BG plant was also targeted for pipe bomb, according to U.S. District Court

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News The Toledo woman arrested for planning a terrorist attack at a Toledo bar was reportedly also plotting an attack at a Bowling Green manufacturing plant. Elizabeth Lecron, 23, was arrested Monday and charged in federal court after she purchased black powder and screws that she believed were going to be used to make a bomb as part of a terrorist attack. She was charged with one count of transportation of explosives and explosive material for the purposes of harming others and property. While much of the initial publicity focused on her alleged plans to use a pipe bomb in an unidentified Toledo bar, the arrest warrant from the U.S. District Court revealed that Lecron also planned some type of an attack at her workplace in Bowling Green. The warrant stated that Lecron worked the second shift at an automotive parts manufacturing plant in Bowling Green. Bowling Green Police Lt. Dan Mancuso said this morning that BGPD detectives were contacted last week by the FBI about the upcoming press conference that was held Monday. However, the police division was not notified about the possible threat of a bomb attack. “We weren’t actually consulted,” Mancuso said. FBI spokesperson Vicki Anderson said this morning that she could not be more specific about the Bowling Green location mentioned in the arrest warrant. “In our documents we didn’t reveal where she worked,” Anderson said. Anderson explained that oftentimes local law enforcement officials are not contacted, since that’s when information leaks occur. She also said that undercover FBI agents were working closely with Lecron and were aware of the progress of her plans. “We did not feel the public was in danger,” Anderson said. When Lecron actually purchased bomb-making items, she was arrested. “Once she bought the items, that’s when we needed to move,” Anderson said. The arrest of Lecron made national news on Monday. “This defendant bought black powder and hundreds of screws that she expected would be used to make a bomb,” said Justin E. Herdman, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “Through her words and actions, she demonstrated that she was committed to seeing death and destruction in order to advance hate. This case demonstrates terrorism comes in many guises and we will remain vigilant to protect all Americans.” According to an affidavit filed in the case, Lecron came to the attention of…

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BGSU 2018 security report available

The annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available. It contains: Crime statistics for the previous three (3) calendar years, including reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by BGSU, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus; Campus policy regarding the reporting of on-campus criminal activity as well as facility access; Campus policy for the reporting of off-campus criminal activity; Campus policy and services regarding law enforcement and public safety; Information regarding personal safety and crime-prevention programs; Campus policy regarding the sale, possession and use of alcohol and illegal drugs; Information regarding drug, alcohol and sexual violence education programs and campaigns; Policies and procedures for preventing and responding to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault; Information regarding how residential students can designate a contact person that the University should notify should they be missing for more than 24 hours; and, Fire safety information for on-campus residential facilities, including the number of actual fires, types of fire safety systems, as well as fire safety educational programs.

Cups of coffee and conversations with cops in BG

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Food and beverages bring people together. It’s no different for local police and the public who occasionally meet in the city over cups of coffee, scoops of ice cream and slices of pizza. As patrons came in and got their coffee at Biggby Wednesday morning, they had a chance to share concerns with local police officers. “We’ve had a few discussions about things,” Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick said as he stood holding his first cup of coffee for the day. “Parking is a hot topic.” It didn’t really matter that the police have nothing to do with the rules – other than enforcing them. What mattered was the townspeople and police were talking. “It’s about interaction with the public,” BG Police Lt. Dan Mancuso said. “People can discuss concerns in a more comfortable environment than calling the police department.” That’s exactly what Bowling Green City Council member Bill Herald wants to see in the police division. “We want to have a police force where people don’t hesitate to call,” Herald said as he talked with Lt. Brad Biller, who was on his third cup of caffeine for the day. “This is what we want in a police department.” The police division holds a “coffee with cops” once or twice a year. The division also held an “ice cream with cops” event at the library last year for younger community members. At Biggby Coffee on Wednesday were five city officers and four Bowling Green State University officers. “We partner all the time on different things,” Hetrick said about the teamwork between the two police departments. “Anytime we have an opportunity to meet the public and have an honest conversation, that’s important,” BGSU Police Chief Mike Campbell said. “We continue to look for those opportunities.” Last week, the campus police gave away about 200 slices of pizza to students in the BGSU union. Herald inquired Wednesday morning about the number of citizens who had mentioned police officers’ fondness for doughnuts. “But the stereotype is true,” Hetrick said with a smile. “I guess that makes it a fact.” Ann Rieman and Kristen Strum came in for coffee – not knowing about the opportunity to share a cup with city cops. Both said they appreciated the effort the police division makes to be a friendly face in local schools. “I know they have had…

BG canine officer used to track escaped juvenile

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   The teen who escaped from the Wood County Juvenile Residential Center on Dunbridge Road, Wednesday evening, reportedly used a chair to break out the window of his cell, according to Bowling Green Deputy Police Chief Justin White. Bowling Green Police Division received a 911 call from JRC at 9:31 p.m. An officer was already in the general area, and others joined to set up a perimeter. Bowling Green’s canine officer, Arci, picked up the juvenile’s trail outside the residential center window, and began tracking him north, White said. As police headed north along Dunbridge Road with Arci leading the way, they found the teenager’s orange residential center flip flops. Soon after that, police received a phone call from a resident of the Copper Beach apartment complex, located at the corner of Dunbridge Road and Napoleon Road. The caller said the teen was trying to break into cars in the apartment complex parking lot. Police found blood on a car door handle, then Arci continued to head north along Dunbridge Road. At the same time, a police officer on the east side of Interstate 75 saw the 15-year-old escapee. The teen listened to police commands and was arrested at 10:22 p.m., White said. The boy had cuts on his hands and was taken to the Wood County Hospital emergency department. After being treated, he was charged with escaping from the center, and returned to the facility, White said. The teen’s original charge that landed him in the residential center was theft of a vehicle, White said. The boy, from Henry County, was being held in the juvenile residential center, which holds minors facing felony level offenses from 10 area counties, according to Wood County Juvenile Court Judge Dave Woessner. “It’s never occurred before,” Woessner said of an escape from the facility. A detention hearing will be held this afternoon for the teen, the judge said.

