, are working to find them. The case has received national attention, being posted on CNN news earlier this week. Bowling Green Police Division is receiving calls from across the nation, Mancuso said. “We still are getting numerous tips,” he said this morning. “We’re getting tips from other areas.” Bowling Green police are following up on local leads, and contacting other law enforcement on tips reported elsewhere in the country. “We still are receiving some tips that they are in the area,” Mancuso said of Adiel and Ramos. “We can’t rule anything out at this point.” Mancuso was unaware of the suspects’ criminal history. According to BG Police Chief Deputy Justin White, all four suspects were found to have “fraudulent paperwork” documenting their status as immigrant workers. Contreras had previously been deported, White said. Mancuso and White said the local charges are BG Police Division’s concern. “We’re not charged with investigating the status of immigration. That’s not our primary focus,” Mancuso said. “Obviously, the rape and kidnapping charges are what we are investigating.” Police don’t believe there was any connection between the victims and the suspects other than they were all staying at the hotel. “The information we’re receiving is the suspects were living at the Days Inn…


BG police give update on alleged kidnapping & sexual assault

The Bowling Green Police Division is no longer attempting to identify the two females described in the July 3 press release. They have been identified and have spoken with investigators. The two females are not suspects in any crime related to the current investigation. The Bowling Green Police Division would like to thank all law enforcement personnel, the news media and all concerned citizens in attempting to identify these individuals. Investigators are continuing to follow up on tips received regarding the whereabouts of the three male suspects involved an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault incident that occurred in Bowling Green. The alleged female victims are 13 and 14 years of age. One suspect identified as Simon Juan, DOB 11/5/1993, Guatemala, was arrested for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and transported to the Wood County Justice Center. Three other suspects are also alleged to be involved in the incident. At this time, detectives have identified one suspect as David Ramos Contreras, DOB 12/31/1990, Mexico. The two other suspects identified themselves as Juan Garcia Rios Adiel and Arnulfo Ramos. Adiel possessed a US Permanent Resident ID card out of Fellsmere, Florida, with a listed date of birth as 9/13/98; however, the card was later verified to be fraudulent. Nationwide arrest warrants have been issued for Contreras, Adiel, and Ramos on two counts of kidnapping and rape. Anyone having information related to the whereabouts of the suspects 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 $1000.    


Safe Communities cautions against drinking & driving over the July 4th holiday

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY This year as we celebrate our country’s birthday, thousands of families take to their cars driving to neighborhood cookouts, family picnics, and other summer festivities. Sadly, some of their Independence Day celebrations will end in tragedy as too many people decide to drink and drive. Unfortunately, their bad choices have lasting effects on families. According to NHTSA, 37,361 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2017, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in a crash during which the driver had a BAC over the legal limit of .08. With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads. Nighttime is especially dangerous: the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes during the 2017 July Fourth holiday period was more than three times higher at night than it was during the day. It’s essential that our community members understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive. Under no circumstance is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you and everyone on the road with you. Before you head out for your celebrations, make sure you plan a sober way home. Law enforcement in Wood County is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday weekend to put an end to drunk driving. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.


Safe Communities reports on fatal crashes

From WOOD COUNTY SAFE COMMUNITIES Wood County Safe Communities announced today there have been six fatal crashes in Wood County compared to seven last year at this time. This is a decrease of one crash to date. This month Safe Communities is highlighting National Safety Awareness. National Safety Month promotes four key aspects each week, including: emergency preparedness, wellness, falls and driving. By avoiding distracted driving and focusing on buckling up, you can increase safety on the roadway. Distracted driving is a public issue that affects us all. More than 40,000 people were killed on the nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor. Each death is 100 prevention preventable. Cell phones, dashboard infotainment systems, and evolving voice command features all pose a threat to our safety. Taking just one second of your attention away from the task of driving is all it takes to change a life forever. Additionally, during a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Being thrown from a vehicle almost always leads to injury. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Let’s make this summer a fun and safe one!


Safe belts help protect drivers, passengers in the event of a crash

From WOOD COUNTY SAFE COMMUNITIES Wood County Safe Communities announced today that there have been six fatal crashes in Wood County for calendar year 2018, the same number as this time last year. During a crash, being buckled up helps keep you safe and secure inside your vehicle, whereas being completely thrown out of your vehicle almost always leads to injury. Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. In 2015, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 13,941 lives of occupants ages 5 and older. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement officers saving lives. Though some believe airbags can replace seat belts in the event of an accident, the force of being thrown into a rapidly opening airbag could injure or even kill. Airbags were designed to work in conjunction with seat belts to maximize safety efforts. Your pelvis and rib cage are more able to withstand crash force than other parts of your body, which is why it’s important to secure your seat belt over these areas. If impact should occur, these areas will be able to take more of the pressure from seat belts and airbags to protect the rest of the body. There are several steps you can take to get the best seat belt fit for your safety. When buying a car, test the belts provided to see if they are a good fit for you. You can talk to your car dealer about options for seat belt adjusters and extenders if necessary. For those with older vehicles, your seat belt may be outdated for current standards. Check with the vehicle manufacturer to determine the best option for you.


BG police & fire train on new strategy for school shootings

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Last week while Bowling Green schools were closed for spring break, teams of police officers clad in protective vests and carrying AR-15 air soft training rifles trained in their hallways. By this week, all of the city’s police officers will have gone through rescue task force training. The point of the practice is to prepare police and EMS to work together to get medical help to victims of mass shootings as quickly as possible. “Time is so critical,” Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick said. On Friday afternoon, another team of police officers wrapped up their active shooter drill at Crim Elementary School. While they train annually for active shooters, this was the first time that police and firefighters/paramedics trained together. Police trained to go into the “hot zone,” to confront the shooters, and create an area in the nearby “warm zone” for EMS to take care of those injured. “Our entire role in all of this is to train the police officers to make a safe area,” so medical treatment doesn’t have to wait until the entire scene is cleared of risks, Bowling Green Fire Chief Bill Moorman said. “Our paramedics are escorted in to treat in the building, and not wait for patients to be brought out to us,” Moorman said. “It’s getting our people into the building faster than normal.” The rescue task force responses to mass shootings do not require EMS personnel to carry firearms. “We are the firefighters’ protection for tactical emergency medical services,” explained Bowling Green Police Deputy Chief Justin White as he stood outside Crim Elementary. The rescue task force training included every police officer and firefighter. “All our officers are getting trained this week,” Hetrick said. “Every single one will go through it,” Moorman said. Each of the training sessions was held in Crim Elementary, though Hetrick said his officers are familiar with every school building in the city. The rescue task force training had been months in the making – long before the shooting in Parkland, Florida. But the timing proved perfect with concerns heightened after 17 students and teachers were killed by the Parkland shooter. “Anxiety is through the roof,” Hetrick said in the days following the Florida school shooting. Immediately after the Parkland school shooting, Bowling Green Police Division increased its foot patrols near local schools and drive-throughs of school parking lots. “We have stepped that up,” Hetrick said during the recent school safety forum held by the school district at the county library. Though the police division does not have enough officers to station them at the schools, Hetrick said the response time averages one to two minutes. The officers are well-equipped, train for active shooter responses, and are familiar with all the school buildings, Hetrick said. Prior to the Columbine school shooting, many police departments waited outside schools during active shooting incidents. Bowling Green police have a policy of “solo engagement,” meaning the first officer on the scene goes in immediately, by himself if necessary. “This is on our minds all the time – what we train for and what we’re equipped for,” Hetrick said. Every officer is equipped with an AR-15 rifle, assault vests and medical kids. “You enter, you find the threat, you neutralize the threat,” the…