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Gordon sexual assault investigation referred to BGSU, Perrysburg

The Bowling Green Police Division has issued the following news release: On October 12, 2018, the Bowling Green Police Division began an investigation into sexual assault allegations made via social media against former Bowling Green City Councilman Daniel Gordon. Investigators of the division spoke with the victim.  The victim advised the alleged incidents took place on the Bowling Green State University campus and in the City of Perrysburg. Therefore, BGPD investigators referred this case to the Bowling Green State University Police Department and the Perrysburg Police Department for investigation.  All further inquiries should be directed to the public information officers from those respective agencies.

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BG police & citizen save life of man in cardiac arrest

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   Richard Hill, 54, got to thank three people Monday evening for saving his life. Two are Bowling Green police officers, and one is an apartment resident who initially called Hill, a maintenance man, to help with a leaky dishwasher. On June 11, Hill responded to a maintenance call at Danica Motes’ third floor apartment on South Mercer Road in Bowling Green. Though Motes and her husband were new residents to the city, they had met Hill before when they needed help at their apartment. “Rich is always smiling and happy,” Motes said. But on this day, when Motes opened her apartment door, instead of his customary joke, Hill collapsed in the hallway. “For the first few seconds, I was in shock,” Motes recalled. “I thought he was going to make a joke, but he fell over.” Motes called 911 and was instructed by a Wood County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher how to do chest compressions. When Hill started turning blue, she called 911 again and asked them to hurry. Within a couple minutes Bowling Green police officers were at the scene and took over. “After the police came, I fell apart,” Motes said. Sgt. Michael Bengela and Ptl. Ryan Sehlhorst stepped in, with Bengela doing check compressions and Sehlhorst breathing into Hill. “I kept checking his pulse, and he didn’t have one,” Sehlhorst said. Within one to two minutes, BG Fire Division had paramedics at the scene. They worked on Hill at the apartment building and then transported him to St. Luke’s Hospital. “He was never responsive before they took him in the ambulance,” Motes said. Hill’s wife, Cheryl, said her husband had no serious health problems until that day. “It was out of the blue,” she said. “It was a total shock.” Cheryl Hill arrived at St. Luke’s just as her husband was being taken into surgery, where they put in three stents. “They’re saying he should recover completely,” she said. Her husband is home recovering, and is impatient about getting back to work. “He’s one of those people who likes working,” his wife said. “He’s ready to go. This is really difficult.” Cheryl Hill said she and her husband were glad they had an opportunity to thank the two officers plus Motes during the Bowling Green City Council meeting Monday evening. “We were wanting to meet them all,” she said. “We’re real grateful.” Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick recommended to the city that Motes receive a letter of commendation, and that Bengela and Sehlhorst be awarded the Meritorious Service Award. “We don’t engage in that type of lifesaving a lot,” Hetrick said, noting the police division has only given out the Meritorious Service Award five times in the past. “It’s been given out very rarely,” the chief said. Though all police officers in the division are trained in CPR, it’s rare to see such success. “I’m thrilled that it worked out and Mr. Hill recovered,” Hetrick said. “I’m proud of what they both did,” he said of the officers. Sehlhorst has been with the BG division for two years. Bengela, who has served on the police division for about 20 years, has been awarded in the past for stopping a high-speed chase as it was approaching the downtown. “He’s no…


Second BGSU football player charged with misuse of BGSU debit card

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS BGSU Police have charged Dirion Hutchins, a Bowling Green State University student and member of the football team, with telecommunications fraud, theft and prohibited acts. The three charges are all felonies. The charges are the result of a police investigation that began after the University discovered irregular charges on debit card accounts designated for athletic book scholarships. A second student and member of the football team, Armani Posey, was charged in June. Posey was found guilty of unauthorized use of property, a misdemeanor, in Bowling Green Municipal Court on July 9 and ordered to pay the University $2,000 in restitution. Hutchins and Posey have been removed from the football team. They may also be held accountable under the student code of conduct. The University will be reviewing its procedures and practices for securing and ensuring proper use of BGSU debit cards. Because the investigation by BGSU Police is still ongoing, the University will have no further comment.


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!