BG Schools takes steps to make buildings safer

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   As Bowling Green City Schools students went back to school today, they entered buildings that had been made safer over the summer. Superintendent Francis Scruci reported to the Board of Education Tuesday evening that several changes have been made and are in progress to keep students and staff safe from intruders. All school entrance doors have had 3M safety film installed. The change is not visible to the eye, but the film is designed to slow down anyone trying to break through the doors. According to Scruci, the safety film takes about three minutes to break through – which gives people inside the school time to seek safety and notify law enforcement. Ballistic shields have been added to the large windows in the middle school cafeteria. The district also made some changes in the new wing added at the middle school. Rather than have locker bays in the hallways, which give intruders a place to hide, the new wing has all the lockers lining the hallway walls. Also, the outside doors into the new wing are solid – with no windows. “We’ve taken some steps to make that a little safer,” Scruci said. In order make other school entrances more safe, bushes were removed or cut back outside school buildings. The district is in the process of installing indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras at the buildings, he said. Plans are being made with the Bowling Green police and fire divisions to make weekly walks through the school buildings – in addition to unscheduled visits. A security meeting is being planned with school staff, police and fire personnel, to talk about some type of safety training at the schools. That training may be on the ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evaluate) system, or some other safety program. Scruci and the district’s head of school building maintenance, Chuck Martin, recently attended a seminar on safety and security. Many of the ideas from the seminar had already been identified and were being worked on at the district’s buildings, Scruci said. Scruci said he will be looking for grant funding for safety measures. However, he added, “if they’re just one-time grants, then the district is going to have to sustain it.” Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Scruci reported on capital improvements made to school buildings during the summer. At Kenwood, the floor of the gymnasium was replaced,…

Murder of Dawn Glanz to be featured on ‘Cold Justice’

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green’s only unsolved murder will be focused on in an episode of “Cold Justice,” a true crime series on Oxygen cable channel on Saturday. The murder of Dawn Glanz, who was found dead in her home on Kensington Boulevard on May 9, 2013, will be examined in the show that attempts to solve cold cases. The autopsy found that Glanz, 66, a professor of art history at Bowling Green State University, suffered a sharp force injury of the scalp and was stabbed by an assailant. “The family approached us when the case stalled out,” Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick said. They suggested finding a TV show to profile the cold case. Hetrick said he consulted Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Dobson, and contacted Tonya Rider, a Bowling Green State University professor and retired Toledo detective. They contacted Kelly Siegler, a former Houston prosecutor, who leads the investigations on “Cold Justice.” The TV crew spent several days in Bowling Green in October, filming for the show. The primary Bowling Green police officers featured on the show are Det. Brian Houser and Sgt Scott Kleiber. During their 10 days in Bowling Green, the “Cold Justice” crew re-interviewed witnesses and brought in their own technical experts. Hetrick has viewed the episode and was pleased with its adherence to the truth. “I’ve seen it. It’s very accurate,” he said. “Sometimes these crime shows take licenses – this does not.” Hetrick and the Glanz family are hoping the “Cold Justice” episode jogs some memories. “Hopefully somebody has some information we do not,” Hetrick said. “We’re hoping this will bring some closure for the family and some justice for Dawn.” The family has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading for the resolution of the case. If the case is solved, it would clear up Bowling Green’s sole unsolved murder. “This is the only one we have,” Hetrick said.

BG Board of Education studying school safety options

By JAN LARSON McLBAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Bowling Green City School officials met this week to discuss how to keep students and staff safe. A special meeting was held Tuesday afternoon, with the board going into executive session to discuss safety issues. In addition to the board and superintendent, Police Chief Tony Hetrick, Fire Chief Bill Moorman, plus some teachers and administration members were included in the discussion. “We’re looking at people who are on the ground floor of the issue,” Superintendent Francis Scruci said. “We want to try to be proactive,” he said. “It’s not something you can put on a shelf and forget about.” Because the discussion took place in executive session, Scruci did not reveal any specific details of the safety plans being considered. “This is going to be an ongoing situation,” he said. “We’re going to continue to look for ways to improve safety.” The district plans to explore grant opportunities that will pay for safety measures, rather than attempting a levy for safety expenses. However, grant funding has its limitations. “The problem with grant money is sometimes it’s only for one year,” Scruci said. The district is studying changes to its buildings as well as personnel for safety. “We will explore every part of our partnership with police to improve the safety,” he said. As the district had the new middle school designed and constructed, new safety measures were put into place. “We looked at the original designs and we made some changes to improve safety,” Scruci said. For example, the locker bays in the new addition do not stick out into the hallway, but rather are straight down the hallways. The new doors to the bus area are solid, not glass. And ballistic shields will soon be installed on the cafeteria windows. “We did things intentionally with the design,” he said. As with the other school buildings, “The Boots” will be installed on each doorway to keep out intruders. Scruci said the district will continue discussing increased safety measures with the police and fire divisions. “We’re fortunate to live in a supportive city.” “Safety is one of those things that’s going to be an ongoing conversation,” Scruci said.