Arson, drugs were on tap for police this summer

Tim Sampson and Tim Sampson

Crime didn’t go on summer vacation in Bowling Green. Here’s a wrap-up of the major happenings from the last few months.

Dumpster arsonist escapes arrest

An unknown person set fire to 28 Dumpsters over the course of a month.

From May 5 to June 6, police were called to investigate the suspicious fires set in Dumpsters across the area south of Wooster Street and east of Main Street.

University Police believe two fires set in Dumpsters on campus during this time are possibly related.

Although the fires stopped abruptly at the beginning of June, police have not made any arrests and the case remains under investigation.

6 arrested in drug trafficking scheme

Local authorities arrested six individuals in Bowling Green for transporting and selling cocaine.

The suspects were charged with trafficking and complicity in trafficking drugs. Officials say they were bringing crack cocaine from Toledo and then selling it in Bowling Green and North Baltimore, Ohio.

On June 1, Wood County sheriffs arrested Roxanne Torrez, 34, of Perrysburg, and Frankie Hernandez, 26, of Cygnet, on East Wooster Street near the University. Shawn Hager, 46, and James Bateson, 34, both of Bowling Green, and Andrea Vidales, 44, and Christina Leuck, 27, both of Toledo, also were arrested at a home on the 200 block of Napoleon Road.

The arrests were the result of a long-term investigation involving the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the North Baltimore Police Department and the Wood County Prosecutors Office, with assistance from other local, state and federal authorities.

Former student found dead in her apartment

A Wood County Court bailiff serving an eviction notice to an apartment found the decaying body of a former University graduate student on June 4.

Genora Rutherford, 38, was found in her apartment on the 100 block of East Court Street.

Bowling Green Police Department Sgt. Paul Tyson, who was at the scene, estimated she had been dead for 10 to 15 days before she was discovered.

Rutherford graduated from the University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in English before returning to earn a bachelor’s degree in education in 1995, said Teri Sharp, media relations director.

In fall 2006, she was enrolled in graduate-level education courses at the University, Sharp said.

Rutherford’s body was turned over to the Wood County coroner, who has not yet ruled on the cause of death.

Man grabs some ‘Fast Cash’

An unidentified man robbed the Fast Cash on North Main Street on June 15.

The suspect entered the business on a late Friday afternoon, threatened clerks with a handgun and demanded they fill a bag with money.

He then ran from the building with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police failed to locate the suspect, who they described as a stocky black male, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall.

Gas station on East Wooster robbed

Police have still not arrested the man who robbed an East Wooster Street gas station last month.

Early on July 29, a man entered the BP Station nearest to Interstate 75 and confronted the cashier, claiming he had a gun even though he did not show it. The suspect demanded money and then fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect was identified as a white male, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, and between 155 and 170 pounds. He had sandy-colored hair, parted in the middle, and a dark brown mustache.

The case is still under investigation.

Special Sections Editor Christy Johnson contributed to this report.