BG police investigating thefts from vehicles

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a series of thefts from vehicles over the past two weeks.  The stolen property includes but is not limited to electronics, money, and personal items. A majority of these thefts in our community occur as crimes of opportunity. Therefore, citizens are reminded to remove articles of value from their unoccupied vehicles and to keep their vehicles secured (windows up, sunroofs secured, convertible tops closed, and door locks locked). Anyone having any information related to these incidents is encouraged to contact the Police Division at (419) 352-2571 or Wood Co. CrimeStoppers at (419) 352-0077 or (800) 54-CRIME.  Persons contacting Wood Co. CrimeStoppers have the opportunity to remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000 if the information that they provide proves to be pertinent to the case.  

Read More

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…

Protest blasts BGSU’s handling of reports of sexual violence

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News One in five women on college campuses have been sexually assaulted. Those numbers got a voice Thursday when about 200 students gathered in front of the student union at Bowling Green State University to protest what they said was the lack of response to instances of rape. They chanted and carried homemade signs. One after another, people who had been assaulted stepped into the circle, picked up with megaphone and told their stories. Some happened before the speakers had come to BGSU. Some happened here. Others offered words of support, and expressions of anger. Felita Guyton said she was assaulted in October 2015. She dropped the case, she said, when it was clear it would not be pursued. She told those gathered that she felt like the university thinks the careers of those accused are more important than those they have victimized. No one, she said, should be made to feel their body is not their own, or “have an out-of-body experience as they are being attacked.” Speaking out was difficult, Guyton said later. She wasn’t sure she could do it. But in the end it was something that had to be said. “I needed to do it now.” The protest was sparked by a post on Facebook by first year student Chelsea Halm expressing dissatisfaction with the way her complaint was handled by the university. Her post prompted a number of comments, including from Allie Dyer who suggested the rally. Halm attended the rally, but did not speak. She said she was not involved in organizing it. Afterward, Halm said, that initially she…

Man reports being robbed of his car at gunpoint in BG

A man has reported being robbed of his car at gunpoint in Bowling Green. On Tuesday, April 25, at 10:37 p.m., the Bowling Green Police Division took a report of an aggravated robbery that occurred in the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue in Bowling Green. According to the victim, he posted his white 2009 Mercedes GL320 for sale on Craigslist, Letgo, and OfferUp.  A potential buyer contacted him and they met in the 1500 block of East Wooster Street at approximately 10 p.m.  The victim described the subject as a 5’10”-6’ tall light-skinned black male in his 20s who was wearing gray sweat pants and a beanie-style hat.  The male requested to take a test drive of the vehicle.  The victim got in the passenger seat and allowed the unknown male to operate the vehicle.  The male drove to the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue, pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun, and pointed it at the victim’s head.  The male demanded the victim exit the vehicle, which he did.  The male then fled the scene in the vehicle.  The victim’s vehicle displayed Ohio temporary registration D259590. 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.  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 $1,000.

Beware of police charity fraud phone solicitations

The Bowling Green Police Division received information regarding individuals calling area residents requesting money for the “BG Police Foundation.” The name Kirk Cowan will appear on the caller ID. Cowan is an employee of the police division; however, he is not making these calls. There are no police division employees calling residents to solicit money. Residents should not provide any information to these individuals. Unfortunately, charity fraud is quite common in today’s digital environment, according to the police division. For more information on how to protect oneself from this type of fraud, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0085-fundraisers-calling-behalf-police-and-firefighters. If you receive a phone call of this nature, please report it to the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131.

BG man arrested for stabbing victim at Tubby’s Bar

The Bowling Green Police Division responded to a 911 call on Sunday for a subject who had been stabbed with a knife at Tubby’s Bar located 139 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Officers arrived on scene along with BGFD EMS. The victim advised that Arrian Michael McCorkle, 21, of Bowling Green, stabbed him in the lower left abdomen while on the dance floor. Witnesses confirmed that McCorkle was the assailant.  McCorkle fled the scene on foot prior to officers arrival. The victim was transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo where he underwent surgery. Officers located McCorkle at his Bowling Green residence shortly after the incident. McCorkle was arrested and charged with felonious assault. McCorkle was transported to the Wood County Justice Center.