Fatal crashes reviewed

Wood County Safe Communities held their quarterly Fatal Data Review on Tuesday, June 10, 2017. Two crashes were reviewed from the second quarter of 2017 and one was deferred to the third quarter for review. The crashes reviewed were:  Route 25 at Pearl St. in the City of Bowling Green  Route 480 and Route 795  Route 20 at Oakmead in Perrysburg Township (Deferred to Third Quarter) The countermeasures established as a result of these crashes are as follows:  Always wear your seatbelt  Do not drive at an excessive speed  Always be attentive when driving  Always obey all traffic control devices  Do not drive impaired  Know your driving limitations

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New public safety director sees BGSU police headed in the right direction

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News As a veteran of the Bowling Green State University police force, new Chief Mike Campbell is confident the department is headed in the right direction. Campbell has been with the force since April, 2011, when he was hired by then Chief Monica Moll as a patrol captain. When Moll left last fall to become director of public safety at Ohio State University, he was named interim chief and earlier this week hired as the permanent replacement. In an interview, Thursday, Campbell said: “We are moving in a positive direction.” That includes being in the process of seeking accreditation. Recently Campbell has been one of the campus officials called on to address how BGSU handles cases of sexual assault. The issue was pushed to the fore by a victim who complained on Facebook about how she was treated, prompting a protest late in the semester. The complaints did not target the police, still Campbell said that it is always worthwhile to look at ways to improve police procedures. The Task Force on Sexual Assault that was created by President Mary Ellen Mazey in the wake of the protest offers such an opportunity. “The major focus of the task force is to look at the process we have and evaluate what we’ve done,” Campbell said. This would include looking at “new and inventive ways” of handling sexual assault “as well as for prevention and education opportunities that can be focused on.” This issue is just one of many where the university police must interact with the separate procedures regulating student conduct. This could mean dual investigations…

BGSU turns to Campbell to lead public safety

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News   Bowling Green State University has turned to an insider to fill the position of police chief and director of public safety. In a letter to BGSU faculty, staff and students, Vice President for Finance and Administration Sheri Stoll announced that Michael Campbell, who has been serving as the interim chief since last October, has been named as permanent chief. The university conducted a nationwide search, eventually selecting three finalists. In addition to Campbell, the search committee interviewed candidates from Northeast Ohio and Ann Arbor. Campbell took over as interim chief when Monica Moll left BGSU to become director of public safety at Ohio State University. It was Moll who hired Campbell as a patrol captain in April, 2011. According to Stoll’s message: “In his time at BGSU, his leadership has been critical in creating important training and professional development programs and opportunities for his officers.” He serves on a number of campus and town-gown committees, including Not in Our Town. Campbell takes over as the campus is being roiled by complaints about how sexual assaults are being handled by the university. Campbell participated in press briefings and interviews about the issue, explaining the department’s procedures. He said on the day of a protest that drew 200 people that he is always looking at ways to improve how the department does things. During another interview, he said, that his officers will do what they can to assist victims, including accompanying them to the Bowling Green City Police of the assault occurred off campus. Sexual assault cases, whether or not they are prosecuted, are also…

Suspect found in BG Starbucks bomb threat

After a bomb threat was called into the Starbucks at 1560 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green, this morning shortly after 10, Bowling Green Police detectives were able to identify the source of the phone call as Erik Perez, 36, of Laredo, Texas. Laredo detectives were contacted and paid a visit to Perez, who admitted making the bomb threat. According to Bowling Green Police Major Justin White, Perez has special needs, limited capacity to understand the implications of his actions, and lives with his mother. The Laredo detectives explained the seriousness of the bomb threat to Perez. White said Bowling Green Police Division has no plans to file charges against Perez. The bomb threat call came in at 10:07 this morning, with a Starbucks employee then calling 911 to notify police and the building was evacuated. By 10:11 a.m., the bomb-sniffing canine from Bowling Green State University was requested. The dog arrived on the scene at 10:27 a.m., checked out Starbucks, the neighboring Chipotle, and cars in the parking lot. The canine found no bombs or suspicious packages, and the businesses were allowed to open again at 10:50 a.m.

Safe Communities reviews five fatal crashes

Wood County Safe Communities held their quarterly Fatal Data Review on Tuesday, April 4. Five crashes were reviewed from the first quarter of 2017. The crashes reviewed were:  Rte 6 at Wapakoneta Rd.  2111 E. Wooster St. in Bowling Green  I-280 at Mile Post 1  Curtice and Wheeling in Northwood  I-75 at Mile Post 170 The countermeasures established as a result of these crashes are as follows:  Always wear your seatbelt  Do not drive at an excessive speed  Always be attentive when driving  Always obey all traffic control devices  Do not drive impaired  Always secure children properly in approved Child Restraints For more information, please contact Lt. Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol, at 419-352-2481

Faculty members urge BGSU to be a leader in addressing sexual violence

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Sandra Faulkner wants Bowling Green State University to be the leader in combating sexual assault on campus. The director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies hopes that the recent protests over the way BGSU handles sexual assault will lead to innovation, not duplication of other universities’ “best practices.” “No institution in higher education handles sexual violence well,” she said. Faulkner and her colleague Sarah Rainey, an associate professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies, met with Dean of Students Jodi Webb Friday in the wake of a protest that drew about 200 students. In their meeting with Webb, Faulkner and Rainey brought with them a list of actions, drafted by members of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty, that BGSU could take immediately to start addressing the problem. On Monday President Mary Ellen Mazey announced the formation of Task Force on Sexual Assault. Rainey is one of 17 members appointed to the task force. The task force includes faculty, staff, students, the student member of the Board of Trustees, and a representative from The Cocoon. (http://bgindependentmedia.org/mazey-to-launch-task-force-on-sexual-assault/) According to President Mary Ellen Mazey’s letter announcing its creation, the task force’s charge is: “to review our policies and procedures for Title IX and sexual assault, benchmark our efforts against best practices across the country, and provide recommendations to improve the campus culture and our policies. In addition, the task force will examine our services for supporting sexual assault victims and evaluate our awareness and prevention efforts.” Both Faulkner and Rainey were encouraged by the composition of the task force. Faulkner is concerned about…

Woman reports assault by man acting as Uber driver

On Sunday (April 30) at 3:49 a.m. the Bowling Green Police Division responded to an alleged abduction and gross sexual imposition. Upon arrival officers contacted the complainant who alleged she was picked up by a subject who purported being an Uber driver in the area of 100 block of South Enterprise. The complainant alleges the driver acted as though he was unfamiliar with the area and he drove her around the city. While driving randomly through the city the driver parked his vehicle and got on top of the complainant groping her over her clothes. The complainant advised that she told the driver, “No.” The driver stopped groping her and proceeded to drive her around the city. The complainant alleged that she was able to jump out of the vehicle and run to her residence. Once at her residence the complainant reported the incident to her friends and then contacted the Bowling Green Police Division. The complainant described the driver as a black male, in his 20s, appeared to be taller than 5 feet 10 inches, weighing more than 250 pounds with short hair, unshaved face, wearing sweatpants. The vehicle the suspect was driving was described as a four door newer white Ford car. Anyone with information regarding this case can call the Bowling Green Police at (419) 352-2571 or Wood County Crime Stoppers at (419) 352-0077. Uber provides these safety tips on its website: To keep riders safe, we vet Uber driver-partners and build our technology with safety in mind. But there are also things that you as a rider can do to ensure your safety. We worked with